London: it’s the cosmopolitan city people love visiting again and again.
Whether you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, cultural history, to see a show or to relax and recharge, London ticks all the boxes and more.
But what if you only have 24 hours in which to visit?
You might think one day isn’t enough time to see the sights, but think again. As this collaborative post reveals, by using your time wisely it can be done!
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For example, hiring a car with Enjoy Travel is one of the best ways to save energy and time. That way, instead of walking or using the tube you’ll be able to nip about the city taking in iconic buildings and sights as you go.
5 touristy things to do in London in one day
1. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the home of the royal family in London. The chances are you won’t catch a glimpse of The Queen, but you can watch the spectacular Changing of the Guard ceremony in front of the Palace. Depending on when you visit, the State Rooms are open to visitors 10 weeks each summer and on selected dates during winter and spring.
2. Tower Bridge
There are many famous bridges rising above the River Thames, but Tower Bridge is the most iconic one. Cross the bridge by foot to see its two Victorian Gothic style towers. Book a visit inside and you can see London through glass walkways 42 metres above the River Thames. You can also explore the historic engine rooms and experience the hustle and bustle of the city below your feet.
3. Big Ben
Big Ben is arguably one of the world’s most famous clocks. You can book an official tour of Big Ben and explore the Elizabeth Tower, which forms part of the Houses of Parliament, when it reopens after renovation later this year. In the meantime, Big Ben can be viewed from Westminster Bridge and the landmark is one of London’s most Instagrammable images.
4. London Eye
The London Eye is an enormous observation wheel made up of 32 passenger capsules covered with glass so that people inside can admire the view of the whole city by soaring over London. A fun fact is that all the capsules are numbered, but the number 13 is omitted for superstitious reasons. Book online and you can save up to 20% on ticket prices.
5. British Museum
The British Museum is one of London’s most famous museums and gives visitors the chance to go on a journey of discovery dating back more than two million years. There are around eight million objects in total, including important archaeological findings displaying the history and culture of many ancient and influential empires. Even better, entry is free.
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