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3 Days in London: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2014

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If you want big, you’ll go no bigger than London. The world’s tenacious financial center, London is known for its chaotic walkways, historic relics plundered from afar, ancient pubs, regal palaces, myriad accents, and endless nightlife.  Whatever your tastes are, you can satisfy them here, in London.

Day 1: See London

Want to attempt the impossible and see London in a day? You'll definitely need a guide. Trust in London’s famous black cab drivers; these super-cabbies are licensed by the city and given an exhaustive test to assure intimate knowledge with London’s labyrinthine lanes. Or just choose your own highlights on a hop-on hop-off tour. Whichever method you choose, don't miss St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben, the South Bank, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and a traditional English Tea Time.

Day 2: London Shopping and Touring

London doesn’t acquire the title of World’s Financial Centre and playground for the fashonista elite for nothing. Harrod’s, Oxford Circus, and Piccadilly Circus are all postcard London, with all the glamour and price-tags there involved, but if you’re looking for something with a more local flavor, try one of the many exciting markets. Among them are Portobello Road, famous for antiques and quirky odds 'n' ends (Saturdays); Borough Market, a Saturday must-do for foodies; and Camden Markets, open every day, with alternative fashions and hand-made crafts.

London has some of the world's best museums and galleries. Don't miss the Tate Modern, the British Museum, the National Gallery, or the Victoria and Albert Museum. And if it's a nice day, go for stroll along the Southbank of the Thames, or in one of London's wonderful parks: Hyde Park, Regent's Park, or Hampstead Heath.

Day 3: Day Trips Beyond

London could keep you occupied for weeks, but there are plenty of things to see and do beyond the city limits. Head from London to Windsor Castle (continuously occupied for nearly 1,000 years - a record), mysterious Stonehenge, and the Roman spas of genteel Bath. Or make a pilgrimage to Canterbury, Dover, and Leeds Castle. Stratford, birthplace of Shakespeare, has annual festivals and performances of the Bard's work nearly year-round. Or visit the famous universities at Oxford and Cambridge. Go even further afield: try haggis in Edinburgh or snails in Paris.

Tours & Tickets

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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Afternoon Tea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy three quintessential British experiences on a 4.5-hour royal London tour, combining the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony with an audio tour of ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $118.63

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

See the sights of London aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to captivating commentary. Use ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $42.98
$55.02 Save $12.04

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 501 Reviews

Fans of Harry Potter will get a behind-the-scenes look at the magical world of Harry and his friends. Forget public transport and parking fees, this trip to ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.09
$101.44 Save $22.35

Phantom of the Opera Backstage Experience Including Tour, Pre-Theater Dinner and Show

Go behind the scenes on an exciting evening experience that combines a tour of Her Majesty’s Theatre in London with a pre-theater dinner and seat at Andrew ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $232.11

Private Tour: London City Highlights

Enjoy a day in London with a private guide and a driver, and see the sights that interest you the most! The full-day private experience offers a flexible ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.17

Edinburgh's Chocolate Walking Tour

Tempted by Edinburgh’s array of chocolatiers and confectioners but don’t know where to start? Head out on a 2.5-hour chocolate walking tour of the city, and ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.26

Private Tour: 'Downton Abbey’ Film Locations Tour by Private Chauffeur

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Go back to the Edwardian era on this three-hour private tour of sites from the popular television period drama ‘Downton Abbey.’ This is an amazing opportunity ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $235.98

London Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea

4 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Discover London’s hotspots on this exciting half-day tour that includes an afternoon tea at the Kensington Palace Orangery. You'll start with a sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.25

'Downton Abbey' Day Trip from London: Basildon Park, Bampton and Oxford

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Follow the trail of Lady Mary, Bates and Branson through Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds and Berkshire on a 'Downton Abbey' tour! With a fan of the British period ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $142.70

Helicopter Flight in London

Fly through the skies of London on a 20-minute helicopter flight, and take in aerial views of the capital’s best-known sights! Follow the Thames River through ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $342.15

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