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24 hours in London: what to see and do

If you’ve got just 24 hours in the city, here are some of the best ways to pass the time. Whether you’re visiting the city with friends or you’re planning an action-packed family day out, here’s just a few ways you can pass the time.

24 Hours in London 

London Eye and River Cruise

Experience the beauty of the capital’s skyline from the iconic London Eye. The rotation takes 30 minutes and during that time you’ll experience breath-taking 360 degree views of the city. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see 25 miles away! The world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel is a staple of The Old Smoke and a must-see location for any visitors to the city.

Another way to get a stunning perspective of London is to take a river cruise down the Thames. To make things even better, you can book a combined ticket for these two attractions.  The award-winning 40 minute sightseeing cruise includes live commentary and audio guides in 9 languages.

London Eye and River Cruise tickets are available now.

Tate Modern

Dedicated to all things international modern and contemporary art, the Tate Modern is a spacious, vibrant space that has recently been extended to include an open viewing terrace, boasting enviable views of the capital, on the top floor of the Blavatnik Building. Once a power station, the Tate Modern is now a cultural hub and every year a prominent artist transforms its cavernous Turbine Hall. Currently, the work of Danish art trio Superflex, known for their playful and political large-scale works, is in residence. One of The Tate Modern’s exciting free exhibitions that is on until July 2019 is Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33, where you can encounter the uncanny and mysterious through the art of the Weimar Republic. Pop in and discover art as you’ve never seen before.

Free to enter, find out the best ways to experience the capital for free with our top picks.

Take a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe

This is a perfect opportunity to take in another London landmark whilst also grabbing a bite to eat. This stunning restaurant is attached to Shakespeare’s Globe, a tribute to the Bard and London’s rich literary heritage. If you’ve got time, why not also take a tour of the venue and delve further into the life of the Bard.

Shakespeare’s Globe tickets are available now.

Covent Garden

Once the home of a world-famous fruit and vegetable market, Covent Garden is now a piazza home you can walk through 24 hours a day.

Within the complex there’s the London Transport Museum, the 17th century St. Paul’s Church where theatre shows often take place, Covent Garden is a major draw for visitors and Londoners alike, anyone who likes food, drink, shopping, entertainment and history will value a wander through the area.

With plenty of theatres around Covent Garden, you’re just a few steps away from an incredible time in Theatreland. Locate the theatre you need with our complete lowdown of where all the West End theatres are.

A West End musical
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The West End has garnered global renown as the number one place to find the world’s greatest theatre. Whatever’s making the world talk, laugh, cry, shout, scream, dance or sing, you’ll find it in London’s Theatreland – each and every one of the productions is a ticket to an unforgettable live experience.

Few spend 24 hours in London without having seen a West End production, make sure you don’t either.

Looking for the production to suit you? Read our guide that’s packed with shows for any type of audience member.