London in 48 Hours

November 3, 2017

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❤️

 



22 Comments

  1. mziqbal

    November 4, 2017

    Thanks Kelsey for sharing wonderful blogs related to travel and reaching true destination. Happy Birthday to Gavin this weekend.
    May you both have blessed life ahead.

  2. travelgarb

    November 4, 2017

    Good post. You did confuse me for a bit as Londoners normally refer to north and south of the river, rather than east and west! But I see what you mean – there is a bend around the parliament area that makes it run north-south, therefore having east and west banks. Happy birthday to Gavin!

  3. Simon Lindley

    November 4, 2017

    Westminster Abbey is one of my favourites also. I visited London in 2007 for two weeks, and loved it.

  4. bigadventuresblog

    November 4, 2017

    Nice–London is a fun city!

  5. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 4, 2017

    Haha yes! East and west makes more sense to us Americans to comprehend. But you got it!

  6. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 4, 2017

    Awesome! I think Westminster will always be my favorite spot as well!?

  7. crazywriterof6

    November 4, 2017

    What a beautiful place! My wife has a longing dream to go there someday. Hopefully someday. Awesome photos.

  8. foxxmetamatic

    November 5, 2017

    So glad you enjoyed it. London is even better AWAY from these big sites though, there are a million more interesting ‘secret’ places

    Let us know if you want some tips

  9. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 5, 2017

    Yes! We have been exploring outside of London too. We live in south London so we have most explored the south. We just went to Winchester and Southampton. And we are going to Brighton in a few days!

  10. howtobejillian

    November 6, 2017

    Now I want to go back to London!

  11. pourlebebe

    November 6, 2017

    This. Is. AWESOME! We did Paris before we had kids and dream of London!! I love your photos and explanations of everything. Too fabulous!!

  12. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 6, 2017

    Thank you! You will have to make the trip once you can leave the kiddos. It’s a dream city?

  13. iz9x

    November 7, 2017

    Loved this post. Definitely would keep this in mind when I go back to London.

  14. Sophia Ismaa

    November 8, 2017

    Great post!
    Sky Garden is also a wonderful place to visit, the interior in itself is magical. Lloyds Park in Wathamstow is great for its versality as they have cafes, gardens, skate ramps and even a circle of swings where you can quite literally swing into each other. Regents Park has various artwork and designs including a Mickey Mouse sculpture!

  15. westcoastcitygirl

    November 8, 2017

    London is one of my favourite cities! I love to walk the Southbank. Looks like you guys had a great time!

  16. Bravo

    November 12, 2017

    Great ideas and photos. Thanks for sharing!

  17. katartizoheart

    November 12, 2017

    Ive never been abroad, but your blog causes me to want to book a trip asap!

  18. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 12, 2017

    You should definitely do it!?

  19. synapticboomstick

    November 28, 2017

    Finally catching up now that I’m off public Wifi. Happy belated birthday to Gavin! 😀

    I’m intrigued by these “bubble waffles” you speak of.

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