A lot of people ask me to recommend things to do in London. To help them, I’ve been sharing different London itineraries on the A Lady in London blog over the last few months. The posts have been so popular that today I want to add my 3-day London itinerary to the mix. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, I hope you find inspiration in it.

3-Day London Itinerary

3-Day London Itinerary

72 hours in London is a good amount of time to see the highlights and dig a bit deeper into the local side of the city. I suggest starting with my 2-day itinerary and adding the following 24-hour segment to it.

Pink Door in London

Morning in London

My third day in London starts with a trip to Covent Garden. After breakfast or coffee at one of my favorite places in the neighborhood, I love walking through the piazza and seeing what’s on in the markets and shops.

Covent Garden

Afterwards I explore the area around Seven Dials, Neal’s Yard, and St Martin’s Courtyard. There are always plenty of places to duck into, cafes to linger over a tea in, and bright colors to delight my senses. None of the streets seem to be at right angles, so I have fun letting myself get lost for a while.

Neal's Yard

Afternoon in London

When I find myself, I like meandering through Bloomsbury and Holborn to get to Clerkenwell. This part of the city is home to some of London’s most fascinating history and noteworthy restaurants. I begin by wandering through Smithfield market, with its colorful gates and ghosts of the morning’s busy trade.

Smithfield Market, London

Outside in Smithfield is the site where William Wallace (of Braveheart fame) was executed back when the area was home to one of the city’s most famous gallows. Today it’s better known for the restaurants that circle it, and for nearby Charterhouse Square and the beautiful little churchyard of St Bartholomew the Great.

Charterhouse Square, London

From Smithfield I love walking up St John Street, where I’m sure to find a good lunch at one of the many accoladed restaurants lining its pavements. Around the street are little alleys like Peter Lane and St John’s Lane that make me feel like I’ve traveled back in time.

Peter Lane, London

After a wander, I walk down Old Street to Shoreditch and take in east London’s trendy hub. From the high street and Great Eastern Street to hipster Redchurch Street and Rivington Street, there’s always somewhere new to discover in the neighborhood.

Coffee Shop in Shoreditch

If I have time, I head to Spitalfields to browse the wares in the covered market, see what’s on around the Truman Brewery, and stroll down the historic lanes near Commercial Street. If it’s a weekend, I hit the markets that spill out into Brick Lane.

Spitalfields, London

Evening in London

Soon evening approaches and I’m in the right place. East London is one of the city’s best nightlife areas, and there’s no shortage of restaurants, bars, speakeasies, and pop-ups to choose from. I settle in at one, then make my way to as may others as I have energy for before heading home to relax after another great day in London.

If you want more ideas, you can read about the city in Lonely Planet London. If you’re in the UK, get it here. If you’re in the US, find it here.

How about you? What would you include in a 3-day London itinerary?

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3-Day London Itinerary

16 Comments on Lady’s 3-Day London Itinerary

    • A Lady in London
      January 19, 2017 at 10:29 am (7 months ago)

      Nice! Stirling is lovely, isn’t it?

  1. AlicevstheWorld
    January 19, 2017 at 10:49 am (7 months ago)

    Covent Garden’s one of my favourite places in London, it’s so beautiful!

    • A Lady in London
      January 19, 2017 at 10:50 am (7 months ago)

      Yeah! I love it there, too. Such a fun place to wander around.

  2. Kate
    January 19, 2017 at 11:09 am (7 months ago)

    Great itinerary! I’ve only recently moved to the North and am so eager to make a trip down to visit London. When I do, I will definitely be using your guides for inspiration!


    • A Lady in London
      January 19, 2017 at 11:10 am (7 months ago)

      Thanks! I’m glad you’ve found it helpful.

  3. Adnan Kundi
    January 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm (7 months ago)

    Old Street, Neil’s Yard and the whole covent garden is my favourite for a walk in london. Plus the cafés and restaurants there are never ending.

    • A Lady in London
      January 24, 2017 at 10:24 am (7 months ago)

      Yeah, there’s so much going on there!

  4. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    January 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm (7 months ago)

    After all the hundreds of times I have been to Covent Garden, I only just found St Martin’s Courtyard in December!! Sometimes, I honestly wonder if I’m just strolling around with my eyes shut 🙂

    • A Lady in London
      January 24, 2017 at 9:00 am (7 months ago)

      Yeah! I’m finding new places all the time, too. It’s amazing how many hidden corners there are in London.

  5. Danielle
    January 23, 2017 at 11:01 am (7 months ago)

    Such a great post! I love London and I never run out of things to do there. This gave me a few more ideas!

    • A Lady in London
      January 24, 2017 at 9:01 am (7 months ago)

      That’s great! I’m glad you found inspiration in it.

  6. your DIY family
    January 26, 2017 at 9:02 am (7 months ago)

    Being a Londoner, I often take London for granted. But your post has reminded me that London has so much to offer beyond the obvious tourist sites. I look forward to checking out all you London posts and then exploring this city a bit more. It was lovely to meet you yesterday and lets keep in touch.

    • A Lady in London
      January 26, 2017 at 11:54 am (7 months ago)

      I hope you enjoy exploring them! It was great to meet you, too.

  7. Tara
    June 1, 2017 at 2:33 pm (3 months ago)

    I’m looking for a great spot for afternoon tea. Any recommendations?

    • A Lady in London
      June 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm (3 months ago)

      There are tons on my blog, so please feel free to take a read through the posts about afternoon tea.


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