How to spend 24 hours in London

London is a big, bustling, and popular city. It’s considered the gateway to Europe. And it’s a 22 hour flight from Australia.

You might go to London because you’re a fan of the Royals, a fan of Harry Potter, or because you just want to experience the city for yourself.

You might give yourself plenty of time to get immersed in this great city, or you might find you only have a day because it’s really just a stepping stone to your next European destination.

Either way, London is a great city for exploring. The major tourist sites are all within walking distance of each other, and public transport is easy to navigate.

During our short time in London we didn’t get to check everything off our ‘to-do’ list (as an avid Harry Potter fan, I left most of the Wizardy attractions for next time), but we did get to see a lot.

How to spend 24 hours in London

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We were blessed with blue skies and sunshine during our time in London. Apparently we were lucky! We visited in May of 2013, and it was the first stop of our epic two-month European getaway. We opted to stay in the suburb of Cricklewood, which is around 8kms from the centre of London. This was great, as it forced us to dive right into the Underground system, and we felt like pros within minutes.

Green Park

Green Park is a beautiful park near Buckingham Palace. With rolling hills, deck chairs, and greenery all around, it makes for a lovely walk.
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Buckingham Palace

If you’re able to see the ‘Change of the Guard’ at Buckingham Palace, then I definitely recommend it. But if not, the Palace itself is totally photogenic, and a wonder to experience.
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Big Ben

Big Ben is such a London icon, and is surreal to see in real life.
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Westminster Abbey

From the outside, Westminster Abbey is spectacular! There were so many people queuing up to take a look inside, so we decided not to bother. Best to book your tickets in advance for this one.
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Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square has so much to offer the budding tourist: Nelson’s Column, fountains, and statues; and also the National Gallery. Unfortunately photos aren’t allowed inside the Gallery, but I will say that it is worth a visit.
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London Eye

We weren’t initially planning on jumping aboard the London Eye, but after exploring the city on foot, we figured why not? A great way to see the city.
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Cecil Court

Cecil Court was apparently the inspiration for Diagon Alley, so naturally I wanted to check it out.
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STOMP

As a little girl, I loved watching STOMP on tv. But watching it live on stage is a whole ‘nother experience. Highly recommend.

Kings Cross Station

You may find yourself at Kings Cross Station by choice or necessity. Either way, you’ll see ‘Platform 9 3/4s’ and get the chance to pretend to be Harry Potter for a moment.
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Inspired?

This short glimpse into the city of London left us inspired and wanting more. The best part is that there is still so much to see and do, so another visit is definitely on the cards.

What are your must-see London attractions?
Let me know, below!

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Author: Michelle

Michelle Harvey is a kiwi traveller, writer, photographer, list-maker, coffee drinker, and wanderer. Winter holidays are her favourite kind.

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