Itinerary Guide for 2 Days in London
How can something so small be such a big part of everyone’s lives? How can something so small have more than millions of visitors every year? It’s true what they say “good things come in small packages”. London has everything wrapped in a tiny box for people to open. In this 2 days in London itinerary, you will see the main attractions from outside and can visit 1 or 2 paid attractions.
For first time visitors, visit the London Guide for First Time Visitors here.
Is 2 days in London enough?
If you want to see everything, I mean everything in London, and go inside every attractions, then 2 days isn’t enough. However, if you only have 2 days to spare and you want to enjoy a weekend trip, then 2 days is possible if you only see the main attractions and go inside 1 or 2 attractions each day.
Because you won’t have time to enter attractions, you’d be saving money. 2 days in London on a budget will be an ideal trip for you, especially for weekend breaks. All you’d have to think about are travel, breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have spent £30 on travel, breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’d have to look carefully for places to eat on a budget. Read my post on London on a Budget for more information on saving money.
My tip is to enter 2 attractions each day and spend more time exploring other areas of London. Most attractions lasts about 1 – 2 hours. If you visit 2 attractions, that’s roughly 4 hours of your day gone. By the time you finish, it will be lunchtime, which you’d have to spare 1 hour for. If you want to do that, that’s fine but after lunch, take some time taking photos of other famous attractions. You can also visit hidden gems in London or visit places outside Central London. Places like London mews, visiting British markets, going to Hampstead Heath Park are some examples.
The attractions mentioned below are recommended time to visit and it’s for you to use it as a guide. The 2 days in London itinerary is a great guide for budget travellers because you’re forced to prevent yourself from going inside the attractions, but take photos instead.
If you want to spend more time in a particular attraction be my guest. Be aware you might have to spend less time in another attraction or skip one or some altogether. Between attractions spare 1 hour for lunch and buy The London Pass.
Is the London Pass worth it?
Considering the fact that it take between 1 – 2 hours to enter attractions, the London Pass isn’t worth it. It may be cheaper to get 2 for 1 promotions going inside 2 attractions each day and buying your Oyster Cards separately. Please note, that 2 for 1 deal offers may not be available at some attractions. It’s also not ideal for people who are on a budget since entry tickets to attractions are worth between £15 – £25.
Check the London Pass website here to see how much you’ll be paying for 2 days with a Travelcard.
The London Pass is worth it for people visiting London for more than 4 days. That way you have more time to visit inside more attractions.
You can tweak the itinerary a bit to personalise your holiday. I suggest cut and paste this guide into your Excel sheet.
I will make an itinerary for a self-guided tour. An itinerary with a private tour and a London Pass. I will tell you how long each one takes. (For 1 day in London, 2 days in London, 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, 6 days and 7 days etc.)
2 days in London: Day 1 of 2
|Time to take in
|9 – 10 am||Stroll through St. James’ Park or Green Park|
|10 – 11 am||Hang around in Buckingham
Palace for the Changing of the
|11 – 12 pm||Watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace or Horseguard Parade|
|12 – 2 pm||Visit Kensington Garden
and Kensington Palace
|1 – 2 pm, 2 – 3 pm||Spare 1 hour for lunch|
|3 – 3:30 pm||Take photos of Prince Albert Memorial
and Royal Albert Hall
|3:30 – 4:30 pm||Explore Portobello Market|
4 – 8 pm
Eating and shopping
Spare an hour for dinner
Visit Oxford Street (shopping)
Visit Regent Street (Hamleys)
Vist Tottenham Court Road (shopping)
Visit Trafalgar Square
Buy 50% off theatre tickets on the day in one of the ticket booths.
|7 – 8 pm||Visit Soho|
|8 – 9 pm||London Bridge area
Take pictures of Tower of London and Tower
Bridge at night
Take pictures of HMS Belfast
|9 – midnight||Party in Soho|
2 days in London: Day 2 of 2
|Time to take in attraction||Attraction name|
|9 – 12 pm||Visit the Tower of London and
do the Wardour Tour
50 minutes for the Wardour Tour
|12 – 1 pm||Tower Bridge tour|
|1 – 2 pm||Lunch
(recommend Borough Market)
|2 – 3 pm||HMS Belfast warship tour|
|3 – 8:30 pm||Visit various museums|
|3 – 4 pm||National Gallery
|4 – 5 pm||National History Museum|
|5 – 6 pm||Victoria and Albert Museum|
|6 – 8:30 pm||British Museum|
|8:30 – 10 pm||Stroll Southbank at night|
Note: I usually don’t spend more than 2 hours in a museum because it gets tiring after an hour. Save it for visiting other museums.
Other attractions worth visiting – 2 days in London
If you only have two days in London, there are other attractions in the Southbank area that are worth visiting too but you may have to substitute some attractions above for some attractions below.
|Time to take in attraction||The Southbank area|
|9 – 10 am||The London Eye|
|10 – 11 am||Sealife|
|11 – 12 am||Madame Tussauds|
|12 – 1 pm||London Dungeon|
|1 – 2 pm||London Zoo|
Well, that’s it. If you have any questions about the attractions above, please email me. If you decide to visit London and you have landed at the airport, I will visit you and do a personal itinerary for you so your holiday will be as smooth as possible.