There is never enough time to explore London and if you are only in the city for 3 days then you are going to want to fill your itinerary and make the most of your time to see as much of the city as humanly possible! This itinerary will allow you to make the most of your days and nights and see all of the most iconic of London’s sights!
London Itinerary 3 days in the Capital
Day one of the perfect London 3 day itinerary
Day One! Have a leisurely breakfast at your hotel of choice!
After breakfast head out and go visit the beautiful St James park! Our favourite thing to see in St James park is all the pelicans in the bed.
Your walk will take you to your next destination – Buckingham Palace. You need to be here before 10:45am to get a good spot to watch the Changing of the Guard. An iconic thing to see on any London trip! The process starts at 10:45, and the actual change over happens at 11 and lasts around 45 minutes!
Prep for Changing of the Guard at Wellington Barracks
After this, you are having a bit of a walk. Alternatively you could take the tube!
Your ultimate destination is the museums of South Kensington! On the way you walk past Harrods which is worth a stop in for a browse around this London iconic. You could also stop for lunch for here.
Alternatively keep walking ready to have lunch at South Ken! Favourites include carluccios, comptoir libanais and the v&a cafe! However my favourite place is to head to the pub the queens arms in queens gate news. It is a truly stunning pub!
Spend the afternoon walking around one of the National museums in South Kensington. There is a museum here for every taste!
After an afternoon of culture wander or tube back towards Soho for a trendy dinner! Or perhaps have another night of theatre
Day Two of your Perfect 3 day London Itinerary
Day two is all about exploring the central part of London. Start your morning at
Borough market This is an iconic London market. Peruse the stalls that offer some of the finest produce in London. While there grab a coffee and a bite to eat on the go! You are going to need the fuel!
For another idea on what to do in borough why not check out the debtors prison
From Borough you are going to take a walk along the south bank on route to your next destination. The walk without stops should take roughly 30 minutes but leave yourself plenty of time as there are lots of photo opps!
Walking along The south bank you will see the replica of the golden hind, pass the famous old clink prison, and get brill views of St. Paul’s cathedral and millennium bridge as you pass the globe theatre!
Your final destination from your walk along the south bank will be the London Eye. This London landmark is a must for any visitor to London offering unrivalled views of the London skyline.
Top tip: book your tickets in advance to avoid queues!
For lunch head back towards the BFI. One of our favourite lunch time stops is ping pong for dim sum!
After lunch your next stop is the Houses of Parliament! Walk across Westminster bridge To get there. It should take no more than 15 minutes! You’ll have plenty of time here to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster!
Once you have taken enough selfies and marvelled enough at the British political institution, head down towards embankment pier. The walk should take you ten minutes.
At embankment pier pick up a rib boat! Advance booking essential! I love nothing more than reenacting some of my favourite movie scenes while on holiday and taking a rib boat ride down the Thames will make you feel like James Bond!
After the days excitement you are probably feeling hungry so head to Covent Garden for dinner.
The Covent Garden area is brimming with great restaurants for all budgets.
For cheap eats I recommend the Mexican Wahaca and the steak place – Flat Iron! The great thing about both of these are that they don’t require reservations!
If you have a bit more to do then try our high class steak place Hawksmoor or head to classic English eateries Browns or the Ivy!
And for more ideas on the best Vegan restaurants in London check out this post.
After dinner take a stroll around the piazza and watch the street entertainers before heading home!
The last day of your London itinerary
Start the day with a big breakfast, a proper full English! Some of my favourite places to go for breakfast are plum and split milk at the Great Northern Hotel!
Or why it try out the aptly named The breakfast club!
Once you are fully fuelled head to the British museum for a morning of culture! With all of the world’s treasures to admire in the British museum it is impossible to see all in once go! I would prioritise he Egyptian and Greek galleries to see the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles! Other must sees in other galleries include the Benin Bronzes and the Lindow Man!
To continue your high brow day head for a fancy afternoon tea – a true English staple! There are lots of fancy afternoon teas and some quirky ones too! But if you want a British tradition head to the Ritz or the Dorchester
Top tip: advance booking essential
Family friendly alternative: try a child friendly afternoon tea such as a Disney themed or Charlie and the chocolate factory themed tea
For more family friendly things to do in London check out our kid friendly London Guide
After such a cultured day, you’ve earned a bit of a break so why not head to Oxford Street, Carnaby Street or Saville Row for a bit of retail therapy!
Family friendly alternative: Head to the toy store Hamley’s for a treat!
End your day with a trip to the theatre! There is so much to see on the west end stage but I recommend the british tradition – Mousetrap just don’t spoiled he ending for others!
For suggestions on family friendly musicals check out this handy guide!
If you are still hungry head for a post theatre dinner.
What are your favorite things to do in London on a three day trip?