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London in three days

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Travel Agony Aunt received the following question from a traveler planning a short trip to London:

Dear Travel Agony Aunt,
How can I possibly see London in 3 days?
Terri, age 52, from US

Dear Terri,
I’ve been in London a few times and the first advise I can give you is to wear good water resistant walking shoes. Walking is a great way to discover the city and if you want to stroll around in the company of professional guides there are many London walking tours that will allow you to see the main sights of England’s capital in a few hours.

If you don’t like walking, a very good solution could be to take the hop on/hop off bus tour or to purchase a three day London travel card (Anytime 3 Day Travel Card). The card can be used all day and is valid for the London Tube and the buses and to get discounted fares on the riverboat, a great and alternative way of beating the traffic and admiring fantastic views.

If I were you, I would spend the first day strolling around the city centre. I wouldn’t miss of course London’s highlights like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the shopping area around Oxford Street. In the evening you should definitely spend some hours in Camden Town, one of London’s most vibrant areas full of trendy bars and restaurants.

There are many interesting towns and places to visit in the countryside surrounding London. The following morning I would plan a day trip either to Windsor, Bath or Cambridge, all easily accessible from London by train in short time. Back in London, spend the evening at one of the many world famous theatres such as the National Theatre, West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, the Globe Theatre or the Old Vic.

I would spend the last day visiting museums and art galleries. My absolute favorites are the Tate Modern, one of the best-known modern art museums in the world, the British Museum and the National Gallery.

But don’t be disappointed if you can’t see everything you planned. It’s almost impossible and you can always go back! Enjoy the city atmosphere, relax and have a good time!

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5 responses to “London in three days”

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  1. Peter says:
    September 21st, 2008 at 11:46


    Had you heard of walk talk tours? – the downloadable MP3 audio tours which guide you to the top tourist attractions.

    Ideal for independent travellers visiting London, Edinburgh, York and Manchester.

    Take a look at

  2. Marjorie Golden says:
    September 22nd, 2008 at 16:46

    Windsor is a great side trip. It’s easy and a short trip by train from London. Once there, you can easily catch a tour of Windsor Castle and explore the village.

  3. Marian Powell says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 23:38

    After four wonderful trips in London, I found that the hop on hop off bus tour is the most logical for a short time visit. It allows you to see all areas of London while listening to the audio in your preferred language. One one trip I bought the London pass that allows transport through the city zones as well as the train to Windsor. There is not enough time to take advantage of all the pass has to offer in a short time however. A combination of the two above mentioned would be great but for a group could cost more than the possible worth.

  4. London Tourist Guide says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 14:30

    Nice article. I love London especially hide park which has 625 acres of usable space, which also means that it is a great place for events such as large outdoor concerts or fairs.

  5. Sydney Server says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 17:59

    Had a wonderful trip there last summer. See my video tour here.

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