For first time visitors, we recommend spending at least four or five days in London, which will give you enough time to get a feel for the city and see many of its main sites.
How Many Days do you Need in London?
London is a very large city, 138 square miles bigger than New York City! However, the majority of attractions and sites are located within Central London, such as the Tower of London, St Pauls’ Cathedral and the London Eye. This is also where you will find the best shopping, as well as restaurants, pubs and cafes. Our list of things to do in London explores all the amazing things you can do in the city!
Within Central London, you can divide the city further into separate neighbourhoods and districts. You could easily spend 4 or 5 days exploring some of these areas where famous attractions and sites are located.
London is really geared towards tourists, and there are hop on hop off buses offering 6 different routes to all the major neighbourhoods of the city!
It’s easy to spend 1-day exploring the Buckingham Palace area, including places like the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and crossing over the River Thames to the London Eye. Our one-day itinerary outlines how you could spend your first day in London.
You could spend a second day walking through Soho, shopping along Oxford Street and enjoying Hyde Park.
Spending 3-days in London
It’s easy to spend a morning or afternoon at a major museum or gallery, like the British Museum or the National Portrait Gallery. Lots of tourists will spend an evening in Covent Garden which is the theatre district, and spend half a day at a major attraction like the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. These are definitely worthwhile places if you are planning on spending 3 days in London.
Spending 4-days in London
If you want to spend a fourth day in London, start by heading to Borough Market to savor London’s tasty street food, and enjoy amazing panoramic views at the nearby Shard viewing platform. You could even stop for lunch at a traditional English pub for some fish and chips!
Spending 5-days in London
You could spend a fifth day venturing outside of London! Windsor Castle, the oldest castle in the world, is just a short shuttle ride away. There’s also the UNESCO World Heritage Stonehenge and famous cities like Oxford nearby.