The Greatest 3 Day London Itinerary For 2023!

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Firstly, for those who solely have three days to spend in London, then I’m sorry! I actually want you had extra, however I perceive, which is why I’ve written this 3-day London Itinerary that can assist you maximize your time.

London is among the most various and experience-rich cities on the earth. I lived there for 2 and half years and have visited as a vacationer a number of occasions; and there may be nonetheless a lot I haven’t carried out.

A bridge over water with a city in the background
The Shard and River Thames

London is a straightforward metropolis to journey to. Since there are such a lot of free sights and issues to do, it makes for the perfect metropolis vacation spot.

However for those who’re quick on time, one of the simplest ways to maximise your go to is by following this London itinerary for 3 days, which has been designed to include a few of London’s most iconic sights and finest experiences – with a bit contact of native flavors and neighborhoods.

That is much like what we did on our first three days in London on our 10-day household journey final yr.

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Tips on how to use this 3 Day London Itinerary

people sitting on a park bench

London is a big metropolis, and because you solely have 3 days, I created this itinerary to cut back the period of time getting round. Who desires to waste time on public transport?

Fortuitously, there isn’t any want, as London is very easy to get round. Simply strolling from Level A to B is a precious reminiscence making expertise and is the place you’ll join a lot to the London life-style.

However for those who don’t plan correctly, you could possibly be spending far an excessive amount of time zig zagging throughout town if you don’t have to.

Every day’s actions might be centered on one space of London, so you may spend extra time exploring and fewer time on the Tube. 

Adapt this as you see match, in accordance with price range, pursuits, time of arrival, and your lodge location.

I’ve put approximate timing primarily based on what we did – with any diversifications for errors made. (We make the errors so you may keep away from them.)

Don't miss fish & chips in a London Pub
Don’t miss fish & chips in a London Pub

I’ll additionally advocate locations to eat, and occasional stops, and a few hidden gems. I notice how private these selections might be so it’s possible you’ll wish to substitute your personal in. 

Simply be sure you discover one thing near the sights to cut back your journey time. Excellent news, in London there’s a pub and a pastry store on each nook.

We additionally ate breakfast at our lodge every morning because it was supplied with our room. Buffet English breakfast at your lodge might be means higher than any American one you’ve skilled. So, get pleasure from and replenish!

Solely have two days in London? Merely drop off Day 3. We’ve created it so the easiest of London (from a vacationer perspective) is on Day 1 & 2.


To make this London itinerary stream effortlessly, it’s essential to book all your attraction tickets and tours in advance. You’re going to get extra carried out, for those who ebook for the occasions we propose on this define.

Purchase skip-the-line at any time when you may. I do know it’s an additional expense, however you’ve come all this fashion, you wish to see and do as a lot as you may. That is particularly essential if visiting in peak season.

Is 3 Days in London Sufficient?

The Millennium Bridge, London, England
Strolling throughout the The Millennium Bridge in the direction of St Paul’s Cathedral

If you’re ready to get up early and put your finest strolling footwear on, 3 days is sufficient to see the highlights of London, however if in case you have bought the time to spend longer, we advocate you spend no less than 5 days in London.

We’ll quickly have a 5-day, 7-day and 10-day itinerary for many who can keep longer, or aid you plan your actions for those who return!

We additionally produce other in-depth posts on London and its experiences, which can aid you with additional studying and analysis.

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Day 1: Royalty, Politics & The West Finish

On today in London, you’ll go to a few of its high sights within the Westminster and St James’s space, studying concerning the two types of management in Britain with the Royals in Buckingham Palace and the Politicians at Large Ben and Parliament Home.

You’ll be taking within the views of London at the most well-liked attraction within the metropolis then exploring the colourful arts and cultural West Finish.

9:30am Westminster Abbey Tour

people walking down aisle in Westminster Abbey, London, England

Westminster Abbey is the Royal Church of England, and one of many high sights in London. I loved I loved our self-guided audio tour of Westminster Abbey greater than I believed I’d, as did our youngsters.

We wished to see Westminster Abbey to see the place the King’s and Queens of England have their coronations. It was additionally the place members of the royal household get married, the final being Prince William and Kate Middleton.

As you stroll by the pews, you may take within the lovely Gothic structure, whereas your audio information tells you extra concerning the art work, structure and notable monuments contained in the constructing.

You additionally get informed concerning the Abbey’s lengthy historical past, from way back to the coronation of William the Conqueror.

You’ll want to try the surface of the cathedral, too. I loved seeing the attitude of the abbey from strolling across the cloisters and gardens.

  • Hours: 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 2.00pm Saturday, Sundays for providers solely.
  • Deal with: 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA

10:30 Stroll by St James’s Park

people looking at view of pond in  St James Park, London
Stunning St James Park

My favourite of all of the parks in London is the 58-acre St James’s Park. It’s residence to the Mall and Horse Guards Parade and is on the doorstep of Buckingham Palace.

It’s the smallest of the eight Royal Parks and has a quiet magnificence about it with its manicured gardens, blooming flowers, ponds, ample birdlife, and meandering paths underneath the shade of lots of of timber.

Relying on how a lot time you spend in Westminster Abbey, you’ll have to skip by right here to get to the Altering of the Guards at Buckingham Palace on time. Don’t fear, you’ll stroll again by it after the palace.

10.45am Buckingham Palace and the Altering of the Guard.

exterior of Buckingham Palace, London

It wouldn’t be a go to to London with out peeping by the wrought iron fence of some of the well-known palaces on the earth.

Buckingham Palace is the royal residence of the British Royal Household since 1837. Though the British royals select reside elsewhere (Windsor Citadel is the place the Queen lived earlier than she handed), the palace continues to be used for stately occasions and conferences.

Most vacationers love to go to for the Altering of the Guards Ceremony, which takes place every day at 10.45am.

That is when The Queen’s Guard hand over duty for shielding Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace to the New Guard.

The Altering of the Guards does get crowded and make take up a piece of your time. For me, it’s not value it. I’d slightly put that point into different issues to do in London.

You may also tour the palace from July till October, on Thursdays till Mondays.

Altering of the Guard occasions

  • June – July: Every day
  • August – Might: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
  • Begins at 10.45am and goes on for about 45 minutes.

Deal with: London SW1A 1AA

Different: It’s possible you’ll wish to discover Kensington Palace and Gardens which is west of Buckingham Palace.

When you solely have three days, I’d skip it and follow this itinerary as the remainder of today is stuffed with epic London experiences. You possibly can assure Kensington is in our comply with up 5-day London itinerary!

12.00pm Large Ben and Parliament Home

Great view of the Houses of Parliament from our River Cruise
Nice view of the Homes of Parliament from our River Cruise

When you didn’t get time to get your images right here if you have been at Westminster Abbey, now could be the time, as you’ll stroll again by it to get to the London Eye.

The Homes of Parliament is the place all of the essential enterprise in working the nation occurs. You possibly can tour inside throughout choose days and occasions. 

Large Ben is the 13.5 tonne iconic clock tower that the majority guests gaze up at and might be seen from throughout London.

Winston Churchill Statue overlooking Big Ben
Winston Churchill Statue overlooking Large Ben

Parliament Sq. is subsequent to the Homes of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. It has statues of well-known political leaders together with Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and Nelson Mandela.

You would possibly wish to cease for lunch after visiting the Homes of Parliament. There are numerous nice eating places and cafes alongside the embankment, simply throughout Westminster Bridge on the South Financial institution facet. Simply stroll alongside Belvedere Street and see what takes your fancy.

2.00pm Whitehall Gardens

pretty flowers in Whitehall gardens london
The beautiful Whitehall Gardens

Across the nook from Parliament Home are the very fairly Whitehall Gardens. It’s possible you’ll wish to stroll midway out on the Westminster Bridge first for some beautiful views of Large Ben and Parliament Home

Other than the prettiness of the Whitehall Gardens, the views from right here of the Thames and the London Eye listed here are nice. There’s not a lot else to do however benefit from the views as you stroll to your subsequent cease.

pub boat on river thames with london eye in the backgroun
Tattershall Pub London

Moored on the Thames is the Tattershall Castle, a former passenger ferry turned pub with views of the London Eye. This could possibly be a high spot to your lunch on today of your London itinerary. In any other case, it’s possible you’ll wish to discover only a seize and go lunch because the day is sort of busy.

Stroll throughout the pedestrian-only Golden Jubilee Bridge to the London Eye, having fun with the views as you go.

Below this bridge, proper exterior the Royal Competition Corridor, is the colourful inventive 10ft delivery container, which is the house of Beany Green, an Aussie Cafe chain in London.

Whereas sadly, I don’t assume their espresso is nice, I like the vibe of this place and their lamingtons are superb (and so they have gluten free ones). So, for those who want a day caffeine and deal with choose me up, that is the spot.

3.00pm London Eye

London Eye over the river thames
the London Eye

The London Eye is the tallest statement wheel in Europe and a good way to see totally different viewpoints of the well-known buildings in London, just like the Large Ben and Homes of Parliament. 

The London Eye is completely value it. I feel identical to you’d go to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, you’d go to the London Eye in England’s capital.

When you ebook a time slot for the London Eye, you continue to need to line up. The strains transfer fairly shortly, however I’ve heard of lengthy waits. To keep away from that, get the fast-track ticket. 

  • Hours: 11.00am – 6.00pm every day
  • Deal with: Riverside Constructing, County Corridor, London SE1 7PB

Video: London Eye Expertise

You possibly can see extra of the London Eye expertise within the video beneath, together with a non-public pod!

4.00pm River Thames Cruise

people taking photos of tower bridge
Shut up views of Tower Bridge

When you would favor to do a sundown cruise tomorrow, it’s possible you’ll wish to skip this. (It could possibly be a superb resting exercise.) 

Since these cruises depart at a particular time, and the London Eye doesn’t, it’s possible you’ll wish to do the cruise first, then ebook your London Eye for after it.

The London Eye River cruise is a 40-minute round tour of the Thames on a small open-top ferry with guided commentary. 

You’ll be taught many tales concerning the iconic Landmarks you’ll cross like Large Bend, London Bridge, HMS Belfast, The Shard, Tate Fashionable, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Tower Bridge, which you’ll get to sail underneath earlier than turning round to cruise again.

You should buy a mix ticket with the London Eye, which makes it simpler to slot in.

6.00pm The West Finish

covent garden london

Now you’re free to discover the West Finish. If you’re going to go to the theater, you’ll be on a time restrict. If not, discover at your leisure.

Will probably be simple to return to Convent Backyard on day three of this 3-day London itinerary for those who run out of time in the present day. It’s an incredible space to discover so give your self time to wander. Returning is at all times an incredible concept! I’d return each weekend once I lived in London.

It’s a straightforward stroll again over the Golden Jubilee Bridge straight into Trafalgar Sq..

Earlier than a theater go to, I like to recommend a fast look across the following districts…

Trafalgar Sq.

girl standing in front of a water fountain
Trafalgar Sq.

Trafalgar Sq. has at all times been a spot for Londoners to collect, whether or not that’s to usher in the New 12 months collectively, or protest, rally, or march for essential rights and causes.

The 52-m excessive statue of Lord Nelson dominates the sq. and the Nationwide Gallery is the beautiful constructing within the background.

There’s not rather a lot to do right here, aside from stroll round and take images with the fountain and lions of braveness. Pay attention to the LGBTQ pedestrian site visitors lights as you’re crossing the street. You possibly can what Trafalgar Square is like over on our reel.

Piccadilly Circus

people standing around Piccadilly Circus looking at flashing lights
Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is sort of a mini Instances Sq. in New York. Stuffed with neon lights, huge flashing promoting billboards, and folks getting selfies.

It’s overrated, however many vacationers like it so I’m including it right here for you. You’ll little doubt come throughout it as you stroll across the West Finish.

From right here you may simply stroll to Piccadilly, Leicester Sq., Shaftesbury Avenue, the curving Regent Avenue, and Covent Backyard.

Soho (The Greatest Space for Nightlife)

red exterior of House of MinaLima with window displays
Home of MinaLima retailer

Soho is the proud LGBTQ space of London. It has a enjoyable artsy vibe with lots of cafes, shops, bars, and eating places and theaters. It’s additionally the most effective place in London for nightlife and is stuffed with vibrant bars and evening golf equipment.

For households, yow will discover rather a lot to see and do in Soho too. The House of MinaLima in SoHo is a should go to for all Harry Potter followers. Look how cool MinaLima is in this reel.

This gallery and retailer showcase the graphic artwork of the Harry Potter and Improbable Beasts movies, all of which was completely designed by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima.

You possibly can learn extra about it in our teen’s information to London.

Covent Backyard

Covent Garden, London
Avenue leisure in Covent Backyard

One of the well-known locations to go to in London is Covent Backyard. 

Wander the cobblestoned areas surrounding the central market, which had its beginnings as a convent backyard within the 1500s. 

There are infinite eating places and bars and buying shops. Performers rotate all day lengthy on the road slightly below the balcony of the well-known Punch and Judy pub (good luck making an attempt to get on it!).

Don’t overlook to unfold out throughout the central Covent Backyard market space to discover the encompassing cobblestone streets and facet alleys for different secret gems!

We discovered Cecil’s Courtroom and Goodwin Courtroom each of that are stated to have impressed Diagon Alley.

Locations to Eat in Convent Backyard:

lamb and flag pub covent garden
The Lamb and Flag – a London icon

I’m positive you’re able to collapse in a restaurant at this level.

Covent Backyard and the West Finish is overbrimming with them, many with out of doors seating. So, discover one you want and sit down… if there may be area. When you’re going to the theater, remember to time it proper.

Listed here are just a few concepts.

  • Lamb & Flag is the oldest pub in Covent Backyard. (This was considered one of our favourite London pubs).
  • When you don’t have children, you received’t wish to miss the beautiful big tree in the midst of Waxy O’Conner’s Irish Pub on the sting of Soho and Leicester Sq..
  • The Crown & Anchor has good meals and a cushty lounge upstairs.
  • The Seven Dials Market has a various providing of cuisines to go well with any tastebud.

7.00pm West Finish Theater

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Matilda Cambridge Theater |Supply Deposit Images

There are over 40 theater venues within the West Finish performing quite a lot of reveals to over 14 million guests yearly.

They’ve reveals all through the day, however most night reveals start at 7:30pm.

On our household trip to London, Kalyra, Savannah and I went to see Matilda within the Cambridge Theater, whereas Craig caught up together with his outdated North Sydney Bears teammates in Chelsea.

I’m glad we added this to our London itinerary on the final minute as our teen stated it was considered one of her favourite London experiences.

Day 1 in London Video Wrap

Click on play to see what Day considered one of this itinerary in London seems like!

Day 2: When Historic and Fashionable London Meet

On Day 2 of this London itinerary, you’re going to proceed studying extra of Britain’s historical past (it’s darkish sort) on the Tower of London, and the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral earlier than crossing over the Tower Bridge into its extra trendy, inventive vibe.

You’ll be exploring bustling market vibes, artwork galleries, and beautiful views!

9.00am Tower of London

full view of the the tower of london on the river thames
The Tower of London

The UNESCO World Heritage, Tower of London is a citadel comprising twenty-two towers however sitting within the center is the unique White Tower constructed within the 1070s by William the Conqueror.

Don’t miss the free Yeoman tour with the red-coated Beefeater (Yeoman Warders) guides entertaining with ugly tales of its macabre historical past from its former years (and I imply centuries) as a Royal residence, armory, treasury, and zoo (thank goodness they stopped that!)

After your tour, stroll across the outdated citadel grounds to see the jail towers, Crown Jewels, and plenty of different notorious websites. Head to the Crown Jewels first. Whereas I discovered them overrated, others line up for 2 hours simply to see them!

As among the best issues to do in London, The Tower of London is infamous for its lengthy strains, which might prolong into hours, that’s why we’ve scheduled it in first. Tickets will also be cheaper online.

  • Hours: Common opening hours 9.00am – 5.30pm Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 5.30pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Deal with: London EC3N 4AB

12.00pm Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge over the river thames
The enduring Tower Bridge

Virtually anybody coming to London is already accustomed to the elegant great thing about its neo-Gothic turrets and blue suspension cables.

Stroll throughout the enduring Tower Bridge totally free and get nice views overlooking the Thames and again over the Tower of London.

Verify for occasions when the Tower Bridge will increase up its bridge arms so boats beneath can cross by (often twice a day). Check opening times here.

When you comply with our schedule as outlined on this London itinerary, the most effective views of the bridge (taking into consideration solar) might be on the south facet of the bridge. The north facet was utterly washed out.

1.00pm Lunch at Borough Markets

hand holding cup of peach prosecco in front of colorful heat mural
Peach Prosecco

Whether or not you’re hungry for strawberries dipped in chocolate, comfortable native cheeses, bowls of Vietnamese pho, sausage rolls or a refreshingly candy peach Prosecco, you’ll discover it on the Borough Markets on the south facet of the River Thames.

Fashionable London Borough Markets are a group of stalls and distributors promoting contemporary produce. It’s an incredible perception into native London life. 

On the periphery you’ll discover pubs, cafes, eating places, murals and some Harry Potter filming places, together with the Leaky Cauldron Pub.

Observe that weekdays might be a lot quieter.

  • Hours: 10.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 5.00pm Saturday, 10.00am – 3.00pm Sunday
  • Deal with: Riverside Constructing, County Corridor, London SE1 7PB

Don’t Miss: Espresso from Monmouth and a cup of the candy peach prosecco. There are additionally nice murals round right here and the encompassing cobblestone streets nice to discover. 

2.00pm Stroll alongside Southbank Promenade

man taking photo of river thames

This 2.5 miles / 4 km South Financial institution stroll alongside the Thames goes from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge. There are beautiful views throughout as you cross many high sights.

When you’re strolling alongside the promenade, you may cease off at a number of thrilling sights. Resembling…

2.30pm Go to Tate Fashionable Artwork Gallery

chimney and warehouse building of tate modern london
The Tate Fashionable (and Shard to the left)

Any artwork lover could have the FREE Tate Fashionable Artwork gallery and its over 78,000 artworks on show, on their London bucket checklist.

Opened in 2000 in a dilapidated outdated energy station, it has utterly revitalized this Southbank space, making it utterly unrecognizable to my 22-year-old self residing in London in 1997.

people looking at view of st paul and river thames from tate modern bar
View from Tate Fashionable Bar

It’s not only a place to admire world-class artwork, however for its views of the Thames, Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral from the enclosed sixth ground Kitchen and Bar within the Natalie Bell Constructing.

3.30pm See the Shakespeare Globe

tudor style exterior of shakespeare globe theatre in london
The Shakespeare Globe Theatre

If you wish to have a novel expertise and see one thing quintessentially English, you may catch a Shakespeare manufacturing at The Globe Theatre on the banks of the River Thames.

Truthful warning: this a standing theater so perhaps take into consideration that if there’s a manufacturing of Hamlet or King Lear. Our mates stated they booked privileged seats for the four-hour manufacturing of King Lear. Unsure I may do this standing up. Additionally they supplied a bit of canopy in case it rained, because the Shakespeare Globe is the way it was throughout Shakespeare’s Days!

If that every one seems like your worst nightmare, simply benefit from the views from the surface.

4.00pm Afternoon Drink Cease

hand holding pimm's and lemonade with views of london in background
Pimm’s with a View

In London, it’s frequent to include a drink cease throughout your day. English pub tradition is among the delights of UK journey.

Founders Arms Pub has out of doors seating, spectacular River Thames Views, and vibrant London environment (particularly when the solar is out.) I loved a Pimm’s and Lemonade right here (iconic English drink) (Outdoors the Tate Fashionable)

The Anchor can also be an outdated London pub with out of doors seating on the River Thames worthy of a drink break.

4.45pm Cross the Millennium Bridge – the Wobbly Bridge

unusual shaped Millennium Bridge, crossing the thames over to st paul view
The Wobbly Bridge

The Millennium Bridge is among the coolest, newer additions to London metropolis. Opened in 2000, it has a warped, futuristic look with magnificent views throughout.

I cherished the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral rising in entrance of your eyes with every step as you cross. And look behind for views of Tate Fashionable, and to the best for Tower Bridge views, and views of life on each banks of the river.

Harry Potter lovers will wish to know, this was focused by Loss of life Eaters in Harry and the Half-Blood Prince.

5.00pm St Paul’s Cathedral

people looking at at the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, London, England
St Paul’s Cathedral was spectacular.

You’re going to see this architectural masterpiece from Sir Christopher Wren, constructed after the Nice Hearth of London between 1675 and 1710 from viewpoints throughout London.

St Paul’s Cathedral is among the most well-known cathedrals on the earth and considered one of London’s most luxurious buildings.

It’s value a tour, and if the highest of the dome is open (closed on our go to) be sure you go up to take a look at the unimaginable views of London (I did this once I lived in London)

Ask the attendants if they will take you to the spiraling Harry Potter staircase. This staircase in St Paul’s was used because the “Divination Stairwell” positioned within the North Tower of Hogwarts Citadel for the Harry Potter movies.

  • Hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday and Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday. 10.00am – 4.30pm Wednesday, 8.30am – 6.00pm Sunday
  • Deal with: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

7.00pm Take pleasure in Sundown Views from The Shard

the view from the shard london

The Shard View is an costly factor to do in London, however the 244m excessive sweeping views from the 72nd ground open-air platform make it worthwhile. It was my favourite London view, which you’ll perceive because it’s the tallest constructing in Western Europe.

Intention for about an hour earlier than sundown so you may expertise the nightfall golden mild views, sundown panoramic views, and nighttime views when these London lights sparkle.

You must reserve your tickets in advance, (plus it should additionally prevent cash).

  • Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm Thursday – Saturday (entry till 8:30pm). 10.00am – 7.00pm Sunday – Wednesday (entry till 5:30pm)
  • Deal with: 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG

Video: London Day 2 Wrap

Click on play beneath to see what this epic day in London seems like!

Different Endings for Day 2 in London

My alternative can be The View, however listed here are a pair extra choices for you.

Sky Backyard Views and Dinner

Sky Garden glass building rising above london skyline with the Shard in the distance
Sky Backyard faces off with the Shard

Again throughout the London Bridge (close to the Shard) is the Sky Backyard, one other nice viewpoint in London. It’s free, however they’ve restricted openings that should be booked prematurely. Some say the views are higher from right here, however I’m not too positive about that.

Whereas it was closed (Monday) after we tried to go to, we had an analogous view at The Backyard 120 Fenchurch across the nook, and whereas it was implausible, it nonetheless didn’t examine to the Shard view! It’s free nevertheless, which may be very enticing. 

There’s a restaurant on the Sky Backyard, which can be a option to rise up there if the viewing platform is booked. It should even be booked prematurely, and I’ve heard nice issues about it. We additionally wished to do this however couldn’t make it occur on this journey.

Sundown River Cruise alongside the Thames

thames clipper boat going past london skyline on the thames at sunset
The Shard River View

Alternatively, you could possibly finish the day with a sundown river cruise alongside the Thames leaving from close to the Tower of London.

This Thames River cruise leaves because the solar goes down and begins with a glass of glowing wine and canapes as you cruise and have a look at the lights of London go by!

Day 3: North London: Camden City to Kings Cross

camden lock markets
CAmden Lock markets

Welcome to considered one of my favourite days in London. Camden City was an everyday outing for my mates and I. Twenty-five years later, I nonetheless get pleasure from visiting and I cherished taking my daughters there.

We stayed right here for the ultimate few nights of our London journey and actually loved it.

Camden city is London elective and different. Recognized to at all times be the house of punks, artists, and musicians, it’s additionally a spot for excellent buying, enjoyable pubs and cafes, and implausible reside music.

This present day can even embrace the British Museum and a go to to Kings Cross Station. You might have to contemplate today’s itinerary rigorously to adapt to your pursuits.

9:30am Espresso and Lamingtons from Beany Inexperienced

You want this to your canal journey. It’s across the nook from the place you depart at Beany Green Little Venice. There may be nothing higher than a espresso and lamington as you cruise Regents Canal. 

Proper close to right here is the Darcie & May Green (identical house owners), which is a restaurant on a ship on the canal. Brunch right here is supposed to be superior and it opens at 8am, so very doable to begin the day right here. I had deliberate on it however couldn’t make it work!

10:15am Canal Cruise

A boat traveling along a river

The enjoyable and picturesque 40-minute canal ride will take you alongside Regents Canal, by the 248m Maida Hill tunnel, and previous the unique neighborhoods of Maida Vale and Primrose Hill, with properties of celebrities, and expansive and landscaped again gardens of grand homes.

An alternate Thought can be to stroll between Camden and Regents Park, to discover considered one of London’s hottest and expansive of the royal parks and gardens.

11.00am Discover Camden City And Camden Market

people walking through camden markets under colorful umbrellas

Your canal cruise will ship you straight to the center of Camden Markets, which is hottest on the weekends. Right here you’ll discover a great deal of stalls promoting every kind of wares together with an abundance of meals stalls representing cuisines from around the globe.

There are infinite selections for meals right here with cuisines from around the globe. 

Don’t miss strolling up and down the primary streets of Camden City and the facet streets for implausible avenue artwork, buying, and unimaginable individuals watching. 

12.30pm Lunch Cease at Edinboro Citadel Pub

Edinboro Castle, London, England
Lunch on the Edinboro Citadel Pub in Camden

A number of blocks away from Camden Market is the Edinboro Citadel Pub. We’d advocate this as a substitute of the Camden Markets, particularly on a Sunday or sunny day, as a result of they’ve a implausible out of doors beer backyard and a scrumptious Sunday roast (and gluten-free beer).

A Sunday roast is a standard English meal to not miss!

  • Hours: 12.00pm – 11.00pm Monday – Saturday, 12.00pm – 10.30pm Sunday
  • Deal with: 57 Mornington Terrace, London NW1 7RU

2.00pm Kings Cross Station and Platform 9 ¾

woman holding wand at cart going into wall at Platform 9 3/4, Kings Cross Station, London
Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station in London

When you’re a Harry Potter fan it’s possible you’ll wish to embrace this in your London itinerary. In any other case, I wouldn’t fear. Even if you’re a fan, it is probably not value it for those who’re quick on time.

You might be simply strolling as much as the pretend cart in opposition to the wall to take an image, and usually strains are lengthy. We have been blessed with only a 10-minute wait.

Kings Cross Station is an actual practice station and one of many busiest transport hubs in London. If you wish to see the platforms (the place many scenes have been filmed) both catch a practice someplace or ask the guards if they will allow you to on the platform to take a photograph.

Throughout the street is St Pancreas which is the background setting for the flying automotive scene within the second film.

You possibly can catch the tube or stroll 20 minutes to right here from Camden City.

2.30pm Go to the British Museum

glass ceiling inside British Museum,
Inside British Museum

The British Museum is excellent, and I extremely advocate it as among the best locations to go to in London.

It’s England’s largest museum and recognized to be one of many oldest and most interesting on the earth with huge collections that span Egyptian, Greek Roman, European, and Center Japanese cultures and histories.

Close to this London Museum is the historic Plough Pub. We advocate stopping in at this fairly refined but very cozy Victorian pub for lunch or only a pint! 

Once more, a 20-minute stroll or quick tube journey.

4.00pm Free Time! Or…

Princess Diana statue, Kensington Gardens
Kensington Palace

From the British Museum, you might be as soon as once more close to Covent Backyard and the West Finish. Since Day considered one of this itinerary was so busy, it’s possible you’ll wish to transfer the West Finish theater to tonight, discover extra of Covent Gard, or simply chill out.

When you’re pondering of including one thing else to the tip of your journey, listed here are another sights you could possibly go to which might make for the proper ending to your London itinerary…

  • The Nationwide Historical past Museum or Victoria and Albert Museum – for those who love museums, these two are arguably the most effective in London. Head over to South Kensington to complete a day at one of many museums. Youngsters will love seeing Dippy the Dyoplosaurus and the Big Blue Whale skeleton of the Pure Historical past Museum, or see style tendencies on the V&A.
  • Go to Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens – the well-known residence of Princess Diana and now the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
  • Take a hop-on/hop-off bus tour – in case your ft are drained, and so they most likely are, take within the remaining websites of London on an open high double-decker bus.
  • Stroll by Hyde Park – this is among the largest royal parks in London and is among the finest locations to go to if the noise and chaos of town is beginning to get overwhelming.
  • Buy groceries in Notting Hill – a fast stroll alongside Portobello Street in Notting Hill and also you’ll really feel such as you’ve been remodeled into a complete new metropolis. This prosperous space is thought for its vintage, classic and boutique shops and is the place you may choose up some distinctive finds.
  • Stroll alongside the Embankment in the direction of Greenwich – earlier we advised strolling alongside the embankment in the direction of Southbank, however why not stroll the opposite means? You’ll cross the Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark.
  • Spend the night at Brick Lane in Shoreditch – wish to see some superb avenue artwork? Brick Lane is one other mecca for artists, and since we’re on a hippy bohemian theme in Camden in the present day, it will be the perfect place to complete a day studying about London’s most flamboyant communities.

Video: Day 3 in London

Click on play to see all of the enjoyable we had on this day trip in London!

Different Day for Harry Potter Followers

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We needed to ebook prematurely for Harry Potter!

When you’re a Harry Potter fan, it’s possible you’ll wish to incorporate Harry Potter experiences into your London journey. It’s included in our London 5 Day Itinerary.

 This tour of the Warner Bros Studios is the closest you’ll get to being part of the movies. It’s implausible and properly value a go to.

If that’s the case, simply add it into your itinerary the place you may and take one thing out. It’s possible you’ll swap out a whole day. You’ll need no less than half a day for the studio tour.

It takes round three to 4 hours to stroll by the entire tour, which options units, costumes, props, and butterbeer from the movies.

Plus, there are interactive reveals to expertise from inexperienced display screen broomstick rides to leaping in just a few of the car props. It’s additionally an hour journey trip of London.

Because it’s open late, you could possibly go straight right here after lunch on the Camden Markets OR, go within the morning and Camden Markets if you return!

Right here is our full information to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour.

TOP TIP: You have to reserve your ticket prematurely. They’ll ebook up shortly. If they’re offered out, book a place on this tour from London to Harry Potter world. They’ve already bought tickets, so that you’re assured entry and it consists of bus transportation from London. You might have to pay a bit extra, but it surely means you’ll get in!

Video: Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour London

Click on play beneath to see the Harry Potter magic come to life.

Harry Potter Strolling Excursions

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Be careful for thes witches on the streets of London!

For extra magical enjoyable, it’s possible you’ll wish to be a part of this Harry Potter themed strolling tour throughout London. This could possibly be a superb afternoon addition to the itinerary on Day 3.

Discover out which Hogwarts Home you belong in and check your Harry Potter information. Stroll down Diagon Alley, go to the Leaky Cauldron, and See iconic London websites similar to Borough Market, The London Eye, and Trafalgar Sq.. Reserve your spot here.

3 Day London Itinerary Map

We have now created a useful map for you, which is damaged down into the strolling route for every of the three days outlined above. To make use of it, click on the highest left button for the image key and strolling instructions for every day.

Click on the highest proper button to open it in a full web page. From there, click on the highest left drop right down to make a duplicate of the map. Then you may modify it as wanted to your private use. Or click on the star subsequent to the map, so as to add it to your Google Maps account. You’ll then discover it underneath Your Locations on the menu tab in google maps.

The place to remain in London

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Our Millenium Lodge was proper close to Kensington Tube Station

Particularly with a brief period of time in London, you wish to select lodging that’s in Zone 1 or 2. That is the Central London space and the place most sights featured on this itinerary might be positioned. It can prevent time and probably cash on getting round.

You’ll want to ebook your lodging close to a Tube Station. The very best ones for Central London vacationer sights are:

  • Piccadilly Line (darkish blue) (can even take you to Heathrow)
  • Circle Line (yellow)
  • Central Line (crimson)

We have now a listing of vetted London lodging choices right here, together with a brief evaluate of the three lodges we stayed in.

Getting Round London

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Oyster Card

We have now an excellent in-depth publish for you on getting round London with invaluable tips about getting round on the Tube (like it), Nationwide Rail, and strolling (our most favourite).

We have now designed this itinerary to spend as little time on public transport as potential, so you’ll solely have to get the practice from the airport to your lodge.

You’ll need to get the underground to start your day’s exploring, however for 3 days it’s not value getting the Oyster Card and simply purchase single journey tickets.

When you resolve to remain 5 days or extra, then we advocate you may choose up an Oyster Card, which is a transport card for London and means that you can journey on all London’s public transport for a set worth every day.

High tip: If in case you have a contactless bank card, you need to use this as a substitute of shopping for a ticket and it’ll cost you for a single ticket journey.

Ultimate Ideas on this London Itinerary for Three Days

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Clocking up the miles!

This isn’t a hazard warning however be ready. Your days might be lengthy, and if like us, will contain lots of strolling. 

Get stroll match earlier than you arrive, put on snug footwear, have a refillable water bottle and snacks readily available, and pack your persistence and good spirits. I promise you received’t remorse it. 

You possibly can see and do rather a lot in three days in London. Our women have been 14 and 10 on the time of our journey, and we walked 20,000 steps a day and they didn’t complain as soon as! You realize that’s a memorable household journey!

I actually hope you could have probably the most superb time in London and this itinerary helps you. It actually showcases the most effective of London you can match into three days. 

There are nonetheless extra nice issues to see and do in London, so that you’ll have to return again or keep longer.

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