Are you thinking about planning a trip to London? If not, why not? It’s one of the world’s favourite cities and with a 2000 year history and seemingly endless iconic attractions, it’s not hard to see why. To help you make the most of your trip, this blog will cover a perfect 3 day London itinerary.
Disclaimer, London is home to so many wonderful things to do and see that 3 days will never be enough. So our itinerary will cover some of London’s best attractions, landmarks and museums and from here you can adapt your stay to include things you might think are important to you.
London is an important city for a variety of reasons and no matter why you may want to visit, there will be something for you to see. Whether it’s history, architecture, the arts, cuisine, nightlife, culture or green spaces, London has something for people of all ages and backgrounds.
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Our first day in London will take in some of the most recognisable landmarks the city has to offer. Starting at Marble Arch, you can spend some time exploring the beautiful Hyde Park. Hyde Park is one of the Royal Parks and has many attractions of it’s own, such as Serpentine Lake and Speakers’ Corner. If you end your stroll at Wellington Arch you can then head through Green Park and end up at Buckingham Palace. If you keep an eye on timings, at 11:30 am you can catch the famous Changing the Guard ceremony. (It’s important to check dates on the palace website, don’t take it for granted that it will definitely be on). The ceremony draws large crowds and makes a perfect way to end your morning walking around the parks of London.
After taking in the military precision and pomp. You can cross another of London’s famous green spaces, St. James’s Park as you head towards Westminster Abbey. One of the most iconic and historic buildings in London, the Abbey is well worth a visit and there’s so much to see you could easily spend an hour or two.
Leaving the abbey, you can head towards the River Thames, where you’ll see Big Ben and Westminster Palace. After posing for a photo, cross Westminster Bridge and head to the London Eye for one of the best views available in London. End day 1 by treating yourself, head over to Knightsbridge on the tube and visit Harrods department store. Browse the many floors of luxury items and then find somewhere for dinner nearby, or to protect your wallet in nearby Piccadilly.
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The day begins with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Being the largest and most famous of London’s churches, there’s a lot to see here. If you’re able to, the 500+ step climb to a viewing gallery provides a wonderful view of the city, but the steep and spiraled staircase isn’t for the faint hearted.
From here, go to St. Paul’s underground station and disembark at Charing Cross, walking the 3 minutes to Trafalgar Square. The square is the heart of London and hosts some famous landmarks such as Nelson’s Column and its fountains. After enjoying the surroundings and taking a few selfies, take a stroll to the National Gallery, just to the north of Trafalgar Square, it’s one of the UK’s most important museums and is home to a collection of over 2,300 important paintings.
From here walk northeast towards the wonderful Covent Garden, an area full of boutique shops, quirky theatres and restaurants, where you’ll easily spend the remainder of your afternoon. There’s plenty here to enjoy late into the evening so why not enjoy a show from an up and coming artist or have dinner in a bohemian atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else.
No matter which of Lonodn’s iconic neighbourhoods you plan to include on your perfect itinerary, the Park Grand London Paddington is a hotel that enjoys the best connections to all of London’s transport networks via Paddington station.
Your third day will depend on your travel plans, to cover all bases our day 3 includes a full day of activities but this can be changed to suit your arrangement.
Day 3 starts at the Tower of London. This place will take all morning as there’s just so much to see, so the earlier you get there the better! If you have time you can take a tour from one of the Beefeaters and learn about the tower’s 900 year history, and of course you’ll want to take in the crown jewells.
From the Tower you can cross Tower Bridge and get to the south side of the Thames river. If maritime history is your thing, the warship HMS Belfast is located here and you could take a detour and include this floating museum on your visit.
London Bridge tube station is nearby, from here take the underground to Camden Town where you’ll be able to explore one of London’s most unique postcodes. Camden Town is an area with loads of shops and stalls to explore, there’s also plenty of international street food vendors that you can sample while you relax and take in the atmosphere.
AFter you’ve recharged, take the underground to the British Museum, amongst the world’s most prestigious museums. Some of the planet’s most important artefacts are housed here and your visit could take an hour, or the rest of your day, there’s that much to see!
To finish your 3 day itinerary, head over to Oxford Street and Regent Street for some world class shopping. Here you’ll get a chance to pick up some souvenirs and gifts and there’s also plenty of places to eat before you have to head home.
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With superb access to a variety of transport links to make your arrival, departure and access around town simple and seamless, you can enjoy make the most of your 3 day visit to London.