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London in 3 days, plus a couple of day trips out of town

In our opinion, London is the greatest city in the world. The museums, the theatres, the history, there is truly something for everyone!

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by emma and david, teamthomastravelsAbout Me:We're a husband and wife travel blogging couple from the UK. Since we met in 2015, we have travelled as much as possible. Between us we have visited around 50 countries and 6 continents - just need to make it to Australia/New Zealand to hi... read more

EuropeUnited Kingdom, France2 days / July 2019

Highs & Lows

The free museums are among the best in the world.

Not the cheapest city in the world, London can also be VERY busy in summer

Itinerary Overview

Doing London justice in 3 days is a challenge, but we have written a whistle stop itinerary that takes in all the main highlights for day 1. 

For day 2 we've listed some museum recommendations. London has many many museums, but in our opinion these are the best. 

For day 3, we've suggested some further afield options in the city where you can get out of the centre and really explore the different neighbourhoods of London, from pastel coloured Portobello Road to historic Greenwich.

We've also suggested some easy day trips out of London, all very accessible by train and a fabulous way to extend your trip and explore the best of Britain.

  • 2 Nights: London
    In our opinion, this is the greatest city in the world.
  • Day trip: Windsor
    An ancient Royal residence and beautiful historic town.
  • Day trip: Hampton Court Palace
    Henry VIII's palace with magnificent gardens
  • Day trip: Stratford-upon-Avon
    Shakespeare's home, a world renowned theatre and a beautiful historic town
  • Day trip: Hitchin Lavender
    Pretend you're in the south of France and wander through aromatic purple fields of lavender. Dreamy!
  • Day trip: Paris
    Fancy a mad one? Why not pay a flying visit to another stunning capital city...

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    We would have maybe made the trip 4 days long so that we could have split day one into two, it was A LOT of pavement pounding!

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Be prepared for changeable weather, this is Britain after all! We've been caught out a few times, so always pack an umbrella.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    If you have a contactless card you can use it on the underground and buses. It will cap each day, the same as an Oyster Card (travel pass by Transport for London). You can also buy an Oyster Card, but you will need to keep topping it up.

  • Packing tips?

    Your camera! London has some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. And layers, British weather is fickle.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Make the most of the London Underground (or "the Tube"), it runs frequently and covers the whole city. Also a lot of central London is very walkable!

  • Any surprises?

    While walking to the Tower of London. we stumbled upon the gorgeous St Dunstan in the East. It's a ruined church, partly destroyed during the Blitz of WWII, now a lush green overgrown oasis.


  • Like any major city, London has a huge range of hotels to suit every budget. We like using Booking.com to look for good deals. The Colonnade in Little Venice is very romantic if you want a treat, and chains like Travelodge and Premier Inn can be found throughout the city. If you can, try to stay out of the centre in Zone 3+ to find cheaper room rates, and catch the tube back in.