What to do in London in 3 days – Day one – Friday
After exploring London and being tour guide for some many times (family and friends’ visits), I’ve decided to write this guide of “what to do in London in 3 days” (tailored to Friday-Sunday). If you need general tips for visiting London check out London’s Tips blog.
Day 1 In London- Friday.
If this is your first time in London or you know that you “must have” photos with the iconic buildings I would recommend you to start your Friday morning with the “touristic” spots.
Before we hit the road, I make sure you’ve got the app Citymapper which is amazing app that will help you getting directions in London (you only need to find WIFI, set where you want to go, and then, no need for internet to keep walking).
To start your day you will have to decide if you want to see:
- Horse Guards Parade, weekday at 11:00am and at 10:00am on Sundays, at the Household Division, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX (station Charing Cross)
- Changing the guards, 11.30am every day in summer, every other day in winter, Buckingham palace (station Green Park)
After seeing the ceremony, you should start walking forward Big Ben. From both events it’s about 15 min nice walk (if the weather is good). If you are walking from the palace, you will pass the “House of Parliament“. After taking tons of pictures from every angle of Big Ben, start walking to South Bank (where London Eye is)… Take photos from this angle of Big Ben, London Eye, and walk a bit on this side of the Thames (usually there are street performances on this side).
Now, Find your way to Waterloo Station and take Northern Line Northbound to Camden Town station to see Camden Market, besides the beautiful photos of the canal you would take, you can find some bargains to buy from souvenirs and clothes. If you are into street food, there’s food from all over the world (not the best quality, but the variety is nice).
Since you probably want to do some shopping too and as I know many people like buying cheap clothes from Primark I would recommend you to take the Northern Line Southbound to Tottenham Court Road station which is on the beginning of Oxford street and Primark store. You can of course keep on with your shopping on this street. I personally think that Oxford street is awful and I totally recommend alternatives; High Street Kensington has almost the same veritey of stores that you will find in Oxford (besides Primark)- TK MAXX, Urban Outfitters, Diesel, American Apparel, Eneregie, Miss Sixty, TopShop, Zara, New Look, H&M, Gap (also kids and babies), M&S, Aldo and many more. Another Alternative to Oxford is Westfield Shopping center which is indoor shopping and centralize all stores you want in one place.
For dinner I would recommended you to go to Mildred’s (45 Lexington Street, Soho, London W1F 9AN) which is one of my favorite restaurants in London. On Oxford and Poland street you take the right until Broadwick Street and then the right until you get to Lexington Street. Mildred’s doesn’t take reservations, so you can just get there and while you’re waiting you can have a drink or two.
From Mildred’s you should finish with two more monuments- Piccadilly circus (6 min walk) and the Leicester Square.
If you are looking for somewhere nice to finish the night with a drink try Waxy Oconnors (14-16 Rupert St, London W1D 6DD).