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Do London in a day

If you’re not lucky enough to be able to spend a week, or more, in our bustling vibrant capital then don’t worry – London in a day is just as good! It’s not as if there’s a lack of things to do or see, if anything it’s the opposite, what should you see first? We’ve made it easy for you with this one day itinerary, to cram in the best of London and be leave satisfied that you’ve got a true taste of the city. Why not make your day all the more fun with a hop-on, hop-off Thames River Cruise to see London from a different perspective. Don’t forget, make sure you’re armed with a detailed guidebook to help you on your way and head out into the Big Smoke prepared! Breakfast Once you’ve got the essential cup of milky English tea down you, start off your day of sightseeing at Westminster Abbey. A walk around the impressive Gothic church will have you awe-inspired and not short of a photo opportunity. This UNESCO world heritage site is one of London’s most popular landmarks and has an impressive, rich history including being the burial place of Charles Dickens, Chaucer and it was even the place where William the Conqueror came into reign. Mid-morning Cross over the river and get an unparalleled view of Big Ben across the Thames. The Southbank is one of London’s most preferred locations – for both locals and tourists alike – and it’s full of interesting characters if you secretly enjoy people watching. The bank of the Thames is lined with pop-up eateries and coffee shops to get your mid-morning fix, as well as street performers, skaters and musicians. It’s a great place for quirky art installations and a bit of celeb spotting as well. You can walk all the way along the river, past the Royal National Theatre, BFI (British Film Institute) up to OXO Tower and London Bridge. Lunch You’ll most likely have worked up an appetite so refuel and head to Borough Market where you can indulge in every kind of delicacy from French cheese to fresh pheasant, delicate truffles and chunky homemade soups. Open from 10am-5pm on the weekdays it’s a great place to go for fussy eaters and experimenters alike. Afternoon As you’re a stone's throw from Tower Bridge why not see London from a different aspect, up on its high level walk ways, and learn about the history of the bridge and old Victorian Engine Rooms. Head across the river to the North side of the Thames and explore one of London’s most famous landmarks, the Tower of London. Once a fortress, prison, royal refuge and even a zoo, the Tower has been through everything and has stood the test of time, with many stories to tell. Learn about the legendary ravens, crown jewels and the famous names who were imprisoned for their sins. Dinner You can’t leave London without visiting one of the city’s most famous piazzas, Covent Garden. This quaint, cobbled square used to house one of the most bustling markets in the city. Now it’s one of London’s most upmarket areas where people flock to the artisan stalls and dine alfresco in the many open air restaurants. Home to jugglers, entertainers and the famous Punch and Judy pub it’s a definite must if you’re only here for a day. Evening If you’re lucky, snap up some last minute discounted theatre tickets for the popular West End shows and end your evening on a high. Covent Garden to Leicester Square is dotted with names in bright lights and all time classics, like The Witches, Les Miserables and Shrek. Whether you’re a musical fan or not, these West End shows are a part of London that’s not to be missed. So you’ll see you don’t need days and weeks to explore the capital. As long as you’re armed with a good pair of (sensible) shoes and a map, you can see a generous handful of London’s top attractions and areas. Plus, even if you don’t see it all, it’ll leave you wanting more... With a London Pass you can get entry into all of the above mentioned attractions – including some fast track entry, too – as well as saving time and money with a free travelcard and guidebook. The perfect sightseeing package for any London visitor.

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