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London Itinerary: 5 Days in London

London is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most exciting cities in the world. With history, food and drink, culture, galleries and museums around every corner, it’s no wonder that London is one of the most visited cities in the world.

There’s only one problem when it comes to the British capital – there’s so much to do, how do you know what to put on your London trip itinerary, and what’s safe to skip?

With that in mind, our expert travel writers have curated this itinerary for 5 days in London, so you’ll be able to hit the top attractions and have room to spare for a couple of pints. Nice!

Day 1 Itinerary in London

Summary: Day one will show you some of London’s most important tourist attractions in the political and cultural centre of the city. Don’t forget your camera today, as you’ll get some amazing photos! If you don’t want to walk, you can see most of this itinerary on a hop on/hop off bus tour.

Day 1/Stop 1

Big Ben and Parliament Square

  • Why it’s awesome: Big Ben is one of the most iconic parts of the London skyline
  • Cost: Free (closed but due to reopen to the public in 2021)

The first stop on our 5-day itinerary of London is Parliament Square, which has famous buildings on all sides. One of the best-known is the Elizabeth Tower, but you’ll probably know that as Big Ben. Fun fact: the name “Big Ben” actually refers to the bell inside the tower, not the tower itself. 

Note that Elizabeth Tower will be closed to visitors until 2021, but it’s still worth stopping by to check out this impressive and important building from the outside. Tours of the Houses of Parliament are still available for a fee, but be sure to book in advance!

Day 1/Stop 2

Westminster Abbey

  • Distance from last stop: 5 minutes
  • Why it’s awesome: Westminster Abbey is one of the most famous churches in the UK
  • Cost: £24 from April 2020 at the Abbey (£22 online). Different prices for concessions, children, and families.

If you were watching any of the recent royal weddings and thought ‘Blimey, I’d love to visit that church’ then you’re in luck. Westminster Abbey is where they all took place, and it’s open to the public! This church dates back to 1245 AD and has been used for coronation ceremonies, royal weddings, and tons more important events in British history.

The abbey is pretty big, so if you’re not on a tight budget it might be worth shelling out a little extra for a guided tour.

Day 1/Stop 3

St. James Park

  • Distance from last stop: 5 minutes
  • Why it’s awesome: Home to a flock of resident pelicans!
  • Cost: Free
  • Food recommendation: Enjoy an ice cream or a coffee with awesome views at St James Café

It’s not hard to get away from the hustle and bustle of London, as there are so many green spaces around the city! St James’ Park, one of 8 royal parks in London, includes the Mall and Horseguards Parade, which are both worth a stop-off on your walk. If you’re visiting in summer, you can spread out your blanket and enjoy a picnic and people-watching, but even if you’re here in cooler weather, St. James Park is definitely a must-see! 

We highly recommend heading to the lake and fountain, as you’ll get to meet the resident pelicans! A gift from the Russian Ambassador around 400 years ago, these are They’re the only ones in the wild pelicans in the UK. 

Day 1/Stop 4

Buckingham Palace

  • Distance from last stop: 5 minutes
  • Why it’s awesome: The primary residence of the United Kingdom’s royal family!
  • Cost: £26.50 for adults. Open between July to October. Different student concessions
  • Insider Tip: If the Royal Standard is flown above Buckingham Palace, it means the queen is home!

On leaving through the west side of St.  James Park, you’ll come to one of the most famous and important London landmarks: Buckingham Palace! Most tourists enjoy the residence of the British Royal Family from outside, but you’re also able to tour the State Rooms for a fee. 

If you’re desperate to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony, you might have to juggle your itinerary around a little so you can be here to see it at 11AM. It’s definitely worth it! 

Day 1/Stop 5

Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: Home to Nelson’s Column and London’s famous lion statues
  • Cost: Free

One of the most popular public squares in the United Kingdom, Trafalgar Square is a great place to spend some time people-watching and just soaking up the London atmosphere. Two of the top museums in London line the square: the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. 

These are two of the top attractions in London for art lovers – expect to see work from greats such as Turner, Monet, and Picasso! Access to both of these is free, although you may have to pay fees for special exhibitions. If you’ve got a London Pass, you’ll be able to take advantage of a free audio guide at no extra cost.

Day 1/Stop 6

The London Eye

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: It’s the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe!
  • Cost: £30 – 10% saving online.

Round off the first day of your vacation in London by taking a ride on the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. Yes, the London Eye might be quite expensive, but it’s worth splashing out for the views and the awesome photographs you’ll get. If you want to make this a really special occasion, you can even rent out a private pod complete with champagne.

We’ve left the London Eye close to the end of the day as sunset and nighttime add an extra dimension to this already wonderful experience. Then, head back to your hotel either on foot or by public transport – Waterloo is the closest tube station.

Day 2 Itinerary in London

Today doesn’t have too much travelling – all of these attractions are close together. However, you still get to see some of the most iconic sites in London, and you can round it all off with your favourite show before returning back to your accommodation from one of the city centre tube stations.

Day 2/Stop 1

Covent Garden Piazza

  • Why it’s awesome: Street performers have been playing here since the 17th century!
  • Cost: Free, but tips are appreciated
  • Food recommendation: Covent Garden Market is a great place to pick up something tasty

Kick off day two of your vacation in London at Covent Garden Piazza. Covent Garden is one of the most popular shopping areas in the British capital, but you can enjoy the vibe without getting your wallet out at the bustling piazza. 

This pedestrianised square has been hosting free entertainment since 1662, when a puppet show with Punch (not confirmed if Judy was there) took place. Nowadays, you can see people juggling a whole manner of things from balls to chainsaws, as well as musical performances, escapologists, unicyclists – if you can imagine it, it’s probably here!

Day 2/Stop 2

Leicester Square

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: X
  • Cost: Free – but the activities around the square will cost!
  • Food recommendation: Pop into the M & Ms world store for a customised bag of your favourite coloured sweet!

Leicester Square is one of the city’s most Instagrammable places and popular meeting points! It’s a great place to bring the kids. As well as M&Ms World, which is Europe’s largest sweet shop, there’s the biggest Lego store in the world, the Japan Centre and lots of affordable coffee and lunch options. 

You can catch a movie at any of the three cinemas here, but if you’re really lucky and you plan in advance, you might get to see your favourite actors at a premiere!

Day 2/Stop 3

Piccadilly Circus

  • Why it’s awesome: Connects some of the most famous streets in London
  • Cost: Free
  • Food recommendation: Stop off at Chinatown on your way from Leicester Square. It’s a 7-minute walk and offers some of the best Chinese food in London!

Piccadilly Circus might seem a little underwhelming at first, but take a seat by the statue of Eros and spend some time people-watching and you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Piccadilly connects Regent Street, Covent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue – all of which are well-known in their own right! 

The Circus has a Times Square vibe, with some of the most expensive advertising in the country. Also on the square you’ll find several souvenir shops, the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, and several West End Theatres!

Day 2/Stop 4

The British Museum

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: One of the biggest museums in the world with over 8 million artefacts
  • Cost: Free, but some exhibits have a special fee

The British Museum is the world’s largest museum dedicated to human history, art, and culture. There are a number of world-famous exhibits here, including the Rosetta Stone, the sculptures of the Parthenon in Ancient Greece, and even Egyptian mummies! More than six million people visit this museum a year and it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about different cultures from every corner of the earth. 

Since the museum is huge, it could be a good idea to get a guided tour so you can see everything that you want to! An awesome alternative if you want to get a museum in today is the London Transport Museum, which is in Covent Garden. It’s a great option if you’re travelling with kids!

Day 2/Stop 5

A West End Show

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: You can see an all-singing, all-dancing performance of your favourite show!
  • Cost: Depends on the show. You can get cheap and last minute tickets from 10am on the day.
  • Food recommendation: Lots of restaurants in the area will have a pre-theatre menu
  • Insider Tip: Visit the London TKTS Booth in Leicester Square. It offers half price and discounted theatre tickets on the day of the show

You’ll have noticed Covent Garden, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly Circus are all home to theatres which show famed West End shows. Rather than telling you exactly which one to check out, we’ll leave that up to you. Instead, we’ll give you an idea of what you can see! If you’re a big fantasy fan, there’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, if you’ve got a wicked sense of humour there’s… Wicked. 

ABBA fan? Then how about Mamma Mia! Or, if you’re travelling with the kids, then don’t miss an opportunity to see an incredible performance of the Lion King. Whatever your taste in shows or musicals, there’s a West End show for you!

Day 3 Itinerary in London

A mix of culture, shopping, and some time spent away from the city’s hustle and bustle are just what the doctor ordered for day 3 of your London itinerary. You’ll be glad at the free entrance fees of the museums, especially if you’ve splashed out in Harrods!

Day 3/Stop 1

Hyde Park

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s the biggest part in Central London
  • Cost: Free
  • Food recommendation: For a taste of fine dining from one of the UK’s top chefs, head to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
  • Insider Tip: Head to Speaker’s Corner on a Sunday to hear speeches and debates about numerous topics!

Get up early and head for the largest green space in Central London. Hyde Park is perfect if you want to wake yourself up with a stroll, a run, or a cycle. There are several attractions in the park including the Serpentine Lake, the memorial fountain to Princess Diana, and a number of war and holocaust memorials. 

We’ve put Hyde Park at the beginning of the day, but if you want to break up the other activities, you can visit at any point. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the other locations on your day 2 itinerary!

Day 3/Stop 2

Harrods

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: One of the most famous luxury department stores in the world
  • Cost: Depends what you buy!
  • Food recommendation: Restaurants at Harrod’s aren’t cheap, but if you head to the ground floor food hall you might snap up something tasty at a decent price!

If you love shopping, this is one London attraction that you won’t want to miss. In the heart of Knightsbridge, it gets over 15 million customers a year! From a humble single room that sold tea and groceries, it’s now a 7-storey monster with over 330 departments. 

Around Kensington and Knightsbridge, you’ll find some of the best shopping in London, for any budget. There are other department stores and brands like H&M, Adidas, and Topshop.

Day 3/Stop 3

Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: The largest applied arts and design museum in the world
  • Cost: Free (some exhibits at an extra cost)
  • Insider Tip: If you’re travelling with kids, the V & A Museum of Childhood is a great place to take them. It’s packed with toys throughout history!

Did you know that until Queen Elizabeth took her spot, Queen Victoria was the longest reigning monarch in British history? This museum, named after her and her husband, Prince Albert, is the largest arts and design museum in the world. It has more than 2 million artefacts across 145 galleries, which span 5,000 years – and it’s free! 

As well as having the largest collection of Renaissance Art outside of Italy, it boasts one of the largest collections of Islamic art in the Western World. If you’re visiting on a Friday, you can move this to later in the day, as the museum opens until 10pm (last entry is at 9pm).

Day 3/Stop 4

Natural History Museum

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: Has a blue whale skeleton at the entrance!
  • Cost: Free (extra cost for special events)

It might be a stretch to visit both the V and A and the Natural History Museum in the same day – but we couldn’t leave one of these off. One of the most incredible museums not only in London but the entire world, you simply must make space for the Natural History Museum at some point on your 5 day itinerary in London. 

There are few better museums for kids in the city, but all ages will love it. It boasts one of the world’s largest dinosaur collections, as well as numerous interactive exhibits. The Science Museum is also nearby on Exhibition Road. We can highly recommend all three!

Day 3/Stop 5

Royal Albert Hall

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: One of the most iconic music venues in the UK
  • Cost: £14.25 for a tour, gig prices vary.
  • Food recommendation: There’s an on-site Italian kitchen – Verdi!

Last stop on our third day in London is the Royal Albert Hall, which is one of the most famous music venues in the UK. Over the years, it has hosted events of all sorts, including Wagner concerts, Churchill’s speeches, and genre-defining bands like the Beatles! 

Nowadays, it’s probably best known for hosting the annual BBC Proms. If you don’t have time for a gig, you can enjoy a guided tour. However, gigs aren’t quite as pricey as you might have expected – some have standing tickets which are a fraction of full price!

Day 4 Itinerary in London

Maritime Greenwich is one of four UNESCO World Heritage sites in London (you’d think there were more) and it’s well worth spending a day here. See all the maritime sites in the morning before getting a tasty meal at the market, before rounding off your day at the Royal Observatory!

Day 4/Stop 1

Up at the O2

  • Why it’s awesome: Get some of the best panoramic views in London
  • Cost: starting at £39 for adults
  • Insider Tip: Unfortunately, you can’t take professional cameras up on the O2 roof

Fancy a spot of urban mountaineering during your trip to London? If so, head for the O2 arena. Not only is it one of the biggest and best-known concert venues in the UK, it’s also your chance to get the adrenaline flowing while seeing awesome panoramic views of London! 

New to this type of thing? Not to worry. Everyone who does this will get all the equipment they need, and they’ll be accompanied by a professional guide. So, it’s easy to stay safe! If you’d prefer to climb the O2 at sunset or twilight, just shift things around in your day four itinerary of London.

Day 4/Stop 2

National Maritime Museum

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: The biggest Maritime Museum in the world
  • Cost: Free

Greenwich is famed for its maritime history, so it makes sense that the biggest maritime museum in the world is here. Not only will you be able to learn about shipping, fishing, and trading, but you’ll get to see famous art like Turner’s Battle of Trafalgar. For those who are travelling with kids, don’t miss the numerous interactive exhibits, nautical oddities, and a ship simulator. 

The Atlantic Slave Trade Gallery offers a poignant moment for visitors to reflect on a tragic part of shipping history, too. Though a somber stop, we think it’s worth it.

Day 4/Stop 3

The Cutty Sark

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: Once the fastest ship in the world and only surviving tea clipper
  • Cost: £13.50 adults, £6.75 children.
  • Food recommendation: There’s a café on board the Cutty Sark where you can take a break for a sandwich or a tea. Makes sense on a clipper!

Just around the corner from the Maritime Museum, you’ll find the Cutty Sark. One of the last tea clipper ships, it used to bring tea all the way from China to London in record time! It’s been dry docked in Greenwich since 1954, and is one of the most recognisable London landmarks. 

Take a tour of the Cutty Sark to see inside the ship, learn what it was like to be at sea during the Victorian times, or to see the ship’s hull up close. Incredibly, this ship visited almost every major world port during its active life.

Day 4/Stop 4

Old Royal Naval College

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: The architectural centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich
  • Cost: £11 (free returns for the whole year)

If you’re not totally tired out of maritime and shipping activities by this point of your fourth day, then you may as well pop to the Old Royal Naval College as well! It’s described as “one of the finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensembles in the British Isles” by UNESCO, so you don’t even need to go inside to appreciate its beauty. 

However, you can go in and admire the Painted Hall, which was pained in the 18th century. It’s possible to arrange guided tours if you want to go behind the scenes, but that should be done well in advance.

Day 4/Stop 5

Greenwich Market

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: One of the best covered markets in London
  • Cost: How hungry are you?
  • Food recommendation: Eat until you’re full or run out of money!

After spending the morning (and probably some of the afternoon) in Maritime Greenwich, you’ll be sure to have worked up an appetite. It’s good news then, that right in the heart of this royal borough, you’ll be able to find the awesome Greenwich Market. One of the best covered markets in London, it has street food aplenty from all corners of the globe. 

Not only that, you can pick up some great souvenirs here for friends and family back home! If you are happy to spend a little more, there are several pubs and restaurants nearby where you can get a hearty meal and a pint.

Day 4/Stop 6

Prime Meridian and the Royal Observatory

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: Have one foot in the earth’s Eastern and Western hemispheres at the same time!
  • Cost: £16 adults.
  • Insider Tip: Spend £26 on a ticket and save on entry to the Cutty Sark and other free museums

Our final stop on our day in Greenwich is the Prime Meridian Line – the division between the hemispheres – and Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park. Here, you can be in both the eastern and western hemisphere at the same time, so make sure you get a selfie! At the same time, you’ll learn about the incredible story behind Greenwich Mean Time. 

The observatory also houses an awesome planetarium which costs extra, but it’s well worth splashing out to see a show here – especially if you’re travelling with kids! At night, the meridian line is lit up as well, so although it’s a good place to go at any time of day, it’s extra special at night! 

Day 5 Itinerary in London

On your final day in London, you’ll see some of the coolest historical landmarks in London, as well as some new additions to the city! This one could be quite an expensive day, so if you only do a couple of our recommendations, you can enjoy walks along the River Thames or the Museum of London – which is free!

Day 5/Stop 1

Tower of London

  • Why it’s awesome: Another of London’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Cost: £28.90 adult entry, other options for children and concessions
  • Insider Tip: The Queen’s Crown Jewels are in the tower – head there early in the morning

One of the most recognisable historical landmarks in London, this place is a dream for history buffs! Since it was built by William the Conqueror and fully opened in 1097, it has served many purposes. It’s been a prison, a castle, a place for executions (Henry VIII used this place a lot), and home to the British Royal Family’s Crown Jewels. 

We’ve put the Tower as a first stop on day 5 of your itinerary as it can get extremely crowded! Once you get in, we’d say head for the Crown Jewels first, as they’re the part everybody wants to see. 2 hours in the tower should be enough to feel satisfied.

Day 5/Stop 2

Tower Bridge

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: Iconic bridge with a glass floor 42 metres above the River Thames
  • Cost: £8.60 for adults, £3.70 for children. £6 concessions. Or free to just walk across!
  • Insider Tip: London Bridge, which tourists often confuse for Tower Bridge, is just a little further down the river and also has an exhibition

This unique bridge is shaped to allow ships to easily pass underneath, with the roadway able to lift up thanks to a mechanism. That on its own isn’t massively interesting, but this bridge which was built in the late 19th century, has some fascinating exhibits inside that you won’t want to miss! 

From Tower Bridge’s viewing platform, you can see all the way down the Thames, as well as iconic London landmarks like the Shard, City Hall, and the Tower of London. If you’re up really early, you can join a sunrise yoga class, which are held monthly!

Day 5/Stop 3

The Shard

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: Tallest building in London, with an awesome observation deck
  • Cost: £32 adults (£27 advance) concessions vary.
  • Food recommendation
  • Insider Tip: It’s free to enter the Shard Bar – so you’ll get awesome views for the price of a drink. It’s a smart casual dress code

Carrying on with our theme of towers, the Shard is one of the newest additions to the London skyline. This 95-storey skyscraper is one of the first things you’ll see, no matter where you’re based. It’s home to numerous offices which won’t be of any interest to you. 

What you’ll want to know all about is the bar and observation deck! From here, you can see over 25 miles! The viewing platform on level 72 is not for the faint of heart, but it’s certainly rewarding. You’ll get to such a height in some of London’s fastest lifts, so hold onto your stomach!

Day 5/Stop 4

Borough Market

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: One of the largest and oldest food markets in London
  • Cost: Free entry, but how hungry are you?
  • Food recommendation: Try Wet Hop IPA with whatever meal you decide on. It’s one of the market’s own beers!
  • Insider Tip: The market is fully open from Wednesday to Saturday. Some of the stores aren’t open on Mondays and Tuesdays

Since 1885, Borough Market has been one of the go-to places in London for artisanal food and fresh produce. There are more than 100 stalls at the market, where you can choose from Indian street food to high-end gourmet delicacies and everything in between! 

The market is open from Monday to Saturday, but if you’re planning the rest of this itinerary on a Sunday, there are plenty of great places to eat nearby!

Day 5/Stop 5

Shakespeare’s Globe

  • Distance from last stop: X
  • Why it’s awesome: Reconstruction of Shakespeare’s famous open-air theatre where many plays were performed
  • Cost: £17 tours. Performances vary
  • Food recommendation: Check out the on-site Swan Restaurant!

On the south of the River Thames, you’ll find Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. However, this open-air delight isn’t quite as old as the great man himself – it was constructed in 1997! That’s because the original globe was destroyed twice by the middle of the 17th century. 

You can tour the theatre, enjoy a museum about Shakespeare’s work, or if you’re happy making this your last stop of the day, book a show! The Globe shows major performances in the summer, but the smaller Sam Wanamaker playhouse (the American director and actor who was behind the 1997 rebuild) has performances year-round. Just don’t say Macbeth out loud!

Day 5/Stop 6

St. Paul’s Cathedral

  • Why it’s awesome: Formerly the tallest building in London
  • Cost: £18 for adults, £16 for concessions, and £8 for children under 17.
  • Insider Tip: You should spend around two hours on your visit to St Paul’s Cathedral

Cross over the Millennium Bridge from Shakespeare’s Globe for your final spot on today’s itinerary – St. Paul’s Cathedral (last admission is at 4.15pm). A ticket grants you entry to the cathedral floor, crypt, and three of the dome galleries. 

The English Baroque style church was designed by the architect Christopher Wren on the site of the original church was destroyed in the 1666 Great Fire of London. Since then, jubilee celebrations took place for Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II, as well as Churchill’s funeral. For regular worshippers who want to attend a church service or pray in one of the side chapels, you can enter for free!

Staying Safe in London

London (and the UK) is a safe place in general, but it is a very big city. While most people enjoy an incident-free vacation here, there are a few things you should do to keep yourself safe! Try not to travel on your own at night, but if you must, use a registered taxi or a minicab. And if you really must walk (we don’t recommend it), stick to well-lit roads and short distances whenever possible. Also, it’s a good idea not to show off your personal belongings unless absolutely necessary. Remember, in the UK cars drive on the left and the emergency phone number for the police is 999!

Day Trips from London

Stonehenge and
Bath

Looking for day trips from London? This one gives you the chance to see not one but two of the top attractions in Southern England. Just two hours from London, you’ll be able to visit Stonehenge. It’s still not clear what this mysterious stone circle was built for, but it has stood strong for more than 3,000 years! 

Then, it’s onto Bath, one of the most romantic cities in the UK. It’s named after the baths built here by the Romans, and the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as Roman sites, you can see some of the best examples of Georgian architecture at sites like the Royal Crescent!

Oxford, Stratford, and the Cotswolds

One of the world’s most famous university towns, Oxford, is one of the easiest day trips from London to do by yourself or as part of a tour. See some of the filming locations from Harry Potter and where some of the greatest minds from around the world have studied! Don’t miss Christchurch Cathedral and the Bridge of Sighs on a walking tour. 

On this day trip, you’ll also visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where arguably the most famous British writer of all time lived – William Shakespeare! Admire the beautiful Tudor architecture before enjoying a drive through the Cotswolds – these hills are absolutely stunning.

Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, and the White Cliffs

For our next day trip from London, it’s off to the Garden of England – otherwise known as Kent! The Archbishop of Canterbury the most senior cleric in the church of England, and Canterbury’s cathedral matches the importance of the role! It’s also a lovely little town to walk around. 

Then, it’s onto the White Cliffs of Dover. On a clear day, you might even be lucky enough to see France! If all that’s not enough, you’ll also have a stop at Dover Castle, one of the largest castles in the country.

Cambridge

There’s only one university in the UK that is as well-known as Oxford, and that’s Cambridge. It’s also a pretty town and one of the easiest day trips from London – so it’s a no brainer really! Hire a punt and take a relaxing boat ride along the river. If you’d prefer not to risk falling in, you can always take a walk along the River Cam, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide/

And it wouldn’t be a trip to Cambridge without visiting one of the colleges. For those who’d like to make your own arrangements to get from London to Cambridge, it’s less than an hour by train.

Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, and the White Cliffs

For our next day trip from London, it’s off to the Garden of England – otherwise known as Kent! The Archbishop of Canterbury the most senior cleric in the church of England, and Canterbury’s cathedral matches the importance of the role! It’s also a lovely little town to walk around. 

Then, it’s onto the White Cliffs of Dover. On a clear day, you might even be lucky enough to see France! If all that’s not enough, you’ll also have a stop at Dover Castle, one of the largest castles in the country.

Lake District

If you really want to escape from the hustle and bustle of London, this might be the day trip for you. It’s not a quick and easy journey, but it’s certainly worth the trip to see Britain’s most popular national park – The Lake District! 

You won’t want to forget your camera for this one – take pictures of the sweeping landscapes around Lake Windermere before enjoying a cruise on Coniston Water. If you like literature, you’re in luck too. You’ll visit the childhood home of one of Britain’s best loved children’s writers – Beatrix Potter.

Final Thoughts on a 5 day itinerary in London

So, that concludes our London trip itinerary. We hope that you’ve found it useful! Remember, if you want to lose yourself in the incredible museums, enjoy the delights of any of the famed markets, and find out all the grisly history of the British capital city, you can do it – thanks to our help with planning a trip to London.

And if you’ve got longer in the city, check out the awesome day trips we’ve recommended too. We love London, but there’s more to the UK – we promise! 

For more useful travel tips on touring London, check out Seen London. Our expert travel writers know all about the city’s hidden gems and secrets when it comes to eating out, things to do, and a few awesome pubs as well. 

Now that we’ve helped you put together your London trip itinerary, our work here is done! So, let us just wish you a fabulous vacation in London. We hope that you stay safe and have a great time!

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