How to See Everything in London in 3 Days

I have always wanted to go to London and honestly, I never really knew why. It was just a place you always heard of with kings and queens and guards, so I wanted to see it. As I was thinking about where I wanted to go on my backpacking trip, I knew London had to be one of my stops. Little did I know it would be my favorite stop on the trip. So here’s how to see everything in London in just 3 days. There will be lots of pics at the bottom of this post.

And I am telling you now… we did a lot of walking on this trip, and I mean like over 20,000 steps which you will probably do too, but you can also spend more days here or take more public transportation to get you place. But I found you see more by walking or at least taking a big double decker bus.

Coming from Baltimore, we decided to start our trip off in London because it was cheaper to fly there, and it was a good starting place. As we started at the top and worked our way down Europe hitting Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Greece. If you want to read about my 2-week backpacking trip as a whole click here – 2 Weeks Traveling Around Europe

So we first decided to fly out on a Monday night and land Tuesday morning. (Tuesdays are usually cheaper to fly) We flew British Airways which was through American Airlines, and it was very nice. They gave us a full dinner meal, snacks, a breakfast sandwich, wine and other drinks. We landed in London Heathrow and headed down to transportation where we got on the Elizabeth Line which at first was super confusing, but once you get the hang of the trains you are golden.

We went to our hotel and dropped off our backpacks and started our day by going to Camden Market for food because we were hungry. Of course, we had to stop at one of the red phone booths and get some pics as we headed to the market which was so cool. It had tons of food vendors. We didn’t even realize how big it was at first until we kept walking around. Any food you could think of was there. After then we took a walk too Abbey Road. It was a hike, but we walked along this canal and even got to see some of the animals from the London Zoo. This cross walk where the beatless walked across look like any old crosswalk just with lots of people around it. It wasn’t anything special but of course we had to get a picture of the 4 of us walking across.

After that we went on the tube (London’s subway) to head towards the London eye. All of the trains/subways are super easy to use and very cheap. You just tap your credit card before going on and before you leave the train station. And it literally cost about $2. The area around the Lonon eye is the perfect spot to see everything. There is a nice big green space, and you can see many of the landmarks across the water like big ben and Westminster. We then crossed the bridge and went into Big Ben which was beautiful (Fun fact Big Ben is now called the Elizabeth Tower for Queen Elizabeth). For dinner we ate on this big boat in the water where I had of course fish and chips and also the best hard cider after.

Day 2 (Wednesday) started with watching the changing of the guards. We instead started at St. James Palace which was where the guards get lined up and outfits get checked which was super cool. From there we ran through the park and followed the tour guides that were also running to get to the road before the band did. We made it up near Buckingham palace where we watched them and then headed down the main road of Buckingham with all of the flags and watched the changing of the guard at the king’s house. After all of that was done, we decided to actually go up close to Buckingham and see it and it was so beautiful. There were red roses everywhere and everything looked perfect.

We then headed towards Kensington Palace which is where the Duke and Dutchess live. To get there you have to travel through this beautiful park. Make sure you walk through the gardens to the right of the palace as well. After that we decided to head to the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum which were both free to get into and very cool.

We were then walking to find a spot to eat near the soho area when we came across the super cool little indoor market thing. It had tons of food and drink vendors. For the night we decided to do our own little pub crawl. We went to the Bloomsbury tavern, cross and key, a few more I can’t remember the name of and to end the night, we headed to the Escapologist which was a super cool underground bar.

Day 3 we headed over to the tower of London which was honestly one of my favorite tours in London. Anne Boleyn, Jane Grey, Queen Elizabeth I and even more people were all executed in this place. You can still see the writings in the walls of where the people were held before being executed. It also had a great view of the Tower Bridge which was our next stop of the day. My sister loved this bridge.

Then we headed into the business district of the area and went to sky garden which was amazing. You take an elevator up to like floor 50 and get out and there’s gardens, little walkways, seating areas and of course bars because you drink a lot in London. We went in and beat the rain luckily, but the views were amazing. It is similar to the Shard except tickets are free you just have to reserve your spot ahead of time. The next stop was St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was where like all of the royal families get married and it is just one of the most famous churches. Like every church in Europe, it was beautiful. For dinner we went to a little local restaurant and then had some bubble waffles with ice cream for dessert.

And that’s basically it. The next day we headed to the airport (which was confusing but super super easy and America needs to take notes) and headed to Germany. London was my favorite place we visited on this trip, and I would go back in a heartbeat. I’m sure I’ll be back… hopefully sooner than later. Stay tuned for more posts about London and the other places I visited on this trip.

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