If you are a visitor to London we want to inspire you to explore most of it on foot. It is easy accessible and the tube lines make it seem like stations are miles away.
Here are some quick facts to bare in mind when considering your journeys around the capital:
- Leicester Square to Covent Garden is 300 metres on foot - it probably takes you longer to take the tube
- Notting Hill to Tower Bridge is only 6 miles
We have prepared several itineraries for you to consider and make the most of your time in London.
3 days in london
Three days gives you a good amount of time to see most to the sights in London, but leaves you little time to explore the city off the beaten track.
Day 1 – Walk the main sights
Assuming the London weather hasn’t let you down you should take on one of our favourite London Walks, from the London Eye on the Southbank to Tower Bridge.
Along this walk you will see the following sights:
Assuming you are walking in the late morning or early afternoon why not combine your walk with one of these eateries:
The freedom of this walk allows you to nip into whatever takes your interest along the way. Pop into Tate Modern and see some of the free exhibitions on offer, or start your walk by going up the London Eye… or if you have children perhaps the scary London Bridge Experience.
If you want to walk the city more then follow another of our favourite walks, which takes in the sights of the Northbank. Cross Tower Bridge and head back along the river the way you came and you will pass:
We have plenty of information on this walk as well which you can find here
However, if the first walk has left you tired and wanting a rest, consider taking the Riverbus back along the Thames to Embankment or Waterloo Pier.
The Riverbus runs regularly and, if you are following this plan, you could get it from Tower Pier back along the river. The services run into the night so also make for a spectacular evening activity. Find out more about the bus here.
Either way you will be left near Covent Garden and Leicester Square so it is time to plan your evening. Here are a couple of things we would recommend around the area.
Day 2 – get out of central and Visit another area of London
You have spent some time in Central London and, although you haven’t seen any of the parks or much of the Royal Family or Museums, we would recommend seeing one of the ‘outer’ areas of London for a different perspective.
Day 3 – London Parks and the Royal Family
We have kept you away from several of the most popular sights London has to offer but there is no more waiting, as today we take a stroll around Hyde Park before heading to Green Park and Westminster.
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens Walk (Add this walk to the best walks bit)
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Museums
This is also the perfect opportunity to visit one of the South Kensington Museums.
Here are some suggestions for lunch – area guide?
Green Park, Buckingham Palace and Westminster (Add this walk to the best walks bit)
St James’ Park
10 Downing Street
Horse Guards Parade
Then you are ideally placed to walk to Regents Street, Oxford Street and enjoy your evening.
5 Days in London
Keep the first three but add in these:
Day 4 – Visit Richmond and Richmond Park on a Thames Cruise (Look to add the Richmond walk to the walks bit - or a different more general one to the park along the river)
Or continue to Hampton Court
ie. take the river tour from Westminster out to Kew/Richmond or Hampton Court
Day 5 – Visit another area in London
Notting Hill / Camden / Greenwich again
Mile End, Victoria Park and the Olympic Park
Museum Tour of London
7 Days in London
Keep the other five but add in these:
What to do in London at the weekend
Brixton and Dulwich (Street Art / Bowie / Brixton Market),
Bermondsey Beer Mile and Maltby Market
Columbia Road Flower Market (& Shoreditch Street Art)
One of the Lidos/ Ponds in London
Link into the weekend suggestions we have on our page.