Spending 72 Hours in London
London is such a vast metropolis, it’s easy to find yourself lost there. Before you go, make a plan of all the things you want to visit and think logically about if they are close to each other. From here you can build up a plan, and make the most of your stay. Start by taking a walk along the River Thames on South Bank. It’s along here you’ll find Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and Borough Market. Heading along the River Thames is an ideal way to ease into London life, helping get your bearings and giving you a taste of the city. London Bridge is often confused with Tower Bridge. However it’s Tower Bridge which is much more impressive and ornate. If you’re lucky with your timings, you can also see it being raised. Tickets for the glass walkway also allow access to an exhibition about the bridge itself.
Whilst by the Tower Bridge, you’ll also be able to see The Tower of London. A historic castle dating back to the 10th century, if history is your thing it’s definitely worth a visit inside. Discover over 1000 years of London’s past whilst getting a tour from Beefeaters and marvel at the Crown Jewels, still commonly worn by the Queen. Head from here westward towards London Bridge. Along South Bank you’ll find a hub of culture and arts. You’ll also pass the City Hall and the HMS Belfast, both of which are open to the public.
Best Things to Do?
One of the most popular London attractions is the London Eye. Although it can be quite expensive with long queues, consider booking online. It’s worth it for the amazing view you’ll get over London. My personal favourite time to visit is at dusk just as nightfall comes over the city where you can really experience all the lights. Alternatively, head up the Shard which is currently the tallest building in Europe (2016). You’ll also get a great view of St. Paul’s Cathedral from South Bank, which is where Prince Charles and Diana married in 1981. along Westminster bridge you’ll also find Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
The Tate Modern is England’s national gallery of modern art and includes works by Monet, Picasso and Rothko. All galleries in London are free to enter and make a great educational way to spend an afternoon whilst avoiding the rain. For more family fun, head to the London Dungeons to get a creepy tour of the underground, or for something more light-hearted try the Sealife Aquarium and the Globe Theatre for a show.
Where to Visit?
Seeing Buckingham Palace is a must-do for visitors, known around the world, the changing of the guards takes place every other day at 11:30am, or daily throughout the summer. Get there for 11:15am to get a good view. From here enjoy a walk through Saint James’ Park and head onto Trafalgar Square. It’s a great people watching spot, and you’ll also find nearby art galleries including The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery and the ICA.
Visit Soho and Covent Garden, exploring Leicester Square, China Town and Piccadilly Circus. Here you’ll find plenty of lunch spots, from affordable sandwich shops to high-end restaurants. Visit Neal’s Yard for some of the best independent food spots. After a lunch break, head shopping at nearby Carnaby Street, Regent Street and Oxford Street. For high-end designer shopping, try department stores Liberty and Selfridges, or take a walk down Bond Street.
London is full of museums, and all are free to enter, with small costs for one-off exhibits. The British Museum is worth a visit inside for the beautiful architecture and ceiling alone. Home to a vast collection of world art and artefacts. From ancient Greek sculptures, to Egyptian mummies. Head to Exhibition Road in Kensington for the Natural History Museum, The Science Museum or the V&A. Around the corner from here you’ll also find the Royal Albert Hall.
Something A Little Different
Enjoy an afternoon at Camden Town, where you’ll find the world-famous Camden Market. Lose yourself in the hundreds of stalls and quirky boutiques and independent coffee shops, restaurants and street food. Also try Shordich for a cool urban vibe, and some great street style. From here you can also head to the very picturesque Nottinghill and Portobello for postcard perfect photographs. What’s your favourite thing to do in London?