What to see in London in 3 to 5 days: prepared itinerary

What to see in London in 5 days?

If this is your first time in London, five days is an ideal time to get to know the Foggy Albion for the first time. During this time, you will have time to devote to all the main sights, comfortably and leisurely visit different areas of the city, as well as leave London for one or two days to explore other, no less interesting cities and natural beauties of England.

In order not to miss anything from the main cultural program, we advise you to choose one of our tours of the main sights of London .

First day

The first day in London is worth devoting to the main symbols of the capital! Head to Trafalgar Square and see the majestic National Gallery building, Nelson’s Column with its lions, and monumental fountains. Then join the Royal Horse Guards, where you’ll find two jockeys on horseback for commemorative photos.

Then head for Big Ben, and on the way see Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. While the famous tower is under restoration and hidden behind scaffolding, better take a photo with the red phone booths and the equally famous Ferris wheel – the London Eye.

Then head to the heart of London, Piccadilly Square. Take a photo in front of huge billboards and try to count how many red double-decker buses can be in this square at the same time.

Take a stroll down London’s main shopping streets – Oxford Street and Regent Street. Here you’ll find all kinds of stores from all over the world – with clothes, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and souvenirs. Be sure to check out the historic Liberty and Selfridges department stores. They captivate both inside and out. Not only in their assortment, but also in their design.

But the evening of the first day is worth spending in the legendary SoHo. Here, bars, clubs, cinemas, and creative stores abound. The trendiest and trendiest residents flock here daily, and each bar and club hosts one of the rowdiest parties in town. Many of our popular tours are devoted to this neighborhood.

Day Two

On the next day we advise to arrange a tour of all the major museums and galleries of the city. There are many here, and each of the museums has a rich collection and iconic names of artists. Best of all, most museums in London are free.

Head to South Kensington, where two famous museums – the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum – are practically across the street. It will be hard not to notice them, as both museum buildings are unique architectural monuments. The Natural History Museum resembles a fairy tale castle, but look inside and you’ll be amazed by the 25-meter tall skeleton of a blue whale that flies over your head.

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Just as interesting is a peek at the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art and design. Its rich collection includes jewelry, furniture, sculpture, and clothing. And if you’re interested in contemporary art, not far from these museums is London’s most popular gallery, the Saatchi Gallery. It always holds the most provocative exhibitions and invites iconic contemporary artists.

You can get acquainted with the history of not only the city, but also of the whole world, by visiting the British Museum. Its permanent collection covers 2 million years of history and reveals the secrets of all mankind. Here are the ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, the statues of Moai from Easter Island, and the most unique object of the museum – the Rosetta Stone. British Museum tours, as well as all other museums in London, can be chosen from our museum tours.

Day Three

After familiarizing yourself with the main symbols of traditional London and its historical and art museums, it’s time to get acquainted with modern, underground London – so head to Shoreditch.

Shoreditch is an art district that attracts iconic street artists and aspiring graffiti artists. So at every turn, on every street and in every alley, you’ll come across another piece of art. You might even come across a couple of pieces by the famous street artist Banksy.

The underground Shoreditch neighborhood

Shoreditch is also a bohemian neighborhood with some of the trendiest residents and passersby. There’s also the greatest concentration of vintage stores worth checking out on Brick Lane. Or the huge flea market, Spitalfield Market, where you can buy clothes and eat something unusual.

And from Spitalfield Market it’s a short walk to the equally iconic City of London. See unusual skyscrapers and office workers, the historic indoor market at Leadenhall Market that was used in the Harry Potter movies, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and then, if you have the energy and haven’t done it before, make your way to the Tower fortress.

Leadenhall Market in the City.

Day Four.

Finally, set aside a day or two to travel around the outskirts of England, which are just as interesting as London itself. For a quick trip to the suburbs of London, you can choose one of our bus tours .

We advise you to take a day to see the famous university cities of England – Oxford or Cambridge. Each is unique in its own way, so ideally you should visit both cities.

If you are a fan of the Harry Potter movies, the first place to go is Oxford. The entire student town is shrouded in the atmosphere of the fairy tale movie, and most importantly, many of the university buildings actually hosted the filming of the wizard movies. Look for locations from the movies at Christ Church and New College, as well as the Bodleian Library, which is identical to the Hogwarts wizard school library. In this historic library, you can see books that are over 500 years old and kept on chains.

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After touring the colleges of Oxford, don’t forget to go up to the city’s main observation deck, which is on the roof of St. Mary’s Church. It offers a panoramic view of the city and the colleges of Oxford. End your exploration of Oxford at the historic Eagle and Child pub, where writers C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien gathered for a few pints of beer.

An equally interesting itinerary can be arranged in Cambridge, the student city with centuries of history and the smartest students. It was Cambridge where such greats as Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and Sir Isaac Newton studied. Visit King’s, Trinity, and St. John’s colleges, and look for the famous math bridge. Legend has it that this wooden bridge was built without bolts and nuts. Cambridge hasn’t been seen much in the Harry Potter movies, but Stephen Hawking was filmed here.

Day Five

Well, now that you’ve seen all of London and its famous suburbs, it’s worth devoting time to the incredible nature of England, which is every bit as good as English architecture.

The easiest way is to go to Brighton. It’s a resort town, a half-hour train ride from London, which sits on the banks of the English Channel. Stroll along the picturesque Brighton Pier, lined with stores, cafes and attractions. Then head to the beach itself, which, though pebbly, is still good for strolling and picnicking.

Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs.

There are many restaurants on the town’s waterfront that offer fresh fish and seafood. There are plenty of stalls with street food, ice cream and sweets for children, as well as a variety of playgrounds.

Not far from Brighton is a unique natural attraction in England – the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. This is a national park with a group of white chalk cliffs, which are scattered along the coast of the English Channel. It is advisable to take a whole day to travel to this place to see all the sights of the place. For a walk in the national park, it is better to prepare sports clothes and shoes, and stock up on drinking water.

What to see in London

It’s a great way to see Britain’s capital city! What can a curious tourist see on his or her own in London and its vicinity? Ready-made itinerary for a trip of 3-5 days.

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What to see in London in 1 day

The first day we’ll take you to see the iconic sights of the city on the Thames. Have breakfast and drive to Westminster tube station. This is where almost all English monarchs were crowned – Westminster Abbey . Hurry for the opening at 9:30, which is a low-traffic hour. Admission costs £24, cheaper if you buy online – £22. The walk will take about an hour.

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Step out of the Abbey onto Parliament Square Garden and you’ll see the neo-Gothic building of the Palace of Westminster and the famous clock tower, Big Ben. Curiously enough, Big Ben is the tower’s old name. For eight years now the iconic landmark in London has been named after Queen Elizabeth.

Gaze at the spans of Westminster Bridge and turn to Downing Street . In 10 minutes you will find yourself at the modest entrance to the British Prime Minister’s residence. Many historic figures of the 20th century have been photographed against this inconspicuous door.

Turn off Downing Street at Whitehall and head for the famous Trafalgar Square. The main decoration of Trafalgar Square is the tall column with the statue of Admiral Nelson. For 13th- and 20th-century art, spend an hour or an hour and a half at London’s National Gallery . The third most visited art museum in the world is free.

From Trafalgar Square, walk through the Admiralty Arch to Buckingham Palace via the Mall. If you’re here outside the palace at 11:30, you can see a spectacular changing of the guard ceremony.

It’s the middle of the day to catch your breath from the hustle and bustle of the capital’s streets! One of London’s oldest parks sits beside the Palace. Londoners come to St. James’s Park to read books, walk the lanes and get some fresh air. The green oasis has a pond with waterfowl. There is a café and restaurant in the park, but we suggest choosing an unusual place for lunch.

Brits are fans of pets, so it’s no surprise that there’s a cat cafe open in London. To get there, go back to Trafalgar Square and take the subway to Shoreditch High Street Station.

Lady Dinah`s Cat Emporium is a 10-minute walk from the station exit, at 152-154 Bethnal Green Rd. Enjoy delicious food and companionship with your tailed pets! Meals and drinks range from £3.50 to £19.5. Cats can be treated to special food.

Not far from the Cat Café, you’ll find St Matthew’s Church Gardens, with its picturesque St Matthew’s Church. Pop inside and admire the beautiful interiors!

What’s to see in London in the evening? It’s just over 2 km from the green square to the Tower . Go to the famous fortress! Tickets to the castle and the Royal Treasure Exhibition cost £28.9 and £31.8 (the second price is with a donation). You can buy online.

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End the day on the banks of the Thames and admire the spectacular illumination of Tower Bridge.

Trafalgar Square. Photo: Christian Reimer / wikimedia.org / CC BY-SA 2.0. Tower Bridge at night. Photo: simonardo / unsplash.com.

What to see in London in two days

The second day will make you feel a little Londoner. In the morning, get on the red double-decker bus and take a trip through the historic center with an audio guide in Russian. The London Double Decker ticket is valid for 24 hours. The tour is in hop-on hop-off mode – tourists get on and off at any stop. You can see the sights in central London that you didn’t get to on the first day.

Have lunch at one of the Wetherspoons chain pubs! It’s tasty and cheap, then after lunch head to the Museum of London, near St. Paul’s Underground Station. Admission to the museum is free. Plan on spending an hour or an hour and a half visiting the halls. See how London has changed since Roman times and how medieval Londoners baked bread, worked metal, and made clothes. Near the museum you can see the remains of the old London Wall.

It is advisable to plan a visit to the British Museum, the main historical and archaeological museum in Great Britain. There is no charge for admission to the main halls, but the exhibitions in this museum are paid. Collections from around the world are housed in 94 galleries. A whole day would not be enough to visit them all. Be sure to see the famous Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, scrolls from Ancient China and ancient statues from Greece!

You can spend the evening on the banks of the Thames. For £27.50 buy a ticket online for the London Eye for an aerial view of London from above. The world’s tallest Ferris wheel takes 30 minutes to complete a full circle. The views of the city take your breath away!

What to see in London in 2 days

View from the London Eye. Photo: gdiazfor / flickr.com / CC BY-ND 2.0.

What to see in London on day 3

Devote the third day to meeting “old acquaintances.” Plan to visit Madame Tussauds to see the waxwork portraits of pop icons, famous politicians and sports legends. Tickets are £32 online and £36 at the ticket office. It will take about an hour to explore the halls and take photos.

Take a trip to the private Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street. The four-story building faithfully reproduces the rooms where Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary hero lived and worked. Near the door to the building is a real policeman dressed in 19th century uniform. Tickets for the Sherlock Holmes museum cost £15. The tour will take 40-50 minutes.

Spend an evening at the Globe Theatre. Put on plays by William Shakespeare centuries ago at the Globe Theatre. The building of the first Globe Theatre has not survived. The theater, which you can get into today, is a reconstruction that appeared in London in 1997. Tours of the legendary theater are held all year round, with performances running from April to mid-autumn. A ticket costs £13.5.

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In addition to the attractions listed above, go to interesting free museums in London:

  • The Victoria and Albert Museum . There are more than 4.5 million exhibits in the halls – rich collections of arts and crafts and design.
  • Science Museum . The collection has a cyclopean size. Suffice it to say that in the closed rooms are exhibited aircraft, cars, steam engines and vintage steam engines.
  • Museum of Natural History . Appreciate how small a person is next to the skeletons of a diplodocus, a blue whale, a giant squid, and a mechanical model of a Tyrannosaurus!

You can’t leave London without visiting majestic St. Paul’s Cathedral . See the interiors of Britain’s largest Anglican church and climb the steps to the gallery below the dome. Anything you whisper can be heard anywhere in the gallery. If you buy online, admission to St. Paul’s Cathedral will cost £17.

Alternatively, take a trip to Greenwich . The London suburbs can be reached by bus, train or cab, but we suggest taking the River Thames Tram. Find the right pier near Westminster tube station and enjoy a swim on the Thames.

Greenwich has an interesting Royal Observatory (£14.40) and the National Maritime Museum (£9). You can buy bargain combo tickets online. Take a commemorative photo at the zero meridian, near the clipper Cutty Sark, which carried tea from India, and visit Greenwich’s indoor market.

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Natural History Museum in London. Photo: joshrh19 / unsplash.com.

What to see in London in five days

After the city’s iconic sights, explore the unknown but cool places that many tourists just don’t get to! See the Tate Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery in London on your own . You’ll see paintings by Picasso, Malevich, Kandinsky and interesting exhibitions in a former power plant building. Tours are led by a gallery employee at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:00. Admission is free.

To learn the history of advertising and product packaging, visit the Brand Museum . Tickets cost £9.

Explore the markets in London. The most visited is Portobello, in Notting Hill, which is open at weekends. The Borough grocery market is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays near London Bridge tube station. Shop on Oxford Street and dine in London’s Chinatown.

Walk the beautiful streets of Covent Garden . The area used to be a fruit market but now has many authentic bars.

Where to go in London

View of London from St Paul’s Cathedral (Photo: unsplash.com / @thkelley)

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