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London Itinerary – How To Spend 1 – 7 Days In London

London is one of the most popular cities in the world. So here’s a tried and tested London Itinerary to help you plan your time.

How To Get Around London

Getting around London couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:

London Underground

With the London Underground being the easiest way to jump on and off between tourist spots, we highly recommend using the tube system to get around.

Zones 1-2 contain all the central London districts, and most of the major tourist attractions. The daily cap for travelling in Zones 1-2 is £8.10 when using a contactless bank card.

If you don’t have a contactless card that works in London, the best option is to purchase a 1-Day Unlimited Travel Card.

These can be used on the tubes, buses, trams and Docklands Light Railway.

Most of the gaps between destinations are walkable, depending on how much ground you wish to cover and how much time you have.

Hop On Hop Off Bus

Standard buses are available within your daily travel card.

However, there is also of course the famous Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour.

This is always popular among tourists and is a great way to see many famous landmarks around the capital at ease.

All whilst travelling around on a traditional big red London bus!

Tour

Some of the best days out we’ve had in London have been on private tours.

So for those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

From food tours, to canal rides and pub crawls, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the UK’s capital!

Also, for all tourists visiting London, I recommend purchasing a Go City London Pass.

These are a great way of saving money when visiting multiple tourist attractions during your stay in London.

Best Time To Visit London

London is an all year round destination. However, if you prefer the warmer weather, then spring through to Autumn (April – September) is warmer, if somewhat unpredictable!

Don’t write off winter though, as there is still plenty to do in the city. In addition, the Christmas lights are spectacular and the seasonal vibe is contagious.

London is always pretty busy but during the school summer holidays, end of July to beginning of September, is when you usually get the most visitors.

So, if you prefer it a little less crowded, avoid these weeks if possible.

Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

London Itinerary Day 1

Borough Market

For the perfect start to the first day of your London Itinerary, I recommend heading to the famous Borough Market.

Located in the heart of London, Borough Market is easy to get to on public transport or by foot. The Market is open all day from Tuesday to Sunday.

Sitting under beautiful old railway arches, this market hall in Southwark is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London.

With over 100 stalls, you will find lots of fresh, locally produced artisan products. Including everything from pastries and bread to fresh coffee. As well meat, fish, various street foods and much more.

Loved by locals and tourists, the smells and colours will delight your senses before you even try any delicious food stuffs.

Visiting this vibrant, bustling market and trying some of the delicacies on offer is a great start to the day!

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Tower Bridge

Now you are fuelled-up and ready to explore, the next stop is less than a mile away. Just a stroll along the banks of the River Thames will get you to Tower Bridge in around 15 minutes.

The picturesque and world famous Tower Bridge has become an iconic symbol of London. As well as one of the most photographed landmarks around the globe.

Built between 1886 and 1894, Tower Bridge is a stunning, combined bascule and suspension bridge that connects Southwark to Tower Hamlets.

Tower Bridge is sometimes confused with, the not quite as grand, London Bridge. London Bridge is just half a mile along the river, close to Borough Market.

If you want to get a close view of the bridge from the River Thames the Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise is a great option.

Alternatively, if you prefer everything to be organised for you, then the Tower of London and Tower Bridge Early-Access Tour is highly recommended.

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Tower Of London

You can’t visit Tower Bridge without stopping at the Tower of London. This historic castle, situated on the north side of the bridge, has played a prominent role in English history.

It’s impossible to wander around the outside of this majestic building and not get some great London Instagram photos. However, if you are really interested in the history, and maybe want a peek at the Crown Jewels, you need to get inside.

Open daily from 10am – 5.30pm (with last admissions at 5pm) tickets are not cheap starting at £24.70 per adult.

Tickets are best booked in advance via the Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket.

Alternatively the Tower of London and Tower Bridge Early-Access Tour is highly recommended.

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Sky Garden

Now you have crossed over the River Thames, the Sky Garden is just a 10 minute walk away. Located at the top of one of Londons newest skyscrapers, it is literally a garden in the sky.

Affectionately known as the Walkie-Talkie, due its shape, this impressive skyscraper sits on the north bank of the River Thames at 20 Fenchurch Street.

Occupying the top three floors of this 160 metre skyscraper, Sky Garden, with its floor to ceiling glass windows, offers fantastic 360° views across London.

From here can see many of London’s famous landmarks. Including, The Shard, The Gherkin, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and more.

As well as the great views, there is a lush, foliage-filled garden area to enjoy. Plus two restaurants, three bars and an open-air terrace looking out across the River Thames.

Open 7 days a week, it’s free to visit. However, tickets are limited, so it’s best to book in advance so you don’t miss it off your London Itinerary.

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Sky Garden Things To Do In London Bucket List
Sky Garden Things To Do In London Bucket List
Sky Garden Things To Do In London Bucket List

St Paul’s Cathedral

Next, the historical landmark that tops many peoples London bucket list, St Paul’s Cathedral. Less than 20 minutes away on foot, once you reach nearby Cannon Street, just follow it all the way.

One of the most well known and recognisable sights of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is famous for its intricate dome. However, you really have to step inside and and see the interior to fully appreciate this amazing building.

Apart from walking in the footsteps of royalty, you can also ascend the dome for spectacular views, head down to the fascinating crypt and plenty more.

Standing at 111 metres high, St Paul’s was once the tallest building in London. Interestingly, the dome remains among the highest in the world.

This is in fact the second largest church in the UK. It’s an important landmark in the city of London and has to be on the London Itinerary.

We recommend booking your St Paul’s Cathedral Entry Ticket in advance to explore this beautiful cathedral.

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St Pauls Cathedral Things To Do In London Bucket List
St Pauls Cathedral Things To Do In London Bucket List

London Eye

Located on the south bank of the River Thames, the London Eye is about a mile and a half from St Paul’s Cathedral. It will take just over 30 minutes to walk to from here.

Alternatively, Waterloo is the closest underground station to the London Eye. So if you want rest your legs just jump on the tube.

Standing at roughly 135 metres in height, the London Eye gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy some amazing views as you complete a full circle in your glass pod.

The London Eye actually receives more visitors per year than the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Giza combined!

With a variety of tickets and experiences available, the most simple being The London Eye: Standard or Fast-Track Entry Ticket it’s best to book in advance.

You can also find combo’s such as the London Eye and Madame Tussauds Combo Ticket. Or the Madame Tussauds, London Eye & SEA LIFE Combo Ticket.

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Big Ben & Westminster

Less that half a mile from the London Eye, across Westminster Bridge, is the iconic British clock tower Big Ben. Found at the north end of Westminster, Big Ben is actually the nick-name for the largest of the towers five bells.

Listen out for the chimes of Big Ben ringing out at each quarter of the hour and then the big one on the hour! You can’t visit London and not have ‘hearing Big Ben chime’ on your London Itinerary.

If you prefer to take a tour to all the main tourist attractions, including a stop at Big Ben timed to hear the bells, the London’s Top Sights: Walking Tour with Local Guide is a good option.

Westminster is the bustling government area – so where to start?

Westminster Abbey, The Houses Of Parliament and Parliament Square are all popular destinations in this area that top people’s London bucket list!

Also, it’s an ideal spot for some real touristy photos, with red phone boxes and the city backdrop viewed from the bridge.

One of the most popular tours of this area is the Guided Tour of Houses of Parliament & Westminster which also includes Westminster Abbey.

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The Shard

The final stop on the first day of your London Itinerary has to be The Shard. Sometimes called ‘the vertical city’, this spectacular spire shaped building houses, offices, flats, restaurants and bars.

Also home to the highest and best viewpoint in the city, it has panoramic 360° views stretching for 40 miles in every direction!

The Shard is located on the south bank of the River Thames, close to London Bridge Railway and Underground Station. (Not far from Borough Market where you started this morning!)

Access to the 244m high observatories on floors 68, 69 and 72 will cost you around £32 per adult. Make sure you book your The Shard Entry Ticket in advance though, because it’s a pretty popular spot!

However, if you want to make an evening of it and literally finish your day on a high, you could try one of their restaurants and bars.

With seven to choose from, offering various cuisine, you are sure to find something you like.

What better way to finish the day, than enjoying a nice meal whilst looking out across the magical night sky of the city of London.

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London Itinerary Day 2

Covent Garden

For a great start to day 2 of your London Itinerary, just jump on the underground and get off at wonderful Covent Garden.

Located on the edge of the West End, it was once home to a world-famous fruit and vegetable market.

Now home to fashion stores, local craft stalls, upmarket restaurants, cafes, theatres and of course the famous Royal Opera House.

This vibrant shopping and entertainment hub attracts thousands of visitors daily.

Covent Garden is a great place to shop, grab something to eat, see a show or just relax and enjoy the many talented street entertainers found in this area. Also, the perfect place to pick up some unique souvenirs.

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National Gallery

Just an 8 minute walk from Covent Garden, standing majestically in Trafalgar Square, is the renowned National Gallery art museum.

Founded in 1824, and located in Trafalgar Square since 1838, the National Gallery has over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.

On display you can see many famous masterpieces by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Botticelli and many more.

So, whether you’re into art or not, the National Gallery is a great choice for your London Itinerary. Open daily from 10am to 6pm, it’s also FREE to visit!

If you would prefer a tour to get all the info, the Official National Gallery Highlights Guided Tour is recommended.

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National Gallery Things To Do In London Bucket List
National Gallery Things To Do In London Bucket List

Trafalgar Square

Exploring spectacular Trafalgar Square, one of the most iconic sites in London, follows on nicely from visiting the National Gallery.

Trafalgar Square was built to commemorate Lord Horatio Nelson’s victory against Napoleon’s navy at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Hence, at its centre is the towering Nelson’s Column, with four large bronze lions sitting at its base.

In addition, either side of this are the two large, world famous Trafalgar Square fountains. You may have seen them featured in New Year celebrations, when Trafalgar Square becomes packed with revellers.

The large square is surrounded by stunning architecture including, of course, the National Gallery. As well as St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Admiralty Arch and the Mall, Whitehall and the Canadian Embassy.

Trafalgar Square is definitely high on everyones bucket list and has to be on your London Itinerary.

If you fancy seeing Trafalgar Square in a different light, London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour will take you via this iconic spot when it’s beautifully lit up.

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Trafalgar Square Things To Do In London Bucket List
Trafalgar Square Things To Do In London Bucket List
Trafalgar Square Things To Do In London Bucket List

Buckingham Palace

Leading on nicely from Trafalgar Square, and less than a mile away, is Buckingham Palace. In fact, the walk from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace via The Mall is one of the most iconic in the city.

Home to the royals, Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom.

You can’t visit London and not have the world famous Buckingham Palace included on your London Itinerary.

Tourists flock daily to take photos from the outside of the royal walls. Although, it is in fact possible to get inside Buckingham Palace for a couple of months each year.

Between July – September each year the State Rooms are opened to the public. You can book your Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Tickets in advance.

Another great tour that includes Buckingham Palace is the Changing of the Guard Walking Tour.

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Hyde Park

A short walk from Buckingham Palace is the stunning Hyde Park. Recognised around the world, this is London’s most famous park.

Covering a massive 350 acres, this beautiful Grade I listed urban park dates back to 1536 when King Henry VIII established it as a hunting ground.

It’s now home to a network of paths that link a variety of gardens, children’s playgrounds, fountains, sculptures and historic sites. As well as the large, recreational Serpentine Lake and plenty of sports facilities.

Hyde Park is a great place to take a walk or a picnic and catch your breath during your busy London Itinerary.

Although, it’s not the only beautiful green space in the city! Regent’s Park, Finsbury Park and St. James’s Park are just a few of the others if you have time to take a break whilst exploring London.

If you love parks AND cycling, you might enjoy the The Royal Parks and Palaces 3.5-Hour afternoon Bike Tour.

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Natural History Museum

The best part about walking through Hyde Park is that it leads directly to the Natural History Museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington.

This impressive building is home to a vast range of natural history collections. With some 80 million items that include animals, plants, fungi, palaeontology, geology, ecosystems and much more.

In fact, it will keep you engrossed for hours, so that’s why it’s the last destination on busy day 2 of your London Itinerary.

The Natural History Museum is free to visit and is open daily from 10am – 5.50pm. If you want more info as you go around, for just over £6 you might like the Natural History Museum Self-Guided Audio Tour (ENG) .

There are so many great museums in London to choose from, the British Museum, National History Museum and Science Museum are a few of our favourites. So, we’ll leave you to decide which to add to your London Itinerary.

If you’re looking for a detailed guide, Visit London has a great article on the top 23 free museums in London.

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London Itinerary Day 3

Oxford & Regent Street

Now for some retail therapy to start day 3 of your London Itinerary. Located in the heart of the West End are two of London’s most prestigious lifestyle destinations.

Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors. Ramping up dramatically at certain times of the year like Christmas!

With the majority of tourists in the capital on the hunt for either high end London fashion, or typical UK souvenirs, Oxford Street is high on most peoples London bucket list.

Oxford Street is connected directly to Piccadilly Circus via Regent Street, another of the most popular shopping streets in the city.

Along the slightly more upmarket Regent Street, you’ll find plenty of international brands such as Apple, Calvin Klein and Burberry. As well as the beautiful upscale department store Liberty’s and of course the famous Hamleys toy store.

Don’t forget you can take the Tootbus London Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour to get to and around all these places.

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Fish & Chips

After all that shopping you are probably ready for a sit-down and some good food. If you want to try some quintessentially English grub, top of the list, and a must for your London Itinerary, has to be fish and chips.

Battered, deep fried fish, served with chips and sometimes mushy peas is often considered our national dish! Best eaten covered in salt and vinegar and straight out of the serving paper.

For some of the best fish and chips in London, I can recommend heading, just a few minutes from Regent Street, to Poppies Fish & Chips in Old Compton Street, Soho.

Pat ‘Pops’ Newland of Poppies Fish & Chips, has been serving authentic fish and chips in London since 1945. He also has restaurants in Camden and Spitalfields if you’re in that area.

All the restaurants are friendly and welcoming and have an interesting retro feel to them with a decor of 1940s/50s memorabilia. So order your fish and chips, sit back and ENJOY!

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Chinatown

Alternatively, if Chinese cuisine is your favourite then Chinatown in London has to be on the London Itinerary.

All Chinatowns are good, however Chinatown in London is a foodies heaven with tourists coming from all over the world to eat here.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, many offering different styles. So stopping for a dim sum or traditional crispy duck is a must.

If you fancy a tour, the best of Chinatown Food Tour is certainly highly rated and very popular.

One of my personal favourite spots is Bunsik for some authentic Korean street food, including traditional Korean corn dogs.

With the vibrant hustle and bustle in Chinatown plus the colourful hanging lanterns, tai chi on the streets and unusual foods on display, you get a real Asian experience.

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Chinatown Things To Do In London Bucket List

Leicester Square

Leicester Square, just a few minutes round the corner, makes a great next stop. Home of entertainment and film in the city of London it makes it to the top of the bucket list for many visitors.

Leicester Square is filled with street performers, shops, bars, clubs, casinos, restaurants. It also holds different events throughout the year like its famous Christmas Market.

Moreover, it’s recognised around the world for its star-studded, red carpet film premieres that take place regularly during the year.

In fact, if you like your films, there are plenty of famous movie icons immortalised in bronze around the square to check out. Including Laurel & Hardy, Mary Poppins, Batman, Paddington Bear, Harry Potter and many more.

Not forgetting, Leicester Square Gardens in the centre of Leicester Square. Surrounded by trees, this lovely green oasis has seating, statues and a fountain. Another perfect spot to stop and take a break.

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Leicester Square Things To Do In London Bucket List

Piccadilly Circus

From Leicester Square, a 5 minute walk brings you to the famous Piccadilly Circus. Probably most well known for its iconic Coca Cola advertising sign, first seen on the billboards here in 1954.

However, in the centre of Piccadilly Circus is where people gather and sit around the base of the famous Eros Statue.

This beautiful winged archer, poised with his bow atop the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, is a Mecca for tourists, all looking to have a selfie with him!

Piccadilly Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End and is a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right. So not to be missed off the London Itinerary.

For great views of all the best spots in London including Piccadilly, don’t forget you can take a Tootbus London Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with audio guide included.

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Piccadilly Circus Things To Do In London Bucket List

Roof Top Bar

For the perfect finish for day 3 of your London Itinerary treat yourself to a visit to one of the many roof top bars spread across the city.

From luxurious lounges to trendy rooftop gardens, you’re sure to find the perfect spot and what better way to view the spectacular London skyline. A couple of my favourites are:

Sushi Samba, located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, is presently one of the most popular and impressive rooftop bars.

Offering the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe along with incredible 360° views of the city. Add to this a delicious selection of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine and what’s not to like!

With its floor to ceiling windows, an open bamboo ceiling, artistically placed lighting and lush greenery, Sushi Samba definitely has the ‘wow’ factor.

Alternatively, Sky Garden located at the top of one of Londons newest skyscrapers at 20 Fenchurch Street, is in the heart of the city.

The Fenchurch Restaurant here offers fine dining using British ingredients with Caribbean flavours. Or you also have the choice of three separate bars serving everything from cocktails to champagne.

Occupying the top three floors of this 160 metre skyscraper and with floor to ceiling glass windows,Sky Garden again offers fantastic 360° views across London.

As well as an open-air terrace with spectacular views over the River Thames. It makes for a great fun date idea in London.

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Sushi Samba Rooftop Bar London Fun Date Ideas In London
Sushi Samba Rooftop Bar London Fun Date Ideas In London
Sushi Samba Rooftop Bar London Fun Date Ideas In London

London Itinerary Day 4

Notting Hill

For a colourful start to day 4 of your London Itinerary, the picturesque area of Notting Hill will hit the spot. To explore this pretty area just jump off the tube at Notting Hill Gate station.

This has to be one of the most photographed areas in London, and the Notting Hill colourful houses are a huge reason as to why.

However, you’ll also find it high on the London bucket list for fans of the 1999 hit film ‘Notting Hill’. An award winning romantic comedy staring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, with many scenes filmed in this area.

The most famous spot, when it comes to pastel walls and ‘future home’ goals, is Hillgate Place. As well as the side streets surrounding it, such as Farm Place and Callcott Street.

To visit all the iconic spots and discover the real Notting Hill, you could book a Notting Hill Walking Tour with a local expert guide.

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Portobello Road

Whilst you are in the Notting Hill area the next stop has to be Portobello Road, home to the world famous Portobello Road Market.

Dating back to the 19th century, Portobello is one of London’s oldest markets. As well as one of the world’s largest antique, bric-a-brac and vintage clothing markets.

You will find an eclectic range of wares on offer in Portobello Road. From antiques, furniture, stamps, jewellery, vintage clothing and fresh produce to street food and much more.

A great spot to while away a few hours and find some unique souvenirs or gifts. This vibrant and diverse area of the city is undoubtedly worth seeing and has to be on your London Itinerary.

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Portobello Road Things To Do In London Bucket List
Portobello Road Things To Do In London Bucket List

Kensington Palace

London is home to quite a few historical palaces and exploring at least one of them is a great way to see behind the scenes of the British royal family.

Kensington Palace, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, has been a residence of the British royal family since the 17th century. Significantly it was the birth place of Queen Victoria and a good choice of palaces for your London Itinerary.

It’s currently the official London residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales and their family. As well as the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princes Michael of Kent.

Various parts of Kensington Palace are open to the public, including the sumptuous state rooms. It’s also possible to discover lots of interesting royal secrets during your visit!

Kensington Palace is probably most recently and sadly remembered for the images that went around the world of the millions of flowers left outside when Princess Diana died in 1997.

Open all day, every day, you can get your tickets in advance at Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets.

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Kensington Palace London Bucket List

English Pub

You’re probably ready to stop and refuel by now and a visit to London wouldn’t be complete without having a pint at a local ‘boozer’ on your London Itinerary.

Whilst you’re in the area of Kensington, for a great British pub experience, I can recommend the Churchill Arms. You won’t miss it as it’s absolutely covered in masses of colourful flowers.

Built in 1750, it is said to have been frequented by Winston Churchill’s grandparents and hence is full of Churchill memorabilia. Along with a decor of eclectic ornaments and warm lighting, making for a cosy and interesting interior.

Also home to a great Thai kitchen that has been serving, authentic Thai cuisine for over 25 years, you are guaranteed a good meal. All washed down with one of their famous real ales.

If you interested in history and visiting other pubs, there are some great tours including the Historical Pub Walking Tour. This explores some of the city’s most historic pubs and follows in the footsteps of the famous Charles Dickens!

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Visit Harrods

Located in Knightsbridge, Harrods is one of the largest and most famous department stores in the world. As such, it makes it to top of many visitors London Itinerary.

From Kensington, it’s just under a 2 miles walk or you could jump on a tube a get off at the Knightsbridge station which is just a 4 minute walk from Harrods.

Occupying a 5 acre site and stretching over 8 floors, it has over 300 departments and is home to over 5000 brands. Including designer fashion, luxury beauty, jewellery, watches, furniture, fine food and much more.

However, you could just pop in, have a browse and enjoy the lavish architecture whilst rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.

Or, with 20 different cafes and restaurants, you could stop and enjoy some refined refreshments. They also have some great little souvenirs available throughout the store.

If you fancy a cream tea, the London Vintage Bus Tour and Cream Tea at Harrods is a good combination.

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Harrods London Itinerary
Harrods London Itinerary

West End Show

A really great way to finish day 4 of your London Itinerary has to be one of the famous West End Shows.

West End Show is a common term for a mainstream professional show, staged in the large theatres in and around the West End of London.

Along with New York City’s Broadway theatre, West End theatres are usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

There are plenty of shows and theatres to choose from and you will see many of them advertised all over London’s underground. A few of our favourites are the long running Lion King, Wicked and Disney’s Aladdin!

So just find a show that you fancy and pre-order some tickets! The best place for cheap tickets can be found at TodayTix here.

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Mrs Doubtfire West End Things To Do In London Bucket List

London Itinerary Day 5

Spitalfields Market

What better way to start Day 5 of your London Itinerary than a visit to colourful Spitalfields Market.

Also known as Old Spitalfields Market, not to be confused with New Spitalfields fruit and veg market.

Located just a short walk from Liverpool Street tube station in the East of London, Spitalfields Market is one of London’s oldest markets.

Once home to a successful fruit and vegetable market, it’s now home to over 100 stalls showcasing local creatives, artisans and independent retailers.

From vintage clothing, fine jewellery, dog accessories and music, to home interiors and more, this is definitely the place to visit if you are looking for something a little quirky or different.

Spitalfields Market is also known as a foodie hot-spot, with a great choice of food stalls and restaurants selling a variety of tasty cuisines including Italian, Thai, Nigerian, Mexican and lots more.

This is a great place to find that special little gift or souvenir that you wouldn’t find on the high street.

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Spitalfields Market 7 Days In London Itinerary
Spitalfields Market 7 Days In London Itinerary
Spitalfields Market 7 Days In London Itinerary

Brick Lane

When you’ve had your fill of Spitalfields Market, just a short walk away and the perfect place for an authentic experience of East London, is the popular Brick Lane.

Stretching over 3/4 of a mile, this vibrant and historic neighbourhood is known for its food markets, curry houses, spectacular street art and vintage clothing.

As well as street performers, some great places to stop and have a coffee, craft-beer or a cocktail and some lively music venues.

Over the centuries, Brick Lane has to been home to various influxes of immigrants from all over the world. From French Huguenots to Irish and Jewish settlers and, more recently, Bangladeshis.

With all these different cultures leaving a legacy that makes Brick Lane the diverse and energetic area that it is today.

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Brick Lane London Bucket List
Brick Lane London Bucket List

Beigel Bake

Talking of legacies, whilst you’re in Brick Lane a visit to Beigel Bake has to be on the London Itinerary.

Founded in 1974, this 24 hour bakery and shop offers a menu focused on inexpensive, traditionally baked beigels, with Jewish style fillings.

Beigel Bake is probably most famous for the hot salt beef and mustard filled beigels, as well as chopped herring or salmon and cream cheese.

Although, they do also have plenty of other filling choices such as cheese, tuna, egg etc, as well as pastries and sweet treats.

Producing an amazing 7000 beigels everyday, Beigel Bake is incredibly popular. Therefore, be prepared to join the queue that snakes down Brick Lane from outside the bakery every day.

However, it doesn’t generally take long to get served and you won’t be disappointed, it’s definitely worth the wait!

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Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bagel Things To Do In London Bucket List
Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bagel Things To Do In London Bucket List

Street Art In Shoreditch

If seeing the street art in Brick Lane has piqued your interest and you’d like to see more, then just head around the corner to Shoreditch.

Here you will find amazing, ever-changing murals and art works on every surface available. With many pieces, like the original street art in the 60s and 70s, relating to the culture and history of the area.

The Shoreditch neighbourhood attracts local and international talent who create some of the best street art in the world. They really are stunning and a few of them incredibly large!

You won’t have to walk far to see one after another awesome displays. Don’t forget to wander down the side alleys too, as the ones that are tucked away are just as amazing!

If you would prefer a guide to make sure you don’t miss anything, the Ultimate Shoreditch Street Art Tour is a good option.

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Brick Lane Graffiti Shoreditch Street Art
Brick Lane Graffiti Shoreditch Street Art
Brick Lane Graffiti Shoreditch Street Art

Brick Lane Curry

After walking the streets enjoying the magnitude of amazing street art on offer in Shoreditch, you have probably worked up an appetite.

For the perfect end to day 5 of your London Itinerary, I can highly recommend heading back to Brick Lane for a delicious curry.

Famous in London for the being the go-to place for a curry, you will find lots of great restaurants to choose from.

A firm favourite with the locals is Bengal Village which has won numerous awards. As well as Sheba, open since 1974, this restaurant has consistently served good food.

However, you’ll find that pretty much all the curry restaurants in Brick Lane serve delicious food. Moreover, the different restaurants will have different offers on to attract passers-by through the door.

So if you walk by one you fancy and look interested, there’s no doubt somebody will approach you with a deal!

Brick Lane Curry London
Jasmine Brick Lane Curry London
Brick Lane Curry London
Brick Lane Curry London
Brick Lane Curry London

London Itinerary Day 6

Platform 9¾

For a magical start to day 6 of your London Itinerary, a popular thing for tourists to do, is to hunt out Harry Potter filming locations around the capital.

The most popular Harry Potter spot is, of course, Platform 9¾, which is located at King’s Cross Railway Station.

All fans of the movies will recognise the brick wall that Harry Potter and his fellow wizards run through to depart for Hogwarts. This makes for a great photo opportunity, especially for all HP enthusiasts.

Another popular spot is Leadenhall Market, just a 10 minute walk from the Tower Of London.

Leadenhall Market, which first appears in the film Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, is where Diagon Alley was transformed. This covered market in London, is home to high end fashion brands and cosy restaurants scattered among the cobblestones.

If you’re a true Harry Potter fan and want to make a day of it, it may be worth booking a Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour.

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Afternoon Tea

After all your Harry Potter hot-spot hunting, you’re probably ready to try the quintessential British experience of afternoon tea. Moreover, London has hundreds of different venues to choose from.

From luxurious hotels to boats on the River Thames, afternoon teas are on offer everywhere. Therefore, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find surroundings that suit you and your pocket!

Afternoon tea traditionally consists of a selection of light sandwiches, cakes and scones served with a pot of tea. However, you usually have the option to add champagne as well.

Two popular choices are the Afternoon Tea Bus with a Glass of Prosecco and the Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames.

Or, if you’re looking to really ‘push the boat out’ and enjoy afternoon tea in style, I can highly recommend The Savoy Hotel in central London.

Afternoon Tea at The Savoy Fun Date Ideas In London
Afternoon Tea at The Savoy Fun Date Ideas In London

Camden

Now for some more exploring with a visit to the very quirky and bohemian Camden Town. Located to the north of the city, this is a popular tourist destination, easily reached by jumping on the tube.

Known for its hip markets, colourful shops, street art, diverse foods and lots of live music, Camden Town has a busy, friendly vibe that draws people to it.

Amongst the hustle and bustle, don’t miss Camden Lock, sitting on the Regents Canal this is a place where people gather to relax and watch the brightly coloured narrow boats slowly passing through.

If you like the look of the narrow boats and fancy a cruise, you could even book a Canal Boat Ride on Camden Lock.

Another really interesting place is the old horse stables, a maze of tunnels and arches now part of Camden Market. In fact you can still see original mangers and hay racks if you look carefully.

Camden Town is the perfect place to wander through the eclectic mix of shops and markets, catch some live music or just people watch.

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Camden Lock Market

If you are feeling peckish, Camden Lock Market, in this coolest of neighbourhoods, has some of the coolest street food in London.

Camden Lock Market and Camden Stables Market have merged into one big market and, along with all the quirky shops and stalls, have an enormous choice of food on offer.

You will find cuisine from every corner of the world being served here. Including Indian, Portuguese, Chinese, Venezuelan, Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Korean, Dutch and Hawaiian to name a few.

The choices are interesting and endless, ranging from hot, savoury and spicy to cold and sweet. Not forgetting the London vegan options like plant-based pie and mash at Young Vegans.

Your only problem here will be choosing what you want to eat and not getting food envy!

For real foodies, Flavors of Camden Market Guided Walking Tour lets you sample some of the many different foods on offer.

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Primrose Hill

To finish off day 6 of your London Itinerary, just a half mile stroll away is the charming Primrose Hill area. Full of colourful old houses, quirky shops and cosy coffee bars, it’s a favourite haunt of celebrities.

However, the name ‘Primrose Hill’ is not only the name of the residential district but also to the hill in the local, pretty, grade II listed park.

At the top of this grassy hill is one of six protected viewpoints in London. At almost 63 metres above sea level, it offers the most spectacular views across London, especially at sunset.

If the weather is nice, this is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the spectacular city views. You’ll be surprised at how many landmarks you can pick out.

From nearby London Zoo to Big Ben, the BT Tower, the London Eye, the Shard and as far as Crystal Palace on the horizon, they are all there to be seen.

If you fancy a guided tour, Primrose Hill Private Tour with a Local Guide is highly recommended.

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London Itinerary Day 7

Columbia Road Flower Market

For the perfect chilled Sunday vibe, Columbia Road Flower Market is a well known and popular street market. Located in Bethnal Green it runs every Sunday, between 8am – 3pm.

(If the 7th day of your London Itinerary is not a Sunday, you may have to switch days, but it’s definitely worth it!)

The nearest tube stations for this market are Bethnal Green (Central Line) or Old Street (Northern Line). Either one giving you just a 20 minute walk to reach Columbia Road.

Traders begin setting up their stalls as early as 4am. So by the time the public arrive they are greeted by a mass of colourful and inviting displays of freshly cut flowers and plants.

As well as the market, there are also lots of quirky independent shops, selling everything from jewellery and vintage clothes, to antiques, coffee and cupcakes.

Columbia Road Flower Market has been successfully supplying flowers to Londoners since the 1960s and just seems to get more and more popular. Therefore it can get pretty busy.

However, for the colours, smells and chilled vibe, this unique little Sunday morning experience has to be somewhere on your London Itinerary!

Columbia Road Flower Market 7 Day London Itinerary
Columbia Road Flower Market 7 Day London Itinerary
Columbia Road Flower Market 7 Day London Itinerary
Columbia Road Flower Market 7 Day London Itinerary

Broadway Market

Once you’ve enjoyed the flowers at Columbia Road Market, just a 15 minute walk will take you to Broadway Market in Hackney.

Home to market traders every Saturday since the 1890s, this Victorian street market now also opens on Sundays between 10am – 5pm.

You’ll find an eclectic mix of stalls offering everything from fresh produce, clothing and crafts to authentic street food.

Also, running along the street behind the market stalls are a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. With everything it has to offer, Broadway Market attracts plenty of locals and tourists and is always has a lively atmosphere.

With benches and tables placed around the market, it’s also a good little spot to stop and try some of the varied and delicious street food. Or just relax and have a coffee.

Broadway Market 7 Day London Itinerary
Broadway Market 7 Day London Itinerary
Broadway Market 7 Day London Itinerary

Walk Along Regents Canal

What better place for a Sunday stroll, and a different perspective of London, than the towpath of the famous Regents Canal.

Just at the bottom of Broadway Market you will find steps down to the canal path that runs alongside the Regents Canal.

There’s plenty to look at along the towpath, including lots of bright and individually decorated houseboats. As well as some interesting street art and views of buildings and houses that you would not normally see.

The canal paths are popular with joggers and cyclists as well as walkers, so just keep and eye out for other people as you’re taking in the views as the paths are not very wide!

If you would rather take to the water the Regent’s Canal Boat Cruise with the Islington Tunnel is another option.

Regents Canal 7 Day London Itinerary
Regents Canal 7 Day London Itinerary
Regents Canal 7 Day London Itinerary

Victoria Park

Strolling along Regents Canal will bring you to your next stop, Victoria Park, also known as the People’s Park. Opened in 1845 for the East End working classes, it’s the largest and oldest public park in London.

The smaller, west side of the park is dominated by a large lake that is home to three islands, a fountain, a pagoda, sculptures and plenty of wildlife.

Around the lake is the Pavilion Cafe, pretty sunken gardens, play areas and some beautiful walks. You can even hire a pedalo and get out on the lake in the Summer.

The larger east side of the park has a number of sports facilities, an angling lake, an adventure playground and a beautiful English garden. As well as a stunning old bandstand that still hosts bands every Sunday.

For a real taste of how Londoners spend their leisure time, Victoria Park has to be on the London Itinerary.

Victoria Park 7 Day London Itinerary
Victoria Park 7 Day London Itinerary
Victoria Park 7 Day London Itinerary

Sunday Roast

Finally, I’ve saved, what a lot of people would say is, the best for a last! Sunday roast is a very British tradition and definitely has to make it on to your London Itinerary.

Much like afternoon tea, the Sunday roast is a very British custom. It’s been enjoyed every Sunday in households across the country since becoming popular during the reign of King Henry VII.

The main ingredient of the meal is a good serving of any delicious roast meat or vegetarian alternative. Accompanied by crispy roast potatoes, a variety of fresh vegetables, fluffy Yorkshire pudding and plenty of gravy.

This meal over the years has come to represent a celebration of family and spending time with loved ones. It can now eaten pretty much any day of the week and you will find it on the menu of eateries all across London.

However, Sunday is the day where you’ll find the most and best offers and, for me, Sunday roast seems to taste better on a Sunday!

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Where To Stay In London

Luxury

The London EDITION

The London EDITION is located in central London’s Fitzrovia district, with Oxford Street, Theatreland and Piccadilly Circus all within a 10-minute walk.

Inside, there is a Michelin star restaurant, 2 cocktail bars, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi and free use of the on-site fitness centre for all guests.

With a view of the vibrant city, each en suite room come with a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. An iPod docking station, bathrobes and a mini-bar are also provided.

Each evening, the restaurant offers a contemporary British menu using fresh, British produce.

Mid-Budget

Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Set within a 20-minute walk from Royal Albert Hall and boasting a stylish, spacious piano lounge , Corus Hotel Hyde Park features modern rooms with free WiFi.

The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Paddington Station, offering a direct train link to Heathrow Airport.

The cosy, air-conditioned bedrooms at Corus Hotel have private en-suite bathrooms and satellite TVs with on-demand movies. Rooms also feature work desks, tea/coffee facilities, iron and ironing boards.

The conservatory brasserie serves a modern European menu using seasonal produce.

Olio Bar offers light snacks and beverages, and overlooks Hyde Park.

Budget

The Queens Hostel

Featuring free WiFi, The Queens Hostel offers accommodation in London, just a 2-minute walk to Queens Park Rangers football stadium.

Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Rooms come with a shared bathroom.

You can play tennis at this hostel, and the area is popular for golfing.

For more places to stay in London, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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