24 hours in London - Itinerary
24 hours in London is short enough to leave you wanting more, but definitely long enough to sample the best of this great city.
See double the sights in half the time
If you’re long on curiosity but short on time, why not take the Original London Sightseeing Tour for a whistle-stop visit to all of London’s most famous landmarks? You can hop on and off wherever you like, at destinations including Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Royal Albert Hall, Piccadilly Circus and the British Museum. The double-decker buses feature live tour guides and multi-language audio commentary while tickets also include a free 24 hour cruise on the River Thames and three complimentary guided walking tours.
No one likes waiting in line for tickets, especially if you're only in London for one day. Pair your Original London Sightseeing Tour tickets with the London Pass for the ultimate day trip combo! The London Pass is a credit card-sized smart pass that gives access to over 55 top London attractions with no need to queue at the ticket office. The pass includes popular landmarks like Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Windsor Castle, London Zoo and Shakespeare's Globe - and, if you really hate waiting in line, you get fast-track entry at some attractions when you show your London Pass. There's no better way to maximise your day out and minimise your time spent queuing!
A sparkling history at the Tower of London
Dating from 1078, the historic Tower of London is one of the highlights of the tour (to which your London Pass gives you fast-track entry) and a true icon of London. This royal palace houses the famous Crown Jewels, used during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and previous monarchs. The spectacular jewels and diamonds of the orbs and sceptres, used in coronation ceremonies, are also on public display.
Get a London Eye view of the city
Less historic but equally iconic and certainly more conspicuous is the London Eye. Situated on the south bank of the River Thames, the tallest observation wheel in Europe guarantees passengers panoramic views across the whole city and an unforgettable experience. The London Eye is the most popular tourist attraction in London and with good reason – if you’re only in London for a day, make sure you stop by.
London at Lunch
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Trafalgar Square for lunch at Café in the Crypt, the award-winning eatery in the St. Martin in the Fields church. With plenty of house specialities on offer, the café offers great value and great quality food, while the vaulted ceilings and statuesque pillars create a dramatic setting for a memorable lunch or dinner.
For alternative cuisine at another of London’s fine restaurants, remember to take your London Pass Dining Guide. The Guide is valid at 35 restaurants in London and offers diners savings of up to 50% or free wine or desserts.
Sights, sounds, shopping and street theater
If you find yourself in need of some retail therapy, head to Covent Garden and spend the afternoon amongst the sights and smells of the market stalls and in the luxury of the boutique shops. Enjoy the famous street theatre performances in the central piazza from one of the surrounding pubs’ rooftop terraces before checking out the London Transport Museum on the east side of the square.
While in Covent Garden, treat yourself to an evening at the theatre. The Theatre Passport offers the best available seats at a great selection of musicals and plays. Tickets for specific shows can also be booked at our Shows & Events section if you’d like to spend the evening with Billy Elliot, Shrek or the Lion King.
A day in London is never long enough, but we’re sure you’ll have seen enough to make you want to come back. We’ll see you again soon!