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England: 24 Hours In London: An Itinerary For A Speedy Visit

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Oh, London, the culture capital of the world. Such a beautiful an amazing city where everyone can find something to do or visit. And why wouldn’t they? There’s plenty to do in this fabulous city. That’s why we gathered for you the best attractions to see in 24 hours so you can relax and enjoy the British capital.

And because we’re feeling extra generous today, all the attractions and the Hop on Hop off bus are listed on London Pass. Which means that you’ll be able to save between £15 – £25 per entrance fee. Isn’t it exciting?  Have a look at our iconic list we’ve made for you.

1. Westminster Abbey

It’s always nice to start your day with a quiet morning. And what a better option than visiting this UNESCO’s world heritage building. Here, you’ll be able to find a memorial for Isaac Newton in the Scientists corner. In the Abbey, there are 450 tombs and monuments, where famous writers and historical figures are buried. This gothic church holds the most important collection of monumental sculpture in the UK. They say that if you look closely at the walls, you’ll be able to identify schoolboy graffitis from the 1700s – 1800s. So take your time to appreciate this magnificent building.

2. Thames River Boat Cruise

The Thames River is the longest river in London, with an expansion of 215 miles long. It contains over 80 islands. In the early 1600’s, when it froze, people were able to play bowls on the frozen water. The Thames River Boat Cruise is definitely one of the best ways to see London. And don’t forget to say ‘hi’ to the rowers and kayakers you’ll find using the river on your way to your next stop.

3. Tower Bridge Exhibition

To get here, you’ll have to get off from the boat cruise at the Tower Bridge Pier. The Tower Bridge Exhibition offers spectacular views from its glass walkway bridge, constructed 42m above the river. It’s a truly unique experience. You’ll also be able to explore the bridge’s history through its Victorian Engine Rooms, where you can find interactive information panels to learn about its construction history. As an interesting fact, the construction of the bridge took 8 years and 432 construction workers participated in it.

4. Tower of London

It’s one of the most famous fortresses and one of the top ten attractions in London. It’s has been a prison, a royal palace and a zoo. Having gone through several restorations since its construction during the Norman Conquest, The Tower of London is still an iconic place to visit. Besides being a famous attraction, it’s also used by the Queen to store her Crown Jewels under the surveillance of the Beefeaters, who are also in charge of acting as tour guides. Visitors can appreciate her Majesty’s Crown Jewels – 23,578 gems – which are on display for the public to see.

While you’re here, make sure you keep your ears open. There are rumours that the Tower is being haunted by Anne Boleyn’s ghost, who’s walking the chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula…

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After a long day visiting attractions, prepare to go back to the city centre for an exciting evening. Take the Hop on Hop off bus at Tower Hill, Tourist stop, and head to Pall Mall East, west of Trafalgar Square, Stop Z.

Trafalgar Square is London’s cultural centre, where you’ll find plenty to do in the evening. You’ll find two of London’s most iconic galleries there, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as different cultural events and celebrations.

If you’re also planning to spend the night in London, we’ve some suggestions for you. To sleep on a budget, we recommend you YHA London Central, a nice hostel with affordable beds and excellent reviews;  but if you rather stay at a hotel, you can choose between the Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square or the Premier Inn London Leicester Square. If you’re in the mood for something fancier, you can stay at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, which offers magnificent views to the city so you can continue relishing London at night.

We hope our list will help you make the most of your visit. Did we miss your favourite attraction, tell us in the comments below.

 

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6 comments on “England: 24 Hours In London: An Itinerary For A Speedy Visit

  1. A great guide for the 24 hour visit. If you wish to see a more diverse, Gothic, hippy side then Camden Town is worth a visit.

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    • Sounds like a great area to explore on our next visit to London. Heard some great things about Camden, although often on a quick trip it’s hard to pull yourself away from the big attractions 🙂

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  2. Oh we can’t wait to revisit London!

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