How to do London in a day!

How to do London in a day: a jam-packed itinerary!

Put on your comfortable shoes because we’re covering a lot of ground today!

London is a HUGE city so it goes without saying that if you’ve only got a day here you’ll just be scratching the surface—but it can be done.

Things to see & do if you only have 12 hours in London


Arrive in London/leave your hotel, travel to London Bridge


Soak up the atmosphere at Borough Market and grab an on-the-go breakfast from one of the many food stalls—there’s something for everyone


Walk up the River Thames towards Westminster, taking in the Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Somerset House, the Southbank Centre and the London Eye


Cross Westminster Bridge, admiring the Elizabeth Tower (know incorrectly by most as Big Ben!) before walking up Whitehall to sneak a peek at Downing Street


Cut through Horse Guards Parade to St. James’ Park, from where you can continue on to Buckingham Palace for a photo op


Walk down The Mall to Trafalgar Square, then on up the Strand, cutting left to Covent Garden piazza


It’s lunchtime! My favourite spots are MEATmarket (upstairs in Jubilee Market) and Honest Burger (33 Southampton Street), which does veggie and gluten-free options (not sure about halal, can anyone enlighten us?)


Ramble through Seven Dials and the colourful Neal’s Yard, then down Shaftesbury Avenue into Soho and on to Carnaby Street


Pop into Liberty for a spot of shopping—and use the in-store WiFi to ‘gram your adventure so far


Via the famously chaotic Oxford Circus, zigzag down Oxford Street into John Lewis and up onto their rooftop to appreciate the view (open seasonally)


Go underground and get the Central line to the British Museum to soak up the cavernous Great Court (top tip: nip upstairs to take a snap from the balcony overlooking the court)


Catch the 29 bus to Camden Town to explore Camden Market (actually a combination of many markets) and to buy the obligatory tacky souvenirs


Catch the 214 bus to Angel and plod along Upper Street (or Camden Passage for some vintage-hunting)


Time for dinner! My favourites are Bill’s (9 White Lion Street), Bibigo (407 St. John Street), La Petite Auberge (283 Upper Street ), Mem & Laz (8 Theberton Street) and Le Mercury (140A Upper Street)


Head back to the train/coach station or on to a bar for cocktails

Hope you found this guide helpful! If you did, don’t forget to pin it for later :)

When this post goes live I’ll be packing for Paris—come back soon for tips from the City of Lights and join the adventure on Instagram in the meantime!

London tips from a Londoner: how to see the city in just a day!

LONDON TIPS: how to see the city in one day


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