London is such an iconic city in Europe. It is a city with tons of history, amazing sites to explore, and days and days of adventures to be had. Luckily, I was able to spend a full week enjoying all the sites in London and 7 days was the perfect amount of time to explore all the main sites. Narrowing the list down, we settled on the following for our 7-day London Itinerary:
7-day London Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in London & Explore Westminster
We arrived early morning to London’s Heathrow airport. Getting from the airport to our hotel in central London was super easy! We jumped on the high speed express train from the airport and arrived in London’s central Paddington station. From there it was super easy to make connections to the tube to get to our hotel.
After checking in, we set off to explore the Westminster area for our first day in London: see here for the complete post. We arrived early to the Tate Britain Art Museum (free entry) to see some amazing art. We then headed to Big Ben and the Parliament buildings along the Thames River. Our final stop of the day was Westminster Abbey where we attended an evening Evensong service (which was free!)
Day 2: Banks of the Thames
Our second day, we spent exploring the banks of the Thames River: see here for the complete post. Our first stop of the day was the London Eye (27-40 pounds). We enjoyed the ride and views of the city from the south banks, including Big Ben & the Parliament buildings.
After the Eye, we took a toll along the banks of the river before arriving at Tower Bridge. We took a tour of Tower Bridge (8 pounds) and get to walk across the glass floors of the pedestrian walk way. We then went to the Tower of London (24 pounds). to learn more about the history of London and see the crown jewels of the monarch.
Day 3: Windsor
Our third day, we took a day trip from London to explore the town of Windsor: see here for the complete post. Visiting from London was a short train ride (~1 hour) and well worth it! Visiting the quaint little town & Windsor Castle was such a fun escape from the hustle & bustle of downtown London.
Our first stop of the day was Windsor Castle (23 pounds). We spent most of the morning and a bit of the afternoon touring the castle, church, and grounds. After the tour, we headed into the town for a traditional English tea service, complete with crumpets!
Day 4: Buckingham Palace
Our fourth day, we explored the area around Buckingham Palace: see here for the complete post. The first item on the agenda for the day was seeing the changing of the guard at the palace. We arrived at 10AM to get a good spot and the event began at 11AM. This spectacle was full of pomp and pageantry with the marching bands and horses.
After the changing of the guard, we headed to the palace to tour the state rooms (~25 pounds). Lined in the finest gold and richest colors and artifacts, the rooms sparkled with the wealth of the monarch. Following the tour we walked through St. James Park and into SOHO to catch a West End theater show for the night.
Day 5: Red Bus Tour
On day 5 of our 7-day London itinerary, we had an easy day and decided to see all of the city through a double decker bus tour. We booked in advance through the Big Bus tour. This narrated tour took us through all the highlights of the city and was great as we were also able to hop on/off as much as we wanted along the way.
Day 6: Museum Visits
On the sixth day, we spent time exploring some of the best museums in the world: see the complete post here. We started out at the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone. Next, we headed to Trafalgar Square where we relaxed and watched kids playing in the wide open space. We then headed to the National Gallery.
In the evening, we continued on the art theme of the day by booking a graffiti walking tour that took us through some of the coolest side streets to see some amazing art throughout the city.
Day 7: St. Paul’s Cathedral
On our final day in London, we explored St. Paul’s Cathedral: see here for the complete post. Starting the day, we enjoyed a traditional English breakfast (complete with black and white pudding sausage). We then set off to the Cathedral and arranged at ~9:30AM to tour St. Paul’s Cathedral (20-17 pounds).
We started the day with a 528 step climb of the dome which offered spectacular views of the city below! With each level we passed, the views became even better until we reached the Golden Gallery at the top which offered stunning views of all of London. After climbing the dome, we spent time exploring the inside of the church and neighboring area. This was such a spectacular end to our 7-day London itinerary.