Things to do in a day in London - A Lovetovisit Itinerary

21 September 2022

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London’s such a big city with so many things to do in every direction you look. While this is all great fun, it can be a little overwhelming for a first-time visitor in the capital, as you may not even know where to begin!

This is especially true for if you only have one day in London, you may feel like there’s just not enough time, but fret not! With this guide on how to explore London in one day, you’ll easily be able to sit back and enjoy the capital, one awesome attraction at a time.

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Morning: Sightseeing in London

Some of London’s more popular attractions are always bound to get a little crowded as the day goes on, so it’s probably best to check them out as soon as you can.

From Big Ben to the Tower of London, from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, it’s super easy to hop from sight to sight when you want to get the most from London.

You can easily go at your own pace, but if you’re up for a tour, there’s plenty of ways to see the best of London by foot, bus, or even a speedboat!  

City Sightseeing offer a variety of tours, Tootbus will take you on a bus tour to London’s finest sights, the Grand London Bike Tour will take you on a cycling adventure of the city, scoot around London with Ultimate London E-Scooter Tour or see it all from the Thames on Thames Cruise: Westminster to Tower of London or see it all at rapid speed with Thames Rockets London Speedboat Experience.

However you want to see the very best of London, there’s a tour that’ll have you covered!

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Midday: Travel back in time to London's past

Once you’ve seen all the sights, it’s time to discover the stories behind the city you’ve just explored.

London has an abundance of museums and historic attractions that are waiting to be unearthed on your adventure through London’s past.

Enter historic buildings such as the iconic Tower of London, the royal beauty that is Kensington Palace or the architectural wonder that’s St. Pauls Cathedral.

You could also dive into the past of London through a selection of marvelous museums. Dive into the wonders of Britain’s naval history with the Maritime Museum, spot thousands of iconic paintings at the National Gallery and admire the many artefacts from around the world at the British Museum.

We could be here all day listing off spectacular museums, so be sure to have a look around on if you’re looking for more inspiring historical activities in London.

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Afternoon: Make a new discovery in London

After you stop for lunch, whether in a café or even a picnic spot, it’s time to embark on another of many epic adventures in the city of London. 

You could choose to visit London Zoo, where a plethora of amazing wildlife awaits you, look out for lions, tigers, monkeys, giraffes, zebras, meerkats and the super rare Komodo dragon as you explore ZSL’s wildlife haven. If you’re up for a marine adventure, then look no further than SEA LIFE London, where you can walk through shark tunnels, chill out with Gentoo penguins and come face to face with turtle-ly awesome sea turtles.

Looking for something spooky on your London day out? If you’re feeling brave, visit the depths of the London Bridge & Tombs Experience, where you’ll learn stories of London’s grizzly past through a series of terrifying displays. Or head down into the chilling London Dungeon and keep an eye out for ghosts as you become acquainted with some sinister figures from London’s past. These ghoulish attractions make the perfect thing to do in London if you’re visiting this Halloween season. 

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If that all sounds a bit intense, then don’t worry! You could also spot your favourite celebs in Madame Tussauds, with such residents including David Beckham, James Bond, Taylor Swift, and even King Charles III. Ok, maybe it’s just their waxwork recreations, but it’s still a sight to behold!

But wait, it’s not ogre yet! Shrek’s Adventure London is another shrek-tacular option for a London afternoon visit. Meet Donkey, Fiona, Puss in Boots and of course the big green guy himself as you head from the swamp to Far Far Away on an interactive adventure that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

With so many attractions in so little time, you probably won’t be able to visit all of these in one day, but it’s worth keeping them in mind for your next London visit!

Before your trip's big finale, you may want to pop for some food and drink and London certainly has its fair share of unique dining experiences. Ever fancied fine dining on the Shard or sipping champagne on the London Eye? Perhaps eating like a rockstar at the world-famous Hard Rock Café or enjoying the sights of London on a Bustronome tour? You’re simply spoiled for choice on how you spend your teatime today!

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Evening: It’s showtime on London’s West End!

As your trip comes to an end, there’s only thing left to do to close out your London adventure. Next stop, the West End! To say that London is packed with theatre shows would be a huge understatement. They’re simply everywhere you go on the West End, so it’d be rude not to check out a show before you go.

If you’re after some family fun, then some of your best options would include checking out the classic story of The Lion King on stage at the Lyceum Theatre, tap your feet along to Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, let it all go with Frozen at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane or to let your imagination fly with Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre.

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It doesn’t stop there, as there’s a mountain of choices for theatre shows in London this autumn and winter season. Hop in the DeLorean for Back to the Future: The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre, get ready for a fright in The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre, buckle up for rockin’ and rollin’ at TINA: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, unravel the longest-running mystery on the West End with The Mousetrap at St. Martin’s Theatre or multiply your chills with Grease: The Musical at the Dominion Theatre.

Whichever you choose to see, it’s certain that your one-day trip to London will go out with a bang after an unforgettable night on the West End!

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Already planning your next trip to London, or perhaps you’ve chosen to stay for a day or two longer? Take a look at these itineraries on how to spend two days, three days and five days in the legendary London. 

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