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2 Sep 2014

24 Hours in London


If you are taking a short trip to London soon and you want to experience everything London has to offer in a very short  period of time, take a look at our itinerary for one day in London. With many of the top sights and a few hidden gems thrown in as well, we have devised a comprehensive guide to this great city for one jam-packed day. From Tower Bridge to South Kensington and finishing up in Bishopsgate in the early hours, it's possible to cram a whole lot of sightseeing into one 24 hour period in London as the city has an amazing amount to offer. Take a look at our 24 hours in London itinerary and get planning for that next trip to London!

 



9:00-10:00 Breakfast - St. John Bread and Wine Spitalfields

Breakfast in the true English style with a bacon sandwich at this East London eatery from the legendary Fergus Henderson (pioneer of 'nose to tail' eating). According to the man himself "Perhaps you wake up having dreamt of a Bacon Sandwich? Well here you’ll find the Bacon Sandwich of your nocturnal fantasies". They also offer porridge, pikelets and granola but nothing beats a bacon sarnie, in our humble opinion.


10:00-13:00 Tower Bridge, Borough Market and the South Bank

From here, either walk off your breakfast by heading south to Tower Bridge (it takes 30 minutes on foot) or else hop on the District Line at Aldgate East to Tower Hill. Get a few snaps at the iconic bridge itself before taking the scenic walk along the waterfront past City Hall and the HMS Belfast to London Bridge and then on to Borough Market for a mid morning coffee break and to explore one of London's oldest markets. It's best to get this done early in the day as in the afternoon the crowds of visitors can be quite irritating.

The south bank of London is one of the best ways to see the city and you can either stroll along the banks of the river (if you have the energy) or else you can also get a river boat which enables you to see the sights from a much more comfortable vantage point. Strolling along the river, you will come across Shakespeare's Globe, Millenium Bridge and the Tate Modern. If you feel like a cultural detour at this point, the Tate Modern holds some of the world's most impressive contemporary artworks and is well worth a visit and you could easily spend hours and hours in here.




20 minutes walk from here, past the OXO Tower, the National Theatre and Southbank Centre, you will find the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Some of the most iconic sights in London, take time to admire the views down the River Thames and take some photos for your collection of the stunning Gothic architecture.

13:00-15:00 The Cellarium Cafe in Westminster Abbey

After all that walking, it's probably time for a sit down and The Cellarium Cafe at Westminster Abbey is a picturesque spot to grab a bite to eat. Serving sandwiches, salads and afternoon tea, this cafe is set in the actual 14th century store room of the monastery and is steeped in history. If you manage to get a table on the terrace, you can sit in the shadow of the abbey itself and enjoy impressive views of the abbey.



16:00-19:00 South Kensington Museums and Harrods

After a fortifying lunch, grab the tube as far as South Kensington for some shopping and museums. An area well known for it's wealth and opulence, South Kensington also boasts some of the finest museums in London. Choose from the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum which all offer free entry and the chance to whittle away a couple of hours while taking in some cultural gems. The V & A also has a beautiful internal courtyard with a fountain and is a great spot for a relaxing tea break The Royal Albert Hall is just around the corner and is one of the areas most impressive buildings. In fact, the entire area is made up of many impressive buildings and the distinctive Victorian streets make it a must on anyone's itinerary. Harrods is just a short walk away where you can find everything from designer handbags to macarons.

19:00-23:00 Soho for Dinner and drinks

After a jam-packed afternoon, it's time for some dinner. Catch the tube to Piccadilly Circus and saunter through the streets of Soho to find a fantastic meal. Soho is one of the main dining areas in London and has an incredible selection of restaurants and pubs. Everything from Japanese Ramen to American BBQ, you can find here in this tangle of narrow streets. Once known as the red light district of London, now it is more well known for it's gastronomic reputation than it's seedy underbelly. Go to Polpo for simple Venetian food, Bone Daddies for ramen or Pitt Cue Co for mouth watering BBQ. However, with Soho (as with most places in London) you must be prepared to queue for your supper as many of these places are extremely busy in the evenings and weekends. After dinner, find a wine bar for a relaxed glass of wine or two and to soak up the atmosphere. Vinoteca on Beak Street is inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy and is a friendly bar with a great wine selection.

23:00- Early Hours  - The Nightjar, Old Street

If you would like to continue your day in London until the early hours, head over to Old Street via the Central Line to sample old school glamour and atmosphere at popular speakeasy, The Nightjar. Their extensive cocktail list is to be savoured and the retro theme of the decor is reflected here with options including 'Prohibition' cocktails and 'Post-war' cocktails. They also have live music most nights of the week playing everything from jazz to swing.

Early Hours - Nightcap/Breakfast Duck and Waffle

If you're still in the mood for more after this, take the 9 minute walk from Old Street to Bishopsgate for either a nightcap or an early breakfast at Londoners favourite, Duck and Waffle. Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, it's the highest restaurant in the UK and offers up everything from Spicy Ox Cheek Doughnuts to Foie Gras Creme Brulee 24 hours of the day.

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