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.
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
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
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
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