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
This chain hotel offers comfortable rooms in an ideal setting for exploration!
MidRange: Hilton London Tower Bridge
This mid range hotel is situated perfectly to explore some of London’s greatest icons!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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?
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