How to make the most out of one day in London
Deciding where to visit in London can be a difficult decision for tourists and people who regularly visit the city. From well-established attractions to up-and-coming places of interests, exploring what London has to offer is always exciting. If you’re a first-time visitor to London and you want to pack as much in as possible, let us show you the best way to make the most out of 24 hours in the city.
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Make the most of your day in London
See West End a show
There are plenty of long-running musicals and plays that have entertained audiences for decades. The amount of shows in the West End can make choosing a production a struggle. If you’re looking for inspiration, why not take a trip to the longest running musical in the West End?
The Queen’s Theatre is the home of Les Misérables, which has celebrated its 33rd birthday in the West End. The main plot tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man has served time in prison for stealing a loaf of bread for stealing a loaf of bread for his family. As he is released on parole, Valjean realises that he wants to turn over a new leaf and start a new life. But, in revolutionary France, this isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Featuring a soundtrack with well-known musical theatre tunes including “One Day More”, “Bring Him Home” and “I Dreamed a Dream”, you’ll want to hear the people sing at Les Misérables.
If you don’t want to spend an evening on the barricade, then there are other West End productions which have run for over 30 years. Enjoy the lush atmosphere at The Phantom of the Opera with a soundtrack including “All I Ask” and “The Music of the Night”.
If you want to see a play, how about a trip to The Mousetrap, the Agatha Christie murder mystery which holds the record as the longest running production ever!
Visit an attraction
The city is filled with hundreds of years of history, so there’s something to explore around every street corner. But if there’s one attraction that will have you basking in British history, then it’s off to the Tower.
The Tower of London has been a part of British history since Britain’s first monarch, William the Conqueror. From then, monarchs have adapted the Tower of London to suit their own needs, using the tower as a palace and prison which have given the tower the rich history it has today.
Visitors can get a close-up look at the Imperial State Crown in the Crown Jewels exhibit, which houses the most extensive collection of the British Monarchy’s jewels. Or how about a guided tour through the grounds led by a Yeoman Warder otherwise known as a Beefeater, giving people on the tour plenty of facts and information about the grounds.
As you explore the Tower, see the sights of modern-day London from its top and work out how you would defend attackers from all angles.
When it was first built in 1070, Londoners were stunned at the sheer size of the building. To this day, the Tower of London still excites tourists and Londoners alike, with over 2.8 million visiting in 2017. Perfect for those fascinated by the past, the Tower of London bring the past to the present day.
Looking to see more than one attraction in a day? Travel through the city on a Big Bus and hop on and off at as many stops in the city as you wish to really make the most of your day.
Explore London at one of its many parks
Why not head to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer? With productions running from May to September including Our Town, Hansel and Gretel and Evita, see an array of music and dance styles brought to life in the heart of North London.
Even though London is abuzz with activity every day of the year, see the city from a different angle and explore London at one of the many city parks. Hyde Park is the largest park of them all, covering 350 acres and boasts a meadow, flower garden and thousands of trees.
Inside the park, visitors can walk around the Serpentine, an artificial lake built in 1730 that was meant for people to go boating and swimming. During the summer, visitors can hire a pedal boat and explore the park at their own pace.
Opposite the corner of Marble Arch, Speakers’ Corner is a famous landmark, where people can address listeners with whatever they want to say. With religious and political messages, it’s a thriving corner that champions free speech and is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on all visitors.
As well as Hyde Park, there are plenty of green spaces to explore. There are eight royal parks scattered across London, including Green Park and St James’ Park, where you can read about them here. Spending time in these parks is a wonderful way to relax in the city and enjoy a quieter moment amidst the city’s constant business.