Walking Guide: How to see London in 24hrs

Here’s a 1 day stress-free and budget itinerary for those that only have a short stopover in London. By that I mean no tight schedules, no fees or lines at attractions- just a relaxing stroll in the park, stuff your face kind of day.

We’re not museum people. All we wanted to do in London was see all the major sights and eat; so we did just that. If you love taking your time at art galleries, parks, or museums, you’ll want to skip this. But if you love eating and admiring beautiful architecture like us, this the perfect itinerary is for you!

Because you’ll be outdoors for the whole day until the sun sets, you’ll see the beautiful city transform as it lights up in color. Extra points for burning off that delicious English breakfast you’ll be eating for brunch!

Route Map

  • Brunch in SoHo
  • Walk to Trafalgar Square
  • Head towards Buckingham Palace
  • Head towards Big Ben via Birdcage Walk
  • Cross Westminster Bridge and continue to London Eye
  • Walk along the South Bank
  • You’ll come across Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Arrive at Tower Bridge
  • Hop on the tube from London Bridge station and take the Northern Line towards King’s Cross
  • Dinner at Dishoom (highly recommend it!!)
  • Make a stop at Platform 9 ¾ if you’re a Harry Potter fan!

 

Picadilly Circus station

Picadilly Circus

Streets of London

Streets of London

Big Ben

Big Ben against the beautiful blue sky!

London Eye

London Eye from the Westminster Station exit

London Eye

London Eye from Jubilee Park

Millenium Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral

Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in the distance

Tower Bridge

Our romantic stroll down the South Bank ended at the beautiful Tower Bridge all lit up!

Dishoom brunch

The best brunch ever… Dishoom!

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We didn’t make stops at Trafalgar Square or Buckingham Palace since we didn’t arrive in London until 3 in the afternoon. We also didn’t have time to visit King’s Cross until the morning just before our departure flight back home. Assuming you follow the above itinerary, the walking time from SoHo to Tower Bridge will take about 1 hour and 50 minutes. That’s plenty of time for you to take it slow! This journey obviously wouldn’t be very pleasant if it were raining, but we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day.

 

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18 thoughts on “Walking Guide: How to see London in 24hrs

  1. This sounds like the perfect day in London for me (besides the Harry Potter part – that my boyfriend would love!). I am not a huge museum fan either – I mean it’s great to go to maybe one or two really good ones on a trip but I don’t want to spend all my time indoors. Love walking around, eating and taking in the sites. Great post!

    • Thanks, Chantell! For sure- We always want to be outdoors as much as possible especially when we’re short on time.

  2. Love this itinerary! This is my favorite kind of day while traveling – strolling around, taking in the sights and eating! Love how you give a map, and a breakdown of everything you can see. My favorite way to get to know a city is by walking around, you get to see so much more than if you were in a taxi or a bus. Will definitely remember this when I head to London!

  3. Love the map. I have done a version of this tour any number of times. I usually start further up the Themes and end at Tower of London. I also usually start earlier in the day do to poor choices of hotels (Heathrow Hotels are no good. It’s easier to get to Heathrow from London than the airport hotels). Your pictures of London at night makes me think I need to redo the trip and make sure I stay at night. We are looking to layover in London this fall so maybe we’ll give this a go again.

  4. This is a great one day tour! Nice to pack it all in when you have a short stay! I always try to do as much as possible when I go somewhere. I agree, I prefer to walk around and see things vs museums all day!

  5. This is right up my hubby’s alley! He always complains my itinerary is too stressful haha! Being able to see major attractions in 1 hr 48 mins will give us lots of time to stop, take photos, and wander around 🙂

  6. Ivy, your photos are gorgeous! I also love this guide! Most people don’t realize just how big London actually is, and when I visited a while back, we did so much walking. I love that you hit all the main things on the walking tour guide (:

  7. Yeah this is pretty cool Ivy! I wouldn’t call myself much a museum person either. Not that I don’t care to learn some knowledge, but more that I always opt outside if given the chance. For this reason this kind of walking/sightseeing guide is exactly what I’ll dial up whenever I finally make my ways over to London.

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