London - suggested itineraries

London – Suggested Itineraries

There is a lot to see and do in London. Careful planning is the key to packing as much in as possible. The following attractions and activities are grouped together in itineraries so that you can choose an area and visit some or all of the sights on each list within one-day on foot (no additional transport required).  If you are speedy, you could combine two itineraries depending on how many attractions you want to fit into one day.

The attractions listed on each itinerary are all marked on a Google map which you can see at the bottom of this page or by clicking the title of each itinerary. Whilst we don’t claim to have included everything, we hope we have covered the most requested sights – and it’s been verified by a Londoner, so you are in good hands!

London is busy all year round, but spring and summer are especially busy. Most attractions can be pre-booked at discounted rates via the London Pass – which often saves queues. You can also pre-book travel cards to help you get around the city.

London is a wonderful, vibrate, multi-cultural city. Londoners don’t always have the best reputation for showing kindness to tourists, but if you need help – and are careful to choose someone who doesn’t appear to be in a hurry – then you can be sure that they will be more than willing to share their secrets of this thriving city with you.

 

The Greenwich Itinerary

Old Royal Naval College

What to See:

  • The Cutty Sark
  • Royal Observatory / Meridian Line
  • Royal Naval College
  • Greenwich Maritime Museum & Cutty Sark
  • Greenwich Market
  • Return trip on Emirates Skyline

Where to Eat:

  • Picnic in Greenwich Park (children’s play area) $
  • Pizza Express (posh Pizza) $$

Transport stops: 

  • Docklands Light Railway (DLR): Cutty Sark, Greenwich
  • Underground: North Greenwich
  • National Rail: Greenwich
  • Emirates Sky Line: Greenwich Peninsula
  • Pier: Greenwich, North Greenwich

Recommended: Arrive by boat – stress-free and a terrific view of many of the sights.

 

The Tower Itinerary

The Tower of London

What to See:

  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London / The Crown Jewels
  • Petticoat Lane Market (Sunday only)
  • Brick Lane Market
  • Museum of London
  • Monument
  • Bank of England Museum
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Great Fire of London Walking Tour



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Where to Eat:

  • Borough Market $
  • Curry in Brick Lane $
  • Wagamama $$
  • Barbecoa $$$
  • The Restaurant at St. Pauls $$

Transport stops: 

  • Docklands Light Railway (DLR): Tower Gateway
  • Underground: Tower Hill
  • National Rail: Fenchurch Street
  • Pier: Tower Millennium Pier

Recommended: Meet the Beefeaters at The Tower of London.

 

 The London Bridge Itinerary

Shakespeare's Globe on London's South Bank

What to See:

  • Potters Fields Park
  • The London Bridge Experience
  • The Shard
  • The Millennium Footbridge
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Tate Modern
  • Vinopolis
  • Gabriel’s Wharf
  • National Theatre
  • South Bank Centre / Royal Festival Hall

Where to Eat:

  • Borough Market $
  • Pieminister $
  • Roast $$
  • Oxo Tower $$$

Transport stops: 

  • Underground: London Bridge
  • National Rail: London Bridge
  • Pier: London Bridge

Recommended: Enjoy street artists and a buzzing vibe as you walk along the Thames from London Bridge to South Bank.

 

The South Bank Itinerary

The London Eye

What to see:

  • The South Bank Centre/ Royal Festival Hall
  • London Eye
  • London Aquarium
  • London Dungeon

Where to eat:

  • Real Food Festival $
  • Canteen $$
  • Giraffe $$
  • Skylon $$$

Transport stops: 

  • Underground: Waterloo, Southwark
  • National Rail: Waterloo
  • Pier: London Eye Millennium Pier

Recommended: Grab some top quality ‘street food’ from the Real Food Festival behind Royal Festival hall. This is a very busy part of the city – expect lots of queuing for the attractions.

 

The Westminster Itinerary

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What to See:

  • Houses of Parliament/Palace of Westminster
  • Big Ben
  • Westminster Abbey
  • St. James’s Park
  • Buckingham Palace (must pre-book for a tour)
  • Green Park
  • The Mall
  • Horseguards Parade Ground
  • Admiralty Arch
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Trafalgar Square
  • The National Gallery

Where to eat:

  • Patisserie Valerie $
  • Nandos $$
  • Zizzi $$

Transport stops: 

  • Underground: Westminster
  • Pier: Embankment

Recommended: There’s quite a lot to see here, but unless you want to go into to any of the attractions, most can be admired from the outside for free.

The Soho Itinerary

What to see:

  • Fortnum & Mason
  • Hamleys
  • Covent Garden
  • The Royal Opera House
  • English National Opera
  • Leicester Square
  • Discount Theatre Ticket Booth
  • Theatreland
  • Carnaby Street
  • Soho
  • Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
  • Oxford Street

Where to eat:

  • Street Food in Covent Garden $
  • Anywhere in China Town $
  • Bills $$
  • Kettners $$
  • Sophie’s Steakhouse $$$

Transport stops: 

  • Underground: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden

Recommended: This itinerary is all about soaking up the atmosphere and feeling the vibe of the heart of London. Great for shoppers, people-watching and bar-hoppers.

 

The Kensington Itinerary

Kensington Palace London

What to See:

  • Selfridges
  • Marble Arch
  • Hyde Park
  • Kensington Gardens
  • Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
  • Kensington Palace
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Harrods
  • Science Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Victoria & Albert Museum

Where to eat:

  • Byron Burgers $$
  • Wildwood $$
  • V&A Cafe $$

Transport stops: 

  • Underground: Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, South Kensington

Recommended: Kensington & South Kensington is all rather premium, but don’t be put off by that. It’s possible to take a picnic lunch to most of the museums and there are some beautiful places to sit outside and eat.

 

The North Itinerary

London - For Market Lovers

What to See:

  • Camden Town Market
  • The British Museum
  • London Zoo
  • Regents Park
  • Madame Tussaud’s
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum

Where to eat:

  • Picnic in Regents Park $
  • The Honest Sausage $
  • Cow & Coffee Bean $
  • The Boathouse Cafe $
  • Arancini Factory Cafe $

Transport stops: 

  • Underground: Camden Town, Baker Street, Tottenham Courd Road

Recommended: These attractions are a little more spread out so you may prefer to use the tube to move between attractions. Queues for Madame Tussaud’s are very large!

 

View the Map of our all London Itineraries here:

The London GuideThis article is part of our series of London Guides.

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