London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. But where should you choose to spend your time if you only have four days in this huge city? I’ve laid out some options for you below:

Day One: Arrive in London.

Buy an Oyster card for the Underground at the airport, or any of the train stations. Take the train to your hotel to get a feel for the amazing train system. Set up a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath at a tourist office or through your hotel for a later date during your stay. Then head to the Westminster neighborhood to check out some of London’s most iconic sights – Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and of course, Big Ben, just to name a few.

Big Ben

If you get to Buckingham Palace early enough, you can watch the Changing the Guard. It’s usually at 11:00am, but you’ll want to check out the times here. Also, it’s best to show up early to get a good spot for viewing.

buckingham palace guard

Make sure to purchase tickets to any one of the many theatre plays showing during your stay. It’s a great way to spend an evening!

london palace theater spamalot

Feast on traditional fish & chips and a pint at a local pub before taking in a walking tour. You can take your pick of themes – Jack the Ripper, ghost tours, pub crawls, Harry Potter, the Beatles…the list goes on.

Day Two: London

Discover London and its history more in-depth with a Hop on Hop off bus tour. There are several companies offering open-top, double decker bus tours, so it’s just a matter of choosing one you like. Most will hit the major sights, but might have slight variations in routes.

Hop On Hop Off Bus London

Hop off the bus to explore any of the attractions that catch your fancy along the routes. In our case, we chose to stop at the Tower of London.

Tower of London

You can see the glittering crown jewels and hear grim stories of beheadings with a Yeoman Warder (or Beefeater) as your guide.

yeoman warder tower of london

While you’re in the area, cross the river to see the Shard close up. If you’re really curious to see the view from the top, it’s best to book your tickets early. Advance tickets for adults are £25.95, but if you wait to purchase them on the day of your visit, the price jumps to £30.95.

The Shard London

The HMS Belfast is also on this side of the River Thames. Or, you can walk a little more to tour the Golden Hinde II. This is a reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s 16th Century galleon.

Golden Hinde II

Tour Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. If you’re a fan of the Bard, buy tickets to a play. Tickets in the yard (standing) are £5; lower/middle/upper galleries (seated) range from £20 – £45.

Shakespeare's Globe theatre

Take the London Eye for a spin and enjoy the lovely view. It’s a 30-minute rotation, but the line-ups can be just as long, if not longer than the ride itself!

London Eye


View of a London Eye capsule

Day Three: London – Stonehenge and Bath

Take a full-day trip to Stonehenge and Bath. There is often an extra side stop; in our case, a short visit to Winchester Cathedral.

winchester cathedral

Read about our experience at Stonehenge here: Stonehenge

Stonehenge from a distance England

Read about our experience in Bath here: Bath

Roman baths in Bath England

Day Four: London

Educate yourself at the British Museum. For some museum-lovers, this could easily be a full-day visit. Or even a multiple-day visit. Luckily, it’s free!

We especially loved the Egyptian exhibits….but after a while, got “mummied-out.” If you can only handle a few hours in a museum, that’s ok – that just gives you more time for other attractions!

egyptian statue british museum

Why not pose with your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum? Yes, it’s pretty cheesy. But it’s also surprisingly fun.

London Madame Tussaud John Wayne

Note that you can also purchase combination tickets for the wax museum, London Eye, Sea Life Aquarium, etc. A few pounds saved here and there eventually add up.

If shiny wax figures aren’t your thing, go for something more squee-worthy at the historic London Zoo.

London zoo

End your day with a pint and a nice Indian curry, and start planning the next adventure!

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