Thursday 14 December 2017

48 Hours in London; An Itinerary for a Quick Visit


48 Hours in London; An Itinerary for a Quick Visit

*Collaborative guest post

With so much to do in London, it can be challenging to plan a two-day itinerary visit that will allow you to see all the good stuff before it's time to leave. Fortunately, with the right route, a solid schedule, and a bit of transportation-related research, you should be able to take in the best of the English capital within the course of a single weekend.

However, if you're not familiar with the area, you could waste a lot of time planning a huge list of destinations only to be disappointed by time constraints. One way to streamline the process of obtaining tickets to each attraction is to use a London Pass Mobile Ticket.

In addition, to help you stay on track and on time, we've devised a quick 48-hour schedule that can you can use as a template to design your own personalised two-day London itinerary:

Nelson's Column - Trafalgar Square

First Day

Ideally, on your first day you'll want to squeeze in as much as you can before the sun goes down, and then some. To help you get started, try out this example itinerary:

  • 9 AM - A Stroll at Wellington ArchStart your day with a visit to the balconies of Wellington Arch for panoramic views of the city.
  • 11 AM - Catch a Few Grand Tour Buses – After some invigorating scenery, hop on a Grand Tour bus to see the best of Central London, passing by major landmarks like Big Ben and St. Paul's Cathedral.
  • 3 PM - See the Aspley House – Taking a tour of the impressive Aspley House interior is a good way to travel back in time viewing authentic British culture.
  • 5-6 PM - Be Awed at the Science IMAX MuseumA commonly overlooked yet jaw-dropping attraction in London is the IMAX theatre. Catching some of the action here is a great way to cap off your first day.

Second Day

Here's a good example itinerary for your second day in London:
  • 9 AM - A Morning View from the Tower Bridge Exhibition – This impressive attraction lets you enjoy a great panoramic view of London. Situated 42 metres above the water with a glass floor walkway, this will definitely be one of the most impressive bridges you'll ever walk across.
  • 11 AM - Take a Bicycle Tour of the City – There are a number of bicycle tour providers in the city, with most starting their tours at around this time. Seeing the city on bike is a great way to experience the central neighbourhoods up-close within the span of a few hours.
  • 2:30 PM - Tour the Tower of London – After finishing your bike tour, you could head over to the Tower of London to catch a world-famous Beefeater tour

  •  4 PM - Get Spooked by the London Bridge Experience – Finally, a great way to wrap up your 48-hour London itinerary with a fun and thrilling experience is to go see the London Bridge Experience attraction. This spooky tour of the London Bridge makes for a fun evening activity, but make sure you're there before they stop taking admissions at 5 PM.
Mounted Household Cavalry near Houses of Parliament

Third Day?

If by chance you have the ability and interest to stay a third day, here a few attractions that are located within close proximity of each other on the north side of London for an ideal completion of a 72-hour itinerary:

  • Big Ben and the House of Parliament – A tour of the clock tower is always an interesting experience.
  • Buckingham Palace – A trip to London is never complete without a visit to this world-famous palace.
  • The London Eye – Ideal for mornings or afternoon skyline gazing.
  • Westminster Abbey – Yet another staple attraction that every tourist should attempt to see during their stay.

Why Not Make it a Full Week?

Although it's possible to visit all of the above locations within the span of 2 or 3 days, if you really want to forget about the confines of a schedule and soak up the London experience, you'll want to stay for at least 5-7 days.

Have you visited London? What would be number one on your "must visit" list?



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