London in One Day

The Big Smoke, the English Capital, the home of royals, and what not, London is a place that everybody wants to visit and sample its delights. World famous landmarks, shopping streets, museums, mansions, one can spend months exploring London. But if all you have in London is mere 24 hours, don’t worry. You can at least enjoy the best of what the city has to offer. Here is how you can spend a day in London.

Crowded tube, jammed streets, and packed escalators; before facing all this, it is better to fuel up first. So once you are out of the hotel, start your day with a refreshing breakfast at Balthazar, a wonderful brasserie in Covent Garden. Fabulous service, amazing food, and a great atmosphere, this place ticks all the boxes. The breakfast menu includes indulgent food from usual eggs boiled with soldiers to brioche with smoked salmon and scrambled egg. If you want to sample the full English breakfast, expect to pay £15.


Once you are fuelled, it is time for some fun. If you are on a tight budget, enjoy the street performers on the Piazza or head to London Transport Museum. Dive into the 200 years history of London transport. The museum houses a fascinating collection of memorabilia including poster, tickets, horse buses, trolleybuses, and electric trams. You will feel as if you have stepped back in 1920’s London. Then head north up James Street. From here, board the Piccadilly Line and change from Holborn to the Central Line to St. Paul’s Cathedral, two stops from Holborn.

The spiritual home of Britain, St Paul’s Cathedral is a must-visit even if you have just 24 hours. The curving galleries of the cathedral lead to the dome, which is the largest in the world. Get climbing up 500 steps and you will witness one of the best panoramic vistas of London from the top of the dome. There is a restaurant within St Paul’s Cathedral, so if you are feeling a bit hungry, you do not need to go far. The lunch menu is delightfully created to set out with a starter of duck egg and dry-cured ham and spinach. A plate of Sussex lamb rump with creamed leeks and garlic puree will make your day. And if you’re thinking to indulge in the great British tradition of afternoon tea, the adjoining café serves delicious tea with cucumber-sandwich clichés.  

The next destination should be Tower of London, which is almost 1.3 mile away from the Cathedral. Therefore, you can either walk or take a bus from the street. 1000 years of history are lurking behind its fortified walls. Make your way to the Bloody Tower where Sir Walter Raleigh awaits his ill fate for plotting against James I. or get ready to be dazzled by the collection of royal crowns, jewels, and diamonds preserved in the Jewel and martins Tower. Or admire the weapons, armours, and kingly instruments of Henry VIII’s at White Tower.

When the Tower closes, head to the Tower Bridge. And if it’s raining, don’t fuss about the weather. It is always magical to cross the Tower Bridge when it rains. This is the bridge that James Bond crossed whilst chasing the girl on a speedboat. Spend a little time walking beside Thames and enjoying the panorama as boats and cruises sail by. Board a tube from Tower Hill and chance from the central line at Embankment to Tottenham Court Road and you will be again in the heart of London’s West End. Wondering why?

It is insensible not to enjoy theatre when in London. End things by watching your favourite musical, play, comedy gig, or a concert and end your memorable day with a bang. J Sheekey, Bob BobRicard, and The ivy are some of the place where you can relish a delectable post-theatre meal.
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