The thing I enjoy most about travel blogging is helping people plan trips. Whether its through my blog posts or via my travel planning services, I love helping my readers have a richer experience in London or abroad. And because one of the most common questions new visitors ask is how to spend 1 day in London, today I bring you A Lady in London’s itinerary for 24 hours in the UK capital.
1 Day in London
Spending a day in London is a good way to get an overview and make a to-do list for a longer visit in the future. London is huge, so focusing on the city center makes a short visit manageable. While there’s no right or wrong way to spend 24 hours here, this is my ideal itinerary for a day on your first trip.
Morning in London
My Instagram followers know that I love starting a morning in London with good coffee and food. Whether I head to one of my favorite coffee shops in London or one of my preferred places for breakfast, I can’t go wrong.
Caffeinated and fueled, I’m ready to start exploring. And there’s no better place to do it than Westminster. Buckingham Palace is the heart of the city, Westminster Abbey is lovely to behold, and Big Ben is a must on any itinerary for 1 day in London.
From Westminster, I like crossing the Thames to the South Bank. It’s the perfect place to soak up the views from the London Eye or just wander through the book market or along the river.
From there, it’s a great walk to Tate Modern and Borough Market, two more of the city’s most beloved landmarks. The museum is an amazing place to visit, and the fact that it’s free means it’s easy to pop in for as long or little as I want. There are stunning views from the new addition, too.
When it’s open, Borough Market is the ideal place to find foodie inspiration and grab something delicious for lunch. I love wandering around soaking up the colors and scents of the stalls.
Afternoon in London
For a bit of history I cross London Bridge into the City, admiring the views of Tower Bridge on the way. From the graceful dome of St Paul’s Cathedral to the little lanes around Bank station, this London neighborhood always awes me with its abundance of architectural styles. Where else can I find sleek skyscrapers next to an actual Roman wall?
From the City it’s into the Underground for a ride on the Central line to Notting Hill. The neighborhood is brimming with color, and everywhere from Portobello Market to the mews is delightful.
Evening in London
As night approaches, I hop back on the tube to explore Soho and Covent Garden. There are plenty of places to eat and drink around here, and Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus are always exciting in the evening.
If I want to end my day in style, it’s off to South Kensington for the nightlife around Walton Street. But with all the ground I’ve covered, bed might be the best way to end my day in London.
If you want additional inspiration, there’s a lot more about things to do in the city in Lonely Planet London. You can get it here.
What about you? How would you spend 1 day in London?
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