How to spend 24 hours in London

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Spend a week in London and you can still feel that there is more you could have done during your stay. So how can you possibly get a taste of this wonderful city in just 24 hours? It’s so vast that you can’t possibly do it justice in a day, right?

Wrong! A fun trip to London can be crammed into a single day, largely because many of the main attractions are in quite close proximity to each other – and transport links between them are easy and convenient to use.

So let us give you some ideas on how to get the most out of the little time you have – and ways in which you can see a lot of London in one go.

Get the London sight-seeing bus

This is a great way to squeeze visits to the most iconic London landmarks into a short space of time. The bus calls at all the main points of interest throughout the capital, from the Royal Albert Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral to the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace.

London Bus

And if you want to learn more about each of these historic locations, then tour guides will be on the bus telling you interesting facts about them all.

You can even get an audio commentary in the language of your choice, which is ideal if English isn’t your first language.

Visitors travelling on the bus could get even more out of their experience if they purchase a London Pass, which is the size of a credit card and gives you admission to dozens of attractions across the city.

If time is at a premium, you can’t really afford to waste time queuing up to get into the likes of St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

The London Pass is therefore a great way to ensure you make the most of the limited time you have and get straight on with the task of enjoying your short break.

Go on the London Eye

If you don’t want to spend all day travelling around but still want to see iconic London landmarks in the flesh, we can highly recommend a ride on the London Eye.

This standout feature of the South Bank offers stunning panoramic views of the capital, with buildings such as the BT Tower, Canary Wharf and the Houses of Parliament truly a remarkable spectacle from above the ground.

Of course, this is a very popular tourist attraction, so we would recommend you have your London Pass or pre-book your tickets, just to save a little bit of your precious time. But if you do need to queue, believe us that the view makes it all worth it.

Remember though that the London Eye isn’t the only offbeat way to see London’s legendary buildings in real life. The cruise along the Thames is another great way to get up close to historic and world-famous sites – and it’s a truly memorable experience at any time of the day or night.

Go shopping and see a show

London boasts a stunning array of world-class theatres and puts on shows featuring the leading lights of the acting world all year round. And of course, it is home to a quite incredible selection of shops, from major high street names and luxury brands to independent retailers offering something a bit quirky and different.

So why not spend a day in London combining the two, shopping in the day and seeing a show in the evening? Covent Garden is perhaps one of the best spots in London to indulge in these two activities, as its famous market offers anything and everything, while there are an array of boutique shops dotted around too. And they are all in easy reach of some superb theatres hosting a wide variety of shows. Don’t forget to spend some time enjoying the street theatre in Covent Garden too, where talented performers will take on all sorts of personas for your entertainment.

Needless to say, these recommendations merely scratch the surface of what’s on offer in London and how you choose to spend a day in the city is entirely up to you.

But hopefully we have convinced you that there is no need to miss out on any of the major sights, even if you’re just making a flying visit.

You can be rest assured that there are plenty of ways to enjoy a truly jam-packed 24 hours in the city. We just hope you will come back for a longer stay in the future!

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