How To Spend a Day Playing Tourist in London

When you live in the UK and live relatively close to London, then spending just a day there can be a good way to spend a day. Yes, it might not seem like it is very long, but there are some absolute gems that you will be able to fit in on just a one-day trip. So if this sounds like you, then why not plan a trip to play tourist in the city close by to you? This guide is all about what to in London on just one day, to make sure that you’re able to make the most of it all.  


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  • The Tower of London: London is full of history, so why not start your day over at The Tower of London? You can learn all about the real ‘horrible histories’ that went on there back in the day, as well as see traditional guards and the crown jewels. You will want to have at least a couple of hours here. Plus, as you’re in the area, a quick stroll by the river and down to Tower Bridge is a must as well. 
  • The South Bank and London Eye: Once you’ve found yourself at Tower Bridge, if you head across it, you can find yourself at the South Bank, which is a fun and busy part of London with lots going on. You can see HMS Belfast, the quirky City Hall building, as well as making your way near to The Shard and the London Eye. You’ll need about an hour to go on it (and to book in advance), but you could just get some photos nearby and looking across the river at Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
  • The Houses of Parliament: speaking of which, after being at the London eye, ride or not, why not pop over to the Houses of Parliament rather than just view them from across the river? This is one attraction that is pretty easy to see from the outside, but it is a little-known fact that you can drop inside if you want to, and have a guided tour.
  • Food: It’s not all walking around and sight-seeing in London, you know. When you’re in London, you have so much choice for food, from an Indian restaurant to a typical British pub. You can get all kinds of cuisines and street-food in the melting pot that is London. A quick pit-stop for lunch and dinner is a must.
  • Buckingham Palace: not too far from the Houses of Parliament, you will find Buckingham Palace. Royalist or not, it is a sight to behold. During the summer months you can pay to go inside, as well as explore the areas around it like Green Park, St James’s Park, The Mall, and the nearby Trafalgar Square, home to Nelson’s column.
  • Covent Garden: From Buckingham Palace you could walk up the Mall, or go back towards Westminster Abbey. There are street performers in Covent Garden, as well as some great shopping. You could even try your luck for some last minute west end tickets a couple of yards away in Leicester Square, then that’s your evening sorted.

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