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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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