London in one day (focused on historic icons and attractions)



Coming to London for a day? Are you too busy or maybe just a bit lazy to plan your stay? Well, that's OK. Living in London for more than 8 years we put together some great tips what do in London, what galleries, museums and Royal palaces are worth to visit, where to eat and much more.

We have 2 versions of this program. The first is more focused on historic icons and attractions (see below), the second on museums and galleries and London markets (read more here...).


LONDON IN ONE DAY (FOCUSED ON HISTORIC ICONS AND ATTRACTIONS)

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London in one day (focused on historic icons and attractions)


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The Tower of LondonFROM TOWER OF LONDON TO WESTMINSTER ABBEY, PARLIAMENT AND BIG BEN

Our self-guided tour starts at the Tower of London (Tower Hill tube station, Circle Line). Avoid long queues and visit the Tower between 9-10 am.

Then cross the Tower Bridge and turn right towards HMS Belfast battleship. There is a museum in the battleship and in the Tower Bridge as well (with great view from both towers). 5 mins walk from the Bridge you can visit the Design museum (www.designmuseum.org).

Walking along the river you will see and can visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, Somerset House (on the other side of the river) and London Eye.

Tip: there is a cafe in Tate Modern with great view of the City, Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral.
Tip: if you want enjoy London Eye we recommend you to buy your tickets in advance online. It's cheaper and you won't need to wait in long queues.

Once you reach London Eye, cross the Westminster Bridge towards Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.
If you visit the Tower between 9-10 am you should be at Westminster Abbey by 12pm (you will even have time for nice morning coffee by the river). Find more info about the Tower, Tower Bridge, Globe Theatre, Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abby in London historic icons and attractions guide

Find more info about the London Eye and HMS Belfast in London attractions guide

Find more info about Tate Modern and Somerset House in London galleries and museums guide

Westminster AbbeyFROM WESTMINSTER ABBY TO MADAME TUSSAUDS

Westminster Abbey explored go back to Westminster tube station where you can take the bus number 3, 12, 88 or 159 direction Oxford Circus.

You will be passing along Downing Street - number 10, Horse Guards, Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street.

Get off at Oxford Circus, have a lunch (there are plenty of restaurants... see our Food and drink guide) and do some souvenirs shopping.

Then take the tube to Baker Street station and visit Madame Tussauds and/or The museum of Sherlock Holmes.
With a visit to Westminster Abby and lunch around Oxford Circus you should be at Baker street around 2-3pm. Find more info about Madame Tussauds and Sherlock Holmes museum in London attractions guide

Buckingham PalaceFROM MADAME TUSSAUD'S TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND TRAFALGAR SQUARE

Having seen all the waxworks of historical and royal figures, film stars, sports stars and infamous murderers go back to Baker street and take a bus number 2 or 82, direction Buckingham Palace. You can get off at Marble arch and visit the Speakers' Corner, otherwise get of at Royal Mews (it is between the Victoria tube and railways station and Buckingham palace). It is about 5 mins walk from the Palace.

Photos of Buckingham Palace and you done, relax at St James's or Green Park. Then via The Mall (wide and narrow street from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square) go to Marlborough Road (it will lead you to St James's Palace).

From there walk to Piccadilly Circus with the statue of Eros and then to Leicester Square where you can buy half priced and discounted theatre tickets at TKTS (www.tkts.co.uk) for the evening show.

You can visit the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. The Gallery is huge; probably you will not have enough time to see all its expositions. Visit Gallery website and plan what you want to see in advance.
If you plan to visit Madame Tussauds you will reach the Buckingham palace around 5pm and Trafalgar Square around 6pm. It may be too late to visit the Gallery (if you want to visit it, do it next time when you are in London or skip the Madame Tussauds)Find more info about the Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace in London historic icons and attractions guide

Find more info about National Gallery in London galleries and museums guide

St Paul's CathedralFROM TRAFALGAR SQUARE VIA COVENT GARDEN BACK TO TOWER OF LONDON

It will be around 6-7pm so after the long day you deserve a good dinner. There are plenty of restaurants around Leicester Square, in Chinatown and in Soho.

After you dinner you can close the day by a nice walk to Covent Garden via Leicester Square and then going down to Strand where most of London Theatres are. If you bought the theatre tickets, musicals normally start around 8pm and finish 10pm.

Otherwise take the a bus number 11 or 15 to St Paul's Cathedral (it's beautiful at night) and then again bus number 15 back to Tower of London where the Ceremony of the Keys takes place at 10pm every day.
Find more info about the St Paul's Cathedral in London historic icons and attractions guide


Updated on 05/2012.



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