With 2, 3 or 4 days, enjoy the best London has to offer
London receives millions of visitors a year. On long leisure trips, quick business trips or on a European tour, the UK capital is irresistible, with countless activities for the most diverse audiences, including historic buildings, modern sculptures, museums, parks and Many other attractions.
For you who will spend a few days in London, we gather your highlights, prioritizing the most visited attractions and that are relatively close to each other, to optimize your time. Most tours are free and can be made on foot! Remember to pick up a local map at a Tourist Information Centers and buy tickets in advance for the paid attractions. Follow our tips and make a great trip!
Begin your early visit by passing one of the city’s most modern postcards, the London Eye – the full tour will be the next day. A 10-minute walk away is the imposing Westminster Palace and the very old Westminster Abbey, each with its tour paid on specific days and times. Next to it, the Elizabeth Tower houses the famous Big Ben bell – but only UK residents can know the inside. Walking another 15 minutes, you arrive at Buckingham Palace, where you watch the exchanges of the royal guard, for free. Be aware of the days and times of the “show”!
After lunch and walk another 10 minutes from the palace, you arrive at the Saint James’ Park (free visit), urban park with lovely scenery and relaxing. At the end of the day, enjoy a good selection of beers at the oldest pub in London, the Cittie of Yorke, built in the 15th century – before 5pm, it is emptier.
On your second day in London, get some souvenirs at Oxford Street, one of the city’s main shopping centers. After a 15-minute walk, you arrive at the British Museum (free visit), the oldest in the world – its extensive collection (more than 8 million objects) brings together pieces of historical importance for humanity, originals from different countries. Choose one of the sections to explore for 2 or 3 hours. After lunch, walking for 15 minutes, it’s time for more shopping. Twinings of London has served as a tea house for over 300 years, the right place to buy copies of the traditional British drink.
15 minutes away, this time by car, you will explore the secular Tower of London (paid visit), surrounded by legends and stories told by guards. Driving for another 10 minutes, it’s time to embark on one of the London Eye capsules, late afternoon, to take in panoramic views and incredible sunsets.
End the day with a refined two-course dinner at the Maze by the trendy British chef Gordon Ramsay. If it’s your last day in London, you’ll come home having known the least of the essentials the city has to offer.
Now, if you have the privilege of staying another day in the British capital, there is no shortage of things to do! Get to know the Cathedral of Saint Paul (paid visit), the largest church in London, where important personalities of British history were buried. 9 minutes away, visit Shakespeare’s Globe, a replica of the theater where he has done most of his plays, with permanent and temporary exhibitions, guided tours, live staging and other activities.
After lunch and drive for 15 minutes, you arrive at Trafalgar Square, which honors one of the heroes of English history, Lord Nelson, and houses the National Gallery (free tour), gallery with a gigantic collection of secular paintings by the most famous artists. With a 10-minute drive, you will arrive at Hyde Park (free visit), where you are invited to enjoy a picnic, ride a bike, take a boat trip on the lake and relax. The day ends with a dinner at Fifteen, where young chefs follow in the footsteps of trendy Jamie Oliver.
With this time available in London, you can return to the places you liked or visit different attractions. At Greenwich Park (free visit), you will get to know the National Maritime Museum and the National Observatory, and take the famous photo with one foot on each meridian. A 1h drive, on the Portobello Road Market, enjoy antiquing at the weekly fair on Saturdays – arrive early to avoid crowds.
After lunch and driving for 30 minutes, explore the Camden Town neighborhood, famous in recent years for being the home of singer Amy Winehouse. Explore the different markets and shops, such as Candem Lock, Stables Market and Candem Market, selling everything you can imagine. Enjoy local buzz and enjoy a beer at the BrewDog pub.