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24 hours in London.

There are so many things to see and do in London, that spending one day there will never be enough, but you can see a lot of what the city has to offer in this time.

If you are a lover of museums, then your first stop should definitely be to spend a couple of hours browsing in the Natural History Museum. This museum is home to incredible exhibitions – including it’s iconic dinosaur skeleton, it’s housed in a beautiful building and best of all? It’s free to visit.

As easy as it would be to spend a whole day exploring the museum, head outside and explore the surrounding area. The Natural History Museum is located in my favourite area of London, Kensington.

I would suggest a nice stroll taking in your surroundings, maybe even checking out one of London’s weirdest buildings, before stopping for lunch in one of my all time favourite spots – The Good Life Eatery.

If you are familiar with this place then you will know they make the most delicious, healthy food and drinks. It does get really busy, so try to get there a little early and snag a table. My recommendation is an almond milk latte, lean machine bowl and the Dr. Green Love juice to refuel before an afternoon full of exploring.

If you enjoy contemporary art, you could stop off at the Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road. This is a really cool gallery that acts as a forum for up and coming new talents, as well as established international artists. If not, hop on the tube at Sloane Square and head towards Westminster.

To see some of the ‘classic’ tourist sights, take a short walk from Westminster station where you’ll see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and much more!

I would then head along Parliament Street where you can see Downing Street – home of the PM, Horse Guards Parade and eventually you will reach Trafalgar Square where you can gaze up at Nelson’s column.

South Bank is a really touristy spot with a busy atmosphere and street performances going on through the day. However, it is also really lovely to walk along the river and take in the views, especially at sunset. You can check out Jubilee Gardens and if you don’t mind heights take a ride on the London Eye, the 30 minute rotation gives you an unparalleled birds-eye-view of the city.

For a quick, affordable and tasty dinner, check out another of my favourites – Burger and Lobster. This restaurant is in several locations around London and has a really simple menu compromising of lobster, a burger or a lobster roll for only £20 each, that’s amazing value!

I really like the Harvey Nichols location spot because you can do a little bit of shopping after dinner. Or if you have a sweet tooth like me, stop in Harrods and pick up a little treat for dessert!

The perfect way to end your day in London? Go see a show. There are so many different shows here from plays to musicals, there is something for everybody’s tastes. I recently went to see Wicked (again!) I absolutely love the story and you can get good seats for a decent price! Next on my list is The Book of Mormon.

My tips:

  • Dont try to ‘do it all’. It’s not possible to see everything in one day and you wont allow yourself enough time to enjoy the places you are visiting. Select a few of your ‘must see’ places ahead of time and have a great time exploring them.
  • Walk where you can, this allows you to get a real feel for the city. If it is too far get the tube, it’s often much quicker than taking a taxi due to traffic.
  • If you want to enjoy a view of the London skyline but don’t fancy a ride on the London eye, why not check out a roof top bar? One of my favourites is Madison at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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~Gemma.

I'm Gemma, a travel blogger who is in love with exploring new places. Follow me for tips on how to achieve affordable luxury, travel inspiration and photographs from around the world.

2 Comments

  1. We never made it to any of the museums when we were in London last year, there is SO much to see in London and never enough time. We spent a full day touring the Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio London and it was amazing! I highly recommend for all HP fans. I loved just wandering around and seeing what we’d discover. Of course, Big Ben was a must see for us! There’s so much we weren’t able to see so I’m excited to return one day and get to explore more. It sounds like you packed in quite a bit in just 24 hours 🙂

    1. Yeah, I think if you don’t have that much time it’s for sure better to be outside and exploring than in a museum. Oh that’s cool – did you also check out platform 9 3/4?
      Well, I used to live in London, so I have a lot of places I like to hang out when I go back. I hope you get to explore the city more another time 🙂

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