One day in London: what to visit

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London is not only the largest city in the United Kingdom, but the biggest of the European Union: visiting all the monuments and the museums in one day is impossible. This does not mean that it is not worth visiting, even when you are in London for a short time: if you follow my itinerary with all the emblematic monuments of the capital – leaving aside the museums which need more time – one day in London is enough to discover the most popular places in the city.

Let’s assume your day in London starts at 9 in the morning in Victoria, a neighborhood in the heart of the city with an important train and bus station. If you arrive at the station or find an underground stop nearby, I recommend you to go to a counter with personal or automatic to request the Visitor Oyster Card, a rechargeable pass that will allow you to travel on public transport. £ 15 is more than enough to visit all the places that we will introduce you to in this article. If you prefer to walk and limit the use of public transport as much as you can, a contactless payment is enough to use the metro and buses if you need it.

London has 5 main airports and one of these, Heathrow, is one of the most important airports in the world by number of passengers. Around 1303 planes leave and arrive every day from Heathrow.

Westminster and Trafalgar Square

About twenty minutes walk from Victoria Station, and a stone’s throw from the side of the river Thames, you will find the Big Ben, one of the most famous clocks in the world, overlooking the London Eye, located across the river. (To get there by tube, take the Circle Line or the District Line to Westminster Station).

But that’s not all you have to visit in the area: we are in fact in the Westminster district, where the English parliament is located. Looking around you can see the House of Parliament, Westminster Palace and the splendid Westminster Abbey, the place where British sovereigns are crowned. Access to the abbey is free for those who have the London Pass.

I recommend that you spend an hour in this beautiful neighborhood full of history before venturing towards Trafalgar Square (13 minutes on foot or 6 minutes by bus taking the number 88 from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square). In the center of this important square is the statue of Horatio Nelson, the British admiral who defeated France and Spain in the battle of Trafalgar. Behind it you will find the National Gallery, a free art museum founded in 1824.

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Buckingham Palace and parks of London

You can now walk south-west to The Mall, a beautiful tree-lined avenue that connects the Admiralty Arch (a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square) to Buckingham Palace (16 minutes on foot), skirting St. James’s Park.

You will arrive at the official residence of Queen Elizabeth, where every day starting 11:15 am you can watch the famous change of guard, which lasts about half an hour. Once the ceremony is over, go through Green Park, located immediately to the left of Buckingham Palace, to reach the famous Hyde Park (16 minutes on foot), an ideal place to relax, contemplate nature and visit the famous Speaker’s Corner. This is the name of a corner of the park still in use today where great figures of the past, including George Orwell, Karl Marx and Lenin, exposed their ideas to the public, creating a place for promoting and defending freedom of expression.

A long weekend in London: what to visit?

Shopping in Oxford Street

It is now time for lunch. Heading north-east you will arrive at Marble Arch. On your right you will find Oxford Street, a large street full of shops and cafés where you can have a bite to eat before spending a couple of hours shopping and buying souvenirs. At Oxford Circus underground station there is the intersection of Oxford Street and Regent Street, another London shopping street. Heading south you will come to Piccadilly Circus, a sdawaethat has become famous for its large bright advertising screens. If shopping isn’t your thing, you can go directly to the next destination by taking the Central Line at Marble Arch to the Tottenham Court Road stop.

Leicester Square is only a five minute walk from Piccadilly: in this area you will find the famous Odeon Cinema (where all the big movie stars are invited for the premières), the Chinese district of London Chinatown and many theaters and restaurants.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral and Covent Garden

Then take the Piccadilly Line to Leicester Square and change to Holborn to take the Central Line to St. Paul’s Cathedral. If you prefer to walk, continue east for half an hour and you will arrive at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the largest religious building in Britain, completed in the early 18th century. South of the cathedral you will find the Millennium Bridge, the famous pedestrian bridge that had to be closed only two days after the inauguration due to vibrations due to the large number of passersby. Across the river, on your left, you can see The Shakespeare Globe (a replica of the famous Elizabethan theater) and in front of it the Tate Modern, a museum of contemporary art. From here, head west for a short walk along the river, then head north across the Waterloo Bridge.

It is almost time to leave the capital, but not without having diner first. You are now very close to Covent Garden (Savoy Street stop on the Central Line starting from the cathedral), a neighborhood plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs and bars where you can eat and have a cocktail before departure. You can then take the underground which will take you back to Victoria (from Covent Garden Station, take the Piccadilly Line and change at Green Park Station to take the Victoria Line to Victoria Station).

Now we know that visiting London is possible. What have you visited? Tell us in the comments.

A long weekend in London: what to visit

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London is more accessible than you might think. A weekend will never be enough to visit the British capital, vast and full of museums and monuments, but a long weekend in London will allow you to discover all the emblematic places without haste.

If you plan to visit London for three days and you are afraid of forgetting some unmissable places or monuments, keep reading this article: you will find, day by day, the itinerary to follow with all the monuments, museums and parks to see.

Day 1: Westminster, Buckingham Palace and the parks

It is Friday morning and you just arrived at Victoria train station, one of the most central stations in the capital. Here starts your long weekend in London. Before venturing to the first stop, follow the signs inside the station until you get to the Victoria underground station. Here you can request the Visitor Oyster Card, a rechargeable and very practical card to quickly access the London Underground.

Now that you are in possession of the card you can go to the first stop, the area of Westminster. Here you will find some of the most famous monuments in the city: the House of Parliament (home of the English parliament), Big Ben (one of the most famous clocks in the world), Westminster Abbey and Westminster Bridge. Visiting the abbey is not free, but buying the London Pass online before departure you can access without having to buy a ticket on the spot.

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Cross the bridge to get to the other side of the river. On your left is the famous London Eye, the big London wheel. The London Pass includes also the access to the London Eye. The ride lasts thirty minutes and plus a little queue, you will be moving to the next stage in about 1 hour.

Once the tour is complete, return to Westminster and head west to the Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s residence. The famous palace is surrounded by beautiful green spaces, including St. James Park and Green Park, perfect for resting and having some food. Buckingham Palace is also famous for the change of guard ceremony, an event that happens every day at 11:30 in the morning.

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Traveling north through Green Park you will arrive to Piccadilly and from here to the famous Piccadilly Circus, a crossroads famous for its large and bright advertising screens.

You are very close to Trafalgar Square, which you can easily reach on foot or by taking the Bakerloo underground. Behind Horatio Nelson, whose statue is located in the center of the square, you will find the National Gallery Museum, an art museum founded in 1824 hosting thousands of works made since the 17th century. Entry is free and I recommend that you spend a couple of hours discovering this place.

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Once dinner is over, before returning to your hotel, it is worth visiting Leicester Square, a London square famous for cinemas: this is where the premières take place. Right next to the square you will find Chinatown, the Chinese district of London, especially beautiful at night. You can then return to Leicester Square, where you will take the underground to go to the hotel.

Day 2: St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and Soho

Let’s start the second day of the weekend in London with a dip in history: we are in St. Paul’s Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral completed in 1711. I highly recommend you to visit it: the London Pass allows you to enter for free and to avoid the queues. Once the visit is over, head south and cross the Millennium Bridge across the Thames. You are now in front of the Tate Modern, a museum of contemporary art built inside an old power station. Entrance is free and I recommend to spend a couple of hours to visit the museum.

Move to east and you will find the Shakespeare’s Globe: this is the reconstruction of the theater where the company of Shakespeare played, destroyed by a fire in 1613. The cost of the visit, even in this case, is included in the London Pass. Continuing east you will reach the Borough Market, one of the most famous markets in the world, with a huge choice of national and international products. This place is ideal to visit during lunchtime.

It’s time to continue your walk along the river towards east: a few steps from the market you will notice the London Bridge, and continuing along the Thames for another ten minutes on foot you will reach the famous Tower Bridge; the movable bridge is one of the main symbols of London and connects 2 boroughs, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.

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Cross the river to reach the Tower of London, built starting in 1066. The tower, considered a World Heritage Site, can be visited today (it is included in the London Pass).

For dinner I suggest visit Soho, a very busy neighborhood day and night. To go to Soho from the Tower of London, take the District Line or Circle Line until Tower Hill stop and change at Embankment Station to take the Bakerloo Line to Piccadilly Circus, then continue on foot north. Alternatively, you can walk west from the tower via the City, London’s business district.

Day three: Museums and shopping

It is the last day of your weekend in London, and we want to dedicate it to culture and shopping before the imminent departure. The South Kensington neighborhood, located to the west, is perfect to start the day. It houses three famous museums: the National History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Like so many other museums in England, they are free to enter. Although it is not possible to visit all three museums in detail, I strongly invite you to dedicate the morning to this neighborhood full of history and culture.

London Victoria Albert Museum

Spend the afternoon doing some shopping, end the weekend by treating yourself and buying souvenirs before leaving the beautiful city of London.

From South Kensington underground station, take the Circle Line or District Line and change at Victoria Station to take the Victoria Line to Oxford Circus. Here you will find yourself exactly at the intersection of Oxford Street and Regent Street, the two great London shopping streets. Again, I invite you to spend the whole afternoon in this area full of shops and stores, always crowded and full of life. If you have time to dine before departure, the area is full not only of fast food restaurants, but also of pubs and restaurants hidden in the side streets between Oxford and Regent Street.

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A week in London: what to visit

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London is a vast city, full of life and with a myriad of neighborhoods and monuments to discover. A week in London will certainly allow you to visit all the most emblematic places in the city and its surroundings.

Before going to the British capital, we recommend that you buy the London Pass, a card which allows you to visit many of the places mentioned in this article for free once the purchase has been made. As soon as you arrive in London, also remember to buy a Visitor Oyster Card, the underground pass that will allow you to get on and off quickly on public transport without having to buy a ticket on each journey. It can be purchased at any metro station.

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London is so vast and you don’t know where to start? Keep reading this article to discover a day-by-day itinerary so you don’t miss the best things to visit in London in a week.

Day 1: Westminster, National Gallery and Covent Garden

You cannot start a stay in London without visiting one of the most emblematic monuments: the famous Big Ben, located in the central district of Westminster. Nearby you can also admire the British Parliament and Westminster Abbey, which can be visited with to the London Pass. Once the visit is complete, cross Westminster Bridge to reach the other side of the Thames, where you can climb the London Eye, thus offering you an unmissable view of central London.

Return to Westminster to head to Trafalgar Square, where you can visit the splendid National Gallery, an art museum with thousands of works dating from the 17th century onwards. I recommend that you dedicate at least a couple of hours to the museum before going to Covent Garden, a neighborhood full of shops where you can go shopping before having dinner in one of the many restaurants in the area. Do not forget to visit Leicester Square before returning to the hotel: nearby Chinatown is colorful and full of life in the evening.

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Day 2: South Bank, the Tower of London and the City

Start the second day of your week in London by going to South Bank. Here you will go for a long walk eastwards, following the course of the Thames, until you meet the Tate Modern, the museum of contemporary art in London, which can visit for free. Once you have visited the museum, cross the Millennium Bridge until you reach the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral, which can be visited with to the London Pass. Once this visit is over, cross the Millennium Bridge to continue your walk. A few steps from the bridge you will find the Shakespeare’s Globe, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan theater, which can also be visited for free with the pass.

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Continuing further east you will finally arrive at the Borough Market, a London market considered today as a real attraction, where you can discover a huge variety of foods from all over the world. If you don’t feel like walking, you can now take the subway to get to the next stop, Tower Bridge. The closest stop to the market is London Bridge, where you can admire the Shard, the tallest building in London. Then get off at Tower Bridge to cross the famous bridge and get to the Tower of London, which can be visited with the pass. To end the day, head to the Bank underground for dinner in the City.

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Day 3: Buckingham Palace and shopping afternoon

An inevitable event when visiting London is the change of guard at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth. The ceremony begins at 10:45 am; if you arrive earlier I recommend you start your third day by visiting St. James’s Park. Once the ceremony is over, it is time to visit other parks of London: Green Park, vast Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, which were once the private gardens of Kensington Palace.

Now that you have seen all the main parks in the city, it is time for lunch and afternoon shopping. Take the Central Line to Queensway Station until you get to Marble Arch: you are now in front of Oxford Street, one of the most important shopping streets in London. Continuing east you will arrive at Oxford Circus, the intersection of Oxford Street and Regent Street, another important shopping stop. Do not forget to visit Carnaby Street, a narrow street parallel to Regent Street, always very busy and with many shops to discover. You are now in the Soho district, ideal for dining and spending a pleasant evening.

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Day 4: Regent’s Park, London Zoo and Camden Town

Let’s starts the fourth day of the week in London with another park, Regent’s Park. It is one of the Royal Parks in London, designed in the nineteenth century. Around the park you will find two attractions that are really worth a visit: the London Zoo (to the north) and Madame Tussauds, the wax museum (to the south, not included in the London Pass). If you are a big Beatles fan, I recommend a small tour before moving on to the next stop: taking the Jubilee Line from Baker Street to St. John’s Wood Station, you can admire Abbey Road Studios and the pedestrian crossings made famous by the Liverpool’s band.

It is time to head to the last stop of the day: return to Regent’s Park to take bus 274 to the Prince Albert Rd Lord’s Cricket Ground stop and continue to Camden High Street. You are now in Camden Town, an eclectic neighborhood famous for its market and alternative shops. Explore this lively neighborhood in the afternoon and stop for dinner.

Quartiere di Camden Town

Day 5: Kensington and its museums

This fifth day begins in Kensington, a district in the west of London. It is known for being one of the most luxurious areas of the capital, but it is also very visited and appreciated by tourists since it houses some of the most famous museums in the capital: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museums are all accessible for free and I suggest you to dedicate most of your day to discovering them.

If museums are not your thing, you can head to Westfield, one of the largest shopping malls in Europe, located in the Shepherd’s Bush neighborhood. Westfield is plenty of restaurants for dining, but if you prefer to get closer to central London you can go back to the Kensington neighborhood, which is also plenty of bars and restaurants.

London Natural History Museum

Day 6: Richmond Park and Kew Gardens

For your penultimate day I thought of a small excursion to Richmond, outside central London. To get there, take the train at Waterloo Station to Putney, where you will then take bus 85 to the Robin Hood Lane stop. The journey time is just over an hour. You are now at the entrance to Richmond Park, a public park and the largest in the capital. This place is famous because in addition to the squirrels, visible in many other London parks, here you can also meet deers, very numerous in this park. I advise you to explore the park from south east to north west, in order to get to the most convenient bus stop before going to the next place.

Now that you have explored the park, take the Sayer’s Hill exit and head south to take bus 65 to The Dysart stop. In a quarter of an hour, the bus will take you to the Kew Gardens Lion stop, where you will continue on foot to the main entrance of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, commonly called Kew Gardens. This complex, the price of which is included in the London Pass, consists of a large number of gardens and greenhouses, and it is today considered as an excellent botanical research center and a popular London attraction. After the visit, take bus 65 to Richmond Station, and from there take the train that will take you back to Waterloo Station. You can dine in South Bank neighborhood.

Parco di Richmond West London

Day 7: Notting Hill and Portobello Market

Your week in London ends today, and for your last day I thought I would take you to discover Notting Hill, a very quiet residential neighborhood with many shops and bars, ideal for spending the morning in the calm like a real Londoner. Before leaving, be sure to visit the famous Portobello Road, a street with houses of a thousand colors where you can get lost among the many stalls of Portobello Market, where you will find second-hand items, typical products and international dishes to taste.

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