24 hours in London

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

London is one of the most diverse, interesting and energetic cities in the world. There’s so much to do in the English capital that visitors often find themselves spoilt for choice. If you’re planning a whistle stop tour of London, we’ve drilled down some of the absolute must-sees so you can make the most of your time there.

London Skyline

Arrive at St Pancras

You’ve pulled into London St Pancras and you’re raring to go. But where to go first? After quickly dropping your bags off at the nearby and very stylish Pullman St Pancras - it’s time to get some food!

St Pancras to Green Park - Victoria Line (3 stops)

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Located in the heart of Piccadilly, The Wolseley is an acclaimed European café-restaurant boasting wonderful food and atmosphere. Breakfast is served in its grand dining rooms with everything from traditional English breakfasts to fresh smoothies.


Sightseeing in Westminster

Once you’ve had your fill at breakfast, you’re in the perfect location to explore some of the historic grandeur that London has to offer. Take a stroll through the beautiful Green Park and take a second to appreciate one of the many open, green spaces in the big city! After passing the Canada Memorial, you’ll find yourself head on with the stunning Buckingham Palace.

Take some time to appreciate the architecture and capture a couple of snaps along the way, before strolling through St James’ Park towards Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben where you’ll be cracking your camera out once more to capture some of the most iconic landmarks of London.


Get a culture fix in Piccadilly

Next, it’s over to Piccadilly Circus! Head down Whitehall and past the Cenotaph, Downing Street (wave to the Prime Minister) and past Winston Churchill’s war rooms towards Trafalgar Square.

Here, you’ll get to experience the true hustle and bustle of London. Spend an hour or so either browsing the shops or take a peek inside the National Gallery which houses works from the likes of Monet, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

Then, either take a quick walk through Chinatown to see its famous gate or walk a couple of streets across to reach Covent Garden.

Covent Garden

Eating out in Covent Garden

By now, you’ll have worked up an appetite, and where better place to rectify that than in Covent Garden? Shops, cafes and bars line these restored market buildings, so finding somewhere to eat won’t be a problem. Treat yourself to a Manousheh from The Lebanese Bakery or enjoy a proper British Pie from the Battersea Pie Company. You can’t leave Covent Garden without something a little sweeter, and creme de la crepe has everything you could ever wish for and more.

Enjoy some of the street performers in the piazza, browse around some of the stalls, or just sit on the steps and watch the world go by with a coffee in hand. Next, we’re heading south of the river. Either take a 20-minute leisurely walk across the Thames along Waterloo Bridge or circle back to Leicester Square to catch the tube.

Leicester Square to Waterloo - Northern Line (3 stops)


Visit the attractions in Southbank

London’s Southbank is a constant hive of activity and there’s plenty here to keep you entertained. Take a stroll along the street-art-clad Leake Street Arches and quirky Gabriel’s Wharf. If you’re still feeling peckish, pick up some street food or stop for a drink in one of the many bars.

Once you’ve had a wander around, head to the iconic London Eye to get a birds eye view of the city. Enjoy 360° moving views from the heart of the city whilst overlooking the places you visited earlier including the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. You can even see as far as Windsor Castle on a good day! Head to The London Dungeon next and learn about the capital’s perilous past, or if that’s not your scene, head to the Southbank Centre to get your culture fix.

Now it’s time to head back to the hotel for a freshen up, before heading out to see what London offers in the nighttime!

Waterloo to Euston - Northern Line (7 stops)


Grab a bite to eat in Soho

After you’ve refreshed and revitalised, hop back on the tube to London’s Soho where it’s time to grab a bite to eat.

10 Greek Street is one of the original ‘farm-to-table’ restaurants in London, focusing on Mediterranean influenced cuisine. Featuring a daily changing, seasonal menu and an evolving, exciting, reasonably priced wine list, make sure to ask for the 'little black book', a hand-written list of rarer wine gems.

Euston to Tottenham Court Road (3 stops)

West End

Enjoy a show in the West End

Once you’ve enjoyed some wining and dining, the West End is calling! There are a total of 39 theatres in the West End, so there are plenty of shows to choose from! From the oldest theatre in London - The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which opened in May 1663, to the newest - Trafalgar Studios which was built in 2004.

Now, it’s showtime - enjoy!

After you’ve sang and danced your heart out, a nightcap is calling your name before you head back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest. LSQ Rooftop offers an amazing view of London and is the perfect place to soak up the last of the big city and reflect on your whistle stop tour.

Leicester Square Station to Russell Square - Piccadilly Line (3 stops)

The following morning after a leisurely meander to the station, hop on board your comfortable East Midlands Railway service, and head home!

24 hours in London is certainly not enough time to uncover everything that it has to offer, but is a good amount of time to scratch the surface. And with regular services from the East Midlands direct to London, there’s every opportunity to keep revisiting time and time again! Don’t forget, we now have earlier and later trains into and out of London as well as faster travel times, so you’ve got more options than ever to make it to the capital.

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