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.
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
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)
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.
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 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.