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Something for the weekend? London

Published: 24th October 2019

Welcome to our Something for the Weekend city guide. Today we're in the mighty metropolis of London with our pick of what to do and the coolest places to stay while you're doing it.

Why London?

If you're tired of London, you're tired of life - or so they say. With just so much to see and do crammed into this magnificent city - from castles and cocktails to palaces and pizzas - the fun and excitement just doesn't stop. London has an incredible history starring the Romans, Shakespeare, David Bowie, plagues, fires, bombs, and every king and queen you can name, and a vibrant arts and cultural scene with some of the world's best galleries, exhibitions, theatres and museums.

5 cool things to do in London

The British Museum The granddaddy of all museums, this absolute beast was the first national public museum in the world and houses over 13 million objects. britishmuseum.org

Thames River Cruise The river is the best way to get around London - hop on a boat between Westminster and Greenwich and learn about pirates, executions and the Mayflower. citycruises.com

The Story of Food in Photography If you like photographing your food, this is definitely an exhibition not to miss - on until Feb 2020 at the Photographers' Gallery. thephotographersgallery.org.uk

The Princess Louise London has many wonderful pubs, but few are as glorious as this marvellously well preserved Victorian gin palace. Even the toilets are listed. princesslouisepub.co.uk

Maltby Street Market If Borough Market is just too busy, take a trip to Maltby Street instead - selling a lip-smacking array of produce and street foods on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. maltby.st

And if you're still stuck for inspiration, check out the Indytute, offering unusual gift experiences and days out in London.

Where to stay?

We've chosen some of our favourite London CoolStays for you - chic and unique city pads you'll be excited to come back to at the end of a long and busy day.

The Boathouse

The Boathouse

Paddington - London

Boutique one-room hotel on a barge - escape the hustle and bustle of Central London, while still located in the heart of the city.

Sleeps 4

From 275/night

The Artists School

The Artists School

London Bridge - London

Nothing is as it seems in this truly unique, imaginative and spacious central London apartment

Sleeps 2

From 250/night

The Harpy Houseboat

The Harpy Houseboat

Tower Bridge - London

An historic London floating home with the postcard view of Tower Bridge - The Harpy is like no houseboat youve ever seen!

Sleeps 10 adults and 2 small children

From 550/night

Artist Residence

Artist Residence

London - England

A small but perfectly conceived hotel that wont be a well-kept secret for long.

Sleeps 2

From 200/night

Mulberry Muse

Mulberry Muse

Bethnal Green - London

Enjoy mid-century design with a Rococo twist in this uber cool East End apartment just a short walk from the streets of Shoreditch

Sleeps 6

From 125/night

The Good Hotel

The Good Hotel

Royal Victoria Dock - London

The floating Good Hotel is sleek and stylish and is located on the River Thames in London's historical Royal Victoria Docks.

Sleeps 2

From 59/night

Portobello Hotel

Portobello Hotel

Notting Hill - London

Stay in one of Portobello Hotel's 21 individually designed rooms in West London's Notting Hill.

Sleeps 2-4

From 195/night

Boutique Barges

Boutique Barges

Regents Canal - London

Step aboard these two quirky boutique barges located on the historic Regent's Canal in London

Sleeps 4

From 140/night

The Hoxton - Shoreditch

The Hoxton - Shoreditch

London - England

Eat, drink, sleep, work and play all in one location without compromise.

Sleeps Up to 4

From 119/night

Boundary

Boundary

Shoreditch - London

Comprising designer rooms and suites, a restaurant, caf and rooftop garden with stunning London views, the appeal of Boundary is near limitless

Sleeps 4

From 175/night

Author:
Claire Wills
Claire is the International Editor for CoolStays. It's her mission to scout the globe for new amazing places to show you. You can follow her on Twitter, @clairelewills

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