London is a massive city with lots to see and explore on a trip. There is so much to see; it is virtually impossible to experience all of London’s attractions in a lifetime! So, if you just have three days to spend in the city, your itinerary must be perfect to squeeze the most out of your trip. You will need to visit the top attractions and leave the rest significant ones for a later trip. Another important aspect to consider is the visiting hours for the landmarks that you plan to visit. This can vary and is subject to the time and season you visit in. E.g. If you want to watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, it does not happen daily in the winter. Therefore, your travel schedule must be strategic to have an enjoyable trip.
The next thing to keep in mind is your choice of accommodation, specifically its location. It is best to find a hotel in Central London. If you are looking for the best hotel in London in terms of location, price and facilities the Montcalm hotels group would be a great choice. Their location in central London makes it convenient to visit the prominent attractions nearby.
First Day: You could begin the first day of your stay in London by travelling to Marble Arch and exploring London’s finest Royal Park, Hyde Park. Take a leisurely stroll through the park and move towards Wellington Arch. From there you can travel further to the front of Buckingham Palace where at 11:30 am the ceremonial Changing of the Guard takes place. Just check the ceremony’s schedule when you plan to visit. Once you are done with seeing the pomp and pageantry you could take gingerly stroll to another of the city’s famous green open space, St. James’s Park. From there you could head to Westminster Abbey. While this would take quite a bit of time, it is well worth the time and effort as Westminster Abbey is out of the most famous attractions in the city.
After you finish a tour of the abbey, head in the direction of the Thames River towards two of the most famous landmarks of the city, The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. After exploring both of the attractions you need to get across Westminster Bridge, from where you are to find your way to one of the city’s newest and most visited attractions, the London Eye. If you do feel peckish you could grab a bite at any of the fine cafes and restaurants found nearby. After you have finished your meal, head to the London Eye. Get a ticket and aboard any of its glass capsules, from where you will get the finest views of the London skyline and its numerous landmarks.
Since it would be evening by the time you finish your ride on the London eye, you could catch the Tube to Knightsbridge and head to the world famous Harrods Department Stores. It is a fabulous place to shop and spend time just exploring the place. Since you would be in the Piccadilly area you could head to any of the excellent restaurants there to have dinner. You could then head back to your hotel to rest and get up early the next day for your tour of the city.
Second Day: Start the day early by arriving at the Tower of London. The earlier you get there the lesser the crowds of people there. It will take you quite some time the better part of the morning to explore. Once done you could head across Tower Bridge to walk along the South Bank of the Thames River. Along the way, you will find the HMS Belfast and City Hall but it is best to continue forward to your next destination, the London Bridge Tube Station. Catch the tube and get off at Camden Town. It is one of the most attractive neighbourhoods in the city. There are plenty of stalls, shops and street food eateries where you can spend quite a few hours shopping and having a meal.
After you have finished your tour of Camden Town, hop aboard the tube to travel to Goodge Street to get to the British Museum. It is one of the most famous museums on the planet and is home to priceless antiquities like the Elgin Marbles, The Rosetta Stone and numerous other ancient relics. That would cover the cultural part of the tour and the next two areas to visit are the city’s most prominent shopping spots. Oxford and Regent Streets are where you will find the best in high street shopping with some of the biggest brands and designer labels. There also are a variety of trendy restaurants and theatres in the neighbourhood. After you shopping spree you could head to Piccadilly Circus for the best in Asian cuisine. If you would prefer some traditional Chinese fare, head over to Chinatown that is close by and packed with best Chinese eateries in London.
Final Day: You could begin your final day in London at 10 am, on a trip to St. Paul’s Cathedral, another historic landmark of the city. While there take a tour of its famous crypt and do not miss getting up to its dome. Once you have toured the place go to St. Paul’s Tube Station and catch the Tube to Charing Cross station. Get off there and travel to Trafalgar Square the most famous square in London. A popular destination for tourists and visitors to London it is worth exploring. It also makes for a great photo opportunity. Since you are in the area, head to the National Gallery that is home to some of the best paintings in the world.
Once you have had your fill of the National Gallery you could trot off to Covent Garden, another of the city’s famous and attractive neighbourhoods. With a slew of restaurants, shops and theatres you will find plenty to keep you busy, till it is time to head to the hotel to check-out and get to the airport.