24 hours in London

Published March 30th, 2012

As one of the world’s most visited cities, London is packed to the beef-eater-hat brim with things to see and do. While you could easily stay in the UK’s capital for a week, a month, a year or a lifetime, some are limited to only one day. But never fear, with our 24 hour London itinerary, you can experience all that London has to offer.


8:00 - Start the day early with breakfast at a café in the trendy suburb of  Soho. If the weather is nice, grab a coffee and take a seat in Covent Garden to admire the view and soak up the picturesque surroundings.



10:00 - From there, walk down to Jubilee Gardens and ride the iconic London Eye. It may be a little touristy yes, but its a great way to view the city. Save time by booking your tickets in advance.


10:30 - After your ride, cross the famous River Thames via the West Minister Bridge and walk past the impressive Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.


11:00 - Continue on via Birdcage Walk, toward Buckingham Palace. Depending on the day or season, you can catch the Changing of the Guard at the Palace at 11:30am.


12:30 - Feeling peckish? Pick up some lunch while walking past Buckingham Palace Gardens and head into Hyde Park for a picnic. If you grow tired of walking, consider hiring a bicycle and ride around the beautiful gardens.


14:00 - From Hyde Park, stroll along Knightsbridge Road and into Harrods for a spot of shopping. The department store is a London icon and a perfect place to pick up a souvenir of your day in London. If shopping isn’t your thing, head down Brompton Road to the reputable V&A Museum where you will find a vast art collection ranging from modern photography to sculptures from the Renaissance.


16:00 - Depending on your interests, enjoy a cruise down the River Thames, get spooked on a ghost tour of London or catch the tube to Camden to mix with locals at the popular Camden Markets.
17:30 - It’s been a big day so far, so why not treat yourself to a cold one? Join the locals for happy hour in the pub. There are over 7000 pubs in London so it won’t be hard to find one.  Pull up a chair, order a pint and while you’re at it, tuck into some traditional pub food for dinner such as roast with Yorkshire pudding, shepherd’s pie or fish and chips.


19:00 -  Once night time falls, head over to the city’s entertainment district West End to see a show.  You can either book tickets ahead online or take your chances and pick up a last minute ticket. The shows on the West End are lauded to be some of the best live entertainment in the world and currently include long-running shows such as The Lion King, Billy Elliot and Wicked.


21:30 - Following the show, set your sights on discovering London’s nightlife. From super clubs to live music venues, swanky bars and traditional pubs, London’s nightlife is varied and vivacious. Join a pub crawl tour with a guide that knows all the hotspots or explore the city for yourself. South Kensington and Shoreditch are where you’ll find some of London’s trendiest bars and cool kids. Club hoppers will love the the celeb hotspot of Soho or, for something more casual,  head to Brick Lane for a drink at a traditional pub or eclectic bar.


00:00 - Finnish your night up at the beloved Brick Lane Beigel Bake. This 24 hour bakery is a late night London institution and often has customers lined up at all hours of the night. Order the salted beef beigel to see what all of the fuss is about.


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Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.