Always plan ahead: make an itinerary for your next break in London


If you’re coming to London and looking to see the sites – but it’s not your first time in the capital – you may decide it’s important to plan your trip, as you’ll no doubt be only too aware (from your first visit here) just how much choice there is in terms of things to see and do.

In which case, a pre-planned itinerary’s the answer. Here follows our three-day itinerary example – we invite you to read it through and use it as a template for your stay at your accommodation (quite possibly somewhere just like a Park Grand hotel) and your few days and evenings spent in London…

Day 1

The first day in London begins bright and early before 10 am. Take the Tube from where you’re staying (i.e. the Park Grand Hounslow) to Marble Arch and explore the popular Hyde Park. We recommend going for a stroll through the park heading south to Wellington Arch. Walking through the adjacent woodland, Green Park, you will get to the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, where you will have to wait patiently until 11:30 am to witness the famous ceremony of the Changing the Guard (remember to check the dates before heading to Buckingham Palace to make sure the ceremony takes place).

After seeing the regiments and the bands, crossing another of London’s green lungs, St. James’s Park, you’ll get to Westminster Abbey. This visit will normally take you over two hours, but is the city’s most important landmark and is definitely worthwhile. When you leave the abbey, head towards the River Thames, where you will spot the city’s main symbols; Big Ben and Westminster Palace. Piccadilly offers an excellent range of places for dinner. Since you have to get up early the next day, try not to stay out too late!

Day 2

We shall begin the day at the Tower of London. Since the visit will take you most of the morning, we recommend getting there as early as possible.

After exploring the Tower, you’ll have to cross the Tower Bridge to get to the south bank of the River Thames. On the right-hand side, you’ll see the City Hall, and a little further along you’ll find the warship HMS Belfast. You won’t be able to visit these landmarks for lack of time but can leave it for a second visit to London.

When you arrive at London Bridge Tube station, take the Underground to Camden and discover one of London’s most striking and authentic neighbourhoods. Camden Town is an area with plenty of shops and stalls, where you’ll also find international street food stands.

Now, Take the tube to Goodge Street and you’ll get to the British Museum, one of the world’s most famous museums. Some of the top attractions are the Rosetta stone, the Nereid Monument and the section on Egypt.

Day 3

The last day then in the UK’s biggest and best city starts at 10 am with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, located close to St. Paul’s tube station, where you can visit the crypt and climb the dome.

Head back to the Tube station and get off at Charing Cross until you arrive at Trafalgar Square, one of London’s most distinguished squares. After wandering around and taking a few photos, head to the neoclassical building that looks onto Trafalgar Square. This is the National Gallery, one of the UK’s most important and well-known museums that houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings.

After visiting the museum, head northeast on foot till you get to the charming neighbourhood of Covent Garden, an area full of shops, theatres and restaurants, where you’ll easily find a restaurant of your liking and spend the rest of the afternoon until you have to head to the airport.