Today I will be talking about how you can see London in 1 Day!
You may think that who in the world goes to London, one of the biggest and most amazing places in the world, for just 1 day?! The answer is me. And my friends. And you know what? It worked. It IS possible to see most of the well-known places and attractions. And I will tell you how.
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WHY FOR 1 DAY?
Don’t we all know those moments where we get a weird idea..and then it sounds so good! But then you never choose to do it. But this time I DID. And was surprised that my friends and I actually did it.
To be clear, I do recommend visiting London for at least a weekend, especially when living in Europe, a weekend trip is perfect. But if you just want a little adventure and don’t have much time to spend traveling, or if you end up having a long layover in London, this is for you.
HOW TO GET THERE
London is pretty easy to go to from most countries, and when catching the right time to get cheap plane tickets it is even easier (or even using the train- much more environmental-friendly btw so please use trains whenever you can)
One more thing before I start, just in case you’re interested in where I book my flights (I got the London flights for only $50!), this is the site I use.
Related: How to Travel London on a Budget
LET’S GET STARTED
So now we cleared the history behind my plan. One thing before we start the schedule and bucket list tips: The shorter your trip, the more to plan. Unless it’s an adventurous trip and you wanna just live it as it comes.
(love that way too, but this time we wanted to see everything we could in that one whole day)
Now, let’s get into it.
Here is the plan for the complete day we had
7 am: wake up
7:30 am: breakfast
8 am: Westminster Abbey (view of the London Eye)
10 am: Buckingham Palace
11 am: Picadilly Circus
12 pm: Trafalgar Square (that area)
2pm: London Bridge (walk to Tower Bridge)
3 pm: St. Paul’s Cathedral
5 pm: Camden Town and area
9 pm: spontaneous decision, I think we just roamed around at Picadilly, had dinner, etc.
Of course, we left time for things to shift, travel times, and just some time to breathe. It is almost impossible, and just not as fun, to stick to the time schedule to 100%, but we needed it to have an overview of everything we wanted to see and do.
OUR REAL SCHEDULE:
- Arrival in the afternoon (I recommend picking an earlier flight though to have more of the day in London!)
- check-in the hotel
- organize a little (and jump on the bed. haha.)
- go outside (with an umbrella in the backpack, of course) and explore the neighborhood (make sure it’s safe when booking the hotel)
- depending on how much time you have, you can spend some time in the City of London to have some views in the dark
- you can see our schedule pretty much above, but let me tell you what attractions we saw and what we exactly did.
- We got to Westminster Abbey, realizing that BigBen is in construction. But we didn’t spend too much time being upset since the Palace of Westminster is so pretty itself and has beautiful gates.
- when walking around a little bit, we discovered the London Eye, and stopped to take some pictures
- after that, we walked to Buckingham Palace. Must see! The surrounding parks are so beautiful too!
- Looking for the closest Underground Station, we walked through Green Park and took the Tube to Picadilly Circus. Reminding me of New York, I just HAD to go to Five Guys and get a milkshake! (no promo)
- we then walked through China Town and Trafalgar Square since that is all in SOHO
- being a typical tourist, we HAD TO have “English Tea”, and went to “Sketch”. A pretty fancy place (again, no promo), and I wouldn’t go again, but at least we checked it off!
- after that, we looked for a fish and chips place. (yes, I know, the order is usually reverse lol) AND FOUND ONE! It was pretty good for the price.
- After realizing that my dream place of that one “Instagrammable Waffle Shop” was closed, I think I got another milkshake. (I know. Obsessed.)
- In the afternoon, we finally got to London Bridge, where we walked along the Thames until we got to Tower Bridge, and took some pictures again. Me and my friends don’t get to see each other much since we all live further away, so this trip was an amazing way to catch up and take pictures. Just to make sure y’all know the reasons for all the pictures. And hey, I’m a photographer, it’s what I love.
- After walking across Tower Bridge, we took a doubledecker bus to St. Paul’s Cathedral. A beautiful building, especially in the spring with all the blossoms.
- next, we picked Camden Town to go to. A 30-minute ride with the Tube. There, we walked through markets, cute streets, and had dinner at some pub, but the food was amazing. I had Mac and Cheese, and some other stuff. But Mac is what I remember haha.
- after that we pretty much wandered all around, just looking for things to do, while we were so so done from all the walking.
- We didn’t sleep in this morning either. Our hotel was pretty close to Hyde Park, so we decided to take a morning walk and visit the Kensington Gardens before we went back to the hotel to get our luggage and then had the most English breakfast EVER. And it was pretty good.
Alrighty, this was my London in 1 Day schedule, how to see London in 1 day!
Of course, you can add anything you wanna see, we just tried to see the most important things in London in as short a time as possible. And I can’t wait to go back again and see everything I didn’t get to!
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