London is a huge city, so how do you choose which spots you want to see in a limited amount of time? Keep reading for my recommendations on the places you can’t miss!
1. Regent’s Park
I arrived in London late in the afternoon, but I still wanted to get out and see something! My hostel wasn’t far away from Regent’s Park, so I put on some Johnnyswim and took a walk. You could easily spend several hours wandering through this spacious park. There were pickup futball games happening and people playing fetch with their dogs. Some of the dogs would run up to me, and their owners would apologize. Having been away from my own dog, Finley, for about four weeks at that point, I was more than happy to have a few friendly fur babies greet me! My favorite part was the Willow Trees hanging over the water and the baby ducklings following their mom! Sensing a trend with the cute animals here? If you prefer to plan out your walk instead of wander, find an interactive map of the grounds HERE.
2. Primrose Hill
When you’ve made your way through Regent’s Park, continue across the street to treck up to Primrose Hill. It’s worth the effort! I just love the contrast of the colorful park against the sleek city skyline. When I got to the top, I sat down and ate a snack while I watched joggers run up the hill and back down. Up the hill. Down the hill. Up the hill. Down the hill. Rest for a while and people watch before you make your way back down.
3. Tower of London
Bright and early on day two, head straight for the Tower of London. I didn’t go inside, but it’s worth seeing from the outside, especially since it’s so close to other major attractions. I wish I could have seen it with all the handmade clay poppies spilling out, 888,246 to be exact! They were created and installed for the 100 year anniversary of Britain’s involvement in WWI and all the soldiers who lost their lives.
4. Tower Bridge
Right next door to the Tower of London is the aptly named and iconic Tower Bridge. It was really windy and very crowded the day I visited. Since I was traveling solo, I was a bit nervous about getting a photo. I mean, I couldn’t come all the way to London and not get a photo in front of the Tower Bridge. But I found the sweetest old couple to help me out! They didn’t even speak English, but they patiently waited until other tourists were out of the frame and took several photos until the focus was on point. Of course, I returned the favor and took a photo of them too! Finding kind people where you least expect it is just the best. #travelwin
5. Millennium Bridge
Keep strolling down the Thames riverwalk and you’ll come across the Millenium Bridge. I prefer to think of it as “The Harry Potter Bridge,” since the Death Eater’s destroy it at the beginning of the Half Blood Prince movie. With St. Paul’s Cathedral at one end and the Tate Modern at the other, you’ll most likely find yourself crossing it at some point (minus the Death Eaters)!
5.1 Tate Modern
My only regret from my time in London was not going inside the Tate Modern. I let my fatigue get in the way of seeing art by Lichtenstein, Picasso, and Van Gogh for free! That’s right, entry to the museum won’t cost you a dime. Not to mention, they have a four-story tube slide that makes it perfectly acceptable for adults to act like kids when they see it! Okay, I’m going to stop now before I get even more frustrated with past-Caroline for not going inside. See what’s currently on display HERE.
6. London Eye
Continue your walk down the Thames and you will undoubtedly see the London Eye far before you reach it on foot. I looked at the line for this famous ferris wheel and decided against taking a ride, but I would still like to hit that bucket list item on another trip. Let’s face it, my drained energy, annoyance with crowds, and dwindling budget probably had more to do with my decision than simply the long line. If you’ve ridden the London Eye before, leave a comment and tell me about your experience! A standard ticket will run you $32 and a fast track ticket costs about $47. You could even add a glass of champagne for a few extra dollars. Book your tickets HERE.
7. Westminster Bridge and Parliament
Conclude your afternoon on the Thames by spending a little time with Big Ben! I grabbed food to go during my walk and stopped here for a picnic to enjoy the view. Fair warning that you’ll probably want to find a bench that’s a bit farther away from the river. Let’s just say the smell that close to the water isn’t exactly appetizing.
8. West End Play
Spend one evening – or every evening – inside a West End theatre. The live-action Cinderella with Lily James and Richard Madden is one of my favorite movies of all time. When I heard they would be starring as Romeo and Juliet together while I was in London, I knew I HAD to go. It was nothing short of amazing! I even got their autographs after the show! Pro Tip: For any show in London or New York, you can wait outside the stage door for the actors to come out. If you’re lucky, you can get a photo and an autograph! Just like Broadway in New York, I recommend going to see at least one play or musical. There’s plenty to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that suits your taste. Check out what will be on stage during your trip HERE.
9. Piccadilly Circus
After you’ve had breakfast and coffee to start off your third day in London, take the Tube to Picadilly Circus. This is another London spot that just reminds me of Harry Potter. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave the wedding in Deathly Hallows Part One, they apparate here. It’s like the Times Square of London. I didn’t stick around to explore or people watch since I was on my way somewhere else, but it’s cool to see.
9.1 Liberty of London
If you love pretty things, especially floral things, you MUST take the small detour to visit Liberty of London. Thank goodness for an already full suitcase or else I might have bought one of everything in store.
10. Kensington Gardens
Once you’ve exercised your self-control in Liberty of London, take a completely free stroll through Kensington Gardens. These gardens make for a beautiful walk when the weather is nice. I didn’t take too many photos of the rest of the gardens, but I was a bit obsessed with this arch covered in ivy. It’s the perfect photo spot!
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11. Notting Hill
“I’m just a girl standing in front of a salad asking it to be a donut.” Not the real quote from the Julia Roberts movie, Notting Hill, but isn’t this one better? Speaking of donuts, grab a snack and walk through all the pastel beauty of the Notting Hill neighborhood. Shopping the Portobello Market that’s just around the corner is the perfect way to end your third day in London! The market is open every day except Sundays, but you’ll find the widest selection on Fridays and Saturdays.
12. Phone Booth
It’s cliche. It’s cheesy. It’s touristy. But do you really want to leave London without a photo inside an iconic red phone booth? Just embrace the tourist in you! No need to mark this on a map. You will most definitely come across plenty of phone booth options as you’re exploring the city. I’m picturing a fun photo book of just phone booth pictures and an adorable adventurer like you posing a different way with the booth each time. If someone takes me up on that idea, let your girl know, and message me on Instagram!
13. Warner Brothers Studio Tour
Lastly, if you’re a Harry Potter fan and you’ve come all the way to London, you MUST go to the Warner Brothers studio tour. What Potterhead could pass up the chance to walk through the Great Hall or see all the horcruxes? I’m writing a post outlining everything you need to know and everything you need to see on this day trip to Watford, so stay tuned! Or go straight HERE to buy your tickets.
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