The Gilt Insider Guide to the Perfect Day in London

London’s calling this summer! From the Diamond Jubilee to the Olympics, is there a city in the world that can rival the British capital’s buzz at the moment? Gilt.com has teamed up with Burberry to bring you the ultimate wardrobe to wear while traveling in London, so you’ll know just how to live like a local during a day out taking in the sights of the city. Shop the Burberry: Your Passport to London event on Gilt.com on July 18, starting at noon ET.

But what to do while the sun is blazing high over Big Ben? Read on for an insider’s take on what to do in London for a perfect day (or three!) in the always-cool capital.

Start with a stroll through Kensington Gardens, which just happens to be the location of the Burberry Prorsum show during London Fashion Week. The Serpentine Gallery is a spectacular contemporary art space within the park, and this year’s pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei is a must-see. Don’t forget to check out the Royal Albert Hall across the way to see if there is a good gig on for later that night. The gardens have belonged to the royal family since 1689, so prepare to feel like you’re slipping back in time.

Take in more British history by visiting the venerable V&A museum, for centuries of apparel and accessories along with decorative arts. The exhibition of the summer is the swoon-worthy “Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950,” with pieces worn by famous Brits alongside off-the-runway confections.

If a traditional museum is more your speed, visit the Tate Britain. Iconic pieces in the permanent collection include Auguste Rodin’s “The Kiss” and Marchel Duchamp’s “Fountain.” If contemporary art is more your bag, walk over the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern to take in the first major retrospective of YBA Damien Hirst in Britain.

Oh, and we bet you want to do a spot of shopping too, right? London is a famous fashion city for a reason. Head to Regent Street, the site of the soon-to-be-opened Burberry flagship store, for designer boutiques galore. If you fancy a bit of High Street fast fashion to take home with you, brave the crowds at Oxford Circus. And don’t miss the other beautiful Burberry boutiques in Knightsbridge, Bond St, and Burberry Brit in Covent Garden.

And no day in London would be complete without high tea! Sip elegantly from the finest china while nibbling on scones and clotted cream at Claridge’s, or sample one of 17 types of tea in the Palm Court at the Ritz, another London institution.

Wondering what to do in London at night? Check out The Gilt Insider Guide To The Perfect Night Out In London for some inspiring ideas.

And make sure to shop the Burberry: Your Passport to London event on Gilt.com, and check out all of our recommendations for what to do in the British capital here on Gilt Insider!

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