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Avoid the heat of the Tube, and instead take to the water with a sightseeing river cruise along the Thames (£9 for adults, £4.50 for children). Get snap-happy as you make your way from Greenwich to Westminster, passing a plethora of famous landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and the London Eye.
Hop off at Westminster and silence growling stomachs at Flemings Hotel in Mayfair with a chocolate-themed afternoon tea including pink champagne. With your sweet tooth satisfied, your feet suitably rested and a quintessential British experience ticked off your list, now would be a good time to head to some of London's best parks. Work your way from nearby Green Park to St James's Park, glimpsing The Mall, Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace en route.
After your stroll, take in a matinee performance of a West End show such as the "brilliantly fun" (The Daily Telegraph) "Horrible Histories Barmy Britain - Part Two", which should make learning about some of Britain's past entertaining for kids and adults alike. Finish the day with dinner at the 2-AA-Rosette, "refreshingly cool" (AA Guide) Picture restaurant, where for £27 a head you get a glass of champagne, three small plates, dessert and coffee. The restaurant is less than 20 minutes’ walk from the British Museum and about a 5-minute walk from the shops of Oxford Street.
Check out what the east of the city has to offer -- Old Spitalfields Market for trendy shopping and St Paul's Cathedral for architecture are good places to start -- before stopping for lunch at Zorita's Kitchen, an "elite Spanish eatery" (London Evening Standard) that sits on the banks of the River Thames. For £25 you get a meat and cheese platter and a bottle of wine (you’re on holiday after all) and views of the Tate Modern, The Shard and the Millennium Bridge.
After lunch, head to Knightsbridge for some retail therapy at the world-famous Harrods. Once you've lightened your wallet, take the 5-minute walk to the nearby 3-AA-rosette Rib Room. You can get 46% off three "exquisite" (Daily Telegraph) courses and a bellini cocktail, extinguishing any post-shopping guilt.
Begin in South Kensington and spend a few hours exploring the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum. Among the best museums in London, both are free to enter!
By this point, you'll be in need of a spot of pampering, so head over to the nearby 5-star Peak Health Club and Spa, which boasts a maximum 5-bubble rating from The Good Spa Guide who state the spa has "luxury oozing from every corner". £69 gets you a 60-minute massage and use of the facilities and should leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and very zen. Finish your 72 hours in London with dinner at The Savoy and a West End show for £67.50.
Where to stay
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