For those who visit London for the first time there is a lot to see and explore with it not being possible to see most of the countless tourist sites that the city has to offer. Therefore the travel itinerary needs to be well planned so as to take in as many places as possible without making it too hectic an affair.
The first thing to do is to choose a hotel that is located in a central location to mak travelling around the city more convenient. There are numerous hotels in London with the the hotels in Hounslow West being ideally located and comfortably priced.
Another option is to find a hotel that is situated close to the airport like the BW Plus Park Grand London Heathrow, providing excellent accommodation at an affordable price and offering relatively easy access to most of the attractions in the city. Some of the top places to visit on a 4 day trip to London are:
Changing of the Guard:
You could begin you tour of the city with the Changing of the Guard tht takes place outside Buckingham Palace. Generally it takes place daily in the summer and on alternate days thereafter. Although the ceremony begins at 11.15 AM it is best to get there by 10 am if you want to get the best spot close to the gates.
Once the ceremony is done you can head straight down the Mall to Trafalgar Square. It is the ven8ue of one of the most iconic landmarks of London – Nelson’s Column. Further on if have a passion for art you could drop in for an hour or hour and a half at the National Gallery.
Once done you could head towards Whitehall and enter Downing Street. You could a few minutes there to see if you spot the Prime Minister arrive or depart from his official residence.
Towards the end of Whitehall is London’s famed Parliament Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. It makes for a great photo op and then you could move to the legendary Westminster Abbey. The Abbey is one of the city’s most recognised buildings that serves as a venue for state funerals, coronations and where many celebrated public figures lie buried.
Once done you could move to Westminster Bridge from where you could arrive at the London Eye. It is a great way to wrap up your first day and you can enjoy the 30 minute ride on the largest Ferris wheel that offers spectacular views of the London skyline at sunset.
Begin your tour at the Tower of London. It is a world heritage site and home of the Crown Jewels. Take a Yeoman Warder guided tour hosted by the legendary Beefeaters. Close to the Tower is the city’s iconic Tower Bridge. It hosts an exhibition inside after which you could go to the top walkways.
After that you could take the No.15 bus from outside the Tower, which takes visitors on a sightseeing tour through Central London. Get off the bus at St. Paul’s Churchyard. You could then visit St. Paul’s Cathedral which was built in 1666, by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London. To get a fabulous view of the city get to the top of the dome. You may choose to attend the Evensong service or hop back onto the No. 15 to get to Covent Garden. There are scores of fine restaurants in the area where you can enjoy a delightful evening meal, followed by a West End show around 7:30 pm.
Begin your third day by catching the train to South Kensington where you could choose to visit any two of the three famous museums there. You could opt to visit the Natural History Museum which has remarkable collection of stuffed animals from across the globe. It most famous exhibits are its dinosaur collection. From there head to the Science Museum which covers an amazing array of things ranging from early computers to objects from the Apollo moon landing. It also has a fabulous IMAX cinema which is a thrilling experience. Then head to the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) which showcases the history of design and art. Here visitors can see some of the finest of clothes, furniture and jewellery. Also make it a point to visit the famous Cast Room that is home to the replicas of the world’s statues and monuments. All three do not charge an admission fee so you could use the money saved to shop at Harrods close by. It is just a short stroll down Brompton Road. You could wind up the evening by attending a concert at the world famous Royal Albert Hall.
Start your tour on the final day by taking a boat trip to Greenwich. It is just an hour’s ride from Westminster Pier and will offer thrilling views of London before it passes below Tower Bridge and past the business district of Canary Wharf. The first thing to do at Greenwich is to pay a visit to the historic Cutty Sark clipper ship. After spending an hour or so exploring it you could move to the National Maritime Museum which is a great place to learn more about England’s glorious maritime history. If you want to grab a spot of lunch you could to the Greenwich’s town centre which is home to a number of tea rooms and historic pubs.
After you are done with lunch you could go on a stroll to Greenwich Park, to visit the Royal Observatory. With an on-site planetarium and a museum it is an excellent place to spend the remaining of the afternoon in exploration. In the evening head for a concert at The O2 arena. You could get there either by taking a half an hour train ride or catch the No.188 bus to get you to the venue.