London in Two Days
How to make the best of 48 hours in this cool capital, from free museums to the best places to eat. Check out our guide of what to do in London in two days.
The view from Waterloo Bridge
Walking the West End
Famous for Theatre Land and Chinatown, the West End in London is right in the centre and is a great place to wander around and see the sights – from cinematic premieres to quiet gardens. Start off here and most of the top sites are within walking distance.
If museums are your thing then don’t miss the world class British Museum
in Bloomsbury. It is free and has some of the best collections and artefacts from around the world. From here you can either enjoy some shopping on famous Oxford Street
or stroll past the book sellers to Covent Garden.
is a great place to people-watch and soak up the atmosphere with famous street performers, musicians, mime acts and comedians. Originally a food market it now sells handicrafts and antiques with plenty of boutique shops. In summer there is live opera and ballet screened from the nearby Royal Opera House
; in winter there is a special Christmas market and reindeers to pet.
Next head through trendy Soho;
famous for it’s seedy reputation as a red light district it’s now a buzzing gay neighbourhood with great shops, coffee houses and the free Photographer’s Gallery
. Head to neighbouring Chinatown
for some of the best food in London; there is plenty of choice along famous Gerrard Street, check out the roast ducks hanging in the windows and bargain priced dim sum.
Picadilly Circus in London’s West End
After lunch head through famous Leicester Square past the National Portrait Gallery (free) and the National Gallery (free) to Trafalgar Square. If you have time visit the National Gallery as it has some of the world’s most valuable art including Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’. From Trafalgar Square you can walk across the river – either past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament or across Waterloo Bridge with a view of them.
An afternoon on London’s South Bank
The south side of the Thames, London’s ‘South Bank
’ is a strip of riverside walkways and parks with galleries, theatres, skateboarders, restaurants and shops. It’s a great place to walk on a sunny day- not only does it have amazing views of London but there is always lots going on. In summer there are free music, dance and performance arts events from outside the Royal Festival Hall
and National Theatre.
You can walk from Waterloo and the London Eye wheel to historic Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. This walk passes lots of historical sites including Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre
, the Tate Modern
art gallery (free) and Borough Market
at London Bridge. This is a great place to buy local and world food, and you can try lots of the products too!
If you have the energy you can walk on to Tower Bridge, or cross the famous Millennium bridge for a cool view of St Paul’s Cathedral. If you’re into theatre performances then head to a show for the evening – they have last minute deals on cheap theatre tickets in Leicester Square or head back to Soho for some drinks or a coffee at the famous Bar Italia.
Westminster and the Houses of Parliament
Today is a day for markets and something a bit different. Jump on the famous ‘tube’ and head East to Spitalfields market by Liverpool Street. There has been a market here for 350 years and now a fashion market, many famous designers started off selling here.
For cheap eats try nearby Brick Lane, also known as Bangla Town. On Sundays there is a Brick Lane Market – selling vintage clothes, second hand goods and amazing food stalls from around the world. This street is also the best place for cheap curry and the restaurants compete for customers with great budget deals. There’s also a whole host of cool bars and clubs open until late, and the famous 24 hour Beigel Bake shop to get some food on your way home if you come here in the evening.
Camden Lock Market by Paul Hudson
Time to head north, jump on a bus to Regent’s Park. This scenic Royal Park also has an open air theatre, London Zoo and over 100 wild bird species. It’s a great place for a picnic on a sunny day and famous for its blossom in spring.
From here you can walk along the canals and head to Camden. Famous for its market, canals, alternative scene with music gigs, youth fashion, punk and rock music and a great food and clothes market, it’s worth a visit. Along the waterfront at Camden Lock you can enjoy the food market where there is great budget food options and a view across the water! Camden is a great nightspot with plenty of live music, great pubs and cheap comedy clubs – the perfect place to spend the evening.
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