London in Three Days

in City Guides, Sightseeing

The must-see London Eye and Houses of Parliament

The must-see London Eye and Houses of Parliament

London is a big melting pot of various cultures. It has so much to offer that even three days in the city might not be enough for you to get the ultimate London experience. Still, three days is much better than one or two, isn’t it? Here are the things to do and places to see during your three-day stay in London

Big Ben is one of London's most famous landmarks

Big Ben is one of London's most famous landmarks

Day One
Start early, especially if you want to make the most out of your day.  Make sure you have a huge English breakfast as you will need the energy to go traipsing around London, starting with Westminster Abbey.  Try to make it there by 9:30am, before majority of the tourists arrive.  Don’t miss Henry VII’s Chapel, the shrine of Edward the Confessor and the Poets’ Corner.

Next, visit the Houses of Parliament, which is guarded by Big Ben.  You can’t miss this as they are right next to the Abbey.  From here, go to Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, Covent Garden, and the Mall and Buckingham Palace. Grab a bite to eat at Porters English Restaurant, which offers the best old English pies.  This is located in Covent Garden, so it would be good to schedule your break while you’re there.  At night, go and see a show at a London theatre.

A Cypriot statue at London's British Museum

A Cypriot statue at London's British Museum

Day Two
After a day experiencing Royal London, move on to another part of the city.  I’d like to call it the “intellectual” London.  Again, start early – eat breakfast and walk around one of the many squares – Russell Square, Bedford Square or Bloomsbury Square.  By the time you are done, the British Museum should be open (around 10am).  Then head on to Bow Wine Vaults for a spot of lunch with good wine.  St. Paul’s Cathedral is next – thanks to the genius of Sir Christopher Wren.  Don’t miss Tate Modern (wonderful pieces of art) and then the London Eye.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Day Three
On your last day, you might want to go out of the city for half of the day. A must visit is Windsor Castle, which is accessible by train.  The trip only takes about an hour and a half.  Walk around the grounds and then have lunch before heading back to London.  In the afternoon, a leisurely walk around Hyde Park and Grosvenor Square will be perfect.  If you have time, visit New and Old Bond Streets for shopping, and the Picadilly Circus.  Top off your trip with a live show at the West End!

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