Plan a London Staycation in 2021

With ever changing travel restrictions, uncertainty about lockdowns and nervousness about international travel, why not plan a socially-distant and safe staycation in London in the new year if you’re in need of a break.

With so many gorgeous hotels in the capital, you can find some incredible deals and if you aren’t sure where to check-in, I love this website as one of my top resources to find the best cheap hotels in London’s City Centre.

With safety measures in place such as having to pre-book, being given set timed entry slots and social distancing meaning only a limited number of people can be in a venue at any given time, some of London’s attractions, shops, bars and restaurants are even easier to visit, with the benefit of less crowds.
Here are my top suggestions of what to do whilst staycationing in the city.

Visit The Shard, my favourite London Landmark

I recommend popping in to The Shard, a 72-storey skyscraper, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, London, for a drink and to soak up some incredible views of London!

Top tip: You don’t need a reservation to go for a drink at Aqua Shard .

River Thames Cruise

Go sightseeing whilst indulging in Afternoon Tea with City Cruises.  It’s such a lovely way to see all the key London Landmarks. The boats are completely weatherproof so it doesn’t matter if there are drizzles!

You embark at Tower Pier and it is a lovely alternative view to see London’s iconic skyline and landmarks.

Sip on  Chai and wander around Covent Garden

If you’ve watched Chef’s Table on Netflix you will know the force that is Asma Khan and her newly opened restaurant in Covent Garden should definitely be a pit stop to pick up some takeaway Chai before wandering around Covent Garden.

I recommend popping into the Apple Market for a stroll.

Borough Market

If you are a foodie, Borough Market is not to be missed! You can try some street food as well as pick up lots of artisan breads, cheese and other produce.

Go for Afternoon Tea

So many venues in London offer a delightful Afternoon Tea from classic and traditional to themed, depending on the season. If you have the time to spend a leisurely afternoon indulging, do it!

Go on the London Eye

If you have not ever had the chance before or it’s been a long time since you last did, why not book to go on the London Eye. It’s a lovely way to play tourist and great fun!

Are you planning a London staycation in the new year? Let me know in the comments.

This post is in collaboration with, but all views are my own.


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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