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Experience two incredible cities in one epic trip

Two cities, tow cultures, and only a little more than two hours apart thanks to the Eurostar train. Enjoy world-class food and drink, uncover hidden gems, explore Insta-worthy icons, visit must-see cultural attractions or embark on thrilling adventures.


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  1. Food and drink

    A dream dream trip for foodies

    Cross off those foodie must-dos such as fish and chips and afternoon tea in London or art deco cafes and wine bars in Paris. Quirky street food markets, fun rooftop bars and hands-on classes are just some of the memorable experiences served up by each city’s lively food scenes.


    London

    • Mix classic and contemporary London flavors

      Start the day with morning pick-me-up dishes such as smashed avocado, pancakes or a full English in the Sky Garden’s Darwin Brasserie. Housed in the distinctive London skyscraper dubbed the “Walkie Talkie,” due to its curvaceous shape, you’ll find a tropical garden and floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views across the city.

    • Make a reservation at Coppa Club

      If you’d rather stay closer to the ground, these igloo-like pods on the banks of the Thames, which provide equally iconic views over breakfast or brunch during summer and winter.

    • No London trip is complete without having fish and chips

      Head to one of Poppies’ three locations for the best fish and chips experience. Make sure to snap some pics of this unique chippy’s 1950s-style decor, chat to the staff clad in mid-century uniforms and dare to try London’s classic, jellied eels.

    • For a more modern take on London’s food scene

      Venture to Boxpark Shoreditch. This complex created from colorful shipping containers houses vendors serving up flavors from across the globe, including south-east Asian-inspired vegan treats at CookDaily and healthy Indian curries from Sonita’s Kitchen.

    • Make time to enjoy afternoon tea

      This quintessential English tradition has been given a modern makeover by the quirky Sketch, just off London’s famous Regent Street. Indulge in finger sandwiches, scones and refined cakes in its spectacular pastel pink dining area.

    • Don’t forget to stop by the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

      You can find it next to St Pancras International station, and it’s the perfect spot for a glass of champagne to end the day.

    Paris

    • Join the “apéro” trend in Paris

      Take part in a tradition the Parisians call “apéro”— where locals head to their favorite spots for drinks and small bites, which often turns into a spontaneous dinner.

    • Start at Le Comptoir Général

      This spot combines a bar, art gallery and shop. Eclectic and energizing, it’s a great place to mingle with uber-trendy young Parisians over African-inspired cocktails and small bites.

    • Look no further than Marché des Enfants Rouges for street food

      This Insta-worthy street food dates back to 1615, but was revived in 2000 as a foodie hotspot. The covered market is open until 8.30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday, so you’ll have plenty of time to pick between Japanese, Lebanese, Italian and other worldwide dishes.

    • Willi’s Wine Bar is the place to seek out fine French vintages

      This typical Parisian hideaway focuses on French and European wines. Select your favorite and marvel at the unique posters on the walls. Soak up some history with dinner at Café de Flore, a Saint-Germain-des-Prés cafe that has been the go-to place for intellectuals and writers for more than a century. Snap its stunning art deco dining room or dine on classic French fare on the terrace.

    • Venture onto the rooftop terrace of Brasserie Auteuil

      This contemporary and tranquil spot inside the old Gare d’Auteuil train station comes alive in the evening. Join locals around the colorful tiled bar for classic cocktails or sink into one of the cozy chairs among the plants, as you share platters and pizzas.

    • If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em... So, learn to cook like a French chef

      At one of L’Atelier des Sens’ evening classes, become a pro in the kitchen. From classic French dishes, to eclairs and macarons, you’ll be equipped with plenty of skills to show off once home.

  2. Hidden gems

    Hidden gems off the tourist path

    There’s nothing like exploring a hidden gem, so seek out some of London and Paris’ lesser-known spots. Whether wandering along picture-perfect waterways, stumbling upon eclectic neighborhoods or hunting for historic treasures, it’s time to visit these wonders now, before word gets out.


    London

    • Explore eclectic London neighborhoods

      Head off the tourist trail by uncovering lesser-known areas and attractions now, before word gets out.
      Arrive early to get the perfect shot of hotspot Neal’s Yard at its most tranquil state. This colorful Covent Garden courtyard is home to plant-based eatery Wild Food Cafe, organic beautician Neal’s Yard Remedies and St John Bakery, where you can reward yourself for the early start with donuts and pastries.

    • Head east to trendy Shoreditch to seek out unique street art

      Find impressive works in and around Shoreditch High Street, Great Commercial Street, Brick Lane and Bethnal Green Road.

    • Escape the city’s hustle and bustle by going west to Little Venice

      Named “Little Venice” due to its network of canals and waterways, take a boat trip along Regent’s Canal or stroll along the towpath to Regent’s Park or Camden. The pretty area is also a good spot for lunch with fabulous waterside eateries such as The Summerhouse.

    • Venture to leafy Greenwich in southeast London

      Home to maritime marvels Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, and the art-focused Queens House. Climb the hill in Greenwich Park for views of the city skyline. For something totally unique, go underground with a trip on The Postal Museum’s Mail Rail Ride. Discover original stations and platforms and be treated to immersive features during a 15-minute ride on the tiny train, which was previously used to transport mail around the city.

    • Follow a purple clock to St. Christopher’s Place

      One of London’s hidden gems is right under the nose of famous Oxford Street - a haven of upscale boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries. Find jewelry at Astrid & Miyu, limited-edition works at Castle Fine Art, or snap away at Feya’s almost-too-pretty-to-eat cakes.


    Paris

    • Uncover secret Parisian spots

      You could be in another world beneath the monumental glasshouses at the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil in the Bois de Boulogne. This botanical garden dates back to 1761 and includes a collection of ornate 19th-century glasshouses — grab some selfies alongside its rare collection of towering tropical plants and cacti.

    • Step into a fairground like no other at the Musée des Arts Forains (Les Pavillons de Bercy)

      This reservations-only museum, which houses the biggest collection of fairground and show objects in Europe, is full of quirky features. Watch as video, sound and comedians bring the museum to life, and take a ride on carousels and a vintage merry-go-round.

    • Hunt down bargains at the Puces de Saint-Ouen flea market

      Explore its 15 markets and narrow alleyways crammed full of stalls and shops, where you can pick up anything from antique furniture and glassware to vintage clothing.

    • Walk beneath the chestnut trees bordering tranquil Canal Saint-Martin

      This canal links Port de l’Arsenal to the La Villette canal basin. Here, you’ll discover a path peppered with locks, swing bridges and Venetian-style bridges. Arrive in time for dinner under the stars on the terrace of street art-covered Le Pavillon des Canaux.

    • Rent a boat from Marin d’Eau Douce at La Villette canal basin

      These easy-to-operate electric boats can be rented per hour or for a whole day (up to 10 p.m.), giving you the chance to explore 25 miles (40 kilometers) of waterways — a great way to ramp up the romance or to hang out with friends.

  3. Must-see attractions

    Attractions full of intrigue

    The Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge, Champs-Élysées, The Shard — there are some London and Paris icons you just have to see in person. Experience these a little differently from the average tourist by climbing up high for unique views, skipping the crowds with after-hours entry or pairing champagne with the sights, you’re sure to make some amazing memories.


    London

    • Find wizard wonders and unique views in London

      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 to 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.

    • Cross Tower Bridge and climb St Paul’s Cathedral

      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.

    • 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. Also keep an eye out for special events, which have included yoga, silent discos and morning raves in the past.

    • Book a spot for the peculiar Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London

      A truly braggable experience - you’ll learn more about the tower’s gruesome history and watch the guards hand over the keys to the tower — tickets are purchased well in advance, so plan ahead. Or, visit at nightfall on selected Sundays from November to April.

    • End your evening in front of the dazzling LED lights at Piccadilly Circus

      Followed by a short stroll to Leicester Square, home to London film premieres, cinemas and casinos. Strike your best red-carpet pose before a nightcap at The Perception bar at W London, which features creative cocktails such as the ginger-themed Prince Harry.


    Paris

    • Marvel at extraordinary monuments and architectural gems in Paris

      Grab a coffee and go for a morning stroll along the 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

    • Window shopping at Avenue Montaigne

      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.

    • Wander along the Seine 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. Next, explore famous neighborhoods — follow in the footsteps of Picasso, van Gogh and Renoir with a visit to artists’ quarter, Montmartre. Then head to Sacré-Coeur, with its mesmerizing mosaics and dome offering 360-degree views.

    • 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.

    • End your tour with a stop at the Père Lachaise Cemetery

      Here you’ll find famous tombs, including those of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf that are adorned with flowers and lipstick kisses.

  4. Thrilling adventures

    Adrenaline-filled adventures

    You only live once, right? So, pack some exhilarating activities into your trip. Feel the wind rush through your hair on a speedboat ride, tour the city in an unusual vehicle or see the sights from a helicopter ride.


    London

    • Speed through the river in London

      Start the day by going sightseeing with a difference, as you emulate the world’s most famous secret agent on a River Thames RIB speedboat tour. Speed past iconic sights, such as the Coca-Cola London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and The Shard, and head under Tower Bridge with Thamesjet. Shaken but not stirred, you’ll have never been so close to being James Bond.

    • Or, hitch a ride in a classic British car with Small Car Big City

      Cram into an old-school Mini Cooper and let your guide take you around London, from Buckingham Palace to street art hotspots. Ask to be dropped off near Carnaby Street for your morning coffee fix at locals’ hangout Department of Coffee and Social Affairs.

    • Then, head east to The O2

      Where you can walk across the roof of this modern London icon during a 90-minute climb, where you can spot the Thames, Greenwich and Canary Wharf, before enjoying lunch at one of the many restaurants inside.

    • Venture to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

      Here, you’ll find the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s tallest sculpture. Head up to the viewing platform for spectacular views before tackling the longest tunnel slide in the world — you’ve been warned, it’s not one for the faint-hearted. Upgrade to the GoPro package to record your thrilling descent down the 584-foot tunnel.


    Paris

    • Take to the air in Paris

      Bienvenue à Paris! From Gare du Nord, head to the Parc de la Villette to check off that bucket list skydiving experience, at iFLY. You’ll be able to twist and turn in mid-air, as you float in a spacious glass tube. It’s only fitting you give it a go at this indoor skydiving center, given the parachute was invented by a Frenchman, and the first ever jump took place in France.

    • Get a bird’s eye view of the city of lights

      There’s no better time than sunset to admire the French capital’s architecture, and with Helipass flights you can even soar above the nearby Palace of Versailles — the former home of famous French king, Louis XIV — to admire its incredible gardens.

    • Hover over Paris with the Ballon Generali

      This is the biggest tethered balloon in the world and offers top notch views. The balloon, which is used to measure air quality and changes color accordingly, can go up to 490 feet into the sky.

    • Or, hop in a sidecar to explore the city

      Discover the city’s streets and icons lit up at night on Retro Tour Paris’ 90-minute Retro by Night tour

  5. Culture

    A vibrant mix of culture

    If culture’s your thing, you’re in for a treat. From Paris’ fashion icons to London’s contemporary art galleries, you’ll have the chance to visit some of the world’s top galleries and museums.


    London

    • Make use of London lates

      Head straight to one of London’s many galleries and museums. Most are open daily until 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., so you’ll have a few hours to explore the world-class works and artifacts. And if you’re in London on a Friday, you’ll also be able to make use of “lates” (late openings) at many venues.

    • Reminisce about your childhood at Kensington’s Design Museum

      Encounter objects from your childhood, such as toys, computers and everyday items laid out in stylish displays. Make sure to check out the shop for unique items.

    • Catch the latest exhibition at Tate Modern

      Open late on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as blockbusters shows, this gallery on the south side of the Thames also houses free-to-enter collections of modern and contemporary art. Don’t miss the chance to become immersed in live art at The Tanks.

    • Visit lesser-known galleries full of private collections

      Stop by the Wallace Collection for picture-perfect displays of 18th and 19th-century art acquired by the Marquesses of Hertford; or head west to Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery to ogle contemporary works.

    • Explore the Victoria and Albert Museum

      There, you’ll encounter Alexander McQueen dresses, 1960s fashion and sparkling jewelry; see more world-class art at the National Gallery or Royal Academy of Arts; or delve into thousands of years of history through incredible objects at the British Museum.


    Paris

    • Find eclectic exhibits and fashion icons in Paris

      Take a morning stroll through Bois de Boulogne, and you’ll soon find the dazzling Fondation Louis Vuitton. Catch your reflection in Frank Gehry’s imposing building and look up as the glass structure twists and turns above you. Next, head inside to see contemporary art collections owned by the fashion house, alongside temporary exhibitions.

    • Be treated to some serious fashion at Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris

      Get a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of the iconic fashion brand’s work with prototype dresses and a studio in its former haute couture house.

    • Venture to two galleries created for the 1900 Universal Exhibition

      First, explore Musée d'Orsay, showcasing one of the most important collections of Impressionist paintings in the world. Then, cross the Seine to the Grand Palais, which houses temporary exhibitions, from Picasso and Miró to Renoir — another reason to visit now before it closes in 2020 for three years of redevelopment.

    • Explore the exhibitions at the Atelier des Lumières

      For a truly unique experience, become immersed in vivid light displays, which illuminate the interiors of a former cast iron foundry at Atelier des Lumières. Watch as lights from 140 projectors combine with video and sound for spectacular shows up to 33 feet in height.

    • Every Paris visit should include the Louvre

      Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time to check this spot off your bucket list. Whether the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo or the famous glass pyramid, there are plenty of things to catch your eye among the 35,000 works.


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