The best of London in 2 days – Top things to see in London in 2 days

by Alessia

London is our second home and in this guide, we will help you to organize a detailed itinerary for 2 days in London. You will be able to find the top things to see in London in 2 days without missing the most important sightseeing. The UK capital is a big city which is known by the best seller book and movie of Harry Potter. The big city right? A city who’s got his charm but like all the big cities even some defects.

Even if it is the biggest city in Europe, in our guide we will try to make it very simple.  Be ready to walk a lot and be ready to fall in love with one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 
There are many things that will help you to spend well two days in London. We will help you to explore London in two days without missing anything. If you are planning to stay longer in the city, check our London 4 days itinerary.

Itinerary for London in 2 days – Explore London in 2 days 

If it is your first time in the UK capital you will understand why many people don’t like this city. It’s a chaotic capital but needs to be in your bucket list of cities to visit at least once in your life.
The charm of this city never disappear and in your London 2 days itinerary, you want to make the most of it. Start planning your journey in advance and have with you a backup plan in case of bad weather conditions. There are many things to do in London in 2 days so be ready to walk a lot and shot a lot as well.

Day 1

  • Westminster Abbey and the London Eye
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Covent Garden
  • Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus
  • Regent Street and Oxford Circus
  • Tower Bridge
  • SkyGarden

Westminster Abbey and London Eye – What to do in London in 2 days

While organizing an itinerary for London in 2 days, one of the first things would be the “London Eye”
It’s a must-see during your 2 days in the city and you can’t miss to visit it. It’s a gorgeous spot even for photography lovers. 

If you want you can buy a ticket to go up to the London eye here and have a 360 view of the city.
The closest tube is Westminster close to the Parliament where you will find the “Big Ben”, the symbol of this big city. (At the moment the Big Ben is on maintenance work, it should be back to normal in 2020). If it is your first time in London, of course, you can’t miss this stop during your London in 2 days itinerary.

You can find a lot of hotels close to the London Eye, with a beautiful view.
I must say if you are in London just for a couple of days you can’t miss to book any of those hotels just to enjoy the beautiful panorama.

Trafalgar Square – The best of London in 2 days

One of the most popular squares in the city is Trafalgar Square. Once you finish your tour around the London Eye and Westminster Abbey you can easily walk towards Trafalgar Square. 

Here in Trafalgar Square if you want to can visit the National Gallery Museum. All the museums in London are free, you only pay if there is a particular exhibition. 
Closest Tube Station: Charing Cross with Northen Line (Black Line)  and Bakerloo Line (Brown Line)

Leicester Square 

Walking 5 minutes from Trafalgar Square you will be in Leicester Square which is another must-see in London in 2 days. I think is one of the busiest parts of the city, after Bank station, of course. Once you will reach Leicester Square on the right, with only another 5 minutes away, you can reach Covent Garden. On the left, you will go forward to Piccadilly Circus.

We recommend you to visit both as are top things to do in London in 2 days. While spending your time in Leicester Square, at some point you will find your happiness. The M&M’s store, a huge store of chocolate waiting for you.

Covent Garden – London itinerary 2 days

Not far from Leicester Square only 5 minutes away, you will find Covent Garden consider one of the most famous spots in London. The central area of Covent Garden is known as the Apple Market where you will find lots of shops and restaurants where to grab something to eat as well.

Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus

Have you ever been to New York? Well, this is the equivalent of Times Square but maybe a bit smaller. Piccadilly is one of the things to see in London in 2 days and it’s known for its multiple road crossing and huge advertising billboards. Once you will walk through those two important streets in London you will arrive in Oxford Street. Be ready to spend hours shopping while walking from Regent Street.

For example, if you have kids, or not, there is Hamleys, five floors of toys, puzzles, and legos.

After spending one hour in this shop you will reach Oxford Circus, where on your right-hand side, next to Marble Arch door and Tottenham Court Road, here you go the biggest Primark ever.
Do you know what is it? A woman’s dream, accessorize clothes, everything that you might need for men, woman, and kids. Be careful men when a woman goes to Primark be ready that it will be the end.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is another important sightseeing and needs to be in your list of the best things to do in London in 2 days. You can enjoy a lovely walk on the top of the bridge and if you want you can visit it inside as well.
If you book here the Hop-on Hop-off Tour of the city you will have the access to the Tower Bridge inside as well.

Skygarden – Explore London in 2 days 

It is the best viewpoint of London which is free to access, and you can see the best part of the city and print in your brain this amazing landscape of the city.
Is located in the heart of the city, easy to reach it and the closest tube is Bank. The ticket is free, but you must book in advance. It’s a huge skyscraper where once you will arrive on the 35th floor, trust me, it will be amazing. 

As access is free, you can book the ticket only online and just for the month not for the following one. Usually, there is no restriction about the time, so if you spend more then an hour don’t worry about it, nothing will happen. You can stop by and go to the bar for a drink, it won’t be cheap but at least you will enjoy the most beautiful panorama. 

Day 2

  • St. Paul Cathedral
  • Exploring the famous parks
  • Portobello Market and Notting Hill
  • Buckingham Palace
  • British Museum
  • Natural History Museum

St. Paul Cathedral – Visit London in 2 days

For us, it is our favourite monument after the London Eye. The cathedral is located in the city centre where the closest tube station is St.Paul. The cathedral is open to sightseers from Monday to Saturday between 08:30 – 16:30. The ticket per adult is £16 and for the child is £7.

If you want to find a really nice spot to photograph the cathedral, you need to go to “ One new change.”
This is one of the best photography locations in London for the cathedral.
At this point, we will suggest you don’t stop yourself in London, but if you have more holidays, try to visit as much as you can around.
Check out, out tips about the best winter day trips from London.

If you are planning your holiday and you are thinking about the UK capital I’ll suggest during springtime or even better summer, where the day is long and is not getting darker at 3 pm. But London is always beautiful even if is winter.

The most famous parks – Top things to see in London in 2 days

After this beautiful day even if tired, the best option will be going to one of the best places ever in London. Hyde Park. It won’t be Central Park but is one of the biggest parks in the English capital.
For sure, most of you might don’t know that in this park there is Peter Pan statue, and the tradition is that to find it you need to get lost. This park is on the boarding of Green Park.
Close to Green Park, there are a lot of hotels and hostels which you can think about it when you book your accommodation in London. It won’t be cheap, as everything is expensive here but at least you can have an amazing view.

Another big park, where from there you can reach the queen castle “Buckingham Palace”, where on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday you can see the change of the guard, every morning at 11.

If you are planning your visit during Christmas you cannot miss the Winter Wonderland with all the amazing markets.

The access is free, and the cost of each game raffle is £5 to £8. It is a different way to spend time with your friends or family, with a beer or a sweet.

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Portobello Market and Notting Hill

You can’t explore London in 2 days without seeing Portobello and Notting Hill, two of the most iconic street in London.
If you want to see the real market you should visit Portobello in a Saturday morning and stop there for lunch.
The closest tube station is Notting Hill with the Central Line.

Buckingham Palace

Another symbol of the city is for sure Buckingham Palace and you can’t miss to go and say Hello to the Queen. This is the London residence of the royal family. If you plan your London 2 days itinerary in advance you will be able to see the change of the guards which is a must-see in London.

British Museum

You can’t visit London without stopping by the British Museum. It’s one of our favourites and we highly suggest you visit it. The entrance is always free, like all the museums in London. The closest tube to reach the British Museum is Russel Square and then it’s only 5 minutes away. Be aware if you love taking pictures, inside is not allowed to use the tripod.

Those are just a few tips if you are planning your trip to London in 2 days. For someone who lives here is different and sometimes difficult, because when you are writing about your “city” you might not find the right words.

For someone who doesn’t live here, it could appear stupid or trivial but the magic of this city is that every moment, person, a day is special. Also if you are looking for your next accommodation in London, check it here.

If you have the chance, it could be a week, a few days, prepare your luggage and fly, fly somewhere you always dream about it because this is the best way to live.

Natural History Museums

Located close to Knightsbridge station the Natural History Museums is one of those museums which you can’t miss visiting.
If you are spending 2 days in London with your kids this Museum is the ideal to spend a couple of hours.

The entrance to the museum is free so you don’t need to pre-book any tickets. Just enjoy the natural history around this gorgeous museum.

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Kirsten July 11, 2018 - 3:19 am

I love London. No matter how many times I visit, I always leave wanting more.

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Bimba Italiantripabroad.com July 11, 2018 - 10:52 am

I completely agree with you. We love this city and still every day we are discovering new places.

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Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten July 21, 2018 - 6:47 pm

I have been to London a few times I find your article very helpful for someone who is new to London. What could be better than strolling through a London Park- St. James is my favorite!

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Andi July 22, 2018 - 9:23 pm

London is such an expensive city, this guide is great! When I was there I loved just walking around, which is free! Also, I shopped at take-outs – they have a great variety instead of going to a lot of restaurants – and the parks are amazing too!

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Allan July 23, 2018 - 10:39 am

Great post. I find a lot of the best things in London are free. Trafalgar and the National Museum and I always stay near to Hyde Park 🙂

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Bimba Italiantripabroad.com July 23, 2018 - 5:47 pm

This is why we love London, all the museums are free and it’s amazing.

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Claire July 23, 2018 - 10:42 am

This is a nice itinerary – I live here so I forget to see the city from a tourist perspective sometimes! I work in the heart of London Bridge by Borough Market so see some some of these sites everyday!

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Tif July 23, 2018 - 2:18 pm

This is perfect! I am in London this weekend and have nothing planned- but this helps a ton with money and ideas!!

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Bimba Italiantripabroad.com July 23, 2018 - 5:51 pm

Be ready to walk a lot, and you choose the best period, this year we really have Summer. Enjoy and if you need any tips feel free to contact us for any suggestion.
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Baia July 24, 2018 - 7:18 am

Visiting London was a dream since my childhood and still is. Unfortunately, it gets quite expensive to visit from where I live so I am reserving it for a bit later. Thanks for such a detailed post, this will come in handy for my trip planing

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Yukti July 26, 2018 - 7:39 am

Great list of Best of London and that too in a budget. I would love to go for shopping in London and also stroll across green parks of London.

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Toti Maisto - Italiantripabroad.com July 29, 2018 - 4:27 pm

Everyone love shopping in London, you feel like to be in a movie, going from one shop to another, sounds amazing.

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Steven on aFabulousTrip August 6, 2018 - 10:23 am

I just come back from London and I must admit getting an oyster card and taking public transportation was very easy (unlike the last time I was there, guess I didn’t have luck…). The city is a great place if you want to do some shopping and visit a lot of interesting stuff. But don’t forget to do some research, as for example you can’t see Big Ben at the moment because of the renovation. I’ll gladly go back to London anytime !

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Toti Maisto - Italiantripabroad.com August 6, 2018 - 10:26 am

Yes London is amazing and there is a lot. It is a city for everyone.

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Jackie August 11, 2018 - 5:24 pm

I found many useful tips about London in your post. We are planning a trip and I’ve made note of your suggestions. I’m so glad you visited your dream destination!

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Toti Maisto - Italiantripabroad.com August 11, 2018 - 6:01 pm

Hey Jekie, we are really happy to give you some useful tips. If you need other suggestions we are really happy to help you to organize your trip. We are based here, so we know very well this city, it is under our skin. Just let us know! 😀

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Retha the Roaming Nanny August 11, 2018 - 10:23 pm

Thanks for the ideas! I’m heading to London in March and this was so helpful. I’ll definitely be getting an Oyster card and hitting up some of those parks!

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Danik August 12, 2018 - 10:39 am

Good tips on London. I live in the city so for me I would budget by – WALKING the whole centre, there is always something to see, dont pay to go into attractions, just look at them and for food, sandwich from Tesco. Its a great way to save money. 😀 But yes, check out the parks. I love regents park and Hyde Park. Amazing.

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Katie August 12, 2018 - 11:22 am

Thanks for sharing this! This is really useful as London is an expensive city, so it is nice to know that it can be done on a budget. The prices always seem to put me off but now i will re-consider 🙂

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Ahoy Matey Travel Blog August 12, 2018 - 2:43 pm

Such a wealth of information on what to do in London. I’m not a big shopper and everything is cheaper in India, but I would love to see Buckingham Palace, maybe do the tour.

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Matija August 12, 2018 - 6:38 pm

I really enjoyed this review of London, if nothing it really solidified my wish to visit the place. I like how you explained different ways to get around the town, what sites to visit and to get the most out of the whole experience, really well written and full of good advice.

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Renata August 12, 2018 - 9:53 pm

It’s a very wise tip to visit in Summer when the days are longer. I did (also) visit in winter and it’s true, at five in the afternoon you have the feeling it’s already midnight.
What I also love about London is the free entrance to most of the museums – a great way of saving a bit.

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eli August 13, 2018 - 3:28 am

London’s a really nice city to explore. A bit tough to see everything there is to see but can’t go wrong with any amount of time in London!

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Followingtherivera August 13, 2018 - 4:15 pm

Ahh a city I know very well! I also love walking along the southbank, and it’s free too! The costs really do add up here, and I totally recommend taking an Oyster card. It’s a must!

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Verena August 13, 2018 - 6:23 pm

Great guide! It’s good to know that there are some beautiful places that can be done on a budget. I know London is very expensice, so will save this for later 😉

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