LONDON: ONE WEEK ITINERARY
We’ve put together a fabulous one-week London Itinerary just for you!
Do remember that this is only a suggestion. Use it as a starting point to build on, mixing and matching it with the other information that you might have already gathered from other sources.
Day 1: Arrive in London
Today, you will check into your hotel. Unpack, have a shower, and get into some clean clothes. If you’ve traveled from the Southern Hemisphere, chances are you’ll be a little jet-lagged, so do take it easy.
Take a leisurely walk in Hyde Park. Check out Kensington Palace, the Round Pond, the Italian Fountains, and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. Familiarize yourself with the area.
We recommend that you spend the afternoon riding around the city on one of those red double decker buses (called Hop On/ Hop Off Tours). It’s a great way to see all the key London sites like Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, and the many bridges that cross the river Thames. Take note of any stops you’d like to come back to and revisit later on in the week.
Take the time today to get cash from the ATM or exchange currency. I suggest buying the Oyster Pass for riding the tube, the easiest way to get around London. The London Pass gives you a choice of 1, 2, 3, or 6 consecutive days of travel with free entry to over 50 top attractions, plus discounts for shopping and popular London restaurants. Ask the Concierge of your hotel what your best deal will be.
Day 2: The West End of London
Explore the West End of London. Originally favored by the elite as a place of residence, and located close to the royal seat of power at Westminster, the “West End” now refers to the entertainment district around Leicester Square and Covent Garden, and the shopping district on Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Bond Street.
Discover all the key fashion shops and department stores, as well as newer up-and-coming niche fashion areas off the main West End Streets.
Recommended Dinner: The Sherlock Holmes Pub, near Trafalgar Square. The décor of the pub is inspired by the famous novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Day 3: Day Trip - Tour of Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath.
Board the bus and take a full day tour out to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath. This will take a full day, and you will get back to the hotel very tired.
Dinner: We recommend a place fairly close to your hotel as you will get back late and fairly tired. Click here for some great suggestions on where to eat in London.
Day 4: Tower of London and East End of London
The morning is a good time to see the Tower of London, where the Crown Jewels are on display. Join one of the Yeoman Warder Guided tours, which depart every half hour.
See the East End of London. Known vernacularly as the “East End”, this area sits east of the medieval walled City of London and north of the River Thames.
Originally overcrowded and populated with the immigrant population and the poor in the early to late 1800’s, it is now an increasingly vibrant and dynamic area of regeneration, particularly around Old Street/ Hoxton/ Liverpool Streets, due to the influx of small designers, boutiques and clubs frequented by the “in-crowd”.
Day 5: Portobello Markets
Portobello Markets in Notting Hill is one of the most famous markets in the world. Portobello Road itself is a long, narrow street which stretches over 2 miles. Our recommendation is to get there early and have breakfast there. Under the Westway you’ll find secondhand clothes, jewelry, books and music. Worth checking out if you love a bargain.
Explore Notting Hill, an area in West London that has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable area. It is known for attractive terraces of large, Victorian townhouses and higher end shopping and restaurants.
Day 6: British Library & Afternoon Tea
We recommend that you visit the British Library, which is located on 96 Euston Road (nearest tube Euston or Euston Square). It houses Shakespeare’s original portfolio, Jane Austen’s writing desk, and original manuscripts of such artists as Mozart, Ravel and the Beatles.
No visit to London would be complete without the traditional afternoon tea at the Orangery Palace, overlooking the lawns of Kensington Palace, where you started your journey of London.
Day 7: Check Out
Check out of your hotel to the airport, where you will fly back home or continue on to the next destination!
Psst - If you haven’t booked your hotel yet, or want to know the best places to eat, or check out what else there is to do in London, you can get some help here.