London may be an incredibly popular destination over the festive period but it's also the perfect place to head after Christmas. For one, you can expect it to be much quieter during the first few months of the year as people keep a close eye on their pennies after the overindulgence of the holidays.
Add on to that the fact that London still has some of the best landmarks, restaurants, bars and hotels in the world, and you've got yourself the ideal opportunity to get rid of the January blues for good.
You don't even need to designate a driver, or fork out for last-minute train tickets. Coach travel is a quick and cost-effective way to get to London, meaning you can sit back, relax, and chat to your friends during the journey, rather than arguing with your SatNav.
So with all this in mind, how should you be spending your London getaway?
With a unbeatable collection of world-class museums, London is an obvious choice if you're chasing some culture on your weekend away. From the Natural History Museum, V&A, and Science Museum in Kensington to the galleries nestled on the South Bank, there's plenty of choice.
History buffs won't want to miss the Charles I: King and Collector exhibition at Mayfair's Royal Academy of Arts. As well as being the only English monarch to have his head chopped off, Charles I was also a dedicated art collector. This exhibition will allow visitors to see more than 90 of his most-loved works.
Whether you're after haute cuisine at one of London's many Michelin-starred restaurants or are after some of its award-winning street food, the city is bursting with options for foodies. If you're looking for something a little different, why not try a selection of Israeli dishes at the The Palomar in Soho or head to Spitalfields for Madame D's Himalayan-style sharing platters?
Of course, you can always go for a classic and head to one of the many restaurants in Covent Garden, such as Cinnamon Bazaar or Talli Joe, and get a delicious meal with a beautiful view of the city.
Those looking to relax and unwind should check out London's world-class spa hotels during their stay. Just across from Picadilly Circus is Akasha Spa, which was once the favourite haunt of creatives like H G Wells and Oscar Wilde but is now an incredible 5* hotspot. If you're looking for something a little more affordable, you can always check out London's day spas for a more cost-effective way to unwind.
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