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Three-Day London Itinerary

See London's top attractions and hidden gems on this three-day trip.
  • SEA LIFE London
  • Front of Kensington Palace and its gardens

Day One

Morning: River Thames Cruise

Take a river cruise along the Thames and see London from the water.

Stop off at County Hall and visit the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, which has one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life.

Walk further along the river to Bankside, where you can take a tour of Shakespeare's Globe, explore the latest exhibitions at Tate Modern or walk over the Millennium Bridge and visit St Paul's Cathedral.

Lunch: Tate Modern

Have lunch at Tate Café, on level one of the Tate Modern gallery, which offers everything from light soups and salads to grilled chicken burgers and a 'fish of the day' - as well as a great view over the river.

Afternoon: West End Shopping

Catch the boat from Bankside back to Embankment and then head to Oxford Street, Regent Street and Carnaby for a spot of shopping along London's most famous shopping streets. Don't miss Selfridges on Oxford Street or Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street.

Evening: Dinner at Dover Street

Make an evening of it with dinner and live music at Dover Street Restaurant & Bar. Expect jazz, swing, soul, blues and Latin on the soundtrack, and delicious French/European dishes on the menu. Special group menus are also available.

Day Two

Morning: Kew Gardens

Take the Tube to Kew and visit The Royal Botanic Gardens – a mixture of stunning vistas, magnificent glasshouses and beautiful landscapes beside the River Thames.

Afternoon: Notting Hill and Kensington Palace

Portobello Market in Notting Hill has some delicious delicatessens and vegetarian stalls. Grab a bite to eat here then explore the arts and crafts, antiques and clothes stalls.

Next, head to Kensington Palace for a tour of the State Apartments. Among the highlights are paintings from the Royal Collection; eveningwear worn by Diana, Princess of Wales; and some of The Queen's dresses. Take afternoon tea in The Orangery, and then walk it off in beautiful Kensington Gardens.

Evening: London Pub Walk

Take a guided tour of historic London pubs with your very own Blue Badge Tourist Guide (guides available in most languages). It's a great way to experience traditional London pubs and get an insight into London's history.

Day Three

Morning: The Hayward Gallery

Walk along the Southbank to the Hayward Gallery, part of the Southbank Centre. The gallery has a long history of presenting work by the world's most adventurous and innovative artists, including Antony Gormley, Dan Flavin, Roy Lichtenstein, Tracey Emin.

Lunch: Canteen

With so many lunch options in the area, it's worth staying around the Southbank Centre for lunch. You could go for great British favourites, adapted to the current season, at the bright and bustling Canteen. Sample sushi and other Japanese classics at Feng Sushi. Or go Italian at Strada. The world's your oyster...

Afternoon: Distillery Tour

Now you've ticked your tastebuds, give them a real treat with a visit to London Distillery Company in Battersea, London's first whisky distillery in over a century, to see how English whisky and gin is distilled. Or if wine is more your taste, indulge in a private wine tasting experience with Vinopolis in the historic London Bridge area.

Evening: West End Show

No visit to London is complete without taking in a West End show. There's something for everyone, with musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera and Matilda to opera and ballet at the Royal Opera House and modern dance at Sadler's Wells. Make sure you get your group tickets in advance.

After the show, head to Piccadilly Circus and walk up Regent Street for a post-theatre feast at Veeraswamy, said to be the UK's oldest Indian restaurant.