Top things to do in London if you only have 1 day

I try to visit London at least once a year because even though I am now a self proclaimed Country bumpkin there is so much to do and see in London that we miss out on up here. So what should you do if you only have one day?! As there is an endless list of things on offer, I've filtered out the top things you should definitely see if you can.

1. Big Ben & The Houses of Parliament

Kind of an obvious place to start! But you can't go to London without seeing Big Ben. It's big, it's Ben and well, it's iconic. A great photo opportunity not to be missed. It's also close to lots of other sights making it a great starting point. If you're an organised person (unlike me) you can plan ahead and get a guided tour inside Parliament - you can book through this website. Big Ben looks particularly impressive at night when all 4 of it's clock-faces are illuminated in a hazy yellow. 

2. London Eye & The South Bank

Only a stones throw over the river from Big Ben, the London Eye is an amazing opportunity to get a stunning panoramic view across the whole of London. With each capsule weighing 10 tonnes, they can fit up to 25 people and allow you to see over 50 of London's most famous landmarks, all in half an hour! It's just a no-brainer, well except if you have a fear of heights!

3. Buckingham Palace

There is a few ways to make your way to Buckingham Palace but I would highly recommend a stroll down the Mall or a lovely walk through St James' Park. Both are a great way to see some of the best parts of London and to see Buckingham Palace from a distance is equally as spectacular as being up close. The Queen certainly has a nice house! Once you arrive you can peer through the railings at how the other half live or if your lucky enough to be there on a day of the Changing of the Guard, be prepared for a brilliant show! We managed to catch it at the right time once and it was such a treat to see! At certain times of year you can book a tour of the State Rooms - see this website for more info.  

4. Tower of London

The tower of London is stooped in history and it has some gruesome history at that! If you love a good story then the Tower of London will not disappoint! Built by William the Conqueror sometime around 1070 A.D., this historic castle has had many uses, from a home to Monarchs, a jail with many executions, even a zoo! It's also the current home of the Crown Jewels and you can see them for yourself!

By the time you finished marvelling at the Crown Jewels you will most certainly be in need of a drink or two ;) finish off the day in one of London's traditional pubs or one of the many exciting restaurants - you really are spoilt for choice!

A x