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A taste of London’s West End

As Central London’s most vibrant district, the West End offers fine food, thrilling theatre and much more for FGW daytrippers. Book an advance rail ticket online or via the First Great Western mobile app and start planning your visit today.

10AM The biggest and best

The British Museum in Bloomsbury has an impressively large and comprehensive collection. The Ancient Egyptian department is the biggest of its kind in the world and holds some of the finest artefacts you’ll see from the Nile Valley, including the Rosetta Stone.

12PM Bag a burger

Perfectly located for West End visitors, Planet Hollywood offers straight-forward, satisfying food, including a selection of burgers and Asian dishes. If it’s a special occasion, why not try one of their naughty but nice Martini cocktails?

2PM More than a market

A trip to Covent Garden is a must for any visitor to London. It’s full of great shops, restaurants, bars and street entertainers – perfect for hanging out and absorbing the atmosphere. Pop into the East Colonnade Market and pick up a gift or two.

4PM Past masters

The National Gallery is full of masterpieces from the 13th century onwards. Highlights include The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyke, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin on the Rocks and Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Pick out a few works you’d like to admire and save the rest for your next trip.

6PM Spanish caper

Barrafina, in the heart of London’s West End, is a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar, serving tasty, affordable food in a stylish and friendly setting. Perfect for a snack or a full-on feast, we recommend you try the Chickpeas, Spinach and Bacon or the Octopus with Capers with a nice glass of chilled white wine.