24-Hour Visit to London
The City of London is known for many things, including amazing theatre shows, high-end shops, stunning sights, museums and afternoon teas. Each year, millions of visitors stay in the English capital for work, pleasure or just a brief trip to visit friends.
I have been living in Greater London for quite some time and I often get asked the question “What should I do if I only have one day to spend in London?” This is a tough question, but get ready, our adventure is about to begin…let’s tackle London together!
No day in London starts without a coffee around Hyde Park. After your coffee head over to Buckingham Palace—Changing the Guard takes place on specific days only, if you are lucky enough to attend one, be sure to get to the gates by 11 a.m.
Make sure to check out Piccadilly Circus, which connects to Regent Street. At this iconic location everything seems to go so quick, and wherever you look, something is happening.
Soho is London’s buzzing and lively area, where you will find many restaurants, pubs and bars. From Piccadilly Circus, you can easily walk into this neighborhood. If you are looking for some authentic and great places to eat, this will be your place to go. Make a stop at “Honest” for an amazing burger.
Be warned, the place may be rather crowded, but it is very worth it. Walking up toward Covent Garden you will find many street artists, quirky shops and much entertainment. I love going here to see London’s most renowned theatres and shows. I would recommend exploring the side streets around here as well.
After a great day, you should go out for a stroll along the river Thames. Westminster is the Underground stop and the London Eye is just around the corner. I would suggest getting on the Eye just before dark as the signs and lights over the city will make this a great experience.
Where I’d Stay: The Hilton Waldorf London for a high standard and traditionally British experience – don’t forget to miss out on their amazing afternoon tea! The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel – Tower of London, overlooking the stunning and iconic Tower of London. The Sky Lounge on the top floor will mark your stay as you will love the sights. The Trafalgar London is at the heart of London, right across Trafalgar Square and a walking distance away from Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.