There is a lot to soak up in London and at times it may seem overwhelming; even the savviest of Londoners won't have discovered half of the city's hidden gems. But on a recent trip, myself and the rest of the OTUK team certainly gave it our best shot. Our instructions were simply to meet at 9am and wrap up warm. With no other hints, we all blindly headed out on a crisp, sunny morning to meet at Victoria for a day of surprises, which turned out to be the best (and definitely most stylish) ways to make the most of London in a day…

Mini Cooper Tour

Mini Cooper Tour

For the first order of the day we were met outside The Goring hotel by the charming Robert and Tom, who introduced us to Daisy and Dot - two vintage Mini Coopers. After an obligatory photo shoot with the cars, we were whisked around London for an open-top tour of the city; we strapped in, turned on The Beatles, and off we went. Robert and Tom certainly weren't afraid to show us what the cars could do; whizzing around corners, pulling up side by side and squeezing down narrow cobbled streets was no struggle for these little pocket rockets. Meanwhile, we were zooming past some of the best sights London has to offer, including the Duke of Wellington's pillared mansion (which holds the exclusive address of Number One, London), Buckingham Palace, and the many landmarks around Westminster. Along the way our drivers reeled off some fascinating facts about the city, including amusing tales of Charles II's antics in Green Park. No stone was left unturned and we were even taken to one of London's few (and little-known) legal graffiti locations where we all left our own mark.

Climbing the O2

Climbing the O2

Onwards and upwards! We said our goodbyes to Robert and Tom and hopped on the tube to our next location. We emerged from the station and were greeted by a familiar, imposing white dome. What better way to take in a full 360 degree view of London than by climbing the O2? With Beyoncé, Bon Jovi and One Direction as frequenters of the venue, we would literally be walking above the stars. After safety talks and being strapped in to our harnesses we began our ascent, slowly climbing along the rubber-like path. We had to remember our safety talks - bouncing was strictly forbidden, and with every ounce of our maturity, most of us managed to withhold. It was difficult not to get distracted by our surroundings: the view stretched across Canary Wharf, the Thames and over the horizon - a rare spectacle in London. After spending some time taking it all in at the top and basking in our achievement, we reluctantly returned to solid ground…

Thames Limo Boat

Thames Limo Boat

...but not for long! Our third activity, only a short walk from the O2, was a ride on a luxurious Venetian limo boat on the Thames. Greeted by the lovely captain and a glass of Veuve, we climbed aboard and headed for the open-roofed stern of the boat, where we reclined on the plush leather seats. At first we gently glided along the river so as not to spill our precious bubbly, but soon after things picked up and the water was crashing around us. We were spoilt with views of London's most iconic sites from our oh-so exclusive location, including The Cutty Sark in Greenwich, Traitor's Entrance at the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and finally the London Eye, where we ended our nautical adventure. We even got to wave at Kylie Minogue as she zoomed past us on her way to a concert!

Chocolate tasting

Chocolate Tasting Tour

Finally, feeling a little windswept, we travelled to our final excursion in Covent Garden, where we were taken on a chocolate tasting tour in true Willy Wonka style. Our guide, Jennifer, met us in Hotel Chocolat where we were given the most deliciously smooth chocolate milkshake I've ever tasted. We were taken down into the basement where she thrilled us with her unparalleled chocolate knowledge, and taught us how to properly taste it, from the clean snap to the texture. After our masterclass, we headed out of Hotel Chocolat to explore a number of boutique chocolate shops. We tried everything from roasted cacao beans to Marmite chocolate, and were warmly greeted at each stop with different samples to try. Le Jeune in Covent Garden had even constructed their own impressive chocolate Big Ben structure. Although I may be a newfound chocolate connoisseur, I don't think it's going to stop me from guzzling the occasional Galaxy bar…