The perfect London 4 day itinerary

The perfect London 4 day itinerary

To quote the great Dr Johnson “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” and I can see why he came up with the quote. I have lived in London on and off for the past decade and still to this day I don’t think I have even scratched the surface of everything London has on offer. However, most tourists won’t have a lifetime to see all of the delights of London.

Here I have put together the perfect London 4 day itinerary with info on what to do, what to eat and how to get there to help you make the most of your 4 days in London

Day one of the perfect London 4 day itinerary

Day one 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 foodies with a bit more time on their hands, I recommend booking on a food tour of Borough Market! 

Best Places to Stay Near Borough Market

Budget Option: Premier Inn Southwark

This chain hotel offers comfortable rooms in an ideal setting for exploration!

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MidRange: Hilton London Tower Bridge

This mid range hotel is situated perfectly to explore some of London’s greatest icons!

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Luxury Option: Shangri La at the Shard

If you want to stay in a bucket list worthy hotel in London then this is the one for you!

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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 especially if you are travelling with a baby or toddlers!

You can book your tickets online here! 

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! 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! Advance booking essential – you can book your tickets online here! 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!

After dinner take a stroll around the piazza and watch the street entertainers before heading home!

For the Best Places to Stay Near Covent Garden

Budget Option: Fielding Hotel

The best quality budget hotel in the Covent Garden area – a notoriously pricey area!

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MidRange Option: Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street

Located in a the beautiful Seven Dials area! A chic and trendy area close to some amazing shops and great for those wanting great eats or to be close to theaters!

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Luxury Option: One Aldywch Hotel 

The place we choose to stay when we are looking for a bit of luxury in London! It has a fab pool which is great for relaxing after a busy day exploring! Be sure to dive under water when there for a musical surprise!

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Day two of the perfect four day 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 get the most out your tour, you could book onto a tour of the museum galleries to ensure you don’t miss a thing!

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! IF you want to spend more time at the British Museum it is possible to have an afternoon tea there 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! You can book your tickets in advance here! 

For suggestions on family friendly musicals check out this handy guide! A favorite for us at the moment is Matilda! 

If you are still hungry head for a post theatre dinner.

Day three of the perfect London in four days itinerary

After breakfast head our 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!

For some tips on the best places to watch the changing of the guard check out this post!

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! This is great especially if you have a rainy day during your stay!

After an afternoon of culture wander or tube back towards Soho for a trendy dinner! Or perhaps have another night of theatre

Day four of the perfect four day in london itinerary

The final day of our perfect 4 day London itinerary and there is so much left to explore.

Today the starts at St Paul’s Cathedral! A London landmark and full of exciting history. Spend the morning inside this marvellous church! To make the most of your morning be sure to book your tickets in advance here! 

Then head towards the impressive Tower of London to marvel at some of Britain’s more gruesome history and as an added bonus you can see the Crown Jewels on display too!

Be sure to book your tickets in advance here! 

If time allows, head to see the exhibition at the top of  Tower bridge a true engineering marvel in central London! You can book your tickets in advance here! 

For dinner today, head to Brick Lane for another British institution – a Curry! Our favourite place is Aladdin’s but everyone has there own favourite!

After an early dinner head towards Aldgate East Station and pick up the famous Jack the Ripper Tour! Discover all about the infamous and uncaught serial killer that terrorised London in the summer of 1888!

We hope you like our suggested 4 days in London itinerary and would love to hear if you follow it! Or why not tell us what your favorite thing to do in London is?

If one of the days isn’t to your taste why not consider one of these fabulous day trips!

Hampton court Palace

Windsor

Oxford

Brighton for a beach day

Henley upon Thames

The perfect 4 day London itinerary! How to see London in four days

The perfect 4 day London itinerary! How to see London in four days

 

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33 Comments

  1. May 29, 2018 / 9:47 am

    Wow what a perfect itinerary. I completely agree about starting at the Borough Market – one of our favourite places in London x

  2. May 29, 2018 / 9:58 am

    Great list – you’ve hit all the classics. I clearly need to come back and dedicate some time to exploring more of London, I was on crutches last time, so not really able to walkabout. Much more to see! Saving for next visit! #CityTripping

  3. May 29, 2018 / 11:23 am

    Next time I definitely want to check out more of the museums of South Kensington…at least that’s the region where the Royal Albert Hall is, right? Would love to check out that! #CityTripping

  4. May 29, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    This is a great itinerary! We have a cruise around the British Isles planned for next year and we’re hoping to spend one day in London beforehand. Though it’s not four days, I’m excited to be able to see some of the more iconic landmarks. I’ve been wanting to go to London for years! #citytripping

  5. May 29, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    I’ve lived in London for 9 year but still haven’t been to some of these! Need to get out more, thanks for the inspiration.

  6. May 29, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    The nice thing about London is that even if you visit regularly you never run out of finding new things. It is such a big diverse city. Thanks for the south Kensington restaurant tips, we will be there in June and this list will come in handy. #citytripping

    • May 29, 2018 / 4:13 pm

      I worked in kensington so I’ve tried most! My favourite is the queens arms – just get there before the museum workers finish work

  7. May 29, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    Ooooh I’m so dying to go back to London! I went there when I was young and first married,but I would so love to take my kids there and explore! This is a great itinerary with lots of helpful suggestions. Of course 4 days is barely enough, but this list hits lots of the main fun iconic things to do in London if you don’t have much time. I only had a few days back when I visited, and I know I would have found this list very helpful to make sure I didn’t miss anything important. I particularly want to take my kids to see the changing of the guards and to eat an English high tea, I didn’t realise that there were themed options! Have you ever tried a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea? #CityTripping

    • May 29, 2018 / 4:13 pm

      Yes themes afternoon teas are a big thing here now! I haven’t tried the chocolate one … yet! Would love to as heard so many good things!

  8. May 29, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    A few things I’ve done, a few things I’d love to do, a few things I’m gonna skip 😀 #citytripping

  9. May 29, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    It has been more than 10 years since I properly visited London, and I’ve been dying to go back – so this is perfect timing! Thanks for all of the great information, I’ll definitely use it for my pending trip. I remember loving the London Eye, and also just wandering the streets and stumbling upon things. So much to see and do! Thanks for sharing #citytripping

  10. May 30, 2018 / 10:54 am

    A great 4 day itinerary for first time visitors to London. I absolutely adore the Southbank and all things by the river. I always send guests there first! #citytripping

  11. Ladies what travel
    May 30, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    As an ex-Londoner I think this is a great itinerary of some of the city’s top tourist sights! Love the museums and Tower of London is ace – also great recommendation with the Breakfast Club, it’s one of my fave spots! #citytripping

  12. wanderwetwipes
    May 31, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Wow you really have everything covered here! #citytripping

  13. May 31, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    I LOVE LONDON! A ton of fun ideas here some of which I’ve done many times and others I’ve never done. I’ve never been on a tour near Brick Lane, maybe I’ll try that next time I’m in town! #citytripping

  14. May 31, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    This is so helpful! I’m going to come back to this next time I’m in London. We’ve done the Southbank area and the London Eye a few times, and I love it there but we definitely need to explore more next time! x #citytripping

  15. May 31, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    I could never get tired of London:) #farawayfiles

  16. June 1, 2018 / 4:40 am

    This is a fabulous guide! We have been to London once, but would love to return as we only just scratched the surface on things to do and see. This will be very helpful – thank you! #FarawayFiles

  17. June 1, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    How I LOVE London! I’m ready to go back this minute! Your photos capture London’s beauty so well! My last trip there we had 6 days and added some places because I’m a history nerd — Bletchley Park, the air museum, and the Imperial War Museum. I would tell everyone to go on the London Eye, as the views are iconic!

  18. June 3, 2018 / 3:43 am

    I really hope to visit London some day soon with my girls. I’ve been a few times myself, but never with my kids and I know they would love it. Pinning! Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

  19. June 3, 2018 / 9:24 am

    I worked in London for 25 years near the Southbank which meant I could walk there for lunch or in the other direction to Borough Market. When you’re there everyday you tend to take it for granted a bit so it was lovely reading your suggested itinerary. It reminded me how lucky I was to have that all on my doorstep.

  20. June 4, 2018 / 10:19 am

    There are so many great things to do in London, especially for kids. So this is a useful post to give some ideas of where to start! I love the Southbank area, so particularly like your itinerary for day 1! #MondayEscapes

  21. June 4, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Great itinerary, thank you for sharing! I’m yet to do London with two kids, but these are great ideas. #MondayEscapes

  22. June 4, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    I completely agree about starting at the Borough Market – love this place in London.Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

  23. June 10, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    Great suggestions! I’ve done a lot around Westminster but there’s still so much of London I’m yet to see. I’d also love to go back and do the Tower of London again! #MondayEscapes

  24. November 24, 2018 / 7:15 am

    Sounds like the perfect four days! I love the Tower of London – one of my favourite attractions in the city.

  25. November 24, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Great itinerary for your first visit to London, it’s overwhelming how much there is to do when you first start planning a trip! Love the rib boat idea, that sounds so much fun!

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