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You’ve got one hour to spare and you’d like to spend it in the West End – but what can you do with so little time in such an action-packed area? You certainly won’t have time to take in a show, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grab a meal or a bite to eat from your base at one of the best hotels in London and simply watch the world go by!

Take a look at our rundown of ways to spend your time wisely in the West End…

Visit the London Film Museum

Head to the London Film Museum for a quick visit and check out some of the props, sets and vehicles used in some of the biggest British films, including the James Bond franchise. There’s plenty to while away an hour or so, and it’s surprisingly affordable, too – at just £14.50 for adult admission. A family ticket will set you back £38. Open 7 days a week from 10am – 7pm, the museum is a great option for time-strapped travellers looking to soak up some British culture.

Check out the National Gallery

National Gallery

One of the UK’s finest historic buildings, the National Gallery features work by some of the old masters of classical art including Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. With over 2,300 paintings on the walls, you certainly won’t have time to view them all – but nonetheless a visit is ideal for art fans to spend some time whilst indulging their passion! Admission is free but donations are encouraged.

Have a picnic in Bloomsbury Square

There’s no better way to waste a little time than by getting away from it all with a summery picnic, and thankfully London has many quiet spots ideal for just such an adventure! Grab your best picnic basket and head to the scenic Bloomsbury Square to spend your free hour watching the world go by.

Grab a Drink at the Aviary Bar

One of the best bars in the West End, the Aviary Bar is both a cocktail bar and a party venue. With eclectic décor and a cosy 95 person occupancy limit, this is the perfect spot for pre-drinks before heading to see a show, There’s a light-up floor and karaoke, making it ideal for party animals!

Visit the London Transport Museum

Britain’s vivid transportation history comes to live at the free-entry London Transport Museum. A favourite of kids of all ages (and their parents) there is plenty to see and do within its walls.

Relax in Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the busier parks in London’s capital, but it’s an ideal place to visit for some rest and recuperation whilst staying in the West End. Whether you’re watching the world go by or going for a run, there’s nowhere better to spend some spare time in the capital.