So, you’ve just arrived in London, but you’ve only got 24 hours to get the most out of the city. Where should you go to eat? What are the best sights to see? And what’s going to make this trip unforgettable?
In today’s blog post, we’re going to share with you our perfect itinerary for a day trip to London, so you’ll know exactly where to go to get great food, see amazing sites, and make great memories in such a short space of time.
Where to eat breakfast
There’s a big day of exploring up ahead, so you’ll want to start the day off in the right way with some great tasting food and freshly brewed coffee.
We start things off right in the heart of London, over Waterloo Bridge on the South bank of the Thames, where you will find Le Pain Quotidien — a modest Belgian-inspired eatery that is known for its amazing breakfast. From avocado on toast and scrambled eggs to baked omelette and a ‘full Belgian’, this light breakfast will easily keep you happy until lunch time.
Attraction #1: The London Eye
You’ll have likely already seen our first destination on this whistle-stop tour of London as it’s just a stone’s throw away from where we had breakfast. You can’t really miss it! The London Eye is magnificent, and it’s a must-see if you’ve never done it before. Ascend to the skies above London and experience the city in a in a completely new way. At 135m high you’ll be able to see up to 40km is every direction — they say you can even see Windsor Castle on sunny, clear days!
Attraction #2: Covent Garden
Once you’ve come back down to earth, it’s time for a little walk. Travel north and cross Waterloo Bridge and you’ll be in Covent Garden, one of the most popular shopping and tourist sites in London. There’s so much to do here, so it really depends on what you fancy. There are plenty of attractions, including the London Transport Museum, the Royal Opera House, Leicester Square, and the National Gallery. Or just follow your feet and see what delights you uncover.
Where to eat lunch
While you’re in Covent Garden, you might as well grab some lunch. You’re spoilt for choice, so there’s bound to be something you love. You may have already found somewhere you like on your travels, but if you want our recommendation, we’d say you have to try Chick ‘n’ sours. You can get the best fried chicken in London, with a sour cocktail to boot — what’s not to love? Add in the cool atmosphere and the great tunes and this will be the most fun you’ve had at lunch in ages.
Attraction #3: Solve clues with Foxtrail
Next up, it’s time to experience London the Foxtrail way. With your partner, friends, or family, you’ll have to solve clues, crack codes, and uncover the mysteries of the cunning fox. You’ll get to see loads of famous landmarks along the way, as well as a few hidden gems for good measure. Our standard trail takes between 2.5–4 hours to complete, depending on how good you are at working together and beating the game. You can find out more about exactly what to expect on our info page.
Where to eat dinner
Now that you’ve built up an appetite, it’s time for dinner. We’re heading to Soho to experience one of the West End’s top restaurants: PolpoIf Venetian sharing platters and sumptuous Italian wines are your thing, you won’t be disappointed. Get as much or as little as you like while soaking up the atmosphere. And don’t worry about booking a table in advance, tables are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.
Attraction #4: See a show on the West End
After eating dinner in the West End, there’s really no other choice but to go and see one of the many brilliant stage shows on offer. There are approximately 40 theatres in this area of London alone, and you can see anything from musicals and classics to modern plays and comedies. There are too many shows to choose from, and there are new ones added all the time, so the hardest part is picking your favourite. It depends what mood you’re in, but we love The Lion King, Matilda, and Wicked. It’s best to book in advance if you want to see one of the more popular shows, but you can sometimes pick up last minute tickets for a bargain.
Once the show is over you can find a nice local bar or head back to your hotel and get some well-deserved rest — you’ve just had a jam-packed day in London. If you’ve got even less than 24 hours but want to see as much as you can, the Foxtrail London treasure trail will help you make the most out of it.
If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands and are looking for more things to do in London, or simply want to find out more information about the history of the capital, why not take a look at the Foxtrail blog?