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Are you planning to spend a weekend in London and looking for the perfect London 2-day itinerary? You’ve come to the right place!

After living in the UK for so many years, visiting London has become something I became more than comfortable with.

London is a huge city and 2 days is nowhere near enough to see it all (actually a lifetime is probably not enough to see it all!) but it will be a good amount of time to see most of the famous landmarks.

In this guide, you will discover exactly how to spend 2 days in London. This includes an itinerary but also recommendations in terms of transportation and accommodation.

How to get to London

London is one of the best-connected cities in the world. There are so many ways to get there and the good news is, it usually is pretty cheap.

There are 6 airports in London and you could be flying to any of them: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted and London Southend.

If you are flying from outside of Europe, you will be likely to be heading to Heathrow.

If you are coming from Europe, you will surely be flying to Gatwick (especially with Easyjet) or Stansted or Lutton (Ryanair).

You can score some really cheap flights to any of these airports however, make sure to look where you are going since these airports are much further from the city centre than you may expect.

Click here to see the best fares to London.

Finally, if you are coming from Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam, you can opt for the Eurostar. Though the tickets are usually a bit more expensive, it’s much quicker and easier.

You will arrive at St Pancras which is a fairly central location and won’t have to ‘waste’ much time in public transport then. It’s very practical.

Click here to see the prices for the Eurostar.

How to get from the airports to London

As previously mentioned, the airports in London are pretty far from the city centre and there are different ways to get to the centre.

Here is how to proceed for each airport:

  • From Heathrow: Take the tube to central London. The best (and cheapest) way is to take the Piccadilly line to central London. Alternatively, you can take a train to Paddington but they work out a bit more expensive.
  • From Gatwick: Take a national train service to Blackfriars or Victoria. You will see the Gatwick Express being mentioned a lot and while it’s a bit quicker, it’s also much more expensive. Taking a ‘normal’ train is the best way. Alternatively, you can also take a National Express bus to Victoria. It’s cheaper but also much longer.
  • From Stansted. If you are on a budget, take a National Express bus to Victoria. It takes about 2 hours. The quicker option (and about the same price) is to take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street. This comes in handy if you are planning to visit East London.
  • From Lutton. The easiest and cheapest way is to take a National Express Bus to London Victoria. It takes a couple of hours.

How to get around London

Underground Sign in London

First, before we get into details, let’s be clear about something. London Public transport system is absolutely amazing and that’s exactly what you should be using.

While there are a lot of taxis and Ubers, they can be super expensive and London is enough expensive as it is. There is no need to add more unless you really have to.

You should always prioritise public transport in London. Between the buses and the tube, you will have more than enough!

PRO TIP: Google Maps is excellent for public transport in London. You just need to add your destination and it will tell you exactly which bus or tube to take. It will even tell you the live times and everything!

Now, there are two main ways you can pay for public transport: with an oyster card or a contactless debit / credit card.

Using a bank card is the easiest, most convenient and cheapest way. You just need to tap it in when you enter the tube or the bus and it will charge you accordingly.

That having been said, if your bank charges you fees because of the change of currency, it won’t be ideal.

Instead, you can get an Oyster card for £5 and top it up with a set amount. Each time you will use it, it will take the relevant amount off your card and let you know on the screen how much is left on it.

If you follow this itinerary for London in 2 days, £15 on your Oyster card should be more than enough.

IMPORTANT: London public transport is not cheap however there is a daily cap at £12.60 which means that once you’ve spent this amount in the space of 24 hours, you can travel without being charged more.

If possible, try to gather all your trips on the same day so you don’t get charged more than that.

Where to stay in London for 2 days

Hotel in London near Tower of London

Firstly, let’s talk about location. If you are only staying in London for 2 days, it’s important to choose a very central hotel.

It may not look like it but London is huge! As tempting as it can be to try to get cheaper accommodation a bit further, that’s a choice you will regret. 

You may end up spending hours on public transport even though it didn’t seem that far on the map.

To give you a frame of reference, London is 15 times bigger than Paris so yeah, it’s big!

Also, if you have to take public transport all the time, you might end up spending more than you would by just staying in the centre.

Now, if you want to follow this itinerary, there are two places that will be particularly convenient, the Westminster area and the City of London.

Here are some recommendations.

Budget accommodation in London

Pickwick Hall is a hostel located in Bloomsbury. It’s one of the cheapest places to stay in the city while still being nice and within walking distance of the main attractions. See prices here.

Wombat’s Hostel is a bit further, in East London. It’s by the Jack the Ripper museum but still, only a few minutes walk from the Tower of London. You will need to take a bus to Charing Cross for the first day (but it’s only 20 to 25 minutes). Rather than that, it’s a great hostel and very good value for money. See prices here.

Mid-range accommodation in London

Leonardo Royal London City is ideally located near Tower Hill and offers the perks of a 4-star hotel at an unbeatable price! See prices here.

If you are a Harry Potter fan, I would highly recommend staying at the Georgian House Hotel. It’s near Victoria Station which is still very central and they have Harry Potter themed rooms! It’s super cool! See prices here.

Luxury accommodation in London

Cheval Three Quays at The Tower of London is ideally located right by the Tower of London. This is not a hotel exactly but more of a luxury aparthotel which is ideal for couples and groups who want to have more flexibility. See prices here. 

The Savoy is located on the Strand in Covent Garden. In terms of location, it doesn’t get any better than that! It’s a 5-star hotel that has been running since 1889. It’s also home to some world-famous restaurants including one of Gordon Ramsay’s.

Basically, if you are looking for the ultimate luxurious experience in London, this is it!

Your 2-day London Itinerary: Step-to-step guide to visiting London in 2 days

Now, it’s time to discover exactly how to spend your weekend in London.

You will find below the perfect London 2-day itinerary which includes where to go, how to and what to see.

Before we get started, it’s important to know that you won’t get to see everything in only 2 days so we focused on the parts where you can find the most famous landmarks which are the city of London and Westminster.

London Itinerary Day 1: Westminster

Your first day in London will be spent in Westminster which is where you can find most of the iconic landmarks and everything that has to do with the British monarchy.

This day is going to be pretty full-on but I promise, it will be worth it!

It’s important to note that you will only be able to do all of these if you don’t visit everything or opt for the walking tour since you’ll see a lot of them with the guide.

Ultimately, there is no pressure to do everything. You can take your time, I just wanted to give you some options. If you feel tired, just feel free to stop whenever you want!

Stop 1: Covent Garden

Covent Garden in London

Firstly, let’s head to Covent Garden. This is a famous spot when it comes to luxury shopping.

Here you will find a gorgeous square with a covered market housing designer shops and other cute ones such as the Moomin Shop.

It is a pretty fancy area and definitely one of the most expensive parts of London.

The reason why you should head there first is that it can get very busy during the day but if you go there in the morning (before 10AM), then it’s very quiet and you truly get to enjoy the place.

READ MORE: The Ultimate 1 Day in London Itinerary: exactly how to spend one day in London

Stop 2: Leicester Square

Harry Potter Statue in London

Once you’ve walked around Covent Garden, walk to Leicester Square.

This is one of the most famous squares in London and there is a lot to see around here.

You will find a lot of theatres but also statues of famous fictional characters such as Harry Potter on his Nimbus 2000 or Mary Poppins.

Leicester Square is a place where locals come to celebrate events (like the world cup of Football for example).

It can get very crowded and that’s why it’s a good place to visit ‘early’ in the morning. The experience will be much more pleasant.

Another reason to visit is to head to the famous M&M’s and Lego stores.

Stop 3: Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square in London

From Leicester Square, take the street down to Trafalgar Square. 

This is, again, a very important place in the city since all the main political events and demonstrations happen here!

There is a lot to see around this square including the National Art Gallery (which you can visit for free if you want!), Nelson’s column, the lions, the fountain and other statues.

You will see that there is a colourful statue just in front of the National Art Gallery (on the lefthand side). 

This one changes from time to time so if it’s not your first time in London, you’ll notice that it’s probably not the same one. 

There has been a giant thumb, a blue rooster and a cherry on cream!

Nelson’s Column is here to commemorate general Nelson who died during the battle of Trafalgar.

Stop 4: Buckingham Palace

Buckingham palace in London Westminster

From Trafalgar Square, head towards the ‘arch’ on the mall and walk all the way up to Buckingham Palace. 

You will have St James Park on your left and will discover loads of buildings on the side as well.

This avenue is very important since it hosts processions. For example, if you’ve ever seen images of the funeral of Princess Diana, you will recognise it. 

After walking for a few minutes, you will reach the famous Buckingham Palace. This is the official residence of the British monarch.

In other words, that’s the house of the Queen!

FUN FACT: When you get to the palace, you’ll notice there is a flag on top. If this one is the Royal Standard that means the Queen is inside the palace. If it’s the Union Jack, that means she isn’t in the palace.

One of the main reasons to visit is to see the changing of the guard. This happens at 11 AM, every day in June and July and on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during the rest of the year.

While this is, for sure, a very unique thing to see, it’s also a very popular event which means that it can get very busy.

If you want to get to see the guard leaving the palace, you will need to get there at least 30 minutes before.

St James Palace Changing of the Guards in London

PRO TIP: If you are not fussed about seeing the guards leaving Buckingham palace, there is a much better spot to see them.

It’s St James Palace, on Malborough Road.

This used to be the royal palace before Buckingham. It’s made of bricks and when you discover it you might be thinking “what??? A royal palace?”. Yes, that’s right!

While the palace doesn’t seem that impressive at first, it definitely was back in the days and the way you can see that is by looking at the chimneys.

You see, back in the days, having a chimney was a sign of wealth and the more you had, the richer you were.

Ultimately that meant that you were wealthy enough to be able to heat all the rooms.

Once you get to the palace, look at the chimneys and you’ll see there are more that you can count!

Anyway, back to business now. 

The reason why you should stand in front of St James Palace is that it’s where the guard heads to. They will retrieve in the court and in the palace.

Most people don’t come here so it’s less busy and since the street is much narrower, you’ll get to see the guards much closer.

PRO TIP: If you want to learn more about London and the history of the city, I highly recommend joining a walking tour of Westminster.

It’s very interesting and great value for money. You will learn many stories (including some very funny ones!) about London and the royals. 

The guide will also give you many tips to enjoy your visit.

Stop 5: St James Park

St James Park in London

St James Park is located right by Buckingham Palace. It’s one of the 8 royal parks in the city.

It’s a very cute park and you can follow the path from the palace all the way to Churchill’s war chambers.

Along the way, you’ll see different animals such as ducks, geese and loads of squirrels.

Please note that you shouldn’t be feeding the animals and while you may see some people doing it, it’s not something you should be doing.

One of the best parts of the park is the little bridge. You can snap some very nice photos there!

FUN FACT: If you’ve seen the movie 101 Dalmatians, you might remember that Pongo pulls Roger on a bike all the way until he falls in the water. This part was filmed in St James Park.

Bonus Stop: Churchill War Rooms

Once you get to the exit of St James Park, you should be right in front of Churchill War Rooms.

This is a pretty important place since that’s where the office from which Churchill would coordinate Britain’s war efforts are located.

In other words, they are the actual war rooms and were turned into a museum.

If you are not interested in learning more about WWII and Britain’s role, you can just have a quick look at the entrance and make your way to the parliament.

If, on the other hand, it’s something you want to know more about, it’s definitely worth a visit. You will learn so much and it’s a great experience.

HOW TO VISIT: It is a pretty popular site so you should make sure to book your ticket in advance. 

You can also opt for a Churchill guided tour of London which includes the entry to the war rooms.

Finally, if you are planning to do several attractions in the city, you should think about taking the London Pass since the Churchill War Rooms are included.

Stop 6: Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey in London

From the Churchill War Rooms, walk another 5 minutes until you reach Parliament Square. There are a lot of things to see around this particular square but your first stop will be Westminster Abbey.

It’s one of the most famous abbeys in the world! 

Coronations have been taking place here since 1066! That’s a lot of British monarchs.

But that’s not all, Westminster Abbey is also known for being where most royal weddings take place!

Though the wedding between Prince Charles and Diana was in St Paul’s, this is actually an exception. Usually, royal weddings are celebrated in Westminster Abbey.

If you’ve watched the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, you will recognise it!

Finally, Westminster Abbey is also known for the people who are buried there. There are 17 monarchs buried in Westminster Abbey as well as some famous British scientists, writers and poets (such as Isaac Newton and Charles Dickens).

HOW TO VISIT: You can see the abbey from the outside and while very impressive, it is inside that the true magic happens.

However, you will need to buy an entrance ticket to visit the abbey. It’s much better to do it in advance since it can sell out quickly and you rarely get a last-minute one.

Westminster Abbey is not the cheapest place to visit (nothing is in London) so, if you are on a budget, I’d say that you should keep your money for the Tower of London or a walking tour instead.

Another way you can get to save money would be to take the London Pass for a couple of days and do as many of the paying attractions as possible.

Stop 7: Big Ben & Palace of Westminster

Big Ben and houses of Parliament in London

Your next stop on this weekend in London itinerary will be the iconic Big Ben!

From Parliament Square, you get to see both Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster (which is the official name of the Parliament).

There is a lot to know about these landmarks and if you joined the walking tour of Westminster you will learn all about it!

But to give you a bit of insight, this is where Guy Fawkes was discovered in 1605. This attack, known as the Gunpowder plot, is the origin of Bonfire night (which happens every year on the 5th of November).

It’s also where the members of Parliament gather still to this day!

FUN FACT: Big Ben’s official name actually is Elizabeth Tower. Nobody is quite sure why it’s nicknamed Big Ben but the most common theory you will hear is that it was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the first commissioner of works, who was a rather big man.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: If you are visiting before the end of 2022, you won’t actually get to see much of Big Ben. There is scaffolding all around it. It’s part of a years-long renovation process.

Now there are a few places where you should go to get to observe Big Ben and the Parliament from their best angles.

Here there are:

  1. On Great George Street, on the other side of the statue of Abraham Lincoln, you will see two red phone boxes. These are some of the best photo spots in the city since you can take an iconic British photo with the red phone booth and Big Ben.
  2. Once you’re done here, cross the street and walk to Westminster Bridge. Stay on the right side. From the bridge, you get pretty nice views of the Parliament, Big Ben and the Thames. On the other side, you will also see the London Eye.
  3. Once you crossed the bridge, go down the stairs on your right (not the side where the wheel is). Walk down the few steps and go to the wall. You will be facing Big Ben here and it’s the best place to take photos of it! Best of all? Most people don’t go there because they all rush to the London Eye. This means that it won’t be busy and you won’t have any strangers in your photo!

Stop 8: London Eye

London Eye in London

Cross the road and starts walking to the London Eye on the Queen’s walk. This is a pretty busy part of London since you will find the wheel but also London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure London and Sealife.

The London Eye is the most popular paid attraction in the British capital so if you’d like to go on it, you need to book your ticket in advance.

The London Eye is also called the Millenium Wheel and is one of the tallest in the world. It’s 135 meters tall which means that once you get to the top, you will discover beautiful views of the city.

On a clear day, you can see as far as Windsor Castle!

PRO TIP: Book the fast track ticket so you won’t have to queue for hours in front of the wheel!

Please note that while it used to be the highest point in the city, this is not the case anymore. If you want to get to a higher point, you’ll need to go to the Shard.

Also, if you don’t want to ride the London Eye (which is totally understandable, all these entrance tickets add up!), there are two places where you can get great views.

The first one is at the wheel itself so you truly get to see how big it is.

The second one is on the other side of the Thames, by the Monument to the RAF. Here you will be standing right in front of the wheel and it’s a great place to take photos (but you’ll have to walk a bit and it’s a busy spot).

Stop 9: South Bank

From the London Eye, keep walking a couple of minutes on the Queen’s walk and you will get to South Bank.

If you are visiting on a weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday), you will find here the Southbank Centre Food Market.

This little market is full of street food stalls that serve delicious (and affordable) dishes. You can get some French duck, burgers, halloumis… and plenty more!

This is a great spot to get some food or a snack.

If you are visiting in winter, you will also find a Christmas market just under the bridge.

Cocktails at Las iguanas in London

PRO TIP: Once you go up, by the bridges, you’ll see there are a few restaurants there including Las Iguanas. This chain offers 2 for 1 cocktails until 7 PM so it can be a good place to grab a drink. You can get 2 cocktails for £10 or £11 in one of the best locations in London!

Stop 10: Oxford Circus

HEADS UP: If you chose not to visit the War Rooms, Westminster Abbey and London Eye, you should have more than enough time to do what is left for the rest of the day. 

If you visited these places though, you might be a bit short on time and quite tired. If that’s the case, I’d recommend only going and checking out Piccadilly Circus and China town and calling it a day for today.

If you still have some energy, keep reading.

From South Bank, you’ll see two bridges: ​​Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges.

One of them is for the trains but the other one is pedestrian. Take it and cross the Thames. You will arrive at Embankment Station where you can take the Bakerloo line to Oxford Circus.

Get off the tube at Oxford Circus and start making your way down on Regent Street. You will find loads of shops here including huge Primark, H&Ms and more!

Stop 11: Carnaby Street & SOHO

Carnaby Street in London

From Regent Street, turn towards SOHO and head to Carnaby Street.

SOHO stands to South of Houston Street. It is one of the liveliest neighbourhoods in London and one of the best places to visit in London in 2 days, especially in the evening.

It’s also known for being the centre of London’s LGBT+ community and that is why you will find so many colourful places and gay bars.

The atmosphere is so amazing and fun!

You will also find loads of local shops selling unique clothes and accessories.

One of the best places to see all of that is Carnaby Street. It’s always very well decorated with loads of glittery stuff and the buildings are very colourful!

You’ll want to take loads of pictures there.

All in all, SOHO is a great place to have a wander and walk around. You will also find many bars and pubs where you can grab a drink.

Stop 11: China Town

Chinatown in London

From SOHO, you can walk all the way down to China Town. The arch is located on Gerrard Street. There also are loads of Chinese lanterns in the main street.

This is a great place to grab food since there are loads of Chinese restaurants!

They serve great food and some of them are very affordable.

Stop 12: Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus in London

Once you’re done with food, head to Piccadilly Circus.

I know you could have walked there a couple of times already but it is important you get to see it at night.

Piccadilly Circus is kind of London’s answer to Times Square. It’s set in the middle of the theatre quarter and features giant advertising boards.

You will also find the statue of Eros in the middle, in front of the Underground exit.

The reason why you should visit it at night is that it’s much more impressive than during the day. 

There are a lot of lights at night and it makes the place much more magical and unique.

FUN FACT: Piccadilly Circus was featured at the beginning of the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You could see Harry, Ron and Hermione there. For this scene, Piccadilly Circus had to be shut down for a couple of days. It’s very unique since Piccadilly is never, ever, closed!

READ MORE: 20 Best Harry Potter Things to do in London

London Itinerary Day 2: City of London

Now I know that you did a lot on day 1 so don’t worry, this second day of your weekend in London will be a bit more relaxed.

You will still get to see a lot but there will be less walking involved.

Here, you will discover a different part of the city which is City of London. This is the economical centre of the city, where most of the offices and companies are.

It’s also the part that was bombed the most during the Blitz so there are a lot of connections with WWII.

Finally, that’s where you can find the original walls of the city of London, built by the Romans.

Stop 1: Tower of London

Tower of London in East London

You will start the second day of this 2-day itinerary for London at the Tower of London.

If you chose to stay in this part of the city, you may be able to get there on foot. If not, don’t worry, you can simply take the tube to Tower Hill. It’s on the district and circle lines.

From there, walk down to the Tower of London.

The Tower of London is the iconic castle in London as well as a World Heritage Site. It was built by William the Conqueror as part of the Norman conquests and has been an important landmark for almost 1,000 years now!

The Tower is officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London. That’s where the royals would be kept self for centuries and it’s, still to this day, where the most valuable belongings of the British monarchy are.

Yes, that’s right, the crown jewels are in the Tower of London!

By now you must have understood that it is a pretty amazing place to visit in London in 2 days and if you have to choose only one paid attraction, this would be the best one.

HOW TO VISIT: You need to book your tickets in advance if you want to visit the Tower of London. This can easily be done here

If you bought a London Pass, this will also be included. It’s actually one of the best things included in the Pass since it’s quite expensive and just the entrance to the Tower will pay for a lot of the pass.

PRO TIP: You can stay as long as you want in the Tower. On average people stay around 3 hours so I highly recommend booking the earliest slot available (usually 10 AM).

That way you will get out between 12 PM and 1 PM and can then get a nice lunch.

Stop 2: Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge in London

Seeing Tower Bridge is a must-do that should be on any 2-day itinerary for London.

It is located right by the Tower of London, literally, a couple of minutes walk away.

A lot of people call it the London Bridge but that’s actually a mistake. London Bridge is a completely different one and actually the next one up!

London Bridge is famous because it was the first crossing of the Thames and it’s also known for Traitor’s Gate which is where the heads of traitors would be spiked (like Guy Fawkes’ for example).

While it is an important bridge historically, Tower Bridge is definitely much prettier.

Tower Bridge is one of the best examples of neo-gothic architecture in Europe. It was the most sophisticated bascule bridge in the world when it was inaugurated and it still is in use nowadays.

Actually, if you are in luck, you might even see it in action!

When a large boat has to go under the bridge, the traffic is stopped and the bridge is lifted up. It’s very impressive!

You can walk on the bridge and cross the river for free. There are pavements on the side and you are more than welcome to use them.

At some point, you will see there is a desk that sells tickets. This is if you want to go in the towers.

You can do so if you wish but it’s important to know that you do not have to pay to actually cross the bridge.

Once you’re on the other side, take the stairs down to the Queen’s walk. You will be by the river and that’s an excellent place to take photos of the bridge.

Stop 3: The Queen’s Walk & HMS Belfast

Warship HMS Belfast in London

The Queen’s walk is one of the most pleasant ‘promenades’ in the UK. It’s a great place to go for a stroll, especially on a nice and sunny day and you’ll get to see a lot of landmarks from there.

About 5 to 10 minutes after starting the walk, you will find the HMS Belfast.

If you are interested in learning more about WWII, this will be an excellent place to do so!

The HMS Belfast was one of the three British ships that went to Normandy for the landings on the 6th of June 1944.

Out of the three, only this one was not bombed and made it back home.

It was the flagship boat and went to the Gold and Juno beaches in Normandy.

You will find it along the quays and can admire it from the outside or buy a ticket and visit it inside.

PRO TIP: The tickets cost between £20 and £25. While it’s a very interesting thing to visit, it’s not necessarily something that should be your priority when spending only 2 days in London except you are fascinated by the Second World War. If you don’t have any particular interest in the matter, you can probably skip it.

Stop 4: London Bridge

London Bridge in London UK

If you keep walking for a few minutes you will reach London Bridge. 

As previously mentioned, this is not the prettiest of bridges but there are a few interesting facts to know about it:

  • London Bridge was the original crossing built by the Romans
  • The bridge was initially made of wood
  • This is actually the ‘new’ London Bridge. When it was rebuilt, the old one was sold at auction and eventually sent to Arizona, USA.
  • They use to put the heads of traitors on spikes on London Bridge. It was meant as a warning for people entering the city. Basically, it was a way to say, behave or that’s what’s coming for you. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore!

Now, once you’ve seen the bridge, you will have to walk up and cross the road. 

Then head up a bit towards the bridge, you will find another set of stairs before you actually reach the river (this part is not that obvious but you’ll find it).

Once you walked down, make your way to Borough Market.

Stop 5: Borough Market

borough market in london

​​Borough Market is one of the top things to do in London in 2 days and that will be your perfect lunch spot!

It is the oldest food market in the city. It has been around since the 12th century! Pretty impressive, right? 

Although you can find food stands that sell products, the reason why you should visit it is for the street food.

There are over 100 traders in Borough Market so no matter what kind of food you want, you can be pretty sure to find it here.

Greek, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean… everything is here!

Borough Market in London
Stalls at Borough Market in London

On top of that, it’s quite cheap for London! You can get a really nice meal for under £10 here. You will also get served quite quickly which can save you time if you don’t want to sit for a meal.

Finally, it’s also great if you are travelling with someone that doesn’t have the same food taste. You can all get different things and still eat together!

PRO TIP: If you are a foodie who loves to try delicious food, you can also join the 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour. You’ll get to try loads of amazing dishes and it all starts here in Borough Market.

Stop 6: Shakespeare Globe

Shakespeare Globe in London

Once you’re done at the market, make your way back to the Queen’s Walk. Within a few minutes, you will get to Shakespeare Globe. 

This theatre is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, for which William Shakespeare used to write his plays. 

If you want to learn more about British literature and culture while visiting London in 2 days, you can buy a ticket to enter the theatre for a guided tour.

Once again, this is one of the attractions included in the London Pass.

PRO TIP: I personally recommend booking a ticket for a play. Firstly, it won’t cost you more and you will actually get to see the theatre in action. 

Secondly, it’s a pretty cool place to see a play since it’s a circular theatre which means that the stage is placed in the middle and the audience all around.

You can see what is currently on right here.

Of course, if you want the complete experience, opt for one of Shakespeare’s classics such as Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet.

Stop 7: Millennium Bridge

Crossing the Millennium Bridge in London

If you are a Harry Potter fan wondering what to do in London in two days besides the HP studios, then you will be happy to see that I included another real-life Harry Potter filming location, the Millennium Bridge.

As you keep walking for a minute from the Globe, you will reach the Tate Modern and the Millenium Bridge.

The Tate Modern is a fantastic museum and it’s free to enter. If you have some spare time (or if it’s raining), I highly recommend visiting. It’s very very nice!

But if you have a limited amount of time, you will probably need to skip it and head straight to the Millennium Bridge.

As the name may suggest, it was inaugurated in 2000 and became a pretty iconic landmark since.

If you heard some locals talking about it, you may have heard the nickname “Wobbly Bridge”.

This is because some people experienced a very strong movement on the day it was inaugurated.

Everything was fixed since so that’s not something you should worry about but the nickname kind of stuck and a lot of people still call it the wobbly bridge now.

Anyway, let’s move on!

The Millennium Bridge is one of the best places in London to take photos since it’s perfectly aligned with the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. If you stand at the beginning of the bridge and take a photo (straight), the lines of the bridge will lead you straight to St Paul’s.

It’s so pretty! The only issue is that it will be hard to not have strangers in that photo. A lot of people take this bridge and unless you come super early, it’s pretty inevitable.

Now let’s mention quickly the link to Harry Potter. The Millennium Bridge was used as a filming location in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. 

It is called Brockdale Bridge in the books and that’s where there an attack by a death eater which ends up breaking the bridge.

Of course, the bridge was not destroyed in real life, that’s just the work of the amazing CGI team!

Stop 8: St Paul’s Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral in London

Once you crossed the bridge, keep going straight to St Paul’s Cathedral (you can’t really miss it since you can see it since Tower Bridge).

St Paul’s Cathedral is a very famous landmark in London and definitely one of the best things to do in London in 2 days.

It boasts one of the tallest and biggest domes in the world (111 metres high) and was the tallest point in the city until 1963.

The Dome still boasts some of the best views of the city and it’s well worth a visit.

St Paul’s was destroyed during the Great Fire of London and bombed several times during WWII (which is why the Blitz monument stands next to it). It was always rebuilt but the least we can say is that this place saw it all!

Finally, there is another reason why St Paul’s is so famous. It’s where Prince Charles and Diana got married.

This was pretty unusual since royal weddings usually take place at Westminster Abbey.

If you’ve seen photos of the wedding, you will probably remember Diana’s iconic 25-feet long train on the stairs of St Paul’s.

St Pauls in London
Cathedral St Pauls in London

HOW TO VISIT: You can buy your ticket for St Paul’s Cathedral online here.  Alternatively, if you took the London Pass, it will be included in that. 

The London Pass will come in very handy today since you can use it for the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Shakespeare Globe, St Paul’s Cathedral and even the Shard! It will save you a lot of money.

If you wanted to visit Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and the Churchill War Rooms yesterday, make sure to take a 2-day pass, it will save you a lot of money. 

If you didn’t want to do those, then just a 1-day pass for the second day will be enough.

Now that you know exactly how to see London in 2 days, we hope you’ll have an excellent weekend and will get to see loads!

Also, if you are thinking about staying a bit longer, you should check out our other London itineraries!

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