A complete guide to planning an action-packed day out in London
Wanting to plan the perfect day out in London but don’t know where to begin? Make sure you’ve got everything sorted come rain or shine for an unforgettable trip to the capital. From making sure you know how to get to every location during the day and where to stay if you’re planning an overnight trip, start planning your trip to London with our help.
Plan a trip to London
Pack the appropriate clothing for the time of year
Whatever time of year you visit London, you’ll want to make sure that you’re wearing suitable attire (you’ll want to pack an umbrella whenever you visit!) During the colder months, it’s wise to wear a warm coat and winter accessories to make sure you can withstand the freezing temperatures. But, when it’s a warmer climate, you’ll want to make sure you’ve packed sturdy, comfortable shoes so you’ll be able to walk for miles around the city without stopping.
Want to make sure you’re not missing anything? With these eight things packed in your bag, we can guarantee you’ll have everything you need and more.
Know your way around the Underground
While it may seem daunting to use, the London Underground is vital to the smooth running of London. A network of trains all across the city, there’s sure to have a stop near your desired destination. Before visiting the city, it’s good to have a tube map printed out before you travel or a Tube map app on your phone which will help you navigate around the city easier. With a network spanning over 200 miles across its 11 lines, travelling on the Underground is part and parcel of being in London.
Want more tips on the London Underground before travelling? Check out our helpful tips and tricks which will tell you about how much it costs, as well as the different lines and the points of interests on the map.
See a show in Theatreland
With theatres off many street corners in central London, don’t miss out on your opportunity to see a world-class performance in the West End. If you’re looking for inspiration on shows to see in the West End, why not head to The Mousetrap. Currently the world’s longest-running production, immerse yourself in the history of Theatreland at this Agatha Christie classic, where keeping the secret is part of the fun.
With our recommended audience member guide, to a complete list of every West End theatre with shows taking place in London, immerse yourself in the very best of live entertainment right in the heart of the capital.
Explore the capital at some of the country’s best attractions
Built on thousands of years of history, there’s something to discover as you walk down every London street. From the tiny alleyways in the heart of the West End to larger roads such as the Strand, the Mall and Oxford Street, you’ll be able to experience British culture at its finest. As well as this, there are plenty of attractions to visit that are guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s needs; whether it be an adrenaline rush or something calmer.
If you’re looking for inspiration for which attractions to visit during your time in London, we’ve put together the top 10 most visited attractions, with millions of tourists and locals passing through the doors each year. So whether it’s a trip to Greenwich or the Tower of London, get out into the city and see what it has to offer at these unbelievable attractions!
Stuck on where to visit? Why not buy a London Pass! With entry to over 60 attractions, you’ll be able to choose where to go on the day, without booking beforehand.
Soak up the best of London’s arts and culture
Bursting with culture, you won’t want to miss out on walking around some of the largest exhibits at some of London’s most-known museums and places of historical interest. Whether it’s a trip to the Tate Modern or the National Gallery, or a visit to the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, fill your mind with lots of new information at these cultural hubs.
There are plenty of places to visit in London which won’t cost you a penny. If you’re wanting to find the newest adventure that’s away from the large crowds, you’ll want to read all about our top picks for the best free places to explore, as well as parts of the city that are off the beaten track.
Find a budget hotel that’s in your price range
Looking to plan an overnight trip in London? You’ll want to find somewhere to stay that’s right in the heart of the city without spending a fortune. With our tips and tricks, we’ve rounded up the best hotels in the capital, as well as how to find the best hostels and private rooms.
If you’re wanting to add something extra to your London stay, you may want to book one of our show and hotel packages. With over 40 shows to choose from including The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as well as over 30 hotels, you can create a bespoke getaway to one of the busiest cities in the world and have your own slice of comfort and quiet.