London in 1 day


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What to see if you only have a day in London

London in a day

How to see the best of London in one day

Doing London in just one day takes full-throttle sightseeing. Be at the Tower of London before 9:35am to get on the first tour of this bastion of London's Middle Ages.

After perusing the Crown Jewels there, take off for the British Museum (grab lunch along the way) to ogle the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and Elgin Marbles.

Take a tour instead
Let a professional guide and bus else worry about the details of cramming everything into a single day by taking a guided tour:
• London in One Day Sightseeing Tour
• London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
Be sure to be at Westminster Abbey by 3pm to pay homage to the British monarchs, English poets, and other notables entombed therein.

Have an early "pre-theatre" dinner at Rules or The Ivy, then spend the evening however floats your boat: attending a play or a show, indulging in a pub crawl (an early play might leave you time to pub crawl a bit afterwards), or just drinking in the street acts and nighttime crowds milling around Leicester Square.

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How long to spend in London?

Planning your days in London: You can see many of the greatest hits of London in 3 days (though 4 days would be better—a week, if you can manage it).

That said, if you only have 1 day or 2 days to spend in London, we also have itineraries to help you cram in as much as possible into as little or as much time as you have.

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The London Pass grants free entry to more than 60 sights across London, including such top attractions as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the Churchill War Rooms, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour, Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Kew Gardens, and London Transport Museum—as well as some nifty tours by bike, canal boat, and foot.

If you upgrade to the Travelcard option (an extra £9—or $16—per day) you also get unlimited rides on all public transportation (Underground/Tube, bus, and light rail).

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