How to see London in A Day?
Is it really possible to see London in a day? I love living in London- I have been in that beautiful city for a long time- When my niece came from France to visit and kindly asked: how I can see London in a day? it made me wonder- London in a day? Is it possible? So this is what we did- Hope you will be inspired by our adventure-
1- Start the day with a hefty home cooked English breakfast-
Afterwards we walked to Notting Hill Gate and took pictures of the The Churchill Pub the one with all the flowers- Next to the 52 bus stop direction Victoria. Why not seeing Harrods? The food display is absolutely wonderful- then back on the Bus 74 direction Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guards– During Summer the changing of the guard is on regularly at 11 Am – Monday, wed, Fri and Sunday and daily during summer. we aimed to be there at 10:30 Am to soak the ambiance. As the bus was going to Marble Arch we got off at Hyde Park and walked past Wellingtons Arch and on the path of Green Park with a myriad of people heading in the same direction.
Travel Tip: Buckingham Palace is open for visit late July to Sep
From then on we fought our way through St James Park to The Horse Guards building-
Travel tip:( look for the Tiffany Fountain)
Walked through to Whitehall- peeping at 10 Downing Street-
Across Westminster Bridge for panoramic view over the River Thames-
2-The River Thames
If you go to St Thomas Hospital’s front garden there a good view of The Palace of Westminster ( yes Big Ben is covered) London Eye and other iconic buildings. As the clouds covered the sky above we decided to use our Oyster card (providing you have more that £8 on it) and took a 45 minutes river cruise to the Tower of London. This was a good decision as by the time we got on it started to rain cats and dogs.
3- The Tower of London
We arrived at the Tower and sheltered for a while before walking up to Tower Bridge. We got tickets for the London Tower Exhibition. I walked over the glass floor with shut eyes – the walkways although daunting was good fun (the glass floors can withstand the weight of 6 elephants still it was scary). From the high level walkways the views over London even on a rainy day are stunning.
Travel tip: The ticket allows you a visit to the Victorian engine rooms- very informative-
On recommendation we went to the WashHouse for lunch by the time we arrived they have stopped serving lunch so Pizza Express next door was as delicious.
5- St Paul Cathedral and Covent Garden
Walked towards the back of the Tower and down to St Paul Cathedral- the second largest cathedral in the world-
Then the rain has stopped nevertheless we took the 15 Bus for a good drive through the City of London down to Trafalgar Square. We took a quick cultural peep at the National Portrait Gallery then off to Covent Garden one of my favourite place in London.
We like strolling to Neil Street a colourful narrow paved street littered with cafes and bars.
Most importantly to enjoy a well-deserved cuppa- and to enjoy the moment just people watching. This is how you see London in A day.
6- Oxford Street
For us our day ended with a bus journey by night from Piccadilly to Notting Hill Gate via Oxford Street.
Anyway if you still have the strength, why not finish the day with a West-End play. Then you will truly see London in a day.
It is possible to see London in a day. If you have more time check out our 4 days in London itinerary.