Things to do in an afternoon in the City of London

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London is renowned across the world for the mass of attractions and things to do in its vast 1,572 km² area. Monuments, libraries and museums are favoured by history lovers, whilst family groups often visit to check out London Zoo, the London Eye and the wealth of restaurants and shopping centres available.

But what to pick from with so many options? Choosing an attraction from the plethora of things to do in London can be a hard task, especially if you’re only staying at our luxury suites in Shoreditch for a day or two or a weekend visit. To make your life easier, we’ve picked a varied selection of things to do in an afternoon that tourists of all ages will love.

Ride the London Eye

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We couldn’t make this list without including one of London’s most famous flagship attractions: the London Eye. This towering 443-foot Ferris wheel provides one of the most breathtaking views of London’s cityscape when the wheel is at it’s peak, making it a must-visit during your stay. It can be enjoyed day or night but-at Christmas time, a night time trip is made extra special by the festive displays which light up the city.

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Visit London Zoo

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Who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo? Seeing amazing animals from all over the world has universal appeal to everyone, whether you’re a group of students staying at our suites in Shoreditch for a weekend or a family looking to surprise your little one with a truly memorable birthday day out. London Zoo is home to over 750 different species and 17,480 individual creatures great and small. The zoo has recently added a number of ferocious Asiatic lions to its vast collection of exotic animals, and Penguin Beach is a favourite amongst children who stand in awe of the famous flightless birds as they zoom through the water during feeding time.

Take a stroll in Hyde Park

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They say the best things in life are free, and what could be better than escaping the concrete jungle of London for a few hours in the gorgeous green getaway of Hyde Park? There are a host of things to do here; you can check out some truly stunning art at the Serpentine Galleries, visit one of London’s most famous historical spots at Speaker’s Corner or let the children off the leash at the magical Princess Diana Memorial Playground.

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Upgrade your wardrobe in Oxford Street

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If you’re looking to make a few additions to your winter wardrobe then where better to go than London’s greatest shopping arena? Oxford Street is filled with high-end fashion outlets where you can grab the latest outfits and accessories, as well as being home to staple clothing shops such as Topshop and House of Fraser if you’re looking to kit out your wardrobe on a budget. Supposing that fashion isn’t your thing and you’re more into sportswear, a visit to Nike London, the global brand’s flagship UK store, is ideal for visitors wanting to splash out on hardwearing gymwear or a new pair of trainers to aid you out on the pitch.