Tours London in a day

In One Day in London  February 21, 2015 – 11:08 pm
London in a Day | Gren Tours – London and UK Tour Guide

Iconic London

If you're only in town for a short while and want to sample the best the city has to offer, this is the itinerary for you. It takes you on a whistlestop tour past 20 of the city's main attractions. If you don't linger too long in any one place, you could just about get through it all in 1 day -- but the itinerary is best spread over 2 or even 3. Start: Tube to Westminster.

1. Westminster Abbey

Begin your tour with one of the country's most potent icons, where most of England's kings and queens have been crowned. Aim to get here when it opens at 9:30am, before the crowds descend.

As you emerge from Westminster Abbey, you confront the symbol of the nation's political power:

2. The Houses of Parliament & "Big Ben"

Gaining admission to the debating chambers requires a long wait, which 1-day visitors will have to forgo, but you can admire the massive Gothic Revival pile from the outside.

Walk north along Whitehall until you reach:

3. No. 10 Downing Street

Bear left and look down Downing Street to No. 10. Security concerns mean that it's no longer possible to walk to the prime minister's front door.

Continue north on Whitehall to its end at:

4. Trafalgar Square

The hub of London, this is Britain's most famous square and the scene of many a public demonstration.

Pass through Admiralty Arch in the square's western corner, and down the Mall to:

5. Buckingham Palace

If you're not on a 1-day schedule, you can take a look around during the brief summer opening.

6. Changing of the Guard

Time it right to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony -- it's at 11:30am. However, you'll have to leave after a few minutes if you're sticking to the 1-day schedule.

Retrace your steps to Trafalgar Square, with a detour into adjacent:

7. St. James's Park

Make your way back to Trafalgar Square via a stroll through one of London's most elegant green spaces.

On the north side of the square, you can enter the:

8. National Gallery

The galleries cover some 8 centuries of the finest art ever created. Even on the most rushed of schedules, try to set aside at least 1 hour.

Head north along Charing Cross Road, and then take a left into:

9. Leicester Square

Make for the "tkts" booth in the center, where you can book reduced-priced tickets for one of this evening's West End shows.

Retrace your steps to Trafalgar Square:

10. Take a Break -- Café in the Crypt

Stop off for lunch at the atmospheric subterranean self-service dining room in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, 6 St. Martin's Place, WC2 (tel. 020/7839-4342) on the eastern edge of the square.

Suitably fortified, head east along the Strand, past the Savoy Hotel and Theatre as far as Waterloo Bridge and:

11. Somerset House

Those spreading things over several days can visit the Courtauld Gallery and Embankment Galleries. If you're watching the clock, content yourself with a quick glimpse of the magnificent courtyard.


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I am planning to visit London for 4 days around the Nov 7th weekend.
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