If you’re visiting London and you want to make sure you see the best the Capital has to offer, read our guides featuring our unmissable venues and areas.
24 hours in London
In the morning, go straight to St Paul’s. From there you can take photos against the cathedral and walk across the Millennium Bridge to Tate Modern. In the museum see the free exhibitions including the dramatic Turbine Hall and buy an arty present from the shop. After, walk along the river west towards the Southbank Centre, where you will find affordable restaurants, bars, design shops and regular food and trade markets. Eat lunch amongst the bustle in one of the convenient restaurants.
During the day, after lunch, walk across the river on the Golden Jubilee bridge north to Embankment. Walk up Viller’s Street towards The Strand (home to the famous Savoy Hotel). Turn left towards Trafalgar Square and take photos with the lions, often there are events and festivals taking place including all religious festivals. Quickly browse the National Portrait Gallery then make your way to Covent Garden, including the famous Piazza and Seven Dials (literally a spot where seven roads meet), there are loads of shops and coffee shops for a quick refreshment and bite to eat. After exploring the area head towards British Museum.
For the evening, head to the East End for a huge collection of cheap and fun food options, bars and nightlife. Start at Liverpool Street Tube station and walk north towards Boxpark (a pop-up mini shopping centre with food and bars upstairs). Buy a few exclusive items and be tempted by the food upstairs or just walk around Brick Lane which is packed with restaurants, this is a great place to eat and most options are generally good. Walk around the area and when you’re ready for a drink or if you want to look for other food options, head towards Shoreditch which is a road full of bars and restaurants (mainly Vietnamese). Most bars are free in this area so pop in to various places and enjoy your night!
- St Paul’s Cathedral (landmark)
- Millennium Bridge (interesting landmark)
- Tate Modern (art galley)
- Walk along River Thames (walking route)
- Southbank Centre (culture centre)
- Trafalgar Square (landmark)
- National Portrait Gallery
- Covent Garden (shopping and cultural area)
- Seven Dials (shopping area)
- British Museum
- Boxpark (pop-up mini shopping centre, food and bars)
- Spitalfields (market, food and shopping area)
- Brick Lane (food and cultural area)
- Redchurch Street (trendy shops, bars and restaurants)
- Shoreditch (food and nightlife area)