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How to spend 3 days in London

A multicultural and energetic city, something is always happening in London. Check out our guide for the perfect 3 days in London, from pop culture to afternoon tea, royals and celebrities.

Day 1: Get a first taste of the city’s culture and history


To get to know a city in the best way, take a walking tour. Let your imagination run free as a guide takes you through the town while unveiling London's best-kept secrets. Visit well-known landmarks like Trafalgar Square and discover Charles Dickens’s old London.


Get a new perspective of London on a Thames River cruise with lunch included. Check out must-see monuments like Tower Bridge, London Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye and The Shard.


What's the difference between a pub, an inn and an alehouse? Take a historical pub walking tour and find out. You'll be following in the footsteps of London's literary greatest, like Shakespeare. For travelers who prefer a different drinking experience, you can’t leave London without experiencing afternoon tea.

Day 2: Explore London’s pop culture


Get in line to see your favorite celebrities up close. Well, kind of. Madame Tussauds has been one of London’s most popular attractions for over two centuries. Once you’re done with the selfies, walk to another famous address: 221b Baker Street. This small museum set at a fictional address recreates the house of Sherlock Holmes, London’s most famous detective.


Take the afternoon to explore famous filming locations around the city. Popular spots include the colorful Notting Hill and Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station (from the popular book series “Harry Potter”). True Potterheads might prefer to embark on a magical Harry Potter tour for a one of a kind experience.


You can't leave London without visiting some of the places connected to the most iconic pop band of all time. Take a Beatles tour and cross Abbey Road, just like the Fab Four did for the cover of their last album.

Day 3: Unveil London’s artistic side


Start the day by visiting one of the most popular art museums in London: Tate Modern. The other two must-visit museums, Tate Britain (for fans of 16th-century art) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (for design enthusiasts) are a half-hour subway ride away.


Head to Shoreditch to explore the street art scene in London. Keep your camera ready for the iconic Banksy pieces and other works of art. For a fully immersive experience, put your taste buds to work at one of the eclectic restaurants in the neighborhood.


What better way to end the day in London than with a musical in the West End? After watching your favorite show and singing along, explore the rest of the neighborhood. Top attractions here include the Covent Garden and shopping areas Oxford Street and Regent Street.

What’s the best way to get around London?

The London Underground, also called the tube, is easy to use and a popular transport option for locals and travelers. If you want the double-decker experience, take bus route 94. Avoid using public transportation during rush hour on weekdays, between 8:30-9:00 AM and between 5:30-6:30 PM. Instead of trying to make sense of the different zones, get the London Travelcard for one day of unlimited travel on public transportation.

Good tips to know when visiting London

  • It’s not a myth, Londoners are polite in real life even when commuting to work. That said, you should follow some spoken and unspoken etiquette rules. Here are two easy tips to remember:
  • On escalators, if you’re not in a hurry to climb, take the left.
  • Clear the way and let people off the subway before getting in.
  • Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always rainy and gray in London. But do carry a small umbrella with you or pack a light poncho. No need to fret but come prepared.

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What people are saying about London

We had a night tour with our guide Matt and Amanda. Matt was absolutely lovely and very friendly and thoroughly narrated sights we visited. My children enjoyed it too. Luckily for us we were the only ones on the bus and had the bus to ourselves so it was kind of like a private tour!

It was great experience, there was no restriction on moving around the cruise and taking pics. Despite current situation of COVID-19, we could sift our seating place and took pics standing different part of cruise without wearing mask while still maintaining distance with others.

It was utterly brilliant! My girlfriend & I had so much fun! Tom was a great tour guide and he brought the whole thing to life. It was really nice as well to hear a lot about London’s history aside from the core Harry Potter mania and explore the city. Loved it.

Very well organised, very clean and followed Covid rules, Very friendly and relaxed and was was a nice route, the host sounded like a football commentator from the 60's and it made it so much better because of that too.

It was truly magical, interesting and exciting! Lots of interesting information and wonderful stories.