I can speak about London for very long and there will still be that much to say. This city is something completely different from any other European capital.
It is difficult to describe with words, but just the way I said in the previous traveler tips article for London “…London has some magical or better to say royal feel in the air, that makes you fall in love with this incredible city and country once and forever…” So if you are still deciding whether or not to visit the capital city of United Kingdom, hesitate no more, you will be more than delighted for your choice! 🙂
Now let’s see how you can spend your time in London, if your time is too short, which is very common for business travelers.
3 days in London is indeed a very very short time frame, but I know how you can make the most of it. You need to see and experience enough to feel satisfied but be left with an irresistible desire to come back here for more! 🙂
Just note, I won’t be covering transportation, food and entertainment costs, cause they are already listed in London Travel Tips.
DAY 1 – London Must Sees
It really depends on when you arrive and how much time you have on your first day, but the itinerary lists activities for 3 full days.
If it’s actually less than 3 days for you, never mind, you can skip the activities that are not in your top list or you can leave your trip details in the comments and I’ll personally help you come up with a custom itinerary considering your hotel location, flight times and personal preferences.
So now let’s pass on to the actual London trip itinerary for Day 1.
#1 Westminster Abbey
A beautiful piece of Gothic architecture and the place of coronation and weddings of all kings and queens since 1066, Westminster Abbey is a good place to start exploring London. Though the opening times vary from season to season and depending on weekdays, you can try and catch a perfect time to get inside too. Parliament square is located right beside the Abbey, where you can relax and enjoy the views of both Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben… or take a#selfie with Winston Churchil’s monument.
#2 Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
Undoubtedly this is the most iconic sight of London. After taking a bunch of different photos, just stay a few moments on the Westminster bridge to really enjoy and appreciate the grandness and beauty of this building. If you have a special interest in the Parliament, you can also book a guided tour, which I advice doing in advance. The official price of the tour is £25.
#3 London Eye
Definitely worth taking a ride and having a bird’s eye view of the city. Stunning. Ticket price is £29.50.
No real need to book in advance, cause the line goes really quick.
#4 Trafalgar Square
By now you will already be overly impressed and probably tired, so I would suggest having a quick meal (see the food costs in London Travel Tips post) somewhere near Trafalgar square, where you can also lounge near the fountains and read or listen (if you have audioguide) to the history of this place and Nelson’s column in particular.
# 5 National Gallery
If you made it before 4-4:30pm than you have enough time to visit the National Gallery located right at Trafalgar Square. The admission is free and opening hours are daily 10am – 6pm, Friday 10am – 9pm. It has a huge collection of paintings, including such legends as Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and many more.
#6 Evening Walk – Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus
It’s been a long day with overwhelming amount of history, beauty and “wooow”s, so after having a rest and changing in the hotel, you can enjoy a light walk in the city center to see London by night. A perfect route for the walk would be Regents Street-Piccadilly Circus and further to the bank if you still have legs. 🙂
Read the DAY 2 London Trip Itinerary in the next post.