“Still around the corner, there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” -J.R.R. Tolkien.
London is one of the vibrant cities in the world and probably on everyone’s bucket list. From rich history, modern culture to the craze for football and fashion, you will surely find one or the other fascinating thing. Perhaps, you can use them as an excuse to plan your vacations in London.
Nevertheless, this city has something for everyone. So, it could get challenging to make the most out of your trip.
That’s why you must plan your 7 days with the utmost care, making sure not to miss out on any adventure.
Here’s how you can do it!
Day 1: Arrival And Check-In
The first day of every vacation is generally filled with travel fatigue and chaos. If this doesn’t go as you expected, the whole vacation mood might get spoiled. Therefore, you need to ensure day 1 goes on smoothly.
For that, try to arrive and check in your hotel room as soon as possible. It’ll give you time to rest for some time and then enjoy the rest of the day. After checking in, you take a small nap if you are very exhausted, or you can also start unpacking and arranging all your belongings.
After you are done resting and setting up your hotel room, you should learn about the nearby ATM machines and public transportation. Withdraw the amount you need, or exchange currency as per your requirement.
In addition to this, you can learn about the nearby map to make sure you don’t get lost in the new city. Remember, the first day is more about relaxing and preparing yourself for upcoming adventures.
Day 2: Explore The Major Tourist Attractions
Due to proper resting on the first day, you’ll be all charged up and ready to explore this gorgeous city for the next few days. Start off by visiting the most renowned places in london. It includes Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the House of Parliament.
Make sure to carry a water bottle with you to stay hydrated throughout the day. Also, take a break and enjoy the famous street food of the city. You can also enjoy your dinner at the Sherlock Holmes Pub. Not to mention, if you have kids, they can also enjoy reading Sherlock Holmes Books, while you get to capture the beauty of this city in your eyes or camera.
Day 3: Go On A Day Trip
After exploring the famous attractions, it is time for you to explore the off-beat locations. For that, you can look for a taxi service. In fact, various taxi services nowadays offer special one day trips from London to nearby off-beat locations. So, it’ll be more comfortable for you to go in and around the city. Plus, if you easily get confused between buses and roads, your chances of getting lost in an unknown place will reduce.
What off-beat locations should you visit?
Cambridge, Windsor Day, Brighton and Bicester Village are some of the nearby and must-visit locations. In fact, Brighton is the “happiest place to live in the UK,” so you must go there and enjoy the best time of your life.
Day 4: Shopping
Visiting London and not doing shopping is simply not acceptable. Therefore, your next day is wholly dedicated to shopping. Why 4th day? Well, it is because by this time you might have explored all the places. So, now you’ll have an apt amount of time as well as a budget to do shopping. That means no impulsive shopping.
Best places for shopping:
No matter what type of shopper you are, you can find numerous valuable yet unique things in most department stores. Besides that, Oxford Street and London Bristles are great locations for shopaholics. If you wish to get a taste of traditional and local London, you can go to markets like Portobello Road in Notting Hill.
Day 5: Museum And Library
Shopping all day long can get a little bit exhausting. To deal with this exhaustion, how about visiting somewhere peaceful and creative? Yes, we are talking about visiting famous museums and libraries in the city.
In fact, no matter what your budget for the vacation is, exploring the museums and library won’t hamper it in any way. Some of the great museums, namely, the Science Museum, the British Museum, the National Gallery and the National History Museum, are free. Yes, you read it right! So, even if you have already spent most of your money, you can still enjoy your day here.
Day 6: Visit Local Stores And Cafes
As the phrase goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” So, for your second last day of the vacation, you can enjoy the local stores and cafes. It’ll help you learn a little bit more about the everyday life of an English person.
Apart from this, you can also become a part of the UK, instead of being a mere traveller. Nevertheless, make sure to visit small shops and help their business grow, rather than visiting the well-known cafes and restaurants. This will surely elevate your tourist experience.
Day 7: Packing
Last but not least, you must start packing all your stuff. If you bought something specifically for the city that is of no use at your house, let’s say a jacket or an umbrella, you can donate it at an NGO or thrift shop. It will help reduce your luggage weight, plus will help someone in need.
In addition to this, you should take proper rest and just enjoy your last day as you want. Just make sure you don’t forget anything in the hotel or miss your flight.
Now that you have a full fledged plan, you’ll save time and get to enjoy every single attraction spot of London. Not to forget, having a proper plan will also ensure that you stay stuck with your decided budget.
Nonetheless, we hope this travel itinerary will help plan one of the best trips of your life!