The capital of England, and its largest city, London, is home to almost 9 million people and is one the world's oldest and most iconic cities. Every year, London welcomes more than 30 million visitors that flock to the marvelous city to witness its unique beauty and marvel attractions. The city serves as a backpacking trip to Europe and as the gateway to visiting other regions of the United Kingdom.
It is also home to 6 major airports, with the main one being Heathrow, which connects cities worldwide together through its international flights. It is almost impossible for anyone to get the chance to see all of London's attractions in a single trip, no matter how long it was. That's because even Londoners themselves living there since ever, haven't had the chance yet to discover all of their city's features and mysterious marvels. They still pass by across new spots in London every day, including refined neighborhoods, pop-up art spaces, or new delicious food-serving eateries.
Things To Know Before Going On A Trip To London
The first step to enjoying a 2-days trip to London is understanding that a visitor will not see everything in 48 hours. Thus, it is better to witness the city's most popular and iconic landmarks and leave the hidden gems for another trip. London has countless museums, expansive gardens, palatial palaces, towering monuments, and never-ending landmarks. To save some time and money, it is wise for visitors to download the city master app to get updates about transport schedules and costs by bus, tube, and taxis. Moreover, the app will also reveal how much time will it take a person to get from one location to another.
Another thing to note is that bars, restaurants, and pubs kick off the weekend vibe as early as Thursdays. Thus, it would be a good idea to join the party vibe during those days. Additionally, visitors should know that most tourist spots and markets add a 12.5% service charge to their bill, and it's worth taking that into account to not be surprised when receiving the invoice. Also, it is advisable to avoid tourist traps by asking locals for restaurant recommendations.
- Recommended: Avoid West End Clubs for nights out and head to other areas such as Camden, Shoreditch, and Brixton for a chance to party with the locals.
Kicking Off The Trip To London With The Most Fascinating Attractions
The most popular attractions in London are located within walking distance from Buckingham Palace. Thus, it is recommended to kick off the visit to the iconic royal place. The Victoria Memorial and Canada Gate are open all year round for visitors, yet, those who wish to see the interior must come during the summer months for the regal State Rooms. Next on the list is visiting The Mall that runs parallel to the magnificent boasting scenery green view, St James's park. The Mall also passes under the iconic Admiralty Arch and the world-famous Trafalgar Square. Visitors also enjoy visiting the National Gallery and beholding the beautiful fountains and the towering Nelson's Column.
People on a high budget can head to the shopping district of Covent Garden, where they can purchase some stuff from luxurious shops, such as Chanel and Burberry. Even if they don't wish to shop, they still can enjoy a tasty lunch and admire the beauty of the sandstone buildings of Covent Garden. Of course, it is essential to visit the famous Big Ben on Parliament Street, 10 Downing Street where the prime minister of the UK resides, other parliament buildings, and the place where most royals got married, Westminster Abbey.
Other recommendations for day 1 in London include admiring the waterfront views at Westminster Bridge, visiting food markets, the London Eye, cruising down the Thames River. The Golden Jubilee footbridge, the Southbank Centre, St Paul's Cathedral, and the Tower Bridge are also must-see attractions on day 1 in London.
A Marvelous Second Day In London
The colorful kaleidoscope of Notting Hill must be first on the list on day 2 in London. Next, visitors can proceed to Instagrammable St Luke's Mews, a hidden London gem famous for its pastel-hued homes. An area resembling Amsterdam or Venice is London's neighborhood, Little Venice. Hopping on a boat for a canal tour is an excellent way to navigate the tranquil waterways in Little Venice.
Visitors can then continue their walking tour towards the Paddington district full of fancy houses and is home to a bronze statue dedicated to Paddington Bear. Also, another Instagrammable spot is The Marylebone pub which is best to visit during a summer fair where the area is turned into a petting zoo and amusement park rides. Other iconic attractions for day 2 in London include Mayfair, Hyde Park, the Kensington Gardens, and Albert Memorial.