So you’re traveling to London on business and have a day to spare. Or perhaps you are traveling across the world and need to stopover in London for a night. London is one of those cities most of us find our way through at one time or another and never seem to have enough time to see it all. Here are some short itineraries developed by various travel enthusiasts on making the most of London in a day:
Here is a great place to start if you want to be on foot for a full day. What they call the “Grand Itinerary” walks you past the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tate Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and The Thames. Almost the entire walk is along the Thames River on a wonderful path so it’s easy to follow and lovely in decent weather. See full map and notes.
London Guide also recommends one day trips that aren’t on foot but easily accessible via the tube (subway) called The Main Gigs and the Culture Vulture
This site also offers nine self-guided walks around London including themed itineraries to match your interests:
This ambitious itinerary includes Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and a night of theatre. Make sure to break it up and head back to your hotel for a rest in between.
Of course you can always hop on a traditional London double-decker! The Original Tour (Yellow Route) takes you to the best of London’s sights including Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The National Gallery, Downing Street, Big Ben, London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London & Westminster Abbey. Check out other tour routes.