London is loud and colourful, always in a hurry. Here the crazy, curious confusion meets many old traditions. A cosmopolitan city that is actually just a collection of several villages, a city that is always reinventing itself, but is at the same time firmly rooted in its glorious past. London is stimulating and exciting and if you find it too hectic, there is always a park or pub just around the corner.
Start your perfect day in London, where almost 9 million people live and around 300 different languages are spoken, in Monmouth Coffee House not far from Borough Market, where you'll find what's probably the best coffee in town (there's usually a queue, but it's worth waiting!). If you're familiar with this particular place, it could be because you've seen it on screen - blockbusters like Bridget Jones's Diary or Harry Potter and the Azkaban prisoner have been filmed here and the surrounding streets.
After the caffeine drawer, stroll across the nostalgic Borough Market, past Southwark Cathedral and up to London Bridge. If you like a typical English breakfast, stop at the London Grind restaurant for a zmorge of poached eggs, toast, avocado and chilli.
After the morning refreshment, stroll eastwards to the bridge of all bridges, the legendary Tower Bridge. Whether as a puzzle, snow globe or pencil sharpener, the bridge, opened in 1894, is available in all colours and shapes. Take the lift up 42 metres and enjoy the view or look through the glass floor at the cars under you.
After the morning walk I recommend to continue the journey by boat. Get on a Thames Clippers boat at the nearby Tower Pier and head for Westminster. The Thames is a perfect vantage point to enjoy some of London's most famous sights: St Pauls' Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern, the South Bank Art Complex, Westminster Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and finally the London Eye Ferris Wheel.
Get off at Waterloo Pier and hop into one of the 32 gondolas. To avoid waiting times, it's a good idea to buy your ticket online so you can avoid the queues. Despite many tourists - the view of the city from a height of 135m is definitely worth the money and the 30 minutes you can sit in the gondola and let yourself be swayed around.
After the magnificent view you cross the Westminster Bridge and admire on the left side the landmark of London par excellence - the clock tower Big Ben. Actually, Ben only means the 13 ton bell. Its sound belongs to the unmistakable sound of the whole city, indeed the whole country.
After the obligatory photos we continue to Trafalgar Square, which probably comes closest to the center of London. Dominated by the statue of Nelson, the main veins of London extend from here in all directions. The square is the most important meeting place for rallies, concerts and the legendary New Year's Eve celebration, but also a nice meeting place for locals and visitors of the city. In the Covent Garden, northeast of the square, you will find street artists in the picturesque alleyways, and there are also some excellent shopping opportunities, as well as around the Piccadilly Circus. If your stomach is ready for lunch, how about a traditional fish and chip lunch at Rock & Sole Plaice?
The British Museum, one of the best in the world, is just a short walk from Covent Garden and the good thing about it is that admission is free. Walk around the Great Courtyard, spanned by a striking glass roof, and marvel at Egyptian mummies, Parthenon sculptures, rosette stones and other world treasures.
A visit to the museum makes you thirsty. After an English beer in the legendary pub "Princess Louise" decorated with original Victorian decor, it is only a short ride by subway to Hyde Park, which is worth a visit at any time of the year: in spring the daffodils bloom; in summer you can relax here or take a ride on the pedalo; in autumn the park turns into a colourful scenery of deciduous trees and in winter you will find complete peace here.
A successful evening in London can be sumptuous drinks, a delicious dinner and a show; this combination can be found in the quarter West-End, also known as Theaterland.
Start the evening with a cocktail at Swift in the heart of Soho, still one of the city's best nightclubs, and then visit one of the area's seemingly endless restaurants - such as Kricket Soho, which serves dishes inspired by Indian street food.
When it comes to shows, you're spoilt for choice. Some of the most famous are certainly Billy Elliot, Matilda or Les Misérables, but there are always new ones, such as Hamilton. I recommend that you make yourself smart in advance and book well in advance. And if you still like late at night, end your London day with a stroll along the Thames - London is the most atmospheric city at night.
How you get there:
from Basel or Zurich non-stop with SWISS
How long should I go:
4 - 5 days
Best travel time:
throughout the year
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