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How to Spend 1 Day in London

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How to Spend 1 Day in London

With just one day to explore London, planning ahead will help you maximize your time and see as much as possible. Every moment counts, so prebook skip-the-line tickets for top attractions, combine mealtimes with sightseeing, and fill your day with "only in London" experiences. Here’s how to see London in one day.


Morning: Explore Historic London 

Make an early start and set out on a convenient sightseeing tour of London’s top attractions before the crowds arrive. Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror and Henry VIII at the Tower of London and take a peek at the Crown Jewels. Climb up to the Whispering Gallery in St. Paul's Cathedral, take photos of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and then stroll through St. James Park to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard. 


Afternoon: Hop Between the Sights

A hop-on hop-off bus tour ensures that no time is wasted traveling between sights and allows you to create your own itinerary. Take photos from the open-air top deck as you pass Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square. Perhaps hop off at Harrods for souvenirs, visit Madame Tussauds to snap a selfie with the queen, or take a ride on the London Eye for views of the city. Book tickets for your must-sees in advance—skip-the-line tickets to the London Eye or The Shard could save you from spending hours in line. For lunch, head to Covent Garden and grab a bite at the market or take a break at one of the many cafés or restaurants.


Night: Cruise Around Illuminated London

London is most magical by night, and an evening dinner cruise along the River Thames affords prime views as you glide past illuminated landmarks such as Tower Bridge, London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament. After the cruise, stroll along the atmospheric Southbank and perhaps stop for a drink at one of the riverfront bars. Alternatively, head into London's West End theater district to see an award-winning show such as The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, or Wicked, followed by dinner at one of the restaurants around Leicester Square and Soho.

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$46.13
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London Thames River Dinner Cruise

London Thames River Dinner Cruise

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Take to the Thames for a sparkling river dinner sailing past London’s waterfront sights. Settle at your table to savor a delectable dinner and admire floodlit city sights such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and Big Ben as you eat and relax, and enjoy enchanting live entertainment.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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$106.68
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Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

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Bypass the long lines at the Tower of London and make the most of your tour through this dark and infamous complex. View the remarkable Crown Jewels and visit the White Tower, Traitors’ Gate and Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn met her grisly end. Choose to explore on your own or follow a ‘Beefeater’ guard on a guided walk. An audio tour is also available for an additional fee.
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  • 1 day
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$32.86
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket

London Eye Fast-Track Ticket

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Experience one of London’s must-see attractions with this skip-the-line Lastminute.com London Eye ticket. Bypass the long queue and enjoy priority access and boarding for a standard flight in a shared capsule. Then admire panoramic views over the Thames River, Big Ben and other landmarks on your "flight." Your ticket includes interactive Samsung Galaxy Tab-powered guides and admission to the London Eye 4D Experience, an immersive journey that brings London alive through 3D film and multi-sensory effects.
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  • 30 minutes
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$49.28
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

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Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to your London Pass straight from your mobile. Simply show it at the gate or ticket office to gain entrance to more than 80 attractions including Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the "View from the Shard." You also benefit from skip-the-line access at some of the city's top attractions like the London Zoo. Your pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Thames River cruise, a free guidebook packed with useful information, and valuable shopping and dining discounts. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 10 days
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Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Entry to Churchill War Rooms

Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Entry to Churchill War Rooms

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of World War II on an enriching and emotionally stirring tour of London Westminster with a knowledgeable guide. Descend to the subterranean Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that functioned as wartime offices, and enrich your knowledge of British history with commentary that covers little known facts. As you explore, see iconic London sights like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and delve into the life and work of former British prime minister, Winston Churchill.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

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No visit to England would be complete without experiencing quintessential traditions such as the Changing of the Guard. See British culture come to life from select prime vantage points. In a small group limited to 15, observe the Queen’s iconic foot guards, clad in red tunics and bearskin hats, and watch the household cavalry put on an impressive display. Follow history-rich guide commentary with ease using a headset.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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 Madame Tussauds London Standard Ticket

Madame Tussauds London Standard Ticket

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Immerse yourself in glamour and spectacle at Madame Tussauds in London. Head to the world-famous venue and join the dedicated queue for pre-purchased entrance tickets and experience shorter queues than walk-up guests. Spend some quality time with remarkable wax replicas of Her Majesty the Queen, Eddie Redmayne, or take a selfie with a pouty-faced Kim Kardashian. Enjoy access to the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Exhibition, Spirit of London taxi ride, and then meet classic Star Wars heroes like Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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Discover the sights and history of London from the water on this leisurely cruise down the Thames River. With your 24-hour pass, enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s main riverside attractions like the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament from within an all-weather vessel, and hop on or off at any stop along the way. Create your own London adventure.
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  • 1 hour
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St Paul's Cathedral Admission Ticket

St Paul's Cathedral Admission Ticket

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Get up close and personal with one of London’s most beautiful and historically significant landmarks when you book tickets to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century, the landmark is renowned for it soaring dome, and has hosted royal weddings and Diamond Jubilee celebrations. You’ll explore the interior, can ascend to the Whispering Gallery, Stone Gallery, and Golden Gallery (the latter of which offers panoramic views over London), and even visit the crypt.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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London City Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London and City of London

London City Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London and City of London

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See London’s most spectacular sights on a bus tour of England’s cultural capital. Listen to commentary from a guide as you explore the city by coach and foot. See the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, learn the history behind of the Tower of London, and admire the colossal skyscrapers of the City of London. Even better, the experience includes a ticket for a one-way River Thames sightseeing cruise to be used on the day or another time.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Wicked the Musical Theater Show

Wicked the Musical Theater Show

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Book your seat for the spectacular ‘Wicked The Musical’ London production at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. This big-hearted musical tells the story of the two polar-opposite witches of L. Frank Baum's tale, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,’ bringing their unlikely friendship alive with jaw-dropping technical wizardry and unforgettable songs. With its powerful atmosphere and poignant storyline, the 'Wicked' show has been casting a spell on adults and children since its opening. Choose from standard or top-price seats, and upgrade to enjoy a delectable 2-course Italian dinner before the show.
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  • 3 hours
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Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus

Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus

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Hop aboard a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus and travel in style across London. Uncover the city’s royal secrets and history with a guided tour from a White Tower Warden at Tower of London with time to explore at your leisure and see the Crown Jewels. After passing St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Tower Bridge, and Shakespeare’s Globe, stop for a bite to eat at Borough Market. Then head to Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married. Receive a guided tour of the Abbey before you're treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea with all the trimmings at the Abbey’s Cellarium Café.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket

Skip the Line: The View from The Shard Direct Entry Ticket

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Get your ticket to 'The View from The Shard' and enjoy sweeping vistas of the London cityscape. As the tallest building in Western Europe, the Shard offers panoramic views of up to 40 miles (64 km) across the capital. Take a high-speed elevator to one of the viewing decks and marvel at the sights, including great angles of main attractions like the London Eye and Tower Bridge. Complement your experience with a glass of Champagne (upgrade required).
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  • 2 hours
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