It may be one of the closest destinations for most Irish travelers but London shouldn't be overlooked. It's one of the world's most visited cities for a good reason. If you are thinking of a long weekend break in the future London has so much to offer in terms of visitor attractions, entertainment and dining.
Here is our guide to a great long weekend in London.
#1: THE LONDON EYE
The London eye is a must for visitors to London, especially first timers. At 135m tall it is the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel.
With incredible views of the city and the Thames this is the perfect start to your trip. Tickets range from £32.50pp for pre-booked tickets or fast track (Advisable during peak months) for £46pp
There are also good multi attraction add-ons that can be great value such as the London Eye + Madame Tussauds tickets available online from £50 per adult (Saving up to £23 on booking individually)
#2: TOWER OF LONDON
The Tower of London, officially His Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.
The Crown Jewels reside at the Tower of London and are well worth a look alongside one of the worlds most famous and valuable jewel collections.
#3: British Museum
The British Museum is a public museum dedicated to human history, art and culture located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection of eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence. It documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
One of the most famous objects in it's treasure troves is the Rosetta Stone. Allow at least 3-4 hours to truly enjoy the experience at amazing exhibitions such at the Hieroglyphs and Ancient Egypt areas.
#4: Madame Tussauds
No London trip feels complete without the ultimate selfie opportunity at Madame Tussauds. The accuracy of the waxworks is second to none and because of the vast collection of lifelike celebrities and historical figures the museum has retained a universal appeal.
It can get very busy during peak periods so it might be worth the extra few pounds to add the Fast Track ticket (£10 extra)
#5: TOWER BRIDGE
Tower Bridge is synonymous for many as part of the the quintessential image of London. It's Neo-Gothic architecture and lifting central sections were the pinnacle of bridge lifting when it opened in 1894. At that time, it was the most sophisticated bascule bridge in the world.
There is no charge to walk across the bridge. You can also time your walk to coincide with the lifting of the drawbridge. Both are some of the most recommended free attractions in London. There is a tour which includes the towers, walkways, glass floor and engine rooms starting from around £12
NB: Always check the closing dates for essential works to avoid disappointment. Available at https://www.towerbridge.org.uk/tickets
#6: THE WEST END
If you want to include a night on the tiles as part of your trip the West End is your desired destination. With world famous nightlife, the area is home to some of the best pubs, clubs and restaurants in London.
A very close second is the Soho area with a more eclectic choice of entertainment, but it should be noted that is is regarded as being the city's most expensive district for accommodation.
#7: BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Whether you are a fan of the royals or not Buckingham Palace is an absolute must to complete a truly great London visit. The history and sheer scale of the castle (over 77,000 square feet to be precise) is quite incredible. A tour around the castle will delight you with stunning architecture, historic art and rooms filled with ornate opulence.
Advance tickets start from £30 per person and summer tickets include a multimedia guide.