Twenty four hours in many cities is not enough to cover all the things worth seeing and doing. And in a city like London which is one of the most visited places in the world, one day is awfully short to explore its attractions. On the upside, you will never run out of destinations and activities to choose from given the wealth of options available. Here are some of the top places you can visit and the things you can do when spending 24 hours in London.
Start your day with a Full English Breakfast
Prepare for a full day ahead with a hearty breakfast. Preferably go for something filling like a traditional full English breakfast. You will be in for a scrumptious treat of bacon, eggs cooked the way you want it (scrambled, poached, or fried), mushrooms, sausages, tomatoes, and toast among others.
Go on a walking tour at Westminster which is home to several popular tourist attractions in London. Explore the South Bank to see a wide array of famous sights like the famous observation wheel the London Eye. You can also squeeze in a visit to some of the area’s top-rated sights that include the Florence Nightingale Museum, Garden Museum, Golden Hinde II, HMS Belfast, Hayward Gallery, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Palace, National Theatre of Great Britain, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Southbank Centre, Southwark Cathedral, Tate Modern, and The London Dungeon.
From the South Bank, you can head out towards the direction of one of London’s iconic landmark – the Big Ben. From there you can continue strolling to see more of the attractions clustered in this side of Westminster such as the Palace of Westminster or the Houses of Parliament, Churchill War Rooms, Palace of Westminster, Tate Britain, Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster Abbey, and the Winston Churchill Statue among others.
From Westminster Abbey, you can continue on foot to Buckingham Palace. If you are visiting during the summer, you can book a tour of the palace to see the Grand Staircase, State Rooms, the Throne Room, and the impressive collection of artworks that include those of Rembrandt and Vermeer. At around 11:00 in the morning, you may want to find a good spot to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
From Buckingham Palace, head out to Hyde Park for lunch. The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen and the Lido Café both provide a great view of the lake while you enjoy your meal. You can then spend a relaxing time at the café or along the bank of the lake before you start exploring the many attractions of one of the city’s Royal Parks.
Afternoon tea at Covent Garden
For another quintessential London experience, go for a delightful afternoon tea experience at Covent Garden. You can then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the area and nearby attractions.
Night out at West End
Spend the evening at London’s West End. For dinner, take your pick of the many restaurants and bars in the area serving a wide selection of local and international cuisines. You can catch a show at one of the theatres or spend the rest of the evening at an English pub before heading back to your hotel.