London Day Number One
Begin your day with a stroll through Green Park heading towards Buckingham Palace. Tours of Buckingham Palace are available twice a year when Queen Elizabeth is away on her holidays. My family did a fantastic tour with City Wonders of the Changing of the Guards that they absolutely loved. If you have a chance, you should take a stroll through St. James’ Park as the ponds there are lovely and you can find many vantage points or a bench to watch the day go by.
As you may or may not know, many of central London’s tube stops and neighborhoods are quite walkable. From Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park you are able to head to Piccadilly Circus. I highly recommend a meal at Brasserie Zedel at some point!
From either Green Park or Piccadilly Circus, you can head to Covent Garden (one of my favorite areas of London). There is so much to see and absorb. Also, there is quite a bit of shopping that can be done here that is less crowded than Oxford Street/Circus.
Here you will find market stalls, shops, The Seven Dials Market and Neals Yard. Covent Garden is also home to plenty of great food, coffee shops and bars. But our favorite has to be The Delaunay where we love to indulge in their afternoon tea, although they have other options on the menu that seem very tasty. The service here is always amazing and the staff here do a wonderful job of making you feel at home. It feels like a spot that belongs in a glamorous black and white film.
Once you’ve had your fill of teas, scones, and sandwiches you can then again make your way by foot to Trafalgar Square. The National Portrait Gallery is also nearby.
One of my favorite parts of the day, in addition to Covent Garden, of course, is taking the historic number 15 bus to the Tower of London. This bus gives you a tour of the City of London/Financial district/East end without having to walk it. You will drive by London landmarks such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge. It’s both easier and more cost-efficient than taking the tube.
If you’d like to continue on your adventure you can to St. Katherine’s Docks and further to Wapping.
Day Number Two in London
Begin your day at Canary Wharf Station (more on what to do around there here). You can explore the area or head northwest to the Heron Quays DLR station to catch the train towards Lewisham. Make sure to tap in! Related: Things to do in Canary Wharf
There is a lot to do in the Greenwich area from the famous Cutty Sark, Queen’s House and exploring Greenwich Park. I recently had the chance of touring the Cutty Sark and enjoying an afternoon tea. Related: A Photo Guide to Blackheath and Greenwich Park
Begin your tour of Greenwich Market. Depending on how into all of this you are you could spend an hour or two perusing the stalls, shops and immersing yourself in the experience. Take a tour through the Royal Naval College and head to the Queen’s House towards Greenwich Park.
I suggest walking through Greenwich Park to the Greenwich Meridian Line is. Take note that this walk can be steep. If you’re still up for seeing some London views head to the Emirates Airline Experience via North Greenwich station. Once you’ve reached the other side of the experience, hop on the Jubilee Line towards Borough Market where you will be spoiled for choice on the plethora of food options you can consume. For more things in the area check out my guide on what to do near London Bridge.