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5-day London City Guide

Our 5-day London City Guide shows you a step-by-step time line and itinerary for your stay in London. Follow it and get the best of your days in the city.

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DAY 1

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Take subway or bus to Westminster station
09:00-09:10 Big Ben (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • One of London's best-known landmarks
  • Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Read more about Big Ben

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Houses of Parliament is next to Big Ben
09:10-09:20 Houses of Parliament (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • One of London's most impressive building
  • Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Read more about Houses of Parliament

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Westminster Bridge is next to Houses of Parliament
09:20-09:30 Westminster Bridge (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Excellent spot for taking photos of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
Read more about Westminster Bridge

Photo: markhillary

Take a walk to Nr.10 Downing Street - 5’
09:35-09:45 Nr.10 Downing Street (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Official home and office of Britain's Prime Minister
Read more about Nr.10 Downing Street

Photo: robertsharp

Take a walk to Westminster Abbey - 5’
09:50-11:20 Westminster Abbey (Church, 16 £)

Why visit

  • One of the finest examples of medieval architecture in Europe
  • Main coronation and burial place for royals
  • Impressive building, full of history
Read more about Westminster Abbey

Photo: mecb

Take Bus line 148 from Parliament Square/Westminster Abbey stop to Hyde Park Corner stop (Direction: White City Bus Station)
Take a walk to Buckingam Palace - 10’ in all
11:30-12:00 Buckingham Palace (Monument, 17.5 £)

Why visit

  • One of London's best recognized landmarks
  • Home to the present Queen
Read more about Buckingham Palace

Photo: Walakazoo

Take a walk to St. James's Park - 5’
12:05-12:35 St. James's Park (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Lovely park with a duck and pelican pond
  • Nice view of London's landmarks
Read more about St. James's Park

Photo: Nenyaki

Lunch time
Take a walk to Cabinet War Rooms
13:45-15:15 Cabinet War Rooms (Museum, 15.95 £)

Why visit

  • Unique historical place
  • A retrospection into the past
  • The bunker is left as it was abandoned in 1945
Read more about Cabinet War Rooms

Photo: cronncc

Take a walk to Westminster station
Take Circle or District Line to South Kensington station (Direction: Upminster)
15:45-17:45 Natural History Museum (Museum, Free)

Why visit

  • One of the world's best natural history museums
  • Kid-friendly museum
Read more about Natural History Museum

Photo: geoftheref

Take a walk to South Kensington station
Take Bus line 14 to Harrods stop (Direction: Warren Street Station - 20’ in all)
18:05-19:05 Harrods (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • One of the world's most famous department stores
  • Unique (shopping) experience
Read more about Harrods

Photo: loop_oh

end of day 1

DAY 2

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Take Northern or Metropolitan Line to Charing Cross station)
09:00-09:15 Trafalgar Square (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • One of the most famous squares in the world
  • Great place for people watching
Read more about Trafalgar Square

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National Gallery is on Trafalgar Square
09:15-10:55 National Gallery (Museum, Free)

Why visit

  • Fascinating museum to all
  • Among the greatest art collections of the world
Read more about National Gallery

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Take Northern Line to Leicester Square station (Direction: High Barnet)
Change to Picadally Line to Covent Garden station (Direction: Cockfosters) - 20’ in all
11:15-11:35 Royal Opera House (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • London's premier music venue
Read more about Royal Opera House

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Covent Garden Market is next to the Royal Opera House
11:35-12:15 Covent Garden Market (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Lovely square
  • Great performances from street entertainers
Read more about Covent Garden Market

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Lunch time
Take Picadally Line from Covent Garden station to Russell Square station (Direction: Cockfosters)
Take a walk to British Museum
13:30-15:10 The British Museum (Museum, Free)

Why visit

  • Oldest museum in the world
  • One of the world's best known museums
  • Fascinating collection of treasures and artifacts from all over the world
Read more about The British Museum
Take Bus line 98 from Tottenham Court Road Station stop to Oxford Circus Station/Harewood Place stop (Direction: Pound Lane/Willesden Bus Garage) - 10’
15:20-17:10 Oxford Street and Oxford Circus (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • One of the busiest shopping streets in Europe
  • All the famous fashion brands are represented here
Read more about Oxford Street and Oxford Circus
Take Bus line 6 from Oxford Circus stop to Piccadilly Circus (Direction: Aldwych) - 10’
17:20-17:40 Piccadilly Circus (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • One of London's best known landmarks
  • Renowned for its neon advertising displays
Read more about Piccadilly Circus

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Take Bakerloo Line from Piccadilly Circus station to Embankment station (Direction: Elephant&Castle)
Take a walk through Hungerford Foot Bridge to London Eye - 25’ in all
18:05-19:05 London Eye (Monument, 18.60 £)

Why visit

  • Quickly became a London icon
  • Fascinating views over the whole of London
  • Unforgetable experience
Read more about London Eye
end of day 2

DAY 3

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Take Central Line to St.Paul's station
09:00-10:00 St Paul's Cathedral (Church, 14.50 £)

Why visit

  • World-famous dome
  • Master piece of famous architect, Sir Christopher Wren
Read more about St Paul's Cathedral
Take Bus line 15 from St. Paul's Cathedral stop to Tower of London stop (Direction: Blackwall Station) - 30’
10:30-13:30 Tower of London (Monument, 19.8 £)

Why visit

  • World Heritage Site
  • One of the Britain's most popular tourist attractions
  • Unique historical site
Read more about Tower of London
Tower Bridge is next to the Tower of London
13:30-13:45 Tower Bridge (Monument, 8 £)

Why visit

  • One of the most recognized bridges in the world
  • An iconic symbol of London
Read more about Tower Bridge

Photo: wallyg

Lunch time
Take Circle or District Line from Tower Hill station to South Kensington station (Direction: Ealing Broadway)
Change to Piccadilly Line to Hyde Park Corner station (Direction: Cockfosters)
15:30-17:30 Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Lush green oasis in the center of the city with relaxing atmosphere
Read more about Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Take a walk to Marble Arch - 10’
17:40-17:50 Marble Arch (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Interesting piece of architecture
  • Well recognized London landmark
Read more about Marble Arch

Photo: jazzyfox

end of day 3

DAY 4

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Take the subway to Monument station
Change to Bus line 344 to Southwark Bridge/Bankside Pier stop (Direction: Clapham Junction Station/Falcon Road)
09:00-10:00 Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (Monument, 11.5 £)

Why visit

  • Unique experience
  • Historical theatre
Read more about Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Photo: Cyberslayer

Take a walk to Tate Modern - 10’
10:10-11:00 Tate Modern (Museum, Free)

Why visit

  • Remarkable collection of modern art
  • Art works from international masters
Read more about Tate Modern
Take a walk to Southwark Bridge/Bankside Pier bus stop and take Bus line 344 to Monument station (Direction: Appold Street)
Change to Circle or District Line to South Kensington station
Take a walk to the Science Museum - 60’ in all
12:00-13:45 Science Museum (Museum, Free)

Why visit

  • Engaging and fun experience both for kids and for adults
Read more about Science Museum

Photo: Papagueno

Lunch time
Take a walk to South Kensington station and take Piccadilly Line to Piccadilly Circus station (Direction: Cockfosters)
Change to Bakerloo Line to Regent's Park station (Direction: Harrow&Wealdstone)
15:30-16:45 Regent's Park (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Lovely gardens with pretty lakes and beautiful flower gardens
  • Calm and relaxing atmosphere
  • Superbly maintained park
Read more about Regent's Park

Photo: Rain Rabbit

Take a walk to Madame Tussauds - 15’
17:00-19:00 Madame Tussaud's (Museum, 28.8 £)

Why visit

  • One of London's most popular attractions
  • Your chance to have a photo with your favorite star
  • This is where you can see everyone from Brad Pitt to the Queen
Read more about Madame Tussaud's
end of day 4

DAY 5

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Take a boat from Embankment to Greenwich
Take a walk through the park to the Royal Observatory - 90’ in all
10:00-11:30 Royal Observatory (Museum, Free)

Why visit

  • Stand on the "official' starting point of world time
  • Great experience for kids and adults
Read more about Royal Observatory
As you step out from the Royal Observatory you are in Greenwich Park
11:30-12:30 Greenwich Park (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Great views over London and the National Maritime Museum
  • Excitement of being at the prime meridian
Read more about Greenwich Park

Photo: .Martin.

Lunch time
Take a walk to National Maritime Museum
13:45-15:15 National Maritime Museum (Museum, Free)

Why visit

  • Part of World Heritage Site of Greenwich
  • Largest maritime museum in the world
  • Great place to visit with kids
Read more about National Maritime Museum

Photo: mellowynk

Take a walk under the river through the foot tunnel
Take Docklands Light Railway from Island Gardens station to Canary Wharf station
Change to Jubilee Line to Waterloo station (Direction: Stanmore)
Change to Bakerloo Line to Lambeth North station (Direction: Elephant &Castle)
Take a walk to Imperial War Museum - 75’ in all
16:30-18:00 Imperial War Museum (Museum, Free)

Why visit

  • One of London's most intresting and engaging museums
  • A must-see museum for families with kids
  • Great special exhibitions
Read more about Imperial War Museum

Photo: Tiger 2000

end of day 5

 

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