Introduction: One day in London Itinerary

Feeling the finer things in life

There will come a time when people need to feel and taste the finer things in life. Inhaling the air that we breathe, the weather we feel at that particular place, the place we visit, the people we see, the animals we come across and the vehicles that drive past beeping and flashing their lights. Sometimes, you have to take in all of those things to feel and taste the finer things in life. This 1 day in London itinerary is a guide to help make the most out of spending time in the city.

Spending more time than this guide suggests is all fine but be aware that spending less time in another attraction or skip one or some altogether is going to happen. Between attractions spare 1 hour for lunch and buy The London Pass.

This itinerary can be tweaked a little bit to personalise the holiday. Check out the itinerary for 2 day in London. But for now, let’s start with a day trip.

Spend 15 minutes to half an hour in the free attractions.



Time to take in attraction

Attraction name

9 am – 9:30 am

Stroll through St. James’ Park

9:30 am – 10 am

Stroll through Green Park

10 am – 11 am

Hang around Buckingham Palace or Horseguard Parade for The Changing of the Guards.

Please note: For Buckingham Palace State Rooms, it opens in the summer season. For my time in the State Rooms, click here.


Buckingham Palace is next to both Green Park and St. James’ Park

11 am – 12 am

Changing of the Guards either in Horseguards Parade or Buckingham Palace. 

Noon – 1pm

From Green Park, stroll through the street of Piccadilly and admire the attractions around Piccadilly Circus or stroll through The Mall to go through Admiralty Archway which leads to Trafalgar Square.

1 pm – 2 pm

15 minutes – half an hour

Lunch either in Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden or Soho.

Hang around in Trafalgar Square. Trafalgar Square links to Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Click for Free Things to do in London.

2 pm – 3 pm

Piccadilly Circus:

There are several streets you can take advantage of:

Regent Street (shopping)

Oxford Street (shopping)

Tottenham Court Road (shopping)

Soho (eating)

Chinatown (eating)

Leicester Square (eating)

Covent Garden




3pm – 3:30 pm

Head to Whitehall through Trafalgar Square.       

Take photos with the Queen’s horses and guards.

4 pm – 5 pm

Head to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.   

Westminster Abbey takes 1 hour to view inside and costs £21 entry.

5 pm – 6 pm

Cross over Westminster Bridge and to Southbank.

Stroll the Southbank area.

You will see:

The London Eye

London Dungeon


Shrek The Experience

Southbank Centre

Underbelly Festival

Shakespeare’s Globe

Tate Modern – see Things to do in the Southbank

National Theatre

Various cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs.

(The attractions would be closed at this time so not worth visiting, unless you want to visit these attractions first thing in the morning)

Recommend to take 1 hour for each attraction. 




6 pm – 7 pm

Stroll through Southbank and London Bridge area. 

Dinner time

Take photos of:

Tower of London, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast

Beautiful at night.

7 pm – late

Hang around in Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Soho or Chinatown for nightlife.

Hang around in Oxford Street, Regent Street and Tottenham Court Road for late night shopping.




Other attractions


Recommended visiting times




St. Paul’s Cathedral

1 – 2 hours

Madame Tussauds

1 – 2 hours

London Zoo

1 – 2 hours

Kensington Gardens and Palace

1 – 2 hours

Regent’s Park

1 hour (London Zoo is situated here)

Borough Market

1 hour. Opens from 10 am to 6 pm

Portobello Market in Notting Hill

1 – 3 hours 

The Shard

1 – 2 hours (beautiful at night)

Tower of London tour with Wardour tour

2 – 3 hours

Tower Bridge tour

1 hour




There are more attractions around London including the major and smaller museums such as the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum which will take half to a full day to get lost in. It’s impossible to visit all the attractions in one day if you only have one day to spare. 


Go inside 2 to 3 attractions and spend your time in the free areas like Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Covent Garden or Tottenham Court Road. Use this itinerary to pick and choose which attractions worth paying to go inside and which free attractions are worth hanging around.


If you have any questions regarding these attractions or attractions that aren’t on the list, please contact me.


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