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How Many Days Do You Need To Fully Enjoy Your Trip To London?

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Chloe M.

Last updated : May 28, 20247 min read

Itinerary Ideas

London Tour Guide

 

For those who want to experience everything from beautiful culture, to amazing history, to delicious cuisine - a trip to the City of London is a definite classic. The city has so much to offer, from grand architectural landmarks like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, to picturesque marketplaces like Leadenhall Market and Convent Garden. Perhaps you wish to see London through the lens of British cinema? In that case, a trip to Shakespeare’s birthplace or a stroll through 142 Portobello Road (if you’ve watched Nottinghill) is a must!

 

With a ton of exciting experiences to choose from, it can be tricky to plan out your itinerary. You may be asking yourself, “How long should I plan for my trip to London?” Luckily for you, we’ll not only give you recommendations for how many days you’d need to enjoy sightseeing, but also precisely what you should see while you’re there. We’ve jotted down some tips and tricks, so make sure you’ve got a pen ready. In this article, we’ve narrowed it down to three trip lengths according to what you would like to do: day trips, weekend tours, and week long experiences.

 

Day Trip

 

A day trip is the ideal length to admire the city’s highlights in a short amount of time. For a perfect day in London, we would suggest visiting the main sites and attractions of the city. This would definitely include Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and the Tower of London. From half day tours to 8 hour ones, these activities are included in our tour packages, and can be customized according to your preferences. 

 

It may seem like a lot, but these historical landmarks are all quite close together, and can be enjoyed alongside our experienced guides. By traveling with a local, you will have a unique and intimate escapade you cannot achieve anywhere else. 

 

A quick tip we can give you while you enjoy your day trip in London would be to minimize the time spent on public transport in order to have a fulfilling day. We’d suggest starting bright and early to head to Westminser and Buckingham Palace so you can enjoy a pub lunch in and around Trafalgar Square. After enjoying some authentic pub fare, you can relax and digest while strolling towards the Tower of London. There, you can enter the site and learn more about the Yeoman Warders, the Crown Jewels, and the Royal Menagerie. 

 

2 Day (Weekend) Trip

 

If you’ve got a whole weekend to enjoy London, then you’ll undeniably be able to explore much more of the beautiful city. We suggest you book a day tour for one of the days in order to learn from local expert guides. This way, you can make sure to visit the highlights and important attractions without the stress. 

 

For your second day, you can enjoy London in luxury by visiting its high-end districts and world-renowned retailers. Walk through Mayfair and St. James to find the home of Gentlemen’s fashion. Have a taste of royalty when you visit Fortnum and Mason, whose teas were perfectly blended for members of the Royal Family since the 1800s. 

 

Better yet, if you really want a royal experience, make your way towards the fortresses of Windsor and Eton. Windsor Castle, with almost a hundred years of history stored inside, was a royal residence for many a year. The castle is impressive not only in history but also in size, occupying five sprawling hectares of land, not including its surrounding areas. Inside the Castle sits the Great Kitchen, renowned worldwide for being the oldest working kitchen in the world. They even serve the Queen!

 

5 Day (Week-long) Trip

 

It is always a good idea to plan for longer trips to fully enjoy the city, and so if you’re staying for about a week, you’re sure to experience even more of the sights and sounds the city has to offer. For this trip length, we would still recommend taking a day to visit the most famous and traditional sites first. Our tour packages are sure to keep you enchanted and wide-eyed as you discover more of London’s history. Another few days can be spent either luxuriously shopping at London’s well-known shopping districts, or pampering yourself just like the Royal Family.

 

After this, you’ll have more time to explore other amazing landmarks and architecture, like St. Paul’s Cathedral. This London icon is also a national treasure, and has been the location of many Royal marriages, including Charles and Diana’s. The Cathedral’s domes are known for being some of the grandest in the world. Due to the dome-shaped architecture, the Cathedral conveys sound extremely well. While you’re there, pass by the Whispering Gallery, where even the quietest of whispers can be heard from opposite sides. 

 

If you would like to visit a museum, then the Tate Modern features the best of the best of contemporary and modern art. The Tate has permanent and special exhibitions, and so it is perfect for a calm, thoughtful day out. 

 

Outside Central London, you can enjoy more of the sights without all the hustle and bustle. Visit the iconic Abbey Road, which the Beatles named their last studio LP after. Take a photo here while walking through one of the most famous pedestrian crossings in the world. 

 

Conclusion

 

Of course, we do believe it is better to explore the city for longer. That way, you don’t just get to revel in each and every activity on your itinerary, but you also get to enjoy everything at your own pace. We do understand that many people visiting the city would also like to travel to other places around Europe, like Paris in France or Munich in Germany.

 

In this case, we would recommend at least two days to admire London. This will allow you to enjoy the highlights of the city and leave you with another day to plot out another activity (maybe a bit of shopping or some royal treatment, even?).

 

Whichever trip length you may choose, GoWithGuide can help you customize and plan your trip to your liking. Our local tour guides are professional and experienced, allowing you to enjoy your trip without any hassle. Visit our tours page to learn more about our unique and customizable tours. 

London Tour Guide - Vivien S.

Vivien S.

5.00 / 5
(2 reviews)
United Kingdom (UK)

I LOVE London! But I really KNOW London too... I'm proud to be a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, one of a select few who have passed the highest criteria to become a fully qualified London guide. I hold other London guiding qualifications - I am a City of London Guide and Lecturer, A Westminster Guide and a St Paul's Cathedral Guide. I specialise in private, customised (to YOUR requirements) London tours, giving in-depth insight into the best locations such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, St Paul's Cathedral, the Churchill War Rooms, Kew Gardens, Buckingham Palace (summer opening), the British Museum, National Gallery and many more. .... and we can discover hidden alleyways, explore ancient churches, stand where Dickens or Shakespeare or the Romans would have stood...London's many secrets from so many centuries. Guiding is my passion, but I am also a dog-loving, countryside-walking, museum junkie, knit-aholic, who loves to curl up with a good book (I collect old London books) with a lovely cup of tea and a slice of something nice on the side. Come with me to discover London. Whether this is your first visit or you've been here before, I will make sure that you have a wonderful time and take home memories to cherish - and lots of fabulous photos!                                                                                                                                  

London Tour Guide - Ian F.

Ian F.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)
United Kingdom (UK)

I am a lawyer, historian and official City of London and Westminster tour guide. Introducing guests to the splendours and secrets of my hometown is my passion. I try to make my tours a mixture of fun and fact (with some of the facts being funny and some of the fun being factual). I would love to arrange a private tour that will make your visit to London truly memorable. All of my income from tour guiding is donated to charity - currently World Jewish Relief's Ukraine Crisis Appeal.                                                                                                                                  

London Tour Guide - Laura A.

Laura A.

United Kingdom (UK)

I'm a qualified London guide now offering History Walks with Gender, Sex and Class. Walks focus on the lives of poorer working people rarely described in historical accounts except as criminals or objects of charity. When there’s an opportunity to talk about women I’ll take it, and social class is always on the table. I've been a writer, researcher and critical historian all my life, and I've been a Londoner since the 1960s, although I've left to live in other towns and countries. Author of Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry, for many years I've focused on getting the stories out of women and others marginalised because of being poor, foreign, ‘different’ or doing jobs some folks think are Wrong, in the present and in the past. I'm known as The Naked Anthropologist.                                                                                                                                  

London Tour Guide - Irene K.

Irene K.

United Kingdom (UK)

Hello, I started working as a guide fifteen years ago, while studying at the University of Oxford. I collaborated with Oxbridge tours travel company where I acted as a tour guide for four years until I moved to London. I hold an M.A in art history and I taught art history at Sotheby's Institute of Art and the University of Glasgow. My tours are intended for history and art lovers. I take my guests around art galleries and British country houses. However, I will also be delighted to take you on a walking tour around London or Oxford, and show you some hidden gems most visitors do not know of or have no access to. I will customise your tour to make it a unique and memorable experience. I normally offer tours in English.                                                                                                                                  

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