London in 48 hours! After a few weeks of living here we finally went downtown to check out all of the tourist attractions. I have officially decided that London is my soul city! I was impressed beyond belief of how clean, beautiful, and historical the city is. So here it is.... How to do London in 48 hours! Get your walking shoes on because you're going to see A LOT in a SHORT amount of time.
DAY 1: West side of Thames
For doing 2 days in London I suggest splitting your days into the West side and East side of the river. This way you are able to see a lot in a short amount of time and do it efficiently! So here is the WEST side attractions to see!
First stop... Buckingham Palace! Home of the Queen. We are super bummed that we missed the changing of the guard. If you want to catch it make sure you are there Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday from 11:00-11:45! The palace is so much bigger than I had imagined and has the most beautiful architecture. I'm wishing the Queen would adopt me so I can move in!
Next check out Hyde Park. There are so many parks in England, and 3 in the general area of Buckingham. You can't go wrong with any of them! We loved walking through the park and seeing the gorgeous fall leaves. There isn't much decorating for Halloween in the UK so it was the first time that truly felt like fall!
Check out Trafalgar Square and Soho! There are awesome restaurants, shopping, and markets. It reminds me of a UK version of Times Square. London has some amazing musicals playing right now! Wicked, Aladdin, Book of Mormon Musical, Dream Girls, and more! Trying to get Gavin to see Wicked ASAP?
St. Pauls Cathedral is one of the oldest standing buildings in London that survived the historic fires. If you make it there before 6pm you are able to go inside and check it out.
Westminster Abbey. The Abbey is probably my favorite spot in London. It is so magical in person and defies any picture you have ever seen of it!
Big Ben! Note: The clock tower is under construction until 2020.
The Queens Tower. Where parliament holds all their meetings.
DAY 2: East side of Thames
The London Eye. It is located directly across the river from Big Ben. The Eye is surrounded by so many fun things for families. Restaurants, shopping, carousels, swings, and live music!
Stop and watch the street performers. They are so talented and located on every corner! This one is our favorite. He blows fire out of his trumpet while playing classic pop songs. Amazing!
Stop and take all the touristy pictures you want. No shame! There are red phone booths, Harry Potter locations (Platform 9 3/4 in Kings Cross), and tons more!
Have lunch or dinner at the Shard! It is the second tallest building in Europe, and the tallest in London! They have a bunch of different restaurants in the Shard and are pretty swanky. They all require a dress code and some have an age requirement of 16 to be able to dine there. You will find the most incredible view of London from the Shard!
For some other dining suggestions, try a street cart and eat on a bench or some steps that you find... Blaire Waldorf style! You'll feel like a true local.
The London Bridge and the Tower Bridge are located right next to the Shard and lead to the tower of London. This area is the most historic part of London because it is where the city began. Across the bridge you will also find the museum of London and tons of other historic things to do!
Other London favorites:
Find a bubble waffle food cart! There is one located across from Hyde Park, and one located under Blackfriars Bridge in the tunnel. You won't regret it!
If you are Vegan or Vegetarian London is the city for you! They have options at almost every restaurant and have tons of 100% vegan restaurants.
London has so many amazing bakeries and coffee shops. Try them out! We love Coffee Lab and Costa!
Also happy birthday to business partner, co-blogger, and husband Gavin! This was Gavin's birthday weekend and we celebrated in true London fashion❤️