The Perfect One-Day Itinerary in London
London is one of the most incredible, but biggest, cities in the entire world! Full of history, theatre, and international cuisine. The massive amount of things to do may be incredibly daunting to the average traveler. So how do you decide what to do when there are about a million options of incredible things to see?
Well, don’t you worry! We stayed in London for an entire month while I was traveling to the UK and we got to know the city well. Even with so much time, there was a lot we didn’t get to do! It is totally normal to feel overwhelmed.
Accepting the fact that you will not see it all is key, so you can focus and enjoy the things that you do get to do!
Furthermore, you want to see the finest of the greatest with whatever time you have. I wanted to share with you the best plan I had for a day in the city after reflecting on my month in London. We lived and experienced this exact itinerary I’m sharing with you, so I know it’s possible. And I know it was one of the best days we had all month long.
Let’s avoid that decision fatigue and just get started!
The Perfect One-Day Itinerary in London:
1. Borough Market:
Start your day by going to a market, and if I was going to recommend one, I would say Borough Market!
(If it’s a Sunday though, you could also consider The Columbia Road Flower Market)
Borough Market was the best market we found in the entire city – Make sure to wear stretchy pants and come hungry because the food was unreal. There were three of us in our group so we sampled a bunch of different foods and shared everything, which was a great strategy. Some of the most notable items were:
- Truffle Risotto
- Sausage Rolls from The Ginger Pig
- Fish and Chips from fish! Kitchen
- Slow Roast Pork Sandwich from The Black Pig
- A cup of strawberries with chocolate sauce
2. See a Show on the West End:
The ultimate London experience, in my opinion, is seeing a show on the West End. Try to get matinee tickets for a show so you can relax in the middle of the day and take in a lovely story performed by the skilled West End performers. We chose to see the Book of Mormon on the day we completed this London itinerary, and it was absolutely hilarious.
Also, we got tickets for 30£ – it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to see West End shows, contrary to popular belief! Yes, of course, if you choose seats that are directly in the front you’ll be paying more. However, if you are okay with a higher-up view, those tickets are typically very affordable! (Let’s be real – 30£ is less than dinner in London, sometimes!) I used the app TodayTix to find the best theatre deals during our entire month!
3. Check out Shops like Hamleys!
After the show, depending on when your dinner reservation is, you can give yourself a few hours to wander around London. You could stroll by Buckingham Palace or go to a park, but what we decided to do was stroll through some fun shops. Notably, we went to Hamleys which is a well-known 5-story toy store. Their mascot is a bear dressed up as a royal guard, which is too cute! They have everything in there from a Build-A-Bear Workshop to Sylvanian Family Figures, cool gadgets, games, and puzzles, and even those as seen on TV stories that all of us 90’s kids wish we could’ve gotten our parents to buy. (I’ll tell you, we were tempted to buy the rainbow paintbrush set now that we have adult money LOL!)
4. Get Drinks – Blame Gloria:
Getting drinks before dinner is a classic move in any European Country, and is a staple to any night out in London. We decided on a place called Blame Gloria. We had a 7:30 PM reservation and this was the perfect place for the girls and the gays! It was vibrant, and colourful, VA disco ball, etc. The margarita was delicious and everyone was having a fabulous night out.
Note: Blame Gloria has a Sunday Morning ABBA Drag Brunch if you’re interested – it sounded like a blast but we were there on a Friday night.
5. Get Dinner – Ave Mario:
Of course, a good dinner is the perfect way to finish off your spectacular day in London. Our reservation for Ave Mario wasn’t until 10:05 PM, so hopefully, you could get something earlier than us, but this place books up super far in advance. Rightfully so – it was awesome. I would definitely recommend snagging a reservation if you can!
That’s the thing about London, there are just so many incredible restaurants you could go to with unique décor and fabulous food. Ave Mario particularly was extremely creative and such a feast for the eyes! (As well as the stomach) It was such a high point for us to end our day!
The cuisine was Italian and we got the “Looking for Truffle” Pizza, “Where’s my Ravioli,” and Linguine Al Pesto Rosso. They were all fantastic but the pizza was the winner of them all! For dessert, we saw a giant towering ice cream cake being taken to tables around the restaurant, so we ordered with our eyes on this one – but it was such a satisfying choice! The caramel sauce on top particularly was so good.
Cheers to London!
So there you have it – The Perfect One-Day Itinerary in London! You get to experience a market, a show, familiarize yourself with the city, and drink/eat to your heart’s content!
Those activities sum up London in a nutshell, and there are so many combinations of places you could go for these activities! But the ones mentioned in this blog post are tried and true! (And not even sponsored – I just love them!)
What would your ideal day in London be like? Leave a comment and let me know. 😄 I would love to hear about your experiences as well!
Until next time… here’s to doing what makes our souls shine! 🥂☀️ Talk soon!
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