How to See London in a Day

It’s been about 3 months since I moved to London. I just started a full-time job but I was lucky enough to spend the last few weeks exploring London. I found that this one-day London walk has become my favorite. It’s been tested by me and my boyfriend; we have also taken a few of our visiting friends on this tour and they loved it.

So Here is:

How to Walk and See London in a Day

I created this map for you. It marks the view points and puts the walk into perspective.
Feel free to save it or print it before your trip:

Start at St. Paul’s Cathedral

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St. Paul’s Cathedral is located in the “City of London” and a great starting point for an East to West London Tour. Fuel yourself for the day with a breakfast at one of the many coffee shops around.

Walk to One New Change – Take Elevator to Madison Rooftop

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There is a mall called One New Change just next to St. Paul’s Cathedral. It has the most amazing rooftop with gorgeous views over St. Paul’s Cathedral and other parts of London. (Hidden Gem!)

Walk or Take the Bus to the Tower of London.

Buses run every 5-10 minutes towards Tower Hill. Tower Hill station is right next to the Tower of London. Explore the tower and walk towards Tower Bridge.

Cross Tower Bridge

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Tower Bridge is probably one of the most iconic London landmarks. It’s such a fun experience crossing the bridge. If you are lucky, they might lift the bridge to let some big ships through. (Ok that’s probably not going to happen)

Walk the Thames Walk towards West London

Take Pictures by Millennium Bridge

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I absolutely love the view from Millennium Bridge towards St. Paul’s Cathedral. Definitely a great spot to snap some photos.

Visit the Gallery@OXO

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If you like art, make sure to pop buy this art gallery with regularly changing exhibitions.

Stop for Lunch at Food Market by Southbank Centre

Eating out in London can be expensive and food markets are definitely great alternatives. For your lunch, I recommend you stop by the food market behind the Southbank Centre. Mediterranean, Burgers, Cronuts – you name it, it’s there.

Pass the London Eye

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Walk by the legendary London eye. It may look like it stands, but it moves, I promise.

Cross Westminster Bridge towards Big Ben

Big Ben from under Westminster Bridge

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But before you do, pass through the tunnel underneath the bridge to snap some photos on the other side. Then cross the bridge on the left towards beautiful Big Ben.

Visit Westminster Abbey

Cause you really should see where the Royals get married. You can’t get inside without paying but it’s really beautiful on the outside as well.

Walk through St. James’s Park

London has so many great parks and St. James’s Park is definitely one of them. Walk through the park to get to Buckingham Palace.

See Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

This one’s easy. See the palace, wave to the queen, take a selfie with the guard and off we go.

Walk to Trafalgar Square

 

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Walk through “The Mall” to Trafalgar Square. The Square is beautiful with its fountains, statues, the National Art Gallery, and Admiralty Arch.

Continue to Soho via Covent Garden or Picadilly Circus

Before ending your night in Soho, take a detour over Covent Garden or Picadilly Circus.

Have Drinks and Dinner in Soho

You’ll probably have sore feet by now, so sit back at a trendy Soho pub and re-live your day in beautiful London!

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