Marvel at extraordinary monuments in Paris
Grab a coffee (yes, we know your fuel) and go for a morning stroll along tree-lined Champs-Élysées. This famous boulevard connecting the Jardin des Tuileries and the Arc de Triomphe is lined with plenty of cafes and boutiques. Pick up picture-perfect macarons from Ladurée or Pierre Hermé's 86Champs along the way – our advice is to order more than you think you can actually eat. You’ll thank us later.
Get your fashion fix with some window shopping in front of Paris’s fanciest haute-couture brands on chic Avenue Montaigne, including Chanel, Dior and Chloé.
Cross the Seine, wander along its banks, and you’ll soon be at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Dare to walk across its glass floor, before heading up to the open-air and indoor viewing platforms. Create major FOMO among your friends back home, as you sip on a glass of bubbly at the top-floor champagne bar.
Having met some serious sightseeing goals, it’s time to get under the skin of the city by exploring some of its most famous neighborhoods. Follow in the footsteps of Picasso, van Gogh and Renoir with a visit to artists’ quarter, Montmartre. Try to avoid sitting as an artist’s muse (you could be there for hours) and head to Sacré-Coeur, with its mesmerizing mosaics and dome offering 360-degree views.
Alternatively, explore the trendy streets of the Marais. Get your culture fix at Musée Picasso and the Maison de Victor Hugo, look for unique items in upscale boutiques, or soak up the relaxed vibe from a trendy cafe in France’s largest LGBT+ district.
If that’s all getting too hectic for you, head east to Père Lachaise Cemetery, and let your mindful self take over. Stop off at famous tombs, including those of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf that are adorned with flowers and lipstick kisses.
Recharge on the Eurostar
Resist the urge to cram in one last landmark to leave at least 45 minutes check-in time at Gare du Nord for your departure to London. Eurostar’s Standard Premier class ensures extra legroom, no weight restrictions on luggage and a light meal onboard – there are also power points for that much needed recharge. In just two hours and 16 minutes, you’ll be in London’s St Pancras International station.
Find wizard wonders and unique views in London
Upon arrival, walk to Euston station where you can board the train to Hogwarts… well, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, to be precise. After a short shuttle bus ride the other end, you’ll soon be in a wizarding world of props, costumes and sets from the Harry Potter film series. Wander down Diagon Alley, step into the Great Hall and venture into the Forbidden Forest.
Alternatively, head into the City of London where you can cross Tower Bridge’s glass walkway or climb the 528 steps to the Golden Gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral for unique perspectives of the city – try doing that a few years down the line!
Arrive at The View from The Shard in time for sunset. Spot London icons from the viewing deck on level 72 of western Europe’s tallest building, take that #nofilter shot, or upgrade to a champagne experience. Also keep an eye out for special events, which have included yoga, silent discos and morning raves in the past.
For a truly braggable experience, book a spot for the peculiar Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. You’ll learn more about the tower’s gruesome history and watch the guards hand over the keys to the tower – tickets are booked up well in advance, so plan ahead. Or, visit at nightfall on selected Sundays from November to April.
End your evening with the ubiquitous selfie in front of the dazzling LED lights at Piccadilly Circus, before a short stroll to Leicester Square, home to London film premieres, cinemas and casinos. Strike your best red-carpet pout before a nightcap at The Perception bar at W London, which features creative cocktails such as the ginger-themed Prince Harry! #cheeky
Enjoy a well-deserved spot of pampering in uber-cool W London - Leicester Square. Make use of the quirky hotel’s on-demand movies and 24-hour concierge, and unwind with rainforest showers and complimentary gym access.