3 days in London: see all the classic sights with our London itinerary

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Welcome to London! One of the greatest cities on earth has so much to explore. So where do you start?

This 3 day London itinerary is perfect for first-time visitors or those who want to revisit the classic sights and venues that make the city so unique.

We assume you like to have a variety of activities in your trip schedule, so our suggestions for your 3 days in London include the major sites, museums, art, eating and shopping.

In other words, all the key ingredients for a great time exploring London.

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Our London itinerary is grouped into 3 main areas – one for each day – to minimise time travelling between different attractions. There are options to spend a little more time at the places that interest you the most.  

We have also included our favorite London hotels – we think this one is the best for location, amenities and value.

You can skip through to the sections you need using the table of contents below. Have fun!


Summary – 3 day London itinerary

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Day 1 – Views, Tower of London and St Paul’s

London Eye - start of 3 days in London

London Eye

Start your day and get your bearings with a ride on the London Eye for panoramic views of London’s skyline.

A full rotation takes 30 minutes and on a clear day, you can see the city spread out below you for miles and miles. This attraction opens at 10 am each day.

I like watching all the iconic London buses weave in and out of the busy streets past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

My advice is to pre-book skip the line tickets for the London Eye – especially in summer – as the queues are very long.

Who wants to spend their trip to London waiting in line?

>Click here for more info and London Eye skip the line ticket prices

Nearest Underground Station: Waterloo [Jubilee, Northern – Charing Cross Branch, Bakerloo lines]

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Thames River cruise or ferry

You can take a cruise boat or the regular London transport river bus down from the London Eye past major landmarks in the city including Somerset House, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern art gallery, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

The journey by river bus takes only 20 minutes and boats leave regularly every 20 minutes.

Seeing London from the river gives a unique perspective on the city. Imagine how Kings and Queens felt as they travelled from palace to palace, surveying the city around them.

A one-way ticket from the London Eye will take you to the Tower of London where you continue your London adventure.

The cruise boat is a great way to get around even if the weather isn’t great. The covered boats offer a 24 hour hop on, hop off pass to get around the city – click here for cruise info

Tower of London

Tower of London- 3 days london itinerary

The Crown Jewels of Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family are kept in the Tower of London.

This royal fortress also holds many secrets and stories and is a must-visit stop on your first trip to London.

Apart from viewing the royal jewels you can meet the famous Beef Eater guards and take a stroll around the castle walls looking out for the ravens along the way.

See where Anne Boleyn met her fate and wonder what happened to the two small princes who were held in the Tower by their ambitious uncle King Richard III.

>Click here for more info and skip the line tickets for the Tower of London

Nearest Underground Station: Tower Hill [District and Circle lines]

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge London - london itinerary 3 days

Grab a snack and eat your lunch on the benches outside the Tower of London looking up at Tower Bridge and across to the Shard and south bank of the Thames.

Many people think the famous bridge is called London Bridge but that is actually a non-descript structure you find heading back west along the Thames.

If you are lucky or do some forward planning you may see the iconic bridge lift to let through oversized river traffic.

Take a break: It can be difficult to find good value, healthy food in London. Check out my guide on the best chain restaurants and eateries in London for ideas on where to eat when you are out and about in the city.

Borough Market

Borough Market London - London 3 day itinerary

Foodies may want to walk  20 minutes to Borough Market for lunch. Here you can browse the food stalls for almost anything you feel like – from paella to pork buns.

This area is also home to some of my favourite London coffee shops – Monmouth coffee and London Grind.

On a sunny day take your lunch and sit in the grounds of Southwark Cathedral for a picnic. If the weather isn’t on your side there is an indoor seating area.

The full market runs Wednesday to Saturday with a limited market (fewer traders) on Monday and Tuesday. Borough Market is closed on Sundays.

Nearest Underground Station: London Bridge [Northern – Bank branch and Jubilee lines]

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A walk through the City of London

From the Tower of London,  take a 20-minute walk past the Monument to the Great Fire of London to St Paul’s Cathedral.

If you have time you can pop into Leadenhall Market a beautiful Victorian covered market that is now home to shops and restaurants. The market was used as the setting for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films.

Must see in London in 3 days - London Monument and Leadenhall Market -

You might also like to drop by the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, 10 minutes from the Tower of London. Located in the “Walkie Talkie building” the terrace provides stunning views of London and entry is free.

To avoid disappointment book tickets in advance on their on the Sky Garden website.

From Borough Market follow the river past the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship the Golden Hinde and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to Millenium Bridge.

There you will cross back over the Thames and enjoy some striking views down the river and towards St Paul’s. This walk will take around 20 minutes without stops.

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St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

Rebuilt after the catastrophic Great Fire by Sir Christopher WrenSt Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most instantly recognised landmarks on the London skyline.

Inside, the Cathedral is beautiful and ornate and designed to maximise the impact of natural light.

For more spectacular views of London climb more than 500 steps to reach the Golden Gallery.

The crypt of the Cathedral holds the tombs of British military heroes Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.

The Cathedral opens Monday-Saturday, 08:30-16:30 (last admission 16:00). Introductory talks and guided tours are included in your admission fee.

Once again I recommend getting your tickets in advance particularly during the peak spring and summer seasons.

>Click for more info and fast track tickets to St Paul’s Cathedral.

Nearest Underground Station: St Paul’s [Central line]

Dinner in Soho

fish and chips

I recommend a visit to Soho for dinner. There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from and you can stop and watch the street performances in Leicester Square before or after your meal.


HIX Soho – Funky, arty vibe with a seasonal British menu – 66-70 Brewer Street W1F 9UP

Berner’s Tavern – Grand dining room with a modern British menu –  10 Berners Street W1T 3NP

Mid Range

The Ivy Soho Brasserie – modern British – 26-28 nBroadwick Street W1F 8JB

Dean Street Townhouse – posh fish and chips – 71 Dean Street, W1D 3SG

Cheap eats

Princi – pizza, pasta and risotto straight from Milan – 135 Wardour St, Soho, W1F 0UT

Wahaca Soho – fresh and tasty Mexican – 80 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F

It’s always a good idea to make reservations in London – you can do this on the go with the Open Table app

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Day 2 of your 3 day London trip

On the previous day, you explored the London of Kings and Queens past.

Today there is a little more of the same but you will catch a glimpse of the lives of how the current royal lives and enjoy the pomp and ceremony of some unique British traditions.

Palaces of Westminster and Westminster Abbey

Aerial photo of Westminster Abbey

Start your day outside the Palaces of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament) and pay your respects to Big Ben.

Actually, Big Ben is the name of the clock inside the famous tower which is in fact called Elizabeth Tower.

You can take a 90-minute tour of the Houses of Parliament followed by afternoon tea if the government is not sitting.

This is one of my favourite London experiences. There’s nothing quite like being inside one of the world’s most famous buildings, hearing its stories from a knowledgeable guide.

Walk through Parliament Square past the statue of Winston Churchill to Westminster Abbey.

The impressive Gothic church is the final resting place of significant people in British history and the location of royal weddings and coronations. For this reason, the Abbey is a fascinating place to visit.

Do check the Westminster Abbey website for information on opening times and ticket prices. As the Abbey is a working church it may not be open to visitors on the day you are there.

Nearest Underground Station: Westminster [Jubilee, District and Circle lines]

Changing of the Guard – 2 options

Changing of the Guard Ceremony London

Now experience the grandeur of the Changing of the Guard ceremonies.

Soldiers wearing the famous red tunics and bearskin hats continue a centuries’ old tradition of guarding the Sovereign and Royal Palaces. These days the marching is accompanied by a full military band and the atmosphere is festive.

Option 1 –  walk to Buckingham Palace from Westminster Abbey which will take around 15 minutes.

The ceremony starts at 11am at  Buckingham Palace, however, preparations including the brass band ensemble and guard inspection take place at Wellington Barracks close by at around 10am. Visit this amazing

Visit this amazing practical guide to the Changing of Guard for more information on the best vantage points and timings of the parade. Currently, the ceremony is held on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

This page has an up to date list of confirmed times and dates for the ceremony.

During the Summer months Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s London residence, is open to visitors. Check the Palace website for opening times and ticket prices.

3 days in London horse guards parade

Option 2 –  view a more intimate ceremony featuring the Queen’s cavalry at Horse Guard’s Parade.

To get there walk 10 minutes down Whitehall past 10 Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister of Great Britain. The ceremony takes place outside the Household Cavalry Museum.

Here the Queen’s Life Guard change, at 11am Monday – Saturday and at 10am on a Sunday.

Kensington Palace and Hyde Park

Make your way to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace for lunch or a snack. From Buckingham Palace you can walk in around 40 minutes through Hyde Park or walk through Green Park to Constitution Hill and take the number 9 bus to Palace Gate.

From Horse Guards Parade take the number 9 bus from Trafalgar Square to Kensington Palace.

Lunch at the Orangery, Kensington Palace

Orangery Kensington Palace

The Orangery at Kensington Palace is one of my favourite venues for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in London.

I like that the menu is posh without being stuffy and it is also great value.

The grand venue, royal touches and attentive service mean you feel like you have had a special treat. For a snack or more casual sandwich, there is a nice cafe with outdoor seating at Kensington Palace.

Royal capuccino at Orangery Kensington Palace

An option for the afternoon is to visit Kensington Palace where you can visit the State Apartments and special exhibitions, many of which feature Princess Diana who once lived at the palace.

The grounds and gardens are lovely to wander around and if you are travelling with children the nearby Diana Memorial Playground is one of the best in London.

Nearest Underground Station: Kensington High Street [District and Circle lines]

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Visit the V&A, Science or Natural History Museum

Visit museums in London in winter - the Natural History Museum is a favourite

After lunch, you might like to wander around Hyde Park or visit one of London’s famous and free (except for special exhibitions) museums.

From Kensington Palace, it is a 20-minute walk through Hyde Park past the Albert Hall and Albert Memorial to Exhibition Road where you will find the V&A, Natural History and Science Museums.

My favourite is the V&A – the world’s leading museum for art and design. You could spend days exploring their collections of paintings, sculpture, textiles and fashion. Check their upcoming special exhibitions too as these are some of the most brilliantly curated shows I have ever seen.

The Natural History Museum is famous for its dinosaur exhibit and the Science Museum has brilliant interactive displays and play areas for children. There’s also a wonderful space exhibit on the ground floor.

Nearest Underground Station: South Kensington [District and Circle lines]

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Dinner: A fine dining treat or a pub meal

Dinner by Heston meat fruit dish

Dinner on your second night could take two paths. My first suggestion is to advance book one of London’s many fine dining establishments, many of which are Michelin starred. Your second option is to visit a traditional pub.

Recommended fine dining restaurants – you must book well in advance

Dinner by Heston – enjoy the cuisine of one of Britain’s most celebrated chef’s Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental

The Ledbury – this 2 Michelin starred restaurant is in the world’s top 20 and is run by Australian chef Brett Graham

Spring – an elegant Italian inspired restaurant with a strong emphasis on fish and seafood at beautiful Somerset House


We love taking visitors to Portrait the restaurant on the top floor of the National Portrait Gallery.

With sweeping views of London over Trafalgar Square and towards Big Ben and a well executed European menu, it is a great night out. Bookings recommended

views from the restaurant at the national portrait gallery

Traditional pub dinner recommendations

The Lamb, Bloomsbury – 300-year-old pub near the British Museum with traditional fare taken up a notch

The George Inn – this 17th Century staging house near Borough Market is owned by the National Trust. Try the beef and ale pie or sausages and mash

The Grenadier – visit this historic Belgrave Square pub and dine on Beef Wellington

Find more tips on what to do in London after dark here

Day 3 – British Museum, Covent Garden and more

British Museum

british museum highlights great hall

Start your day at the British Museum, London’s most visited attraction.

The museum is free to enter and includes treasures from all over the world. There is a lot to see so pick some highlights of the museum and get there when it opens at 10am to avoid the crowds.

Nearest Underground Stations: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road [Northern – Charing Cross branch and Central lines]

Covent Garden

3 day London itinerary - Covent Garden

Make your way to Covent Garden, London’s famous covered market that now houses shops and restaurants.

There are many restaurants and cafes here to pick up a snack or lunch – there are outlets of Le Pain Quotidien, Ladurée and Shake Shack though I suggest you eat lightly and save your appetite for afternoon tea.

Enjoy the atmosphere at Covent Garden. We like watching the street performances by the many talented buskers that draw huge crowds.

Nearest Underground Station: Covent Garden [Piccadilly line]

London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum is found at the market and is a family favourite. There is a treasure trove of buses and trains to explore inside.

So much of London’s transport is iconic that even if you don’t visit the museum, the shop is a great place to pick up high-quality well-designed souvenirs.

Oxford Street shopping

Christmas windows at Liberty of London

This activity seems to be on many visitor’s lists of things to do in London. So much so that I wrote a guide to shopping on London’s Oxford Street.

This is the place to find all the big high street brands like Zara, Marks and Spencer and H&M but I prefer the uniquely British atmosphere of Liberty of London in Argyll Street where you could pick up a special scarf or other unique London souvenir.

Continue your walk down Carnaby Street, famous in the 1960s and 70s as the hangout for stars such as David Bowie and the Beatles. Then turn right until you reach Regent Street and continue on to Piccadilly Circus.

Alternatively, you could continue your walk down Oxford Street to iconic London department store – Selfridges.

Afternoon tea and art fix

Enjoy afternoon tea - London in winter

Afternoon tea is a ritual you must not miss in London. Typically taken between 2 and 4pm it consists of sandwiches, cakes, scones, sometimes champagne and, of course, tea. I have never needed to eat dinner afterwards!

Option 1 – From Piccadilly Circus make your way down Piccadilly where you can duck into the elegant shopping arcades. Your destination is Fortnum and Mason where you can take afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon opened in 2012 by Her Majesty the Queen.

Fortnum and Mason have been suppliers to the Royal household for over 300 years and is another place I like to shop for gifts and souvenirs of a particularly British flavour. Here you will find the best British tea, marmalade and chocolates among other fine food items.

For the ultimate in British afternoon teas, you can try ‘tea at The Ritz‘ a little further down Piccadilly. Bookings for this experience are essential.

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After your tea, cross the road to the Royal Academy of Arts where you will always find a well curated and thought-provoking exhibition.

Or walk 10 minutes back down Piccadilly where you can visit the National Gallery or National Portrait Gallery. Both these galleries have magnificent collections and are free for the main exhibitions. They are open until 6pm every day and until 9pm on Fridays.

Read more about these galleries in my guide to London’s best galleries

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Option 2 – from Selfridges it is a short walk past Manchester Square to one of my favourite museums and galleries The Wallace Collection.

This free to enter museum houses works by Dutch masters and gorgeous French antique furniture among other treasures.

You can take a very delicious and reasonably priced afternoon tea in the beautiful Wallace Restaurant found in the central atrium courtyard of the museum.

READ:   11 London galleries for art lovers

Catch a show in the West End

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Make your last night in London one to remember by booking tickets to see a show at one of the city’s famous West End theatres.

There are always hundreds of shows on at any time. From theatre, musicals, dance and concerts, you will certainly find a show that suits your tastes.

>Click here for more info and ticket prices for theatre in London

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 Where to stay in London

As you can see, there is so much to do in London – and we have barely scratched the surface! I recommend staying as centrally as your budget allows to minimise transport costs and maximise the time you have to enjoy the city.

3 London hotel recommendations

Rosewood hotel London

UpscaleRosewood London This luxury hotel in Holborn is close to the British Museum, theatres of Covent Garden and shopping on Oxford Street. The Rosewood is in a historic building that captures the essence of London’s grandeur. >Click for more info and reviews

Mid-range – Piccadilly London West End Location is everything in London. At the Piccadilly London West End you are in the heart of the city in a hotel that adds those extra touches travellers really appreciate like fluffy bathrobes and free toiletries. >Click for more info and reviews

Budget – London City Hotel With a great location close to Borough Market and London Bridge station, this hotel also offers apartments suitable for families >Click for more info and reviews

Or search for the best hotel deals on Hotels Combined

Finding rental apartments in London

Stay in an apartment in Shoreditch with Plum Guide

We stay in many rental apartments on our travels and I have come up with a system for choosing the best accommodation rentals on our preferred sites AirBnB and Booking.com.

In London, make sure you choose an area close to transport and some attractions for your stay. Here are the areas we recommend

  • West End - Covent Garden, Soho - right in the heart of the action! Prices reflect this - search here
  • Shoreditch - funky Shoreditch is the best value inner city area close to transport - search here
  • Waterloo - enjoy wandering along the Thames plus great transport links south of the river - search here
  • Kensington - classic west London neighbourhood close to museums - search here

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Go to our travel and trip planning resources page for all our recommendations for booking hotels, tours and flights for your travels

Tips for making the most of your 3 days in London

palace of Westminster - what to do in London for 3 days

Eating in London

If you are staying in a hotel take advantage of the hearty English breakfasts with eggs, bacon, sausages and toast. That way you can keep yourself going until dinner with a few small snacks in between.

London has some of the world's finest restaurants so book well in advance to secure a reservation for a meal to remember. You can use the OpenTable app to do this.

Also check out my guide to London's chain restaurants and cafes and best coffee shops.

London transport

London Underground

Buy an Oyster card which you can use on all forms of transport - underground and overground trains, light rail, buses and river boat services.

You will find information about fares, service outages and travel times on the Transport for London website.

Note: children under the age of 11 travel free when accompanied by an adult. See fare information.

There's nothing quite like riding in a black cab through the city's streets. You can easily hail black cabs on the street or feel free to use my code GTCTIES when using the black cab app Gett for £10 free credit when you book your first ride.

London taxis

I love black cabs because they are pram and wheelchair friendly and can hold 5 passengers with seat belts.

Both our double prams fit into cabs without having to collapse them and that is such a relief as most parents would agree.

Note - Uber is banned in London unfortunately!

We recommend Black Lane for efficient and friendly airport transfers.

READ:   Best apps for London - download before you go!

What to pack for London

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Famous for its weather for all the wrong reasons, London is a place that demands layers when you pack. Even in summer, I would recommend bringing a jumper/sweater and a lightweight raincoat.

If you are visiting during a London winter you will need boots, a warm coat, hat and gloves.

And always, in any season, an umbrella!

You can find our full guide to packing for London here

Our favourite London activities

Here's a list of other activities to consider for your trip to London. We always enjoy walking tours on our travels. These are my top 3 walking tours for first time visitors to London:

Popular London tours

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Activities a little off the beaten track

Add a day trip from London

formal gardens and banqueting house at hampton court

London is fantastic but there are so many places in the UK to explore beyond the capital. Here are some ideas for taking a day trip from London

Greenwich - technically in greater London, this area warrants a full day of exploration on its own. Greenwich is easily reached by river bus, light rail or train services from London Bridge

Hampton Court Palace - visit Henry VIII's palace and explore the world of the Tudors at this most English of castles complete with ornate gardens (see above)

Brighton - a favourite English seaside resort just over an hour from the capital

Cambridge - just an hour from London by train, the famous university city is incredibly pretty and packed full of history

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If you want to visit all the classic sights in just a few days I think this is one of the best itineraries that you could follow to fit it all in but as always, happy to hear suggestions on how it could be improved.

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55 thoughts on “3 days in London: see all the classic sights with our London itinerary

  1. Man Vs Globe says:

    An awesome guide! Whenever i’m in London, i’m always staying with friends in Golders Green or Islington so never manage to get touristy in the centre but this post has made me want to change that! I’m down in London in a couple of weeks for Traverse so i’ll try and do one of your day itineraries!

    The National Portrait Gallery is one of my favourites in London but I didn’t realise that you could get such a great view from the top!

  2. Wandermust mummy says:

    This is an amazing and perfect itinerary for London – even though I consider myself a Londoner I would consider this itinerary for next time I’m home #farawayfiles

  3. Clare Thomson says:

    Oh my goodness, Katy, I think it would take me a week to do all this! Great recommendations. I always like to walk around London as much as possible as you can see so many iconic sites along your route and it’s pleasant to have picnics in the parks as a break from all that sightseeing.

  4. Phoebe says:

    I feel exhausted just reading this, I’m like Clare and reckon I’d need at least a week to do all this! But you really have captured the essence of London and love all the helpful suggestions for restaurants and places to stay too. #farawayfiles

  5. California Globetrotter says:

    I’ve done most of this over the last 15 years, but I’d love to really take the time and revisit it as an adult. I hardly remember a lot from my childhood, and I try to go to London about every other year, although I’d like to increase it to once a year! Love the look of the Orangery! Pinned! #FarawayFiles

  6. Katy says:

    Thanks Clare, many people will only come to London for a few days once in their lifetime. I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t miss anything!

  7. Katy says:

    Ooh yes Lori the Orangery is a bit of a gem. We breakfast there recently. Delicious. My daughter kept asking when the Princess was coming

  8. Katy says:

    Phoebe a lot of my readers don’t make it to London often so I embraced the go hard, or go home attitude we Aussies are famous for 🙂

  9. Nicola says:

    Loving all the food pics, especially the fish & chips. We are flying to London tomorrow (my hometown) from Hong Kong, I can’t wait!
    Visiting from #farawayfiles

  10. Amanda Afield says:

    Wow, that is a thorough guide! I’m ashamed to say that despite visiting London many times I’ve never been in St Paul’s cathedral nor have I been in the parliament buildings, on my list to do when my sisters visit I think! Unfortunately my opinion of the orangery has been tainted by the wait staff accidentally dumping a tray full of ice waters over my husband and I on our only visit, but it’s a beautiful building!

  11. Hilary says:

    This post is fabulous! So much great information, you’ve done ALL the work! I have the Sky Garden on my list as well as the London Transport Museum! We did the Tower Bridge experience a few years ago, and it was great! Takes about an hour and you get great views of the river from above! #farawayfiles

  12. Mom Of Two Little Girls says:

    What an extensive trip! I think you covered more in 3 days than I did in 4 years living there. This post made me very nostalgic. As with so many cases, you become blase about what’s all around you and when you leave you look back at all you could have done but didn’t with regret. Although I don’t believe anyone can do everything in London. There really is just so very much.

  13. Wherejogoes says:

    This is an *awesome* itinerary. It’s jam packed with brilliant things to do. We must be very slow as we can spend a whole day just at the Tower of London! We are off to London this weekend and there are a couple of things on your itinerary that I would like to try and squeeze in. I love the hotel and dining recommendations. Often when you are in a city you just want a personal recommendation of where is good near the sights that you are at – so handy. I’m a fan of the Portrait Restaurant too – great views. Thank you for doing all the hard work on this and sharing with #farawayfiles

  14. youngandundecided says:

    Woah! what an extensive list! I’ve only been to London the once but to be honest didn’t get to see much of the classic spots. We done the London Eye and MadameTussaudes but the main forcus of the trip was Harry Potter Studio Tours and seeing a west end show. I’d love to go back and check out some of this stuff. Especially Leadenhall Market – that looks amazing! #farawayfiles

  15. Allison says:

    Only three days?? I’m pretty sure with the kids we’d only be able to do half of these in three days. haha We’re pretty slow travelers. But there are so many good ideas. I’ve been in love with London since I was a little girl. I can’t wait until I can actually go but I can guarantee I will be staying for a lot longer than three days. #farawayfiles

  16. tracystravels10 says:

    Have quite a few of these to try to fit into the next few months – the British Museum top of the list as I have never been. I also love the look of the sky garden so may have to book that! great post! glad you have included Greenwich as a day trip as it is one of (in my opinion) the best parts of London that people don’t go to!

  17. Ruth says:

    I really need to step up my game and visit London. I went long time ago but I have not even visited one tenth of the attractions you have presented in here. Your itinerary takes my wanderlust to another level. That is for sure! #FarawayFiles

  18. Trish @ Mum's Gone To says:

    This is a fantastic itinerary – nicely grouped and lots of things to do in each area. It must have taken you ages to compile it! I love your restaurant suggestions too. There’s still so many places I’ve not visited in London – Greenwich and the Sky Garden are on my list for my next trip.

  19. vanbrune says:

    It’s unbelievable that I haven’t been to London yet! I’d love to visit and this guide seems perfect!! There are so many things I’d want to see and do though, I’m afraid I’d have to stay a month and empty my bank account ;D

    • Katy says:

      I think you could probably spend a lifetime in London and not see everything! Hope to see you here one day soon Christine

  20. vauclusedreamer says:

    I feel exhausted just reading this – I love London, but have to do it in bite-sized chunks (24hrs or perhaps 36 at a time!) – I do love walking around the City though, as it’s beautiful & the centre isn’t huge, in fact sometimes it seems quicker to walk than to get the tube. I think for me rather than 3 days this would be a few years worth of visits, just to be able to take it all in! #FarawayFiles

  21. Kat says:

    This is brilliant, Katy! I will be returning to London in Sept but only for a 9-hour overlay en route to Lisbon (arriving at 5:30am and departing Heathrow at 3:30pm). I had purposely booked that flight because I wanted to see London again since my last trip in 2008. Wish I could stay in the capital city a little longer but other European travel plans are taking priority 😉 I may consider a visit to Hampton Court or the Camden/Primrose Hill walking tour. Thanks for this post! #farawayfiles

    • Katy says:

      Oh wow! Love that idea. Kat definitely check opening times especially if it’s on the weekend. Most places don’t open until 10am

  22. Bumble Bee Mum says:

    Thank you for helping me to plan my future London trip! Pinned this up so that I remember to come back again after I book my air tickets to London. Some day. Lol…. #FarawayFiles

  23. Ahila says:

    I must try the Orangery at Kensington and the George Inn, near the Borough market, next time I visit London. Enjoyed your 3 day guide to London.

  24. Wave to Mummy says:

    Wow what an unbelievably packed guide! There is so many things to do in London and I think you have managed to capture the main things you have to see here! A few new tips even for a seasoned Londoner like me 😀 #farawayfiles

  25. MummyTravels says:

    This is a great starting point for a visit to my home city – it’s easy to get overwhelmed as there’s so much to do but I think you’ve got all my favourites in, especially the river which is really the heart of London.

  26. Katy says:

    I think the best approach with London is to either go really hard or pace yourself! It’s easy to pace yourself when you live here but if you can only visit for a few days then I say..smash it out! And forget the bank balance somewhat

  27. Katy says:

    You really need a lifetime to experience London – we are trying to make the most of our limited time here so we tend to do quite a lot more than most Londoners

  28. The Jetset Boyz says:

    Our favourite time to go to Borough Market is on a Friday from 2pm – it’s still buzzing but you’ve missed the lunchtime queues. To really enjoy Borough Market on a Saturday you need to get there super-early. It’s become so popular that it’s rammed by midday and not the chilled & relaxed experience it was say 5 to 10 years ago. It’s well worth the effort of getting there earlier – you get to see all of the stalls, goods on offer, free samples and great vibe without having to fight your way through a mass of people.

    • Katy says:

      Thanks Boyz! Yes I agree, nothing worse than having to elbow your way through crowds of hungry Australians (I am one so it’s ok). Thanks for stopping by!

  29. The Napoli Alert says:

    Great post, thanks! We are also thinking of doing a 2 hour Black Cab tour on the first day where the driver takes you to all the main spots and stops for photos!

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