"Highlights of London in One Day - It CAN be done!" London by Jehcekah

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We only had about 10 hours to spend in London and we wanted to see all of the major sites. Going off of our guide book's recommendations, we made a list of places to visit and the best order to take them all in. This system worked very well. Here is the order that we took everything in: Westminster - Buckingham Palace - Harrods - Lunch - Tower/Thames - Abbey Road - Parliment - Downing Street - Dinner - Home

The other travel tips that follow stops #1-5 are from trips to London throughout the year that we lived there.

Quick Tips/Suggestions

Buy a travel book before you go and bring it with you. I recommend Lonely Planet (either the Britain, England or London guides). All of them include precise maps of London and list all sights, good places to eat, and good places to stay. This will help a lot when you have a limited amount of time, as the book will suggest the easiest way to see the sights without waisting a lot of time in queues.

Best Way to Get Around

We live in Winchester and took the train into Waterloo from there. It takes one hour to arrive at Waterloo and we were able to pre-purchase our Underground tickets in Winchester. Because we were on a limited time schedule, we used the Underground to get us from sight to sight, which took much less time and effort than trying to walk, although London is a very walkable city.

  • Last visit to London: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2004 at 10:12 AM

    WOW what a busy day, i bet you slept well that night. Glad you saw as much as you did in the limited time you had.

  • ZanieOR's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2004 at 6:34 PM

    London in one day! My planned week, which sounded so short, now seems long in comparison, expecially when you saw so much in just one day. Thanks for your helpful tips.

  • morgane1692's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2004 at 7:33 PM

    most definitely, the entertaining and informative Beefeater tours at the Tower MUST not be missed...Harrod's however, is highly overrated. This, from one who had to have one of its glazed green bags anyway...;-)

  • londonlover's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2004 at 7:57 PM

    Nice pictures! Westminster Abbey from the inside is great! Also, the closest Tube stop to Abbey Road is St. John's Wood. There's a Beatles cafe there--see abbeyroadcafe.com. :)


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