What to see in London in 3 days

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Martí Micolau

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Works of art, museums, wonderful parks and modern buildings that are combined with older buildings. London has an indescribable energy and, in addition to boasting a centuries-old history, it is an innovative and cosmopolitan city. In just one weekend you will not be able to see everything, but if you follow our advice in 3 days you will discover the main places and attractions of this beautiful capital.


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  4. How much does a weekend in London cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, London Eye

To start your first day in London we suggest a good coffee or cappuccino at "Cafè Nero" in Trafalgar Square (prices between £ 6,00 and 9,00, € 7,00 / 10,50). After breakfast, treat yourself to some photos in one of the symbolic squares of the city before reaching the entrance to the National Gallery, where you can spend around 3 hours admiring wonderful works (free admission, every day from 10:00 to 18:00, Friday until at 21:00).

After visiting the museum, if you don't suffer from vertigo, we recommend you take a ride on the London Eye, the modern Ferris wheel that offers a wonderful view of London (cost from £ 21,50 around € 25,00, better to book online in advance to skip the lines).

2 - Afternoon: Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey

For a quick lunch we suggest the Honest Burgers which makes great burgers to pair with different craft beers (£ 5,00 to £ 17,00 - € 6,00 to € 20,00).

In the afternoon, you can walk along Whitehall to admire the residence of the British Prime Minister and contemplate the immense House of Parliament where the famous Big Ben stands out. Spend approximately 1 hours to visit the Houses of Parliament and another 30 hours to admire nearby Westminster Abbey (inside visit ticket £ 2, € 20,00).

3 - Evening: Dinner and show at the National Theater

Does the idea of ​​attending a classic or contemporary show in London's premier theater appeal to you? By organizing yourself in time and consulting the official website, book a seat to spend a London evening a little different than usual. First you can dine at the Terrace Restaurant, a room above the theater with large windows from where you can also admire the city (main courses between £ 17,00 and 28,00 - € 20,00 to € 33,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,2 km / 1 h 31 min
  • Places visited: Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey
  • Coca-Cola London Eye cruise on the Thames from Westminster to Greenwich
  • Breakfast at Cafè Nero (Get directions), Lunch at Honest Burger (Get directions), Dinner at Terrace Restaurant (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Tower Bridge, Tower of London

Your second day in London could start with a breakfast at "Costa Coffee" among the City's skyscrapers. After recharging yourself with a coffee walk among the tall and modern buildings where the most important brokers in the world work and arrive at Tower Bridge (the climb to the towers costs £ 9,80 adults and £ 4,20 children - € 11,50 / € 5,00). If you want, time and money, take part in the guided tours inside the Tower of London. This castle famous for being a prison and an execution site it is the place where you can also admire the famous Crown Jewels. (admission £ 22,00 - approximately € 26,00).

2 - Afternoon: St Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern

For lunch we suggest you eat in the beautiful crypt of the St Paul's Cathedral where there is a cafe offering light and cheap meals (dishes £ 7,00-9,00 - € 8,00 to € 11,00). Then, allow an hour to visit this majestic religious building and climb to the top of the dome from where you can have a beautiful view (admission £ 18,00 - around € 21,00). After visiting the Cathedral we can go to another wonderful must-see attraction for modern art lovers. Spend the rest of the afternoon at the Tate Modern (free admission), one gallery that exhibits several permanent and non-permanent collections.

3 - Evening: Dinner and evening in Soho

Il Soho neighborhood is perfect for spending an evening with a drink or dining in one of the many restaurants. You could start with a glass of wine at the French House, continue with a dinner at Brasserie Zedel (menus between £ 13,00 and 18,0 - € 15,00 and € 21,00) and end with one of the best cocktails at the Lab, the busiest bar in Soho.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,5 km / 1 h 37 min
  • Places visited: City, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, Soho
  • London: Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral and cruise
  • Breakfast at Costa Coffee 99 (Get directions), Lunch at Crypt Café (Get directions), Dinner at Brasserie Zèdel (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Notting Hill, Portobello market and Kensington Palace

For your third day in London we suggest you start the day in the quiet Notting Hill district, accessible by red, yellow or green underground line. After a hearty breakfast at Mike's Cafe (£ 5,00-13,00, € 6,00 to € 15,00) wander around Portobello Road up to the famous market which takes place every day except Sunday. Shop for antiques, vintage clothes and weird objects or just savor the British atmosphere. Then, on foot or by bus (lines 7 and 70 from Portobello Road), you reach Kensington Palace where you can visit some of the royal apartments (admission £ 18,00 - approximately € 21,00).

2 - Afternoon: Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden

If the weather is on your side, head to Hyde Park for lunch, the largest park in London. Here is Il Magazine, an excellent restaurant located right in the center of the garden, near the pond (3-course menu £ 38,00 - € 45,00 approximately). Then take a pleasant walk in the green and arrive at Buckingham Palace to take at least one
After a few photos you reach Piccadilly Circus, a square overrun with tourists and surrounded by bright billboards, then move to the neighbor Covent Garden to do some shopping and admire the performances of street artists.

3 - Evening: Dinner and evening in Camden

Camden is a lively neighborhood, ideal for spending your last night in London. It is easily reached by underground by getting off at Camden Town and Chalk Farm stations on the black line. After having dinner at the Market, a great restaurant serving local cuisine, listen to some live music at the famous Proud Camden (admission £ 15,00 - around € 17,50)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 12,5 km / 2 h 37min
  • Places visited: Notting Hill, Portobello Market, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace Hyde, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden
  • Tickets for visiting Kensington Palace
    Royal London: Changing of the Guard Ceremony Tour
  • Breakfast at Mike's Cafe (Get Directions), Lunch at Magazine, (Get Directions) Dinner at Market Restaurant (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend in London cost

London is a rather expensive city but if you want to take a short break without missing anything and at the same time without even overdoing it, these are the approximate costs.

  • Costs to eat: around £ 43,00 (around € 50,00) per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner). However, if you eat in markets or fast food restaurants, the cost per day can be lower, around £ 23,00 (around € 27,00)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: around £ 100,00 (around € 117,00) per person following our suggested itinerary
  • Transportation: no more than £ 60,00 (approximately € 70,00) per person (including both Oyster cards and transport to / from airports).
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Fun: from a minimum of £ 80,00 (approximately € 94,00) per person. If, on the other hand, you decide to participate in shows and attend pubs with live music, the cost can rise significantly
  • Total cost of a weekend in London: around £ 430,00 (around € 500,00) per person (flights excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit London: every moment is good but always bring an umbrella. If you want to visit London for special events and holidays, between late January and early February you can attend the Chinese New Year in Chinatown. In June, the Queen's birthday is celebrated at the Horse Guards Parade and finally in July there is Notthing Hill Carnival, a street event that has Caribbean origins - More info on when to go to Londa
  • the main Italian airports have frequent flights (both scheduled and low cost) to London. In most cases, tourists arrive at Heatrow Airport which is 24km from the city center and is connected to the city by the underground (£ 5,00, approximately € 6,00) or Gatwick Airport. This other airport is 48 km from the city which can be reached by the Gatwich Express train (£ 14,00, approximately € 16,40). The other airports are London City 10 km from the center and connected by metro, Stansted at 56 km and Luton at 50 km, served instead by trains (£ 15,00, € 17,50 approximately) or by bus (approximately £ 8,00. , 9,50, € ).
    Flights starting from € 15,00 -
  • the best areas are those that are near the National Gallery, Covent Garden, Kensington or near the South Bank. Obviously the more the neighborhoods are "in", the higher the prices. The advice is to always look for accommodation near the tube so that you can reach every attraction comfortably, no matter where you sleep - Learn more about where to sleep in London
  • Getting around: on foot for short distances or alternatively by metro. A single ticket costs between £ 4,00 and £ 7,00 (€ 4,50 to € 8,20) depending on the area. We suggest purchasing the Oyster Card, a card that allows you to set a maximum daily spending threshold (for example £ 10,00), and once this threshold is exceeded you can continue to travel for free for the rest of the day - More info on how getting around in London
  • Other: the pound / euro exchange is absolutely to be avoided (not advantageous, commissions are applied, etc.) also because it is possible to pay anywhere with the card, even for very small amounts (metro tickets, coffee, etc.)

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