When you fancy a visit to London and you’re flying in on a private jet charter, then don’t miss out on seeing the sights while you’re in town. If you have a large budget it is best to do the trip in style and get yourself that private jet. It doesn’t matter whether you live in the UK but rarely see the capital or you’re in Europe and only seek out a London private jet rental when you need to fly in for a meeting back in the UK, exploring the capital while in town makes sense.
Obviously, once you’ve finished your meeting and visited a few well-chosen tourist attractions, then you may want to use the London jet charter to fly up to other places that you’ve not seen yet, like Manchester, Leeds, the Lake District, or even Edinburgh in Scotland for a bit of cultural variety.
Here are a few recommended places in London and surrounding areas to keep you entertained during a visit.
View the City from the London Eye
While the London Eye admittedly doesn’t reach anywhere near as high as a London private jet flies, the elevation is still quite something when casting your eye across the sights nearby. The London Eye doesn’t so much spin as rotate very slowly at just 0.6 MPH, so you eventually find your way around, but it does take time. Cast an eye over the boat activity on the River Thames below that cuts through the city’s heart and view some of Central London’s main attractions, including Buckingham Palace off into the distance.
Relax in Hyde Park or Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill has gone a little bit upmarket in recent years. Getting to the top of the hill offers excellent views of the surrounding area. It’s a wonderful spot for dog walkers and being friendly with a new four-legged friend. If you get peckish, there are a few upmarket cafés that will be happy to take your money in exchange for a few tasty treats and a cup of coffee.
Alternatively, Hyde Park is expansive, so you can find a quiet spot to enjoy the area from a distance. There are often different activities going on around the Hyde Park area. Check what local activities are planned to time your visit there. Relaxing in the park while chowing down on a sandwich from Pret a Manger and a packet of crisps is hard to beat. Just don’t forget a comfy blanket to lie down on. If you want to read a book while you’re there, pull out your trusty e-reader that hopefully, you packed in your luggage previously stowed on a London private jet charter.
Seek Royalty at Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is out of the city, but well worth taking a London private jet hire to fly down to an airport nearby, such as Gatwick. From there, there are various public transport options to get you there, or you can hire a car or take a competitively priced Uber.
The grand structures at Hampton Court Palace were taken over by Henry VIII. The palace was also used by the Georgians and the Stuarts, so it’s been changed over many years. However, it still remains a leading historic Tudor estate that’s fascinating to visit for anyone with a love of history, royalty, or architecture. Also, if you’re staying overnight nearby, you might wish to take the evening ghost tours, which are said to be seriously frightening for believers in the paranormal.
Find a Bargain at Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road market is famous for selling a mixture of antiques, assorted products they call bric-a-brac, and a wide range of second-hand items you won’t find easily elsewhere. While the market isn’t fancy, many of the vendors have exclusive items and valuable trinkets that are the real deal and worth a pretty penny. Whilst getting a bargain in Portobello Road is highly unlikely, what you’ll have is an interesting half-day of exploration and the chance to find a must-have item. A trip to Portobello is an experience unto itself and bears a repeat visit for anyone who’s been there a few years ago.
Get Bloody at the National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum is one of the museums near London that focuses on previous wartime activities. The Maritime one looks at the activities of the British Navy. The museum houses the uniform that Nelson wore when he lost his life on the HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Anyone who is interested in seeing relics and historical artefacts from past battles fought at sea will enjoy a visit here.
Boutique Shops at Covent Garden
Covent Garden is a partly open-air shopping area near the centre of town. It’s within walking distance of Leicester Square, Chinatown, and the theatre district too. The centrepiece of Covent Garden is a covered structure, which houses small cafés, boutique stores, and other quaint areas of interest. Surrounding the covered shopping area are cobbled streets that usually have live performers in several locations and a popular pub with a balcony overlooking where the performers usually gather.
The high street shops are evident here, but there are also little designer shops for small fashion labels, chocolatiers, and an assortment of other retailers that you won’t find anywhere else. Spending an hour or two wandering around before heading off to other parts of the city on foot or using the Underground system is well worth it.
Get Reverential at St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral designed by Christopher Wren is one of the most well-known places to visit whether you have a belief in the almighty or not. The baroque era structure, stained glass, and immense size of the cathedral is worth the visit alone. The whispering gallery is also fun to play with where sounds are echoed back to you.
Chinatown for a Good Meal
A visit to London isn’t complete without walking through Chinatown, doing a bit of shopping, and finding a good restaurant for a meal. The main street in Chinatown doesn’t change too much, but the surrounding streets often see a rapid changeover of restaurants and some new, hip ones opening up to attract a younger patron. The Chinatown Bakery is popular for lunchtime snacks. For late-night wandering, the Four Seasons Restaurant keeps going until after 3 AM. After a visit to Chinatown, the theatre district and Leicester Square are not far away.
The theatre district in the West End needs little introduction. Some of the best new productions from the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and modern interpretations of old classic plays are put on at old-style theatres in the area. It’s advisable to book way in advance to get a good seat for a performance. Buying last-minute is possible, but be careful of buying tickets from touts outside the theatre, as verifying the authenticity of the ticket is difficult to do.
There’s plenty of things to do in London during a visit. It’s best to consider how much free time you have and make a list of the places that you’d most like to see. Many attractions are within a short distance from each other like Covent Garden, the Theatre district, and Leicester Square and are best combined together on a single day or evening. Other ones are a distance outside the city and separate transportation should be arranged to get there, possibly with an overnight stay arranged to enjoy any related evening or night-time activities, before heading back the next morning.