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One Day in London

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Only one day in London? Yikes! But never fear - this walking tour explores the most important and historic attractions in the city, only takes a few hours, and offers you a chance to catch a glimpse of what makes this ancient metropolis so great.

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  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller

9 Places

5 City Tips

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9 Places

Trafalgar Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Downing Street

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Houses of Parliament

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites

Thames River

Bodies of Water

Westminster Abbey

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Churchill War Rooms

Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Museums

Buckingham Palace

Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks

St. James's Park

Parks

Chris O's City Tips

  • “May I please” inserted at the beginning of any request goes a long way to enhancing any customer service experience.
  • If you're used to driving on the right, look down before crossing the road - "LOOK LEFT" reminders are painted on the ground at most official crossings.
  • All destinations listed can be visited on foot, are a short walk from each other, and are also near London Underground stations.
  • For a scenic and leisurely stroll, make a loop from Trafalgar Square, with St James’s Park as the last stop before returning back to where you started.
  • Wear comfortable shoes when hitting the street markets, and dress appropriately (layers are the way to go given typical London weather).
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    Trafalgar Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    The front-running contender for the geographic heart of London, Trafalgar Square is a brilliant spot for meeting up with friends and embarking upon any number of Central London adventures. But it's an interesting destination in its own right as well - with an impressive calendar of free events, an ever-changing Fourth Plinth public art display, the famed lions on constant vigil and Nelson's Column extending above it all.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Keep a close eye on your belongings while checking out the amazing street performers here - pickpocketing is rife.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 1,718 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such an amazing atmosphere 18/11/2017
    • Great views 18/11/2017
    • Trafalgar Square
    Address:
    Centre of the City
    London SW1A
    England
    Phone:
    0473344937
    Other:
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    Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    This is the largest single open space in London used for the changing of the guards. At its entrance you will find two mounted soldiers who – along with their horses – stand as still as statues, despite the constant throngs of tourists and the many photos taken of them.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place here every morning at 11am, except on Sunday when it starts at 10am.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #120 of 1,718 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great space 18/11/2017
    • Great spectacular, well worth it 09/11/2017
    • Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
    Address:
    Horse Guards Whitehall
    London SW1A 2AX
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1753 755297
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Downing Street
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    No 10 Downing Street is home to the British Prime Minister. You never know who you might catch a glimpse of when passing by.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • There is no access to the house or street for the general public, but you can get fairly close and take photographs through the railings.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #441 of 1,718 things to do in London
    • Not Too Much Too See,But Worth A Peep 15/11/2017
    • Nothing special 09/11/2017
    • Downing Street
    Address:
    Downing Street
    London SW1A 2AL
    England
    Phone:
    1212
    Other:
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    Houses of Parliament
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    The Palace of Westminster (aka the Houses of Parliament) is home to the Elizabeth Tower (aka St Stephens Tower) and is best known for the huge bell that hangs inside – Big Ben! This stately and rather ornate complex, set beside the Thames, is both an iconic image of London and also an incongruous Neo-Gothic wonder in its own right, unlike any other buildings around it.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Only permanent UK residents can book tours of Elizabeth Tower to see Big Ben.
    • Parliament is open to any and all visitors to attend debates, watch committee hearings or take a tour inside.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 1,718 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing to see the rooms 20/11/2017
    • Can’t believe that we haven’t visited before 19/11/2017
    • Houses of Parliament
    Address:
    Parliament Square
    London SW1A 0AA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7219 4114
    Other:
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    Thames River
    Bodies of Water
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    Chris O Says:

    Make sure you take some time to behold the mighty Thames. Whether you amble along Victoria Embankment on its north shore or cross over to explore the South Bank, numerous pedestrianised areas on either side offer plenty of photo opportunities to capture the views of this famous river.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a ride on the Thames Clipper boat - these local commuter vessels are comfier, more convenient and cheaper than their tourist counterparts.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 1,718 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Thames River 19/11/2017
    • Unmistakeably London 18/11/2017
    • Thames River
    Phone:
    +44 20 8891 1411
    Other:
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    Westminster Abbey
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    Maybe you've heard of Will and Kate – the last couple who made the news by getting hitched here? This age-old and gorgeous Abbey was making news long before the latest round of Royal Family tabloid fodder activity, though. It is the burial home of more than 3,000 people, from monarchs to poets.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • On Sundays and religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas, Westminster Abbey is open for worship only.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 1,718 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Westminster Abbey 20/11/2017
    • Long entry lines take away from a spectacular experience 20/11/2017
    • Westminster Abbey
    Address:
    20 Dean's Yard
    Broad Sanctuary
    London SW1P 3PA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7222 5152
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    09:30 - 15:30
    Wed
    09:30 - 18:00
    Thu - Sat
    09:30 - 15:30
    Other:
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    Churchill War Rooms
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The underground headquarters of Winston Churchill and his wartime government during the Blitz are now open to the public, along with an interactive Churchill Museum that offers a fascinating look at life during World War II, plus a chance to see how technological advances then have changed the way we live today.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The War Rooms are open daily, 9.30am-6pm all year round, except 24-26th December.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 1,718 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very interesting, an amazing museum! 20/11/2017
    • Churchill Warrooms 20/11/2017
    • Churchill War Rooms
    Address:
    Clive Steps
    King Charles Street
    London SW1A 2AQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7930 6961
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Buckingham Palace
    Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    Whether you're a loyal royalist, an avid republican, or an ambivalent bystander, you can't deny that “Buck House” is as fascinating a piece of living history as it gets. The Queen's Gallery, home to one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, is also one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact - and well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Changing of the Guard takes place at 11.30am and is free to view. Check the calendar in advance as it's not a daily occurrence.
    • The State Rooms are open for public visitation every summer from late July to September.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 1,718 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice 20/11/2017
    • The Queens house 20/11/2017
    • Buckingham Palace
    Address:
    Buckingham Palace Road
    London SW1A 1AA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 303 123 7300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:15 - 18:45
    Other:
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    St. James's Park
    Parks
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    Chris O Says:

    An English garden (on a grand scale, in the heart of town, for everyone to enjoy), St James's Park is home to arguably London's most beloved view (from its Blue Bridge), some of Britain's prettiest floral beds, and, oh yeah…its very own flock of pelicans - first introduced to the park in 1664 as a gift from the Russian ambassador.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The best time to see St James's Park's pelicans is from 2.30pm to 3pm when they're fed fresh fish at their home near to the park's Duck Island.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 1,718 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Park 20/11/2017
    • Beautiful 20/11/2017
    • St. James's Park
    Address:
    Horse Guards Road
    The Storeyard
    London SW1A 2BJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 300 061 2350
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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