How to get more out of a London staycation in 2018

If you live in the UK, you are blessed with having one of the most exciting cities in the world as your capital. That means you don’t have to go too far to experience world-class culture, new food trends, innovative bars and fun activities. Plan a staycation in London for 2018 and enjoy everything the city has to offer.

Plan ahead

There are so many exciting things scheduled to take place in London throughout the year, that it’s a good idea to plan your activities in advance to make the most of a trip. From Cirque du Soleil returning to the Albert Hall in January, to guided tours of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, you’ll find many seasonal events to pique your interest.

Booking tickets in advance will mean you’ll be able to enjoy access to some of the most sought-after exhibitions and shows of the year. Look at your schedule for each day of your trip and try to group activities in similar areas together. It’s easy to underestimate the size of London if you’ve never visited before, so maximise your time and cut down on crisscrossing the city by Tube.

Be spontaneous

While it’s good to be organised, make sure you leave a little room for spontaneity. Sometimes the best experiences come from chance encounters or taking opportunities you hadn’t anticipated. Wandering past a bar with an intriguing doorway can lead to an evening in a hidden gem, or accepting a flyer can mean seeing the next big show before it’s made the headlines. You may also find that you want a bit of downtime to relax in your serviced apartment and conserve energy for the next day’s adventures.

Stay an extra night

Give yourself more time to discover the delights of London by booking an extra night. Extending a weekend stay by an extra day or adding just 24 hours onto a longer visit could be the difference between making it to that new restaurant you’re desperate to try or tasting the latest street food trend or missing out. Among the hot new openings scheduled for 2018 are Avobar, which will serve avocado dishes in Covent Garden; seafood restaurant Claw in Soho; and EKTE Norwegian Kitchen in The City.

Be right at the heart of the action

Where you decide to stay in London will have an impact on your entire trip, and with 219 SACO serviced apartment properties across the capital, you can find the neighbourhood that’s right for you. SACO The Cannon is right in the heart of The City, close to attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and the Monument to the Great Fire of London. Leman Locke is perfect if you’re looking to make the most of Shoreditch, Hoxton and Hackney. Meanwhile, SACO Covent Garden – Arne Street offers easy access to the theatre district.

Do something out-of-the-ordinary

London is home to many iconic sights and experiences, making it easy to fill up a staycation with these alone, especially if it’s your first trip to the capital. It’s worth throwing in at least one curve ball, however, as there’s always something a little out-of-the-ordinary to enjoy. Take part in a hip hop brunch at a secret location on a Saturday afternoon, kayak on the River Thames, or slide down the 178-metre slide inside Anish Kapoor’s Orbit sculpture at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

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