A whirl of Victorian markets and soaring glass skyscrapers, world-class museums and royal palaces: London roars with life.
As you shimmy up to Big Ben, take a wander through Notting Hill, and find your favorite nook at a local London pub, you’ll soon see how easy it is to fall in love with the Big Smoke.
Day One: From The Shard to Soho
Morning: Skip the line and head to the top of The Shard for the best views of the British capital.
Next up, hop aboard the London Duck Tour for a sightseeing adventure aboard the amphibious WWII truck. Swing past the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Downing Street before bursting into the Thames for a mighty river splashdown.
Afternoon: In summer, skip the line and take a tour inside Buckingham Palace.
Outside summer, head to royal Hyde Park before a trip to Notting Hill. An eclectic neighborhood with colorful Caribbean roots, the area is packed with pastel townhouses, artists, celebrities, and antiques dealers.
Evening: Head to Soho’s famous Pitt Cue Co for slow-cooked barbecue food so good you’ll be looking at London house prices straight away.
Day Two: Tate Modern to the Tower of London
Then take a stroll by the Thames to the Globe Theatre, originally built for Shakespeare’s plays in 1599.
Hop back on the sightseeing bus to skip the line for St. Paul’s cathedral.
Lunch: On a lively food tour, sample Afro-Caribbean delicacies in vibrant Brixton, then head to Borough Market – one of the oldest and largest food markets in London.
Evening: Shoreditch’s Brick Lane may be London’s most famous curry street, but for something really special, head to the Michelin-starred Trishna in Marylebone.
Take an evening stroll along South Bank for amazing views of Big Ben, Westminster and Tower Bridge shimmering on the inky water.
Especially for kids: Explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter on an exciting trip to Warner Bros. Studios.
Get around: The easiest and cheapest way to get around London is with a prepaid Oyster Card, which you can pick up for a £5 deposit at any station across the city.
Getting into town: Relax with a private transfer to your hotel from any of London’s airports.
P.S. Fancy digging a little deeper into London’s alternative culture? The street art tour of East London is just the ticket.