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Tour Recipe: Basic London Itinerary Options to Make the Most of Your Visit

A very good recipe of your London Itinerary

Whether on a long flight connection, a return trip from Paris, or a stop on your Southampton cruise, you can always take advantage of your time to make a special and basic visit to London.

Having been for the past 10 years in England, having created a few hundred and maybe even thousands of Personalised London Itinerary for my customers visiting the city, I decided to share some scripts that serve as a scope for anyone who wants to visit this beautiful metropolis, so alive and full of so many attractions that don’t fit in a few days of visit if you don’t prepare a good planning to visit what interests you most.

I hope this basic selection can help you make your personal choices! This is not an exhaustive list because of course there are several other options that London can offer you as you plan your visit. By theme: Romantic London, Pub Crawls, The Beatles London, Tour to Liverpool for example are among the most popular. But this is for another article … And remember that needing more information or something less basic and more personalised, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to plan your visit according to your personal preferences and availability.


Attractions with * indicate recommended internal visit. All scripts suggested here can be adapted to your personal preferences.

1) Essentials of London – If you only have a few hours or 1 day in London, this is the most recommended to take advantage of the main attractions of the city.

In 4 hours of walking:

Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park, Buckingham Palace (see part of the change of guards if scheduled for the requested date), St. James Park, Westminster Abbey *

In 6 hours add:

Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Bridge, London Eye *, River Thames boat ride in good weather *

In 8 hours add:

Trafalgar Square and National Gallery of Art, Covent Garden Market, Oxford Street and Regent Street

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2) Noble London

In 4 hours of walking:

Notting Hill District, Portobello Market, Holland Park, Kensington High Street, Kensington Palace * (where Prince William and Kate Middleton live)

In 6 hours add:

Afternoon tea at The Orangery *, Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial

In 8 hours add:

Museums of South Kensington with visit to one of them * (Natural History, Sciences OR Victory and Albert), Knightsbridge and Harrods *

3) Greenwich – British Navy and World Time

In 6 hours of walking:

Ship Cutty Sark, Old College and Naval Hospital – currently occupied by Greenwich University, St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Chapel, Great Hall Painted *, National Maritime Museum *

In 8 hours add:

Greenwich Park, Royal Observatory of Greenwich *, Greenwich Market, New London Financial Center – Canary Wharf

4) Contrasts and disasters of London

In 4 hours of walking:

Tower of London *, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast Ship, The Shard, London Bridge, Borough Market (Gourmet).

In 6 hours add:

Southwark Cathedral, The Golden Hinde, The Anchor Pub, Shakespeare Globe Theater, Tate Modern Gallery, Millenium Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral *

In 8 hours add:

Mansion House – Bank of England – Royal Exchange, Leadenhall Market, Monument to the Great Fire of London, Then take the metro to Camden Town

5) Day Trip to Windsor and Hampton Court

In 6 hours of tour:

Departure by train to Windsor, Windsor Castle, Walk through the center of Windsor

In 8 hours add:

Departure by train to Hampton Court, Hampton Court Palace, Departure by train back to London

6) Day trip to Oxford

In 8 hours of tour:

Departure by train to Oxford, Oxford Castle, Christ Church *, Radcliffe Camera, St Mary the Virgin * University Church, The Bridge of Sighs, Sheldonian Theater, Science History Museum *, Oxford Covered Market, Ashmolean Museum * Return by train to London

7) Day trip to Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter

In 6 hours of tour:

Departure from London by train to Watford Junction, Take Warner Bros bus to Studio in Leavesden, Visit WB Studio – The making of Harry Potter (about 3pm visit), Take the bus back to Watford Junction, Return to London by train

8) Day trip to Cambridge

In 8 hours of walking:

London-out train, Cambridge University Botanic Garden *, Fitzwilliam Museum * Lunch at the Pub The Eagle, King’s College *, Bridge of Sighs, St John’s College * Trinity College *, Queens College, “Punting” on the river Cam, Pembroke College, Emmanuel College, Return to London

9) Day trip to Salisbury and Stonehenge

In 8 hours of tour:

Departure by train from London to Salisbury, Take a tourist bus to visit Old Sarum, and get off at Stonehenge to make the visit (approx 2h), Take the bus back to Salisbury, Explore the city center, Cathedral Salisbury (which houses the Magna Carta), Return by train to London

10) Day trip to Bath

In 8 hours of tour:

The Baths, Bath Abbey, Royal Theater, The Jane Austen Center (for those interested), Georgian Garden, Royal Crescent, The Circus, St. Michael’s Church, Pulteney Bridge, Return by train to London.

Now you know what to do during your visit, you can contact me and I will give you some options in how to enjoy your London Itinerary on your own or with one of our wonderful private guides to make your experience the best possible with no worries at all!

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