Hi guys! Here is a compact tour plan for London if you don’t have so much time and you want to use your time effectively. London tube map is your best friend in this trip.
Go to South Bank region and leave the tube at Waterloo station to see one of the most iconic constructions of London. You may prefer to jump into the Ferris wheel if you have limitted time, so that you can see all London and other famous buildings from the top. However you may want to skip this activity because of the same timing reason. Ride duration is about 30 min and its up to you… If you are decisive about joining the ride, click here for a good summary of the experience.
Westminster Abbey, House of Parliement and Big Ben
Start at Westminster underground. Big Ben is actually just the bell but called like it is the name of clock tower. Big Ben is the symbol of London and must be seen at least for the photography.
Westmisnter Abbey is where nearly every British King and Queen has been crowned and it has an important role in the history. Building itself is also beautiful and worth to see.
Visit House of Parliement and take a tour. Since it is a working building there are some restrictions and timetables for the visit. You can get detailed info from here.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Tube station is named St Paul’s unsurprisingly. It is a huge dome that can be seen from everywhere. Interior photography is permitted and the inside of the cathedral is fascinating. You should spend time in here. Besides, Just in 15 minutes walking distance, you can see one of the hidden gardens of London, Barbican Conservatory.
You can leave the metro one of these 3 stations. St. James Park, Hyde Park or Green Park. If you want to feed squirrels choose Hyde Park and spend some friendly time with them on the way to palace.
Do not miss Change of Guards in front of the palace, it is very nice to watch and it won’t take so much time. You can track the program from here.
Leave the tube at Charing Cross station. Visit Nelson’s Column monument in Trafalgar Square built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Then visit National Gallery for free. If you have some spare time you can easily go shopping in Covent Garden and have a meal in Chinatown. Another option: If it is getting dark and the day is over Soho is best choice to go for drink and it is very closed to the Trafalgar square.
Leave the tube at Tower Hill station. Visit St. Katherine’s Dock. After that, have a rest in the lovely 18th century pub “Dickens Inn”. Drink some English ale. Then walk through the amazing Tower bridge and enjoy the view of Thames River.
Natural History Museum
Leave the tube at South Kensington station. This amazing-looking building interprets the natural world very succesfully. We specifically recommend the blue zone dinosaurs, mammals) for children and the green zone (planet’s evolution) for adults. Click here for more information about the museum.
Go for the Piccadilly for the Night life and visit some clubs and bars in this region. It would be fun!
This weekend plan will tire you out a little bit but we are sure you will enjoy:)
Looking for a free guided tour? Sandemans Tours offers guided yours free of charge, every day of the week. Their guides are pretty professional and enjoyable, don’t forget to tip at the end of the tour 🙂 Also generally they end the tour at a pub, you can join the group at the pub to socialize.
Dont’ forget to take a picture with famous red telephone boxes and red busses of London!