If you’re visiting Europe and would like to stop over in London, but only have a few days to spare, you need not worry, as with our three-day itinerary, that includes the city’s top attractions, you’ll be able to make the most of your stay.
The best idea is to check the opening hours of London’s different landmarks before traveling, since these can vary depending on the season and day of the week. This is absolutely necessary if you want to see Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, as it doesn’t take place every day during winter. Based on this, you can alter the order of the first two days of your visit.
The first day in London begins bright and early, before 10 am. Take the Tube to Marble Arch and explore the popular Hyde Park. We recommend going for a stroll through the park heading south to Wellington Arch. Walking through the adjacent woodland, Green Park, you will get to the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, where you will have to wait patiently until 11:30 am to witness the famous ceremony of the Changing the Guard (remember to check the dates before heading to Buckingham Palace to make sure the ceremony takes place).
After seeing the regiments and the bands, crossing another of London’s green lungs, St. James’s Park, you’ll get to Westminster Abbey. This visit will normally take you over two hours, but is the city’s most important landmark and is definitely worthwhile.
After visiting the Millenium wheel it’ll be too late to see any other attractions, so we suggest heading to Knightsbridge on the tube and walking to Harrods, a world-famous department store and a great place to spend a couple of hours.
Piccadilly offers an excellent range of places for dinner. Since you have to get up early the next day, we suggest not staying out until very late.
We shall begin the day at the Tower of London. Since the visit will take you most of the morning, we recommend getting there as early as possible.
After exploring the Tower, you’ll have to cross the Tower Bridge to get to the south bank of the River Thames. On the right hand side, you’ll see the City Hall, and a little further along you’ll find the warship HMS Belfast. You won’t be able to visit these landmarks for lack of time, but can leave it for a second visit to London.
When you arrive at the London Bridge tube station, take the underground to Camden Town and discover one of London’s most striking and authentic neighbourhoods. Camden Town is an area with plenty of shops and stalls, where you’ll also find international street food stands.
Take the tube to Goodge Street and you’ll get to the British Museum, one of the world’s most famous museums. Some of the top attractions are the Rosetta stone, Nereid Monument and the section on Egypt.
Finishing with the cultural part of the day, it is time to visit two of the most important shopping streets that are also packed with restaurants and theatres; Oxford Street and Regent Street. Firstly, head to Oxford Street and then to Regent Street and you’ll finally get to Piccadilly Circus, one of London’s best-known squares.
You can have dinner in this area or if you like Asian cuisine, head to Chinatown, which is close by and has a very special and unique atmosphere. Here, you’ll find dozens of authentic Chinese restaurants.
The last day in the UK’s leading city starts at 10 am with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, located close to St. Paul’s tube station, where you can visit the crypt and climb the dome.
Head back to the tube station and get off at Charing Cross until you arrive at Trafalgar Square, one of London’s most distinguished squares. After wandering around and taking a few photos, head to the neoclassical building that looks onto: Trafalgar Square. This is the National Gallery, one of the UK’s most important and well-known museums that houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings.
After visiting the museum, head northeast on foot till you get to the charming neighbourhood of Covent Garden, an area full of shops, theatres and restaurants, where you’ll easily find a restaurant of your liking and spend the rest of the afternoon until you have to head to the airport.
If you’re staying in London for over three days, there are an infinite number of other places to see and visit. We recommend going to The Old Operating Theatre, the oldest emergency room in Europe, the renowned Madame Thaussauds wax museum, the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare’s fame grew as playwright and actor, or one of the world’s most important war museums, the Imperial War Museum.
London is a city with infinite attractions and things to see, so visitors will find it impossible to get bored.