How To Make The Most Of Your Day Out In London
With so much to do in London, it can difficult knowing what to visit if you only have a short amount of time in the city. If you’re a newcomer to our fabulous city, check out this easy-to-do itinerary which includes some of the capital’s best sights and experiences. The only drawback is you’ll want more time, but it’s a great place to start!
Say good morning to London and begin your day with a view to die for! Hop on the EDF Energy London Eye first thing in the morning and start your day in London on a high. The London Eye is located on South Bank, right next to the River Thames and is easily reached by Tube or hop-on hop-off bus.
During your 30 minute flight on the London Eye you’ll see a number of famous London sights, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, which is a mere half a mile walk from the huge wheel. After your London Eye flight, take a stroll to the Houses of Parliament to get that all important Big Ben selfie! It’s also worth noting that the South Bank is home to two other top London attractions: SEA LIFE London Aquarium and The London Dungeon.
From the Houses of Parliament it’s just a five minute walk to Westminster Abbey (right), the grand location for William and Kate’s royal wedding. The Abbey is simply gorgeous and the Gothic architecture makes it one of the most photographed churches in London.
Take a bus or walk just under a mile to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen’s lavish London residence – Changing the Guard begins at 11.30am daily in summer (in autumn and winter, the ceremony takes place on alternate days).
Head to nearby Cardinal Place Shopping Centre for a restaurant near Buckingham Palace – you’ll find a great variety of eateries here suitable for a quick snack or leisurely lunch.
Catch a bus or take the tube from Victoria Station to Trafalgar Square (left). If you’re taking the tube, the Circle or District line will take you to Embankment, which is a seven minute walk from Trafalgar Square.
This bustling area of the city has long been considered the heart of London and often stages events throughout the year. Take in the beautiful architecture and Nelson’s Column monument.
Walk just a few paces through the doors of the domed building with towering columns and you’ll be in the National Gallery. This free to visit museum houses some of the greatest pieces of art in the world and you can while away a couple of hours browsing the inspiring collections.
From Trafalgar Square, take a short walk to Piccadilly Circus and experience the dynamic atmosphere of this major road junction. It gets very busy so you probably won’t want to stay here long, just enough time enjoy the buzz.
For a weird and wonderful escape, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum is housed over five floors overlooking Piccadilly Circus or if you want to do a spot of shopping, head to Fortnum & Mason, a British department store dating back to 1707. Fortnum & Mason is known for its top-notch food and drink and especially high quality teas.
An afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason is a real treat. A British tradition still much-loved today, afternoon tea is a relaxing and delicious way to spend an hour or two. Fortnum & Mason serves its own Classic Blend tea accompanied by sandwiches, scones and pastries in the store’s airy Diamond Jubilee Tea Saloon.
Muster up the energy in the evening to explore London’s vibrant West End and take in one of the fantastic theatre shows on offer. The famous theatre district of London has a huge range of plays and musicals and it’s easy to pick up Lion King, Wicked, Billy Elliot or The Bodyguard tickets.
The West End of London is a fabulous place to finish off your day in the city, with Leicester Square, Soho and Chinatown (left) coming alive at night. There’s plenty to keep you occupied until the early hours if you have the stamina!
This is just one way you could spend the day out in London and this itinerary takes in a handful of the city’s top attractions and landmarks. It should give you an idea on what London experiences can be achieved in a single day – so don’t be afraid to tailor your schedule to suit you.