2 Days London Itinerary: What to See on a Short London Trip

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London, the capital of England, and the erstwhile center of the British Empire, is one of the most visited travel destinations in the entire Europe. London is a big city and there are numerous attractions in London to see. In my opinion, two days for seeing London are barely enough. But if you are really pressed for time here is my 2 days London itinerary:

 

DAY One: 2 Days London Itinerary

10 AM – Buckingham Palace and Change of Guard

Buckingham Palace, Westminster, United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace, Westminster, United Kingdom

Begin your day by visiting the most important icon of the city of London – the Buckingham Palace. The palace is the official residence of the queen of England. This grand palace has 775 rooms! and more than 150 bedrooms! Talk about grandeur! If you are visiting during the summer, you can take a tour of the State Rooms which are open to the public.

Changing of the Guard takes place at 11 AM. The event marks handing over the responsibility to protect the palace from the guards on the duty to the new guards. It’s an old tradition followed for hundreds of years and a big crowd gathers to watch the ceremony. Note that takes place only on select days of the week – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

12 PM – Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey stands as a testimony to the long royal rule. This is where the monarchs of the English kingdom have been officially crowned since the year 1066. Though, it is interesting to note that the current version of the Westminster Abbey dates back to the year 1245. Here, you can go past the graves of past monarchs, if that really interests you. Also, check out Poet’s Corner where the famous literary figures are buried.

2 PM – The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben

Palace Of Westminster, House Of Parliament, London

Palace Of Westminster, House Of Parliament, London

Just across the road from Westminster Abbey is the grand Palace of Westminster. The palace designed in Gothic style serves as the seat of the British government and houses the British Parliament. Interestingly, a rebel named Guy Fawkes (you must know him from the famed Guy fawkes mask) tried to blow it up unsuccessfully. The day has become an annual commemoration and is celebrated with fireworks on the evening of 5th November. Once you are done visiting the parliament, just walk over to the Big Ben located next to the Houses of Parliament.

3 PM – Lunch

Break for a late lunch and eat at one of the restaurant near the serene Thames river.

5 PM – Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom

Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom

Late afternoon time is perfect for a visit to the Trafalgar Square. Here on this busy square you will find the Nelson’s Column and the National Gallery. The square is known for big Christmas markets and live performances. Next visit the National Gallery, one of the top museums in London. The admission is free but do remember the gallery closes at 6 P.M.

7 PM – London Eye

London Eye, London, United Kingdom

London Eye, London, United Kingdom

A modern day marvel, London eye is a essentially a giant ferris wheel. The views from the top are excellent and sunset will be a perfect time to be there. You can either buy a regular ticket or purchase a private capsule at £25.

 

 

DAY Two: 2 Days London Itinerary

9 AM – The Tower of London

Start your day early to visit the famous Tower of London, an important piece of London’s ‘dark’ history. The building once imprisoned Elizabeth I who was locked up during the reign of her half sister Mary I. There is also a whole list of powerful people who were executed here. On the positive side, do make sure to visit the Crown Jewels! It is really worth it.

10 AM – Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom

Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom

The neo-Gothic styled Bridge dates back to the year 1894. You can pay and climb up one of the towers as the bridge provides excellent views. If you spend some time here, you will get to see The bridge getting raised to let the ships below pass through.

11 AM – The Shard and the Borough Market

The Shard, Talled Building In England

The Shard, Talled Building In England

The two are located next to each other so it is an easy one to do them togehter. The Shard is the tallest building in the London.  Check out ‘The View From The Shard’ experience (at levels 69 & 72) according to which you can see pretty much the entire city. Borough Market is the famous food market where you can buy fresh produce as well as eat from many of the food stands.

1 PM – The Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

If you are into modern art, it’s a great opportunity to see one of the finest artist of the trade. Highlights include famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. Admission to the museum is free!

3 PM – St Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

You must remember this Cathedral from Dan Brown’s thriller right? Cross the Millennium Bridge to walk into the St Paul’s Cathedral. The Cathedral had been rebuilt numerous times, and most recently after the Great Fire of London. The Cathedral in its current glory was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, one of the most accomplished architects of England. I recommend you to climb up the stairs of the dome for a great view around.

PS: Little quiz – Can you guess the name of Dan’t Brown’s book – post in the comments 🙂

5 PM – Kensington Palace & Kensington Gardens

Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Kensington Palace, the official residence of Prince William and Kate Middleton, is set amidst the beautiful Kensington Gardens. If you make it before the closing time (6 PM), you can pay a visit to the Royal State Apartments of King and Queen.

Hopefully this should give you an idea of what you can do in London for 2 days. You might feel bit rushed with this but if you are sure of making a second trip, drop off some of the things from the list. Pick the sights and activities that pique your interests and start building your own itinerary.

As always let me know your own experience and your questions in the comments below.

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