Weekend in London (museums, galleries and markets)

Coming to London for a weekend? Are you too busy or maybe just a bit lazy to plan the whole weekend? Well, that's OK. Living in London for more than 8 years we put together some great tips what do in London, what galleries, museums and Royal palaces are worth to visit, where to eat and much more.

We have 2 versions of weekend program in London. The first is more focused on historic icons and attractions (read more here...), the second on museums and galleries and London markets (see below).


Transport: we recommend you to buy Oyster card ( click here for more info about London public transport).

You won't be able to visit all museums in one day. Please use below suggestions as a source of information so you can plan your great day in London.

Weekend in London (focused on museums, galleries and markets)




Our self-guided tour starts at the Tower of London (Tower Hill tube station, Circle Line). Walk along the Tower, cross the Tower Bridge and turn right towards HMS Belfast. Carry on along the river heading to Globe theatre and Tate Modern.

Tate Modern is a modern art gallery. It is Britain's national gallery of international modern art and forms part of the Tate group (together with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and Tate Online). Tate Modern is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year. Tate is based in the former Bankside Power Station. Admission: free.

Tip: Buy a ticket for an evening play in the Globe theatre (prices start at L5 - standing).
Tip: There is a cafe at the top floor of the Tate Modern with amazing views of St Paul's Cathedral, river Thames and Big Ben.
Find more info about the Tower, Tower Bridge and Globe Theatre in London historic icons and attractions guide

Find more info about Tate Modern in London galleries and museums guide


Continue walking along the river to London Eye, Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. From there take a tube (Westminster station, Circle line) to Notting Hill Gate station. You can also take a bus number 148. Then follow the crowd or market signs.

There are plenty of good restaurant around Portobello Road Market. It is a good spot for lunch.
Find more info about Portobello Road Market in London markets guide


The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A), is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects.

The Natural History Museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology.

How to get there: once you finish your lunch at Portobello Road market get the tube to South Kensington or bus number 70.
Find more info about the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in London galleries and museums guide

From South Kensington take a bus number 14 to Piccadilly Circus. Then walk to Leicester Square (5 mins walk) where you can buy half priced and discounted theatre tickets at TKTS (www.tkts.co.uk), unless you already have tickets to Globe theatre for the evening play.

Tip: On the way to Piccadilly Circus you can get off at famous Harrod's and visit its beautifully decorated "food hall".

The British MuseumBRITISH MUSEUM

If you have time you can still visit British Museum close to Holborn tube station (20 mins walk via Covent Garden market). Admission: free.

The British Museum is widely considered to be one of the world's greatest museums of human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
Find more info about the British Museum in London galleries and museums guide

After the long day you deserve a good dinner. There are plenty of good restaurants around Leicester Square, in Chinatown and in Soho.

If you have bought tickets at TKTS, most of the musicals and theatres normally start around 8pm and finish at at 10pm. Find more info about top London restaurants in Food and drink guide in London guide

You can close the day in one of the London famous clubs or with a nice evening walk along the river Thames - highly recommended. Find more info about London night life in London arts, music and culture guide



It's going to be another long amazing day in London, so we recommend you to start with hearty breakfast or brunch. Brunch is a meal eaten in the middle of the morning, in between the normal time of breakfast and the normal time of lunch, as a substitute for both of these meals.

Good places to eat are around Camden Market, Columbia Road flower market, Spitalfields market or Brick Lane.

London markets can be very busy during weekends so get there by 11am.
Find more info about Camden Market, Columbia Road flower market, Spitalfields market in London markets guide


Tate Britain is an art gallery situated on Millbank in London, and part of the Tate gallery network in Britain, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It is the oldest gallery in the network, opening in 1897. It houses a substantial collection of the works of J. M. W. Turner.

The National Gallery is an art museum on Trafalgar Square. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.

The National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery housing a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people.

Tip: There is a cafe at The National Portrait Gallery with great views over Trafalgar Square and Nelson Column.

How to get there:
If you are at Camden take the tube to Pimlico station. That's where the Tate Britain is. To get to both galleries take a tube to Charing Cross.
If you are at Spitalfields market take the bus number 11 to Trafalgar Square. Visit National and/or Portrait Gallery, then walk along the Parliament to Tate Britain (20 mins walk).
Find more info about National Gallery, Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain in London galleries and museums guide

In the evening you can visit Barbican Centre and enjoy a concert of classical music. Barbican Centre

Updated on 05/2012.

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