Have a great value day out in London with your family* when you travel by train. We’ve put together a £50 or under itinerary (not including train travel) in the Blackfriars and Southbank area to keep you all entertained, amused and well-fed.
Start your day out at 2FOR1 St Paul’s Cathedral, the second largest church in the UK. The cathedral is a masterpiece of classic design; it emerged unscathed from the Blitz, and is one of London’s most recognisable landmarks. Explore the crypt (hosting Nelson’s and Wellington’s tombs), try out the acoustic wonders of the Whispering Gallery, and be amazed at panoramic view of the city from the Golden Gallery.
From St Paul’s, cross the Millennium Bridge to the Southbank, the centuries-old location for the theatres and much rowdiness. Next to the Millennium Bridge is the Tate Modern, a vast redbrick building, originally Bankside Power Station. There are paid-for and free exhibitions within and the epic Turbine Hall hosts free, interactive installations.
Walk towards Waterloo from the Tate and pop into the Oxo Tower, which now hosts many creative and crafty shops. You may notice the gothic-looking lampposts as you walk; the fearsome toothed sea creatures are dolphins dating back to 1870, and were a noted tourist attraction in Victorian times.
You’ll also pass the Globe Theatre, a modern reconstruction of the 1600s original, and a fascinating sight with its black timbered walls and thatched roof among the modern constructions. As you near County Hall and Waterloo, your path will be thronged with street performers, from dance troupes to puppetry.
All of this walking and sightseeing should have built up an appetite, so try 2FOR1 Azzurro Italian Restaurant (near Waterloo). If you’re still hungry for sights and sounds, you’re only a bridge away from Trafalgar Square, if you fancy visiting the lions!
*Family size is based on 2 adults and 2 children 15 and under
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