London is one daunting city. With so much to see and so much to do, how is anyone supposed to know where to start? To help you guys out we here at Footprints tours have come up with a day plan packed full of great things to do in London. We’ve not covered it all (we’ve not even come close!), but we think that these are some of best things to go out and do in this amazing city.
10 am – Where better to kick off your day in London than in the heart of the city, at Trafalgar Square? After a walk around this famous square, why not head to the famous St Martin-in-the-Fields, where you can find one of the city’s finest coffee and cake establishments situated in the church’s converted Georgian crypt. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and then head down through Whitehall and into the historic heart of Westminster.
11 am – Take one of our Footprints tours of London! Yes, this is a shameless plug, but we know you won’t regret it if you take our advice. A guided tour is always one of the most direct and effective ways of experiencing a new city. All of our tours take our visitors through the city’s ancient heartlands, past Westminster Abbey, Parliament and Buckingham Palace. In our London City Tour, you’ll even get to go inside Banqueting House, the last palace of its kind left in all of England.
1:30 pm – With your head still spinning with the fascinating facts and strange stories that your guide will tell you, venture out in search of the perfect London lunch! One tempting prospect is Inn the Park, a tranquil canteen in Saint James’s Park. Looking for something a bit more exotic? Head over to Piccadilly Circus for some of the best sushi this side of Tokyo at Yoshino (3 Piccadilly Place, W1J 0DB).
2 pm It’s now time a bit of culture. Fortunately, London has a museum for everyone! If science is your thing, head down to South Kensington where the Natural History museum (Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD) and The Science Museum (Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD) will keep you enthralled for hours on end! Looking for art? Walk back to Trafalgar Square for the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery (Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN). There are also more offbeat options like the Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons (35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE). Among other spectacles, here you can see thousands of specimens preserved in formaldehyde. Not for the squeamish perhaps, but definitely worth the entrance fee.
5 pm – It’s been a busy day with lots of sightseeing, so we recommend a break – of sorts. Head over to Fortnum and Mason (181 Piccadilly W1A 1ER) to browse in one of England’s most extravagant department stores. F&M also offers one of the capital’s best afternoon teas! Afterwards, wander into the market at St James’s Church, Piccadilly (197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL) to visit its wonderful outdoor arts and crafts fair. Wind back towards the river for a stroll down the South Bank, past the London Eye and the National Theatre.
7:30 pm – More food is needed – head over to Soho, where there are so many great eateries you’ll be spoiled for choice. Whether it’s good old-fashioned British pub food, Spanish tapas or Thai cuisine you’re looking for, you can be sure that you’ll find it somewhere in Soho. We recommend Pho (Wardour Street, W1F 8WL) for quality Vietnamese dishes at fantastic prices. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, we recommend Hummus Brothers (88 Wardour Street, W1F 0TH) which serves up great stews on a bed of delicious hummus. If you need a heavier infusion of carbohydrates, we recommend Soho Joe’s (22 Dean Street, W1D 3RY) which offers great pizzas and burgers that will leave anybody satisfied.
8 pm The capital has something happening every single night of the week and we highly recommend that you check out the Time Out website which will give you a great breakdown of what’s going on that week. However, do make sure you go to take in a show at least once during your visit. If you feel too spoiled for choice, we recommend Wicked, at London’s Apollo Theatre (Wilton Road, SW1V 1LG). It’s a real showstopper – no wonder Wicked is one of the longest-running shows in history, having been on at the Apollo since 2006!