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:

  The London Eye    Tickets from £22.45

The London Eye

Tickets from £22.45

  The Oxo Tower    Visit the restaurant if you can

The Oxo Tower

Visit the restaurant if you can

  Tate Modern    Free exhibitions

Tate Modern

Free exhibitions

  Shakespeare's Globe   Catch a show if you can

Shakespeare's Globe

Catch a show if you can

  The Shard   £25 to see The View or visit one of the bars

The Shard

£25 to see The View or visit one of the bars

  HMS Belfast   From £14.50

HMS Belfast

From £14.50

 City Hall

City Hall

  Tower Bridge   Exhibition from £8

Tower Bridge

Exhibition from £8

Assuming you are walking in the late morning or early afternoon why not combine your walk with one of these eateries:

  Borough Market   Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL

Borough Market

Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL

  Blueprint Cafe   Blueprint Café, London, SE1 2YD

Blueprint Cafe

Blueprint Café, London, SE1 2YD

  Tom's Kitchen   Queen Walk, Tooley Street, SE1 2JH

Tom's Kitchen

Queen Walk, Tooley Street, SE1 2JH

For more information on this walk click here

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:

 The Inns of Court 

The Inns of Court 

 Somerset House 

Somerset House 

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.

  Visit Camden Town, Primrose Hill and walk the Regent's Canal   Enjoy the amazing view of the city from Primrose Hill, walk along the canal to have a peek at the animals at London Zoo and see all Camden has to offer.

Visit Camden Town, Primrose Hill and walk the Regent's Canal

Enjoy the amazing view of the city from Primrose Hill, walk along the canal to have a peek at the animals at London Zoo and see all Camden has to offer.

  Visit Notting Hill, Holland Park and the Kyoto Garden   See Portobello Road Market, the Pavement Poetry, the tree lined streets and the Kyoto Garden.

Visit Notting Hill, Holland Park and the Kyoto Garden

See Portobello Road Market, the Pavement Poetry, the tree lined streets and the Kyoto Garden.

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) 
The Serpentine
Speakers Corner
Albert Memorial
Royal Albert Hall
Harrods
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) 
The Ritz
Buckingham Palace
The Mall
St James’ Park
Westminster Abbey
10 Downing Street
Horse Guards Parade
Trafalgar Square
Then you are ideally placed to walk to Regents Street, Oxford Street and enjoy your evening.
Evening suggestions.
 

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

Saturday:
Brixton and Dulwich (Street Art / Bowie / Brixton Market), 
Bermondsey Beer Mile and Maltby Market

Sunday:
Columbia Road Flower Market (& Shoreditch Street Art)
One of the Lidos/ Ponds in London 

Link into the weekend suggestions we have on our page.