Hey guys! Visiting London for a few days? Here’s a great 4 day London Itinerary! London is the first stop on our 2-week trek across Europe so to start off our trip with a bang, here’s what we plan on doing!
I’ve heard time and time again that London is not a city that is to be rushed. So make sure that you have your trip well planned beforehand. Everything on here is subject to change of course, as we’re not leaving for a few more months. But this is a great starting point. I am VERY excited for a trip to Europe – if you couldn’t tell, I can’t stop talking about it lol.
4 Days In London Itinerary
Where To Eat:
- Breakfast: The Breakfast Club in Soho! Chris’s favorite movie is The Breakfast Club so of course, we have to eat here on our first day in London. They also have a vegetarian-friendly menu which is awesome because I’m typically stuck eating rice and beans lol.
- Lunch: J+ A Cafe in East London. After a busy day seeing the sights, we’ll want to soak up some peace and quiet and this restaurant will be a perfect place to do so. After taking a quick peek at their menu, I definitely have my eye on the Colcannon Soup.
- Dinner: The Calabash of Culture. This is a vegan restaurant and also an art gallery! Many reviews online about this place start with “who knew vegan food would be this good?!” so that gives me hope… and makes me hungry lol.
Things To Do:
- Big Ben and Houses of Parliament – free, without a tour. £25.50 with a tour | Of course, we gotta start with the most iconic part of London! I have a feeling many of my future Facebook profile pictures will feature the Elizabeth Tower in the background 😉 I believe a tour of the House of Parliament is only available on Saturdays (and also really hard to do!) so, unfortunately, we will miss out as we leave for Paris on that Friday. But, just seeing the outside will be good enough for me!
- London Eye – £24.95 | We’ll be getting a lot of the “touristy” things out of the way the first day lol. It’s recommended to ride the Eye before noon to avoid a longer wait so that’s what we’ll be doing! And I would totally cough up £380.00 to get a private capsule to avoid unnecessary interaction with other people lol #introvertproblems
- Tate Modern – free! | Modern art is my favorite kind of art so you bet I’ll be wandering through the Tate Modern the first opportunity I get. I’ll probably drag my future sister-in-laws with since they’re both pretty artistic and would appreciate this museum just as much as I will.
- Millennium Bridge – free! | Apparently this is one of the coolest bridges in the city so I have to check out and not because it was featured in Harry Potter………………… Okay, I’m lying. I have to go here because it was in Harry Potter.
- Ride a Double-Decker bus – £25.00 for a City Sampler ticket | The ultimate tourist thing to do. But I reeeeaaaally wanna do it.
Where To Eat:
- Breakfast: Balthazar in Covent Garden. This seems like the perfect place for a light and relaxed breakfast, a perfect start to a hectic and jam-packed day. I’ll probably order the vegetarian version of the Full English Breakfast (I still can’t wrap my head around eating beans for breakfast..).
- Lunch: Borough Market. Hopefully this way we can pick up some food to eat in our Airbnb and not spend so much money on eating out!
- Dinner: Kensington Roof Gardens. This seems like the perfect (and fancy) place to eat before spending a night out on the town. There’s not a wide variety of vegetarian entrees to choose from, from what I can see, but hopefully, there’s something I would enjoy! Although, just going for the views would be good enough for me.
Things To Do:
- Portobello Road Market – free! | I’ve heard this is something you’ll want to visit earlier in the day as it gets busier and busier as the day goes one. My fiance might not enjoy this as much as I would but I’m still gonna drag him along because antiques are pretty cool 😉
- National History Museum – free! | Yay, a museum! I’m one of those nerdy people who would take a walk around a museum over pretty much any other activity, any day.
- Kensington Gardens – free! | Is there a bad time to go for a walk in the gardens? I think not! Also, I’m pretty excited to see the Peter Pan statue, to be honest lol.
- Watch Les Misérables at the Queens Theatre – Between £39.75 and £127.25 (for premium seats) | We booked our tickets for about 62 US dollars each. I’ve never seen a Les Mis production before so I’m quite excited for this!
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(Harry Potter Day)
Where To Eat:
- Breakfast: Drake & Morgan at King’s Cross. We’ll have to wake up quite early to go to King’s Cross so we’re gonna stop into Drake and Morgan for a (hopefully) quick bite to eat. They seem to have some delicious breakfast food available so I’m looking forward to that!
- Lunch: Backlot Café (during the Warner Bro’s Studio Tour). We’ll be in the middle of the Warner Bro’s The Making of Harry Potter (see below) over the lunch hour so we will pick some quick food (and a Butterbeer!) at the Backlot Café.
- Dinner: Pizza Express in Leadenhall Market. Yaaaaaas, after a particularly busy day, exploring the Wizarding world, I’m gonna need some delicious pizza. My fiance and I will both agree on this one. And luckily, they are open until 10 pm! That gives us plenty of time to wander around Leadenhall Market.
What To Do:
- Visit Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross – free! | I’m like really excited to have my Facebook profile picture of me going onto the Platform… Also, King’s Cross is where we’ll be getting picked up for the next activity!
- Warner Bro’s The Making of Harry Potter – starting from £69.00 | LITERALLY if I could only do one thing while I’m in London, it’d be this. Even though it is slightly on the more expensive side, it’ll be a dream come true (almost). This activity will go from 9:30AM to about 5:00PM so there’s not much time to do anything else afterward.
- Visit Leadenhall Market – free to visit | Better known as Diagon Alley.. this is truly a hidden gem in London! I’m gonna wish I had about 100 more heads to look everywhere at once (similar to Harry visiting the first time 😉 )
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This is our last full day in London so we are making it as jam-packed as possible!
Where To Eat:
- Breakfast: Cereal Killer Cafe on Brick Lane. A WHOLE CAFE DEDICATED TO THE 80’S & 90’S AND CEREAL. Need I say more?
- Lunch: Avenue on James Street. While I’m not really impressed by the lack of vegetarian entree options, I am okay with eating nothing but desserts so I can’t complain too much 😉
- Dinner: Radio Rooftop Bar in the ME London Hotel. Spending our last night here with beautiful views and a few drinks? Yes please!
What To Do:
- Visit Buckingham Palace – free!| the changing of the guards happens at 11:30AM so we’re gonna make sure to get their early to try to witness it (I heard crowds can be heavy). You can tour the Palace as well but the price of admission is a little on the higher end for us (£39.50) so we can’t justify it.
- Explore Notting Hill– free!| Talk about Instagram-able houses! We could visit here on Day Two since Portobello Market is in Notting Hill so this probably will change.
- Visit Piccadilly Circus – free! | London’s version of Times Square! I hope to visit here at nightfall to really get the full effect of all the lights. We’ll probably spend a couple hours here wandering around.
Our train to Paris leaves at 8:00PM the next night so that day will be spent getting prepared for that and also leisurely wandering around London. Au revoir London et bonjour Paris! That blog post will be coming up soon!
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I hope you guys enjoyed this London itinerary! What are some things that you would recommend doing? Or not doing? Let me know!
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