London has so much in terms of tourist attractions and landmarks that it is not possible to see most of them on a single trip to the city. In fact many a visitor who has visited the city on several occasions, is still not able to see the complete myriad of attractions that this incredible city has to offer!.
This becomes all the more of a challenge if you are on a business trip to London and do not have more than a day to spare to sight see in London. The location you choose to stay also makes a big difference as to the amount of places you can visit when on a short trip. If you choose to opt for any of the London Heathrow hotels deals you could find it a bit of a challenge to visit most of the locations in the centre of the city.
A better option would be to look for accommodation at hotels in Hounslow East, which would make it far more convenient travelling to central London. These are some of the top places you could choose to visit on a day trip to London (as long as you do not linger too long at any place):
Begin your tour at the country’s most iconic attractions, the venue for state coronations and funerals and where some of the most prominent English public figures lie buried. Arrive around 9:30 am to beat the crowd.
The Houses of Parliament & Big Ben:
Another two equally iconic venues are the two houses of Parliament where the British government works and the legendary Big Ben.
No. 10 Downing Street:
Walk down Whitehall and you will be at the official residence of the British PM Downing Street to No. 10. You might even catch a glimpse of the PM from a distance if you are lucky.
Continue down Whitehall to the north and you will be in the city’s most famous public square Trafalgar Square. You could continue further down Admiralty Arch and down the Mall to arrive at Buckingham Palace. During the summer months you could take a brief tour. And if you get the time right you might be able to catch sight of the Changing of the Guard at 11:30 am.
St. James’s Park and National Gallery:
One of the city’s most spectacular green spaces St. James’ Park is a great place to visit. Move to its north and you could visit the country’s famous National Gallery, which is home to some of the best art collections on the planet.
Leicester Square & St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church:
At Leicester Square you could buy a ticket to attend any of the evening shows at any of the West End venues. If you are feeling peckish drop in at the Cafe at the Crypt in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church for an excellent lunch.
Somerset House & Covent Garden:
For those who are on a longer trip to London a visit to the Embankment Galleries and the Courtauld Gallery is recommended. If not, then just get a quick glimpse of its stunning courtyard. A visit to Covent Garden is always a thrilling experience. From gazing at the street performances at the Piazza, to visiting its market or even walking past St. Paul’s Church and a quick tour of the London Transport Museum there is a lot to see and do here.
St. Paul’s Cathedral:
One of the most historic sites in London it offers the most breathtaking of views of the London skyline. The best way to get to see the glorious London skyline is to ascend its 500 steps to its dome which will offer a panoramic view of the city below.
Millennium Bridge & River Thames:
If you do manage to squeeze in the time then a blitz tour of the Millennium Bridge and the Thames River could be done using the Emirates cable car system.
The Tate Modern:
It is one of the most exclusive museums of modern art in the world but it is only recommended to visit if you have at least an hour to spare.
Tower of London:
Again a tour of this historically significant venue is only recommended if you are on a longer trip to the city. It has been witness to history, political intrigues, executions and lots more for close to a thousand years. The best way to learn more about this place is to take a guided tour offered by the fearsome Beefeaters or Yeoman Warders who guard the place.
You could wind off the evening with seeing a performance at one of London’s famous West End theatres. There are several theatres in the area and they host some of the biggest and best theatrical shows to be found on the planet. In fact the West End rivals Broadway in New York in terms of popularity with millions of tourists and visitor flocking to the area every year. Just ensure to always book your tickets in advance and you might even get some great discounts online.
There are a number of fine restaurants as well in the area and once you are done with the show you could choose to end the evening with a fine meal complemented by superb wine at any of the trendy restaurants to be found in the area.
If you do visit London even for business it is recommended to try to keep at least 2-3 days aside, to enjoy most of the mentioned sights at leisure. That would give you ample opportunity to explore and learn more about the history of the places and make it a more satisfying experience.