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London is one of the top cities in the world. When it comes to shopping, whether you are a fashionista looking for the latest trending fashion, a tourist shopping for souvenirs, an antiques collector looking to add to his or her collection, London has something for everyone! These are my top 10 picks for the best shopping in London, specially for a tourist/ first time visitors.

1. Oxford Street

10 best shopping areas for tourist to London : #3. Oxford Street
Best Shopping Areas in London: Oxford Street

Oxford Street is a tourist and local favorite when it comes to shopping. This is also where the famed departmental store “Selfridges” is located. Apart from Selfridges there are other departmental stores like the House of Fraser, Debenhams and John Lewis which are also worth visiting. What I like about Oxford street is that it caters to everyone not just luxury shoppers.

Where is Oxford Street?

Oxford street is located in Central London. The closest London Underground station to Oxford street is Oxford Circus on the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria Lines. You can also get there from Bond Street station on the Jubilee and the Central Lines.

Services for visitors to London

Tax free services at Selfridges, souvenir shops, banks such as Santander, Llyods where you can exchange currency, famous hotels such as Claridge’s and London Mariott Grosvenor Square London. within walking distance.

What to buy at Oxford Street?

Shop for luxury clothes, shoes, watches and bags at Selfridges, John Lewis and House of Fraser. You can also shop London high street brands such as Next, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and many others at Oxford street.

2. Harrods

Shop high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior and others at Harrods in London
Shopping in London – Harrods

If you are looking to shop for high-end designer labels, then Harrods is the place to go. Harrods was also known for the statue of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed. However, the statues are no longer there. When Harrods was sold to the Qatari Royal Family, the statues were removed.

Where is Harrods?

Harrods is located near the affluent neighbourhood of South Kensington and Chelsea. It’s very close to the Knightsbridge tube station on the Piccadilly Line.

Services for visitors to London

Tax-free shopping, Travel shop for custom itineraries of London, Bureau de Change, Qatar Airways Counter, Harrods souvenirs

What to buy at Harrods?

Buy Harrods souveniers with the coveted Harrods logo on it. These souvenirs range from stuffed toys, children’s wear, stationary and christmas decorations. For fashionistas, there are the Harrods handbags which are very good value that you’ll rarely find anywhere else. You can also shop high-end luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Dior and many other well-known brands here.

3. Regent Street

10 Best shopping areas in London: Regent Street
Best shopping streets in London: Regent Street

Regent Street is right next to Oxford Street and in many ways it is just an extension of Oxford street. However, you’ll find less department stores here and more designer shops along this street. The most famous store on this street is undoubtably the Apple Store.

Where is Regent Street?

Regent street is near Piccadilly Circus in Central London. The closest tube station to Regent street is Piccadilly Circus on the Bakerloo and Piccadilly line. You can also get to the other end of Regent street from Oxford Circus on the Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines.

What to buy at Regent Street?

  1. Buy Iphone accessories at the Apple store
  2. Kids toys at Hamleys
  3. Exclusive designer bags, shoes and clothes at Coach, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors.

4. Westfield Shopping Centre

Shopping in London - Westfield Shopping Centre
Where to shop in London – Westfield Shopping Centre

If it’s cold and raining, in other words, typical London weather, then you may prefer to shop in Westfield Shopping Centre. Westfield Shopping Centre is one of the biggest shopping malls in London and you can shop for an entire day here.

Where is Westfield Shopping Centre?

Westfield Shopping Centre is located in Sheperd’s Bush. The closest tube station is Sheperd’s Bush station on the Central Line, Overground and Southern Railways, Sheperd’s Bush Market on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Woodlane on the Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines.

Westfield also has another shopping centre at Stratford. The closest train station to this shopping centre is Stratford station on the London overground and Tfl Rail.

Services for Visitors to London

Tax-free shopping, Taxi Lounge, In-Centre Red Car- chauffer driven experience inside the shopping centre, cloak room where you can leave your luggage, coats and shopping bags so that you can shop in comfort.

What to buy at Westfield London

Westfield has some popular UK brands such as Miss Selfridge, Monsoon, Missguided, Dorothy Perkins and others.

5. Old and New Bond Street

The Old Bond Street and the New Bond street commonly known as Bond Street connects Piccadilly to Oxford Street. This street, especially the Old Bond Street, has many high-end designer shops like Prada, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton and others.

Where is Bond Street?

New Bond Street and Old Bond Street aka “Bond Street” is located between Oxford and Picadilly Street as shown below. The closest tube stations are Bond Street on the Jubilee and Central line, and Green Park on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines.

What to buy at Bond Street?

Buy haute couture from high end designer shops like Prada, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton etc.

6. Carnaby Street

10 Best shopping areas in London: Carnaby Street
Shopping in London: Carnaby Street

As mentioned above Carnaby Street is also close to Oxford Street. This quirky shopping street has some unique shops and many restaurants and bar. I would definitely recommend visiting Carnaby street during your visit to London.

Where is Carnaby Street?

You can enter Carnaby Street from Great Marlborough street through the lane right next to the Liberty London Departmental Store. You can also enter the street from Regent Street. There’s a lane in between the Gap and Coach Stores that takes you there. The closest tube station to Carnaby Street is Oxford circus on the Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines.

What to buy at Carnaby Street?

Shop for some unique and quirky shoes at Irregular Choice. Buy some sports themed caps and apparel at the New Era Carnaby Street or iconic footwear from Dr. Martens.

7. Burlington Arcade

10 best shopping areas in London: Burlington Arcade
Shopping in London: Burlington Arcade

The Burlington Arcade is one of the oldest arcades in London. Before the advent of shopping malls, arcades like these were the popular shopping places among the public. Now, the arcade consists of select shops which sell luxury and vintage jewels and watches. This may not be the ideal shopping location for the usual tourist. However, it’s still worth a brief visit because of the history of the arcade.

Where is Burlington Arcade?

Burlington Arcade London, is located on the Piccadilly Street in between Royal Academy of Arts and Old Bond St. The closest tube station is Green Park on Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

What to buy at Burlington Arcade?

Buy vintage pre-owned rare Rolex watches at The Vintage Watch Company or vintage jewels at Richard Ogden Ltd.

8. Camden Market

Camden market is not a typical tourist go-to for shopping. I would suggest you visit Camden only if you are looking for off-beat shopping locations. The market has a food market which has food stalls from around the world.

Where is Camden market?

Camden market is one of the best places to do some Cheap Shopping in London.
Cheap Shopping in London – Camden Market. Pic Credit: spinheike (Pixabay)

Camden market is on banks of the Regent’s Canal. The nearest tube station to Camden Market is Camden Town on the Northern Line.

What to buy at Camden Market?

Camden Market is a youth focused market selling cheap clothes, jewellery and other knickknacks. If you want to buy t-shirts for casual wear, London souvenirs, then this is the ideal place to shop.

9. Portobello Market at Notting Hill

Best places to shop for antiques in London: Portobello market in Notting Hill
Shop for antiques in London – Portobello Market. Pic credit: lynnedalgleish ( Pixabay)

Notting Hill is famous for colorful pastel buildings and Portobello market where everyday different items are sold. The most popular time to shop here is on Saturday when the market is in full swing. On Sundays the street stalls are closed. So, it’s a bad time to visit on Sundays.

Where is Portobello Market?

Portobello market is located on Portobello Road in Notting Hill area of London. The nearest tube station is Ladbroke Grove Station on the Circle, Hammersmith & City lines. You can also walk to the Portobello market from Notting Hill Gate Station on the Central, Circle and District Line.

What to buy at Portobello Market

Portobello market is famous for its antique market stalls which are set up only on Saturdays. If you visit on other days of the week, you can still shop at the antique shops which are open through out the week.

10. Covent Garden

10 Best places to shop in London - Covent Garden
Shopping in London – Covent Garden. Pic credit: Fiach(Pixabay)

Covent Garden is mainly known for theatres and great restaurants. However, this area boasts of some upmarket brands like Mulberry, Tom Ford, Paul Smith, Bucherer and a quaint shopping mall which used to be an apple market in the 1830’s. Also, in this area, you’ll find Neal’s yard which has lately become Instagram Famous due to the colorful buildings.

Where is Convent Garden?

Covent Garden is located in the West End of London. The closest tube station is Covent Garden station on the

What to buy at Covent Garden?

Buy luxury bags at Mulberry, ballet flat shoes at French Sole, Swiss watches at Bucherer or some sunglasses at Ray Ban. There are also some second-hand book stores on Covent Garden which is fun exploring.

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The best day trips from London are just an hour or two away and what’s more? they are easily accessible by train. Here’s are my top picks for a day trip from London.

1. Cambridge

Best Day Trip from London - Cambridge
Best Day Trips from London – Cambridge. Pic Credit: blizniak (Pixabay)

London to Cambridge By Train

  1. From Kings’s Cross

    Take the Great Northern towards King’s Lynn or Ely and disembark at Cambridge Railway Station (Travel time – 48 to 50 min, Cost of return ticket: ). Second option is to take Thameslink to Cambridge North (Travel time – 1 hr 30 min).

  2. From Liverpool street Station

    Take greateranglia towards Cambridge (Travel time – 1 hr 11min)

Things to do in Cambridge

  1. Go punting in River Cam
  2. Take a walking tour of Cambridge University
  3. Pay your respects at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
  4. Take a walk across the Mathematical Bridge
  5. Sample some Gin at The Cambridge Gin Laboratory
  6. Visit the Cambridge University Botanical Garden

2. Oxford

Best Day Trips from London : Oxford
Best Day Trips from London: Oxford. Pic Credit: MichaelDBeckwith (Pixabay)

London to Oxford By Train

  1. From Paddington Station

    Take the GWR towards Oxford. (Travel Time: 1hr)

  2. From London Marylebone

    Take Chiltern Railways towards Oxford. (Travel Time: 1hr 10 min)

Things to do in Oxford

  1. Visit Bodleian Library – Britain’s second largest library
  2. Take a walking tour around the colleges of Oxford University
  3. Check out the dome architecture of Radcliffe Camera
  4. Visit the Oxford Castle
  5. Take a picture at the Bridge of Sighs
  6. Admire the view of Oxford from the Tower at University Church of St Mary the Virgin

3. Warwick Castle

Day Trip from London By Train: Warwick Castle
Best Day Trips from London: Warwick Castle

London to Warwick By Train

  1. From London Marylebone

    Take the Chiltern Railways towards Birmingham Snow Hill or Birmingham Moor Street. Disembark at Warwick.

Things to do at the Warwick Castle

  1. Explore the grand rooms of the Warwick castle
  2. Spend a night at the castle
  3. Take part in the daily shows such as the Birds of Prey show, medieval banquets etc.
  4. Witness the scary side of the castle in the dungeons
  5. Take a walk with the peacocks in the peacock garden
  6. Take pictures of the castle from the picturesque Mill Garden

4. Stratford-Upon-Avon

Day Trip rom London to Stratford-Upon-Avon
Best Day Trips from London: Stratford-Upon-Avon

London to Stratford-Upon-Avon By Train

  1. From London Marylebone

    Take the Chiltern Railways towards Birmingham Snow Hill. Change trains in Dorridge or Leamington Spa to Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Things to do in Stratford-Upon-Avon

  1. Visit William Shakespeare’s childhood home
  2. Check out Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage
  3. Sample the local food at the market in front of Shakespeare’s childhood home
  4. Visit the New Place – a reconstruction of the house that Shakespeare bought after achieving fame
  5. Enjoy the exhibits at the MAD museum
  6. Buy a wand and taste Butterbeer at the Harry Potter fan shop – Magic Alley and the Creaky Cauldron
  7. Watch a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company
  8. Experience life in the 16th century at Tudor World

5. Arundale Castle

Day trips from London by Train : Arundel Castle
Best Day Trips from London: Arundel Castle. Pic credit: diego_torres(Pixabay)

London to Arundale Castle By Train

  1. From London Victoria:

    Take the Southern Railways towards Bognor Regis. Disembark at Arundel (Travel Time – 1hr 35 min)

Things to do in Arundale Castle

  1. Visit the Arundel Castle
  2. Take a boat ride on river Arun
  3. Check out the exhibits at the Arundel Museum
  4. Visit the Arundel Cathedral of Our Lady and Saint Philip Howard

6. Eastbourne

Best day trips from london by train: Eastbourne
Best Day Trips from London: Eastbourne. Pic credit: JRCologne(Pixabay)

London to Eastbourne By Train

  1. From Victoria Station:

    Take the Southern towards Eastbourne (Travel time – 1hr 24 min).

Things to do in Eastbourne

  1. Take a bus to Beachy Head to see the white clay cliffs and lighthouse.
  2. Enjoy Fish & Chips on the Eastbourne Pier.
  3. Spend a lazy afternoon on the Eastbourne beach
  4. Visit the 200-year-old fortress – Eastbourne Redoubt
  5. Take a look at some contemporary art at the Towner Gallery
  6. Slip and slide in the aqua Park at the Fort Fun
  7. Take a leisurely walk in the Princes Park

7. Brighton Beach

Day Trips from London by train : Brighton beach
Best Day Trips from London: Brighton Beach. Pic credit: wilhei (Pixabay)

London to Brighton By Train

  1. From London Victoria

    Take the Southern towards Brighton. (Travel time – 1 hr)

Things to do in Brighton

  1. Laze around on the pebble beach of Brighton
  2. Visit the Royal Pavilion and admire the unique architecture of this palace
  3. Read a book and enjoy sea views from the deck chairs at the Brighton Pier
  4. Sip a cocktail at the futuristic moving glass pod at British Airways i360
  5. Take a ride on Volk’s Electric Railway
  6. Shop for antiques at The Lanes market
  7. Spend some quality time with your kids at the Sea Life aquarium in Brighton

8. Windsor

Day trips from London by train : Windsor
Best Day Trips from London: Windsor. Pic Credit: diego_torres (Pixabay)

London to Windsor Castle By Train

  1. From London Waterloo

    Take the South Western Railway towards Windsor & Eton Riverside (Travel time – 57 min)

  2. From London Paddington

    Take the GWR towards Reading or Worcester Foregate Street. At Slough change trains. From Slough take the GWR towards Windsor & Eton Central (Travel Time – approx. 43 min to 54 min)

Things to do in Windsor

  1. Visit the Queen’s residence at Windsor Castle.
  2. Spend a fun-filled day with your children at the Legoland Windsor resort
  3. Walk across the Windsor bridge and enjoy a view of the Thames
  4. Check out the Queen Mary’s Miniature Doll house
  5. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the picturesque town of Windsor

9. Bath

Day trips from London by train: Bath UK
Best Day Trips from London: Bath. Pic Credit : drea0773(Pixabay)

London to Bath By Train

  1. From Paddington Station

    Take the GWR towards Weston Super Mare or Bristol Temple Meads. Disembark at Bath Spa(Travel Time – 1 hr 30 min).

Things to do in Bath, UK

  1. Visit the Roman Baths
  2. Check out the Gothic architecture of Bath Abbey
  3. View a play in the Theatre Royal, Bath
  4. Visit Jane Austen’s museum

10. Stonehenge

Day trips from London by train : Stonehenge
Best Day Trips from London: Stonehenge. Pic Credit: FreeSally(Pixabay)

London to Bath By Train

  1. From London Waterloo

    Take the South Western Railway towards Exeter St Davids. Disembark at Salisbury. Take the Stonehenge Tour towards Stonehenge (Travel Time – 2 hrs 15 min)

Things to do at Stonehenge

  1. Visit the world-famous Stonehenge
  2. Check out the archaeological exhibits related to Stonehenge at the Salisbury Museum
  3. Walk to the lesser known stone circles at Avebury

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Cool and Unusual Things to do in London - Rooftop Cinema at Bussey Building
Rooftop Cinema at Bussey Building

My birthday was just around the corner when I visited London this year. My sister and her husband, who live there, bought me the perfect gift – two tickets to the Rooftop Cinema at Bussey Building in Peckham.

To say that I was very pleased is a big understatement. When I travel, I am always on the lookout for cool and unusual things to do. This fit in perfectly and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

If, like me, you are looking for cool or unusual things to do in London, then read on. You’ll get all the information you need to have a great time.

What is Rooftop Cinema?

As the name suggests, Rooftop Cinema means that you enjoy a movie in an outdoor setting on the rooftop of a building. Located in South London, in Peckham, the Bussey building is a fantastic place for this kind of experience.

Rooftop Cinema - View of London Skyline from Bussey Building
View of London Skyline from Bussey Building rooftop

What makes the location so great? The Bussey building is one of the highest building in the neighborhood. So, as you can see in the picture, you get unobstructed beautiful views of the London skyline. If you go there before sunset, you’ll get some amazing pictures!

Rooftop Cinema and rooftop bar at the Bussey building in Peckham, London
Rooftop bar at Bussey building.

Also, there’s a rooftop bar that opens two hours before the movie at 5:30 PM. So, you can relax and unwind at the bar and enjoy the view before your movie begins. If you are visiting during summer, I recommend that you try Pimms. It’s my favourite fruity drink to have during the summer.

Rooftop Cinema - Enjoy a snack and a drink at the Rooftop bar
Enjoy a snack and a drink at the Rooftop bar

There’s also a rooftop snack bar. So, you can grab a burger and fries to go along with your drink. For popcorn lovers, you can buy bottomless popcorn and the usual movie snacks like M&Ms at the Box office. If you don’t have time before the movie begins, you can take your drinks and snacks to your seats so that you can enjoy the snacks without missing the movie.

Along with your tickets, you are also given some blankets and head phones. The blankets are great to snuggle in when it gets colder during the evening. The headphones tune out most of the noise of the surroundings so that you can concentrate on the movie.

Rooftop Cinema at Bussey building- Love seats at the back of the seating area
Rooftop love Seats at the back of the seating area

The seats are lounge chairs which are very comfortable. You can also book a rooftop love seat at the back of the lounge chair area which are better and have a clear view of the screen due to their higher positions.

Where is Bussey Building located?

The Bussey building is located at 133 Rye Lane in Peckham. The closest train station is Peckham Rye train station. Here’s a map to guide you.

My husband and I preferred to take an Uber to the intersection of Rye Lane and Bournemouth Road instead of the train. I loved the neighborhood’s ethnic and hip vibe. On a future visit, I would love to check out some shops there.

The entrance to the Bussey building itself is not very obvious. If you watch the number of the building closely, you’ll find a small arched doorway facing the Blenheim Grove with the words “133 Rye Lane, Copeland Park and Bussey Building”.

The arched doorway leads you to a narrow hallway that takes you to an open space. Walk towards the sign saying “Rye Lane Entrance A B C D’. Continue walking till you arrive at the sign Bussey Building B-Stairs . Take the stairs or the lift to the rooftop.

Where to buy your rooftop cinema tickets?

You can buy the tickets either online or in person at the box office. The box office opens an hour before the film starts around at 6:30 PM.

We booked our tickets online. This gave us a chance to have a look at what movies were being screened.

What type of movies are screened at the rooftop cinema at Bussey Building?

Rooftop Cinema - watching a classic movie at the rooftop film club
Watching a classic movie at the Rooftop film club

The Rooftop Film Club screens different movies on all days of the week starting at 7:30 PM during summer. This outdoor theatre screens not only brand new movies but also old cult classics.

We opted for “The Goonies”, a kids classic. Truth be told, we didn’t actually mind what movie was being screened. We just wanted to experience what it would be like to watch a movie in this setting.

We expected very few people to turn up for a kids movie. Surprisingly, the seats were almost completely booked! I could see why later. We had so much fun watching Chunk do his Truffle shuffle; it bought back some fond memories of childhood adventures..

Other Locations for Rooftop Cinema in London

The Rooftop film club, at the time of writing this, has two other venues in London. One at Shoreditch and another in Stratford. In my opinion, the rooftop cinema at the Bussey building is the best of the three.

The one in Shoreditch doesn’t have unencumbered views as the other two venues. Also, the movie screen has a backdrop of an office building. This, I think, can be very distracting. However, to be fair, I haven’t been to the other locations.

If you have been to the other locations or experienced some unique experiences in London, please feel free to comment in the comment section below. I would love to check them out and blog about it in future.

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Cool and Unusual Experiences in London - Rooftop Cinema at the Bussey Building in Peckham.
Unique London Experiences – Rooftop Cinema at Bussey building

3 Days in London - an itinerary for first-time visitors
London is a very big city and the number of things to see and do in London in endless. However, if you have only 2 to 3 days in London, then this London itinerary is perfect for you.

Quick Summary of London Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Morning: London Eye, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey
Afternoon: Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, Horse Guards and Downing street
Evening: Hyde Park

Day 2

Morning: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Millenium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tate Modern
Afternoon: Tower of London, Thames river walk, The Shard, Tower Bridge
Evening: Thames river cruise

Day 3

Full Day Shopping at in Central London at Oxford and Regent St.
Alternate plans to shopping full day : Notting Hill or Camden Town Market

London Itinerary Day 1

The London Eye and the Big Ben

Day 1 of 3 Days in London Itinerary - London Eye and Big Ben
London Itinerary Day 1 – London Eye and Big Ben

How to get to London Eye?

The closest tube station to the London Eye and Big Ben is the Westminster tube station on the District, Circle and the Jubilee Line. Here is Tube map of London Underground for your reference.

London Eye is a very popular attraction. Not surprisingly, it can have long queues. Skip the queues by pre-booking your tickets and printing at home.

Next, walk to Big Ben and the UK parliament which is right across the bridge from London Eye. Please note, the Big Ben is undergoing restoration and will be covered up until 2021.

Westminster Abbey

3 days in London - Day 1 of London Travel Itinerary - Westminster Abbey
London itinerary Day 1 – Westminster Abbey

The Parliament Square Garden is in front of the Big Ben. Here, you will see bronze statues of some iconic people in history such as Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Millicent Fawcett and many others.

Westminster Abbey is located opposite to the Parliament Square Garden. Westminster Abbey is the church where Prince William and Kate Middleton wed. Buy Westminster Abbey tickets online to save.

Places to eat near Westminster Abbey

There are some pubs and restaurants around Westminster Abbey. Stop for lunch here before continuing.

Downing Street

After lunch, walk towards Trafalgar Square on Whitehall street. Here you will see some armed Police Officers standing guard outside a gate. This is Downing Street where the Prime Minister resides.

Horse Guards

Day 1 of London Itinerary - Horse Guards
London Itinerary Day 1 – Horse Guards

As you walk further along Whitehall street, you’ll notice horse guards. If you are planning to take a picture with the Horse guards, be careful; the horses can kick and bite if you get too close.

Trafalgar Square

Day 1 of 3 days in London Travel Itinerary - Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery
London Itinerary Day 1 – Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery

At the Trafalgar Square , at the end of the Whitehall street opposite to the Buckingham Palace, 4 majestic lion statues will greet you. Trafalgar Square is also home to the National Gallery where you can view art from world-renowned artists.

Buckingham Palace

3 Days in London - Day 1 of London Travel Itinerary- Buckingham Palace
London Itinerary Day 1 – Buckingham Palace

As mentioned above the entrance to the Buckingham Palace is located opposite to the Trafalgar Square.

You can visit the Palace at any time during the day. However, if you want to view the Changing of the Guards Ceremony , the best time to visit is around 11:00 am.

If you do that, you will have to follow Day 1 of this London travel itinerary in the reverse order.

Places to Eat Near Green Park

After your visit to the Buckingham Palace, cut across Green Park toward Piccadilly. There are many restaurants in the area including the Ritz.

Hyde Park

After dinner, walk towards Hyde Park on Piccadilly St. Spend a relaxing evening boating in the Serpentine lake and get a peek at Kensington Palace while you are there.

London Itinerary Day 2 – St. Paul Cathedral, Millenium Bridge and Tower Bridge

London travel Itinerary for day 2 includes St. Paul’s Cathedral, Millenium Bridge, Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

How to get to St. Paul’s Cathedral

The nearest tube station to St. Paul’s Cathedral is the St. Paul’s Tube Station on the Central line.

What are St. Paul’s Cathedral opening times?

St. Paul’s Cathedral is open to visitors from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The galleries open at 9:30 am.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Day 2 of 3 Days in London Itinerary - St. Paul's Cathedral
London Itinerary Day 2 – St. Paul’s Cathedral

As mentioned above, the doors the St. Paul’s Cathedral open very early. Save money on the ticket price by booking online.

Millenium Bridge

Day 2 of 3 Days in London Itinerary - Millenium Bridge
London Itinerary Day 2 – Millenium Bridge

The Millenium Bridge is located opposite to St. Paul’s Cathedral. This modern bridge is also called the “wonky bridge” due to the unexpected swaying that people experience when the bridge first opened.

As you walk on the bridge, if you look closely, you can spot tiny pieces of art called the “chewing gum” art by Ben Wilson stuck between the ridges on the floor.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tate Modern

At the other end of the Millenium Bridge is the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tate Modern. Entry to the Tate Modern is free except for special exhibits.

You can also catch plays at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre which is a reconstruction of the original theatre that existed during William Shakespeare’s time.

Places to eat near St. Paul’s Cathedral

For lunch, walk back across the Millenium bridge towards St. Paul’s where you will find a number of restaurants.

Tower of London

Day 2 of 3 Days in London Itinerary - Tower of London
London Itinerary Day 2 – Tower of London

Travel from St. Paul’s Cathedral to Tower Bridge

After lunch, walk down to the Mansion House Tube station. Take the District/Circle line to Tower Hill Station (3 Stops from Mansion House). Tower Hill Station is the closest tube station to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Spend the afternoon taking a tour of Tower of London. Learn about the history of London and get a chance to view the crown Jewels up close.

Tower Bridge, The Shard and Thames River Walk

Day 2 of 3 Days in London Itinerary - Tower Bridge
London Itinerary Day 2 – Tower Bridge

Walk down the Thames river path to view the Tower Bridge up close. You can also go to the top of the tower for great views.

Thames River Cruise

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Thames and the nearby London attractions like the Shard and the Gherkin and many others on a Thames river cruise.

Places to Eat Near Tower Bridge

Catch a bite to eat at one of the places below:

London Itinerary Day 3 – Shopping!

Day 3 of my London itinerary is entirely dedicated to shopping as this can be time-consuming.

If you don’t want to shop or spend only part of the day shopping then try one of my alternate Day 3 ideas .

What are the main shopping streets in London?

The main shopping street in London are Regent street, Oxford street and Carnaby street which are part of an area called Soho.

Tube Stations Near Soho

The tube stations near Soho are Oxford Circus on the Central Line, Tottenham Court Road on the Northern line and Piccadilly Circus on the Piccadilly line. If you want to go to Selfridges, the famous departmental store, you may get down at the Bond Street or Marble Arch on the Central Line.

Soho – Oxford Circus, Regent Street and Carnaby Street

Day 3 of 3 Days in London - Regent Street and Oxford Street
London Itinerary Day 3 – Regent Street and Oxford Street.

At Oxford Street in Soho, you can shop everything from high-end luxury items to souvenir items. Some of the departmental stores of note in this street are Selfridges, John Lewis, House of Fraser on Oxford Street.

If you are looking for the Apple Store and other designer fashion stores such as Coach, Burberry, Michael Kors then head to Regent Street which run perpendicular to Oxford street.

Day 3 of 3 Days in London - Carnaby Street Soho
London Itinerary Day 3 – Carnaby Street Soho

Hidden in the alleyway between the Gap Store and Coach Store on Regent Street, is the Carnaby Street. It’s easy to miss this street completely if you don’t look closely. On Carnaby street, you will find an eclectic mix of stores and many restaurants and cafes.

Places to Eat At Soho

Day 3 of London travel Itinerary – Alternate plan to Shopping

If you want to skip the shopping or only want to do it for part of the day, then there are other things you can see in London.

Alternate London Travel Itinerary Idea 1 – Notting Hill and Portobello Market

What are the Portobello market opening hours?

The Portobello market is open from 9:00 – 18:00 from Monday to Wednesday, 09:00 – 13:00 on Thursday, 09:00 – 19:00 on Friday and Saturday. The market is closed on Sunday. The main day when Portobello market is in full swing is on Saturday.

Notting Hill and Portobello market were made famous by Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts movie “Notting Hill”. Access to this area is easy; just take the Central line and get down at the Notting Hill tube station.

The best time to visit this market is on Saturdays.

You can also spend part of the day shopping at one of the big malls of London – Westfield London . The shopping mall is just two tube stations away from Notting Hill at Sheperd’s Bush on the Central Line.

Alternate London Travel Itinerary Idea 2 – Camden Town Market

Camden Town Market is a great place to check out especially if you are a Foodie. You can find a variety of food from around the world at the food stalls and shop for cheap knickknacks, vintage clothes and other items at this market. You can reach Camden Town Market from Camden Town Tube station on the Northern line.

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