What you will see: Lots of major landmarks, the most important royal sites, the most important political sites
If you only have one day to explore the city then it’s best to arrive into Waterloo station – you’ll be a lot closer to the sights.
When you come out of the station follow the directions to the river, where you’ll see the Royal Festival Hall. Skip past that and head left towards the London Eye.
The London Eye is the largest observation wheel in the world, taking about 30 minutes to revolve. It is well worth the wait if the queues aren’t too heavy. Opening times: 10 AM to 8.30 PM (Jan–Mar), 10 AM to 9 PM (Apr–Jun), 10 AM to 9.30 PM (Jul–Aug), 10 AM to 8.30 PM (Sep–Dec). Cost: Adults £18.60; Children £9.54 (4–15); Infants free (under-4); Family ticket £56.28.
Westminster Abbey is London’s most prestigious religious building – the setting for coronations, state funerals, and the burial place of many celebrated kings and queens. It is well worth a visit if you have got the time. Opening times: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri), 9.30 PM to 7 PM (Wed), 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Sat); Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Cost: Adults £16.00; Children £6.00 (11–16); Infants free (under-16); Family ticket £32.00.
If you then skirt the southside of the lake, you can cross the bridge in the middle. This will give you one of the most celebrated views of Buckingham Palace.
We heartily recommend that you spend some time exploring the National Gallery, before heading east across Hungerford Bridge to Waterloo. Opening times: Gallery: 10 AM to 6 PM (Sat–Thu), 10 AM to 9 PM (Fri); Tours: 11.30 AM, 2.30 PM (daily) and 7 PM (Fri) . Cost: Free.
What you will see: The ancient heart of the city, the financial district, some of the city’s greatest landmarks
To be honest, King’s Cross isn’t the greatest place to start a one day tour of the capital, but we’ll make the most of it with a walking tour of its historic centre – Londinium.
Cross the square and enter the British Museum. (Alternatively, you could just get a 10, 73 or 390 bus from King’s Cross.) You could easily spend a whole day exploring its six million exhibits from ancient Egypt, Greece, Italy, Africa and the Orient. Opening times: Galleries: 10 AM to 5.30 PM (Sat to Wed), 10 AM to 8:30 (Thu, Fri); Last admission 10 minutes before closing time. Cost: Free.
Look out for the entrance to Temple Church on the right. This is one of London’s most historic sights – home to the Knights Templar. Cost: Adults £3.00.
Keep on walking up Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill until you get to St. Paul’s Cathedral. No trip to London would be complete without looking around Christopher Wren’s masterpiece. Opening times: 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Mon–Sat); Last admission 4 PM; Galleries open from 9.30 AM; Last admission to the galleries 4.15 PM. Cost: Adults £15.00; Children £6.00 (6–17); Infants free (5 and under); Family ticket £36.00.
Head south down King William Street until you get to the Monument, and walk towards the bridge. You can now have a very pleasant stroll along the river.
The Tower of London was originally built by William the Conqueror in the 11th-century. If you have the time, then we thoroughly recommend a tour. Opening times: 9 AM to 5.30 PM (Tue–Sat, Mar–Oct), 10 AM to 5.30 PM (Sun, Mon, Mar–Oct), 9 AM to 4.30 PM (Tue–Sat, Nov–Feb), 10 AM to 4.30 PM (Sun, Mon, Nov–Feb); Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Cost: Adults £19.80; Children £10.45 (5–16); Infants free (under-5); Family ticket £55.00.
You can finish your long day sprawled out in front of one of London’s best-loved landmarks – Tower Bridge. Opening times: 9.30 AM to 6 PM (daily, Oct–Mar), 10 AM to 6.30 PM (daily, Apr–Sep); Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Cost: Adults £8.00; Children £3.40 (5–15); Infants free (under-5); Family ticket £18.00.
Follow Drummerboy’s trip around London, as he
visits every attractionLondon Drummerboy’s blog
Pick of the best shows coming up in London…
|> Events in London|
|> Events in May|
|> Whats on in June|
|> Events in July|