London Itinerary: How to Spend A Day In London
London is a city that everyone wants to visit once in their lifetime. This post will help you planning a London itinerary and how to spend a day in London. I am sure you will be able to see a lot of London’s highlights even in such a short space of time if you follow the order that I am going to tell you.
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So without a further ado let’s see what can be seen in one day In London:
One Day In London: What to Do in London for A Day
Below is a detailed guide to what to do in London if you only have a day, in the order that makes the most sense in terms of getting around and minimizing transport.
Ideally, you’ll start the day at opening time of the first attraction (between 9am and 10am, depending on the day of the week), and keep going until you’ve seen everything!
1. The Tower of London
Expect to spend a least two hours here, exploring all there is to see, from the tower, to the execution block, to the crown jewels themselves.
2. The South Bank and London Eye
Once you’ve crossed over Tower Bridge, you’ll find yourself on the South Bank, cunningly named because it’s on the south bank of the river Thames.
You’ll also be walking past the recreation of Shakespeare’s famous Globe theatre, the Shard (Western Europe’s tallest building), the Millennium Bridge which leads to St. Paul’s cathedral and the quite magnificent Tate Modern Art Gallery, all of which are likely to tempt you in.
Once you’ve made it past all these attractions, and maybe grabbed a bite to eat at Borough Market just behind London Bridge, you’ll find yourself coming around the corner, with the Houses of Parliament swinging into view and the giant Ferris wheel known as the London Eye looming large. If you want a spectacular view of London, take a spin in the wheel, and marvel as the city unfurls beneath you.
3. The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
After your London Eye ride, walk or boat ride (whichever you opt for!), you’ll want to pop across the river to take in the Houses of Parliament, home to the English lawmakers and the bell known as Big Ben.
This is one attraction that is easy to see from the outside, but not many people know that you can also drop inside if you want to, and go on a guided tour.
4. Buckingham Palace
After that you head towards the Buckingham Palace. Here you can peer through the railings to watch the changing of the guard and wonder as to how the other half live, and wave frantically at the windows on the off-chance that someone waves back.
5. Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and the West End
Then you can head out onto Trafalgar Square, where you can enjoy seeing the lions, Nelson’s famous column and sate your art appetite at the excellent, and free, National Gallery.
For the day in London as described above, getting around by foot is entirely feasible – contrary to public opinion, central London is perfectly walkable. If you’re not so into walking though, then London is very well served by public transport.