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The best UK city breaks for a weekend trip in 2024

Simon Calder’s Travel

Days spent lounging in parks, pub gardens with pitchers of Pimms, and strolling along the beach. This will soon be part of the summer routine in the UK, as the coming months bring warmer weather and longer, brighter days.

June, July and August provide opportunities to explore the country when you can be (slightly more) sure that rain and overcast weather won’t ruin your weekend.

It appears that staycations are still a strong contender for Brits booking holidays and although there are excellent countryside and coastal destinations, some of the best UK locations are its cities.

Need some inspiration for your next break? Here are some of the best UK cities to help you choose your 2024 staycation.


Tower Bridge in London (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The capital remains the best city in the country for things to do, with world-famous museums, parks, galleries and monuments. Walk through Westminster to see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben or Trafalgar Square (among many other sights), catch a West End show or simply explore Covent Garden, Piccadilly and Leicester Square.

Those who are more artistically minded will enjoy browsing through works by Picasso (at the National Gallery) or Warhol (Tate Modern), but if it all gets a bit too much then you can escape to the city’s various green areas, such as Hyde Park or Regent’s Park. Camden, Soho and Shoreditch are among the best areas for eating and drinking, with markets serving street food, such as Borough and Broadway Markets, also popular.


There is no shortage of hotels in London. The Z Hotel Holborn is less than five minutes away from Holborn underground station and under 10 minutes’ walk from Covent Garden, providing the perfect base for exploring the city’s many attractions.