I’ve been twice in London over the last few months and I really love that city. That’s why I encourage you to go visit it. I have realized that London is a huge city, something that I didn’t expect, that’s why I thought to be a good idea to leave you a guide about what not to miss in London in a 3 days scape.
Before getting there for the first time I had already read some articles and I realized that those where not so accurate once I had already had the city XP. It is almost impossible to visit the museums and some other emblematic places due to long queues, and due to how big the museums are, btw. Long queue hours mean losing your morning. So, here you are my low cost guide:
My advice is to start the first morning with a FREE Sandemans Tour (available in Spanish/ English), cause if you miss the historical meaning and importance of those would be missing a full joy of a city.
This 2 1/2H tour is available on internet. Once the tour is over your trust the guide. They even offer a choice of having (lunch/ brunch / snacks)to certain restaurants for a reasonable price.
It is a very complete tour. It covers the following locations: Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, St. James Palace, Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, Westminster Abbey, Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, House of Parliament and many more.
On Saturday, visits(tours) start on 10:00H, 11:00H and 13:00H. Rest of the week: 11:00H and 13:00H.
Once the tour is finished (in front of the Big Ben) I suggest you to go to the London Eye. There you will be able to take pictures of the Westminster Palace and the Big Ben from the other side of the river.
A good idea would be to start by the British Museums in the afternoon. It is worth it. You may find a guide with many recommendations to visit that museum if you wish to dedicate 2-3 hours.
To have a rest after the visit, there is no better way that wondering through Oxford Street and do some shopping heading to Picadilly Circus. By the time you are done, the sky will be already dark and taking pictures to the Picadilly Circus screens will be amazing.
At night you might like to eat in a China Town restaurant, few minutes away and finish your day while having some wine in a bar of the Soho neighborhood.
Departure fro the Tower Hill underground station. By the way, try the Citymapper app that provides you the quickest way to get from A to B, public transport and tips to survive the London underground.
Right in front of the underground station you will find the Tower of London. You have the option to enter it. It’s been said that it is worth a visit. Few minutes away there is the most popular local bridge, the Tower Bridge. On the other side of the river, and after enjoying the views and taking pictures, you may admire the City Hall, a fully covered glass building.
It is now time to wonder next to the Thames heading the Southwark Cathedral and there us the Clink Prison Museum, next to it. A different type of museum to slightly change your experience. Next, and if you are a lover of contemporary art, the Tate Modern.
In front of it, there is a beautiful bridge, the Millennium Bridge and at the back of it, it rises the Saint Paul Cathedral where the morning schedule ends.
As sun goes down quite early, the afternoon will be a little more quiet. You should not leave London without visiting Camden Town and you will still have the whole afternoon to enjoy the place, picturesque facades, different and alternative shops… You will only need to find a place to have dinner and rest.
We start the tour at Kensington Palace located on one of the sides of Hyde Park. Hopefully with good weather you will be able to wonder through it and take some must-see pictures next to the lake. Besides, there is a gallery called Serpentine inside of the park, you might be interested in.
You won´t need to go too far to have some food while you are by the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen.
Same side of the park you may find the Hard Rock Cafe, if you love that franchise.
Keep walking in that street to the Kensington Palace and the Albert Hall, and there you might like to do some shopping at Harrods close by. All that zone is full of museums, too, in case you are not so keen on shopping.
As for calling it a day, I suggest you to treat yourself after dinner. A musical show by the Shaftesbury Avenue could be an idea.
If your as lucky as having more days to visit London you may enjoy those locations I have mentioned to you at a slower pace and might like to add some which are a little further from the center as ArceloMital Orbit. Harry Potter fans, you may visit several locations where these blockbusters have been recorded.
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