How to See London in 2 Days Including Tourist Sites & Local Areas!

May 2, 2017

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Updated 2019. London is a City Break City, it’s a City that people visit as part of a bigger Europe Trip as well as just visiting for a weekend break however London is such a big City with so much to see that I can imagine it’s pretty daunting trying to work out what to see in London in just a few days if it’s your first time in London.

The thing is, is that a lot of the best London attractions that you want to see as a tourist in London are quite compact and in between these are more ‘local’, slightly lesser known areas which really make London the diverse City that it is and make it a City that is great to live in as well as visit!

If you only have 2 days in London to explore I (an adopted Londoner) want you to see the touristy places but also the more local side to London, and that can be done based on this 2 day London itinerary!

Note – The key thing when visiting London is to split your days into specific areas of the city. The tube is so good however London is very walkable too. I mean, Transport for London has created and produced a walking map which details how far it is between stations.. genius! You can view this here! So keep this in mind when you read through the below London itinerary and when planning your London City Break!

If you’re not in London already and need to book train tickets to London, be sure to check out The Train Line. I use them all the time to compare the best train times, journey lengths and prices!

Day 1 – Covering Popular Tourist Attractions along the River Thames & East London.

Day 1 Map of London:

Here’s a map which pinpoints all the main places I have detailed to see in London:


Take the tube to Westminster station. See Westminster, Big Ben, London Eye.


Walk from the London Eye on the south side of the river (Southbank) to the Millennium Bridge & Tate Modern Museum taking in all the sights in the distance a long the way.

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Southbank views!

Cross the river using the Millennium Bridge (the Famous Harry Potter Bridge) to see St Paul’s Cathedral and have a look around.


Go up to the top floor of the One New Change shopping center to see a free view of London from above.


Go back to the River and cross it again to see the Globe Theatre, keep walking until you get to Tower Bridge. (Or get the tube from Bank to London Bridge station on the Northern Line).


Look up to see the Shard. Cross Tower Bridge & see the Tower of London.

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You can’t miss Tower Bridge!


There are lots of lunch places along the way, Borough Market behind London Bridge station is a great food market.


For a more details on what you’ll pass on your walk along the river then check out my London Bridge to Knightsbridge Walking Guide.


Late Afternoon:

Walk North away from the River with your aim being to reach Spitalfield’s Market/ Liverpool Street station. In-between the river and Liverpool Street station is the business part of the city, on the weekend it is very quiet but on weekdays it’s pretty busy.

If you want to jump on the tube you can get the Northern Line North from Borough or London Bridge to Moorgate and then walk into Shoreditch from Moorgate as it’s very close or get on the Circle / Metropolitan Line East one stop to Liverpool Street Station.

Shoreditch is one of the hipster parts of London and one of the best areas to see in London, it’s really diverse and one of my favourite areas so make sure you explore- walk a long Brick lane, go towards Shoreditch Box Park, look out for lots of street art! For more idea’s on what to do in Shoreditch I have a Shoreditch Guide here!

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Use Box Park as a pin of where you need to head to to see Shoreditch!

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There’s so much street art!


Curries are a popular thing to eat on Brick Lane, there are so many Indian Restaurants along Brick Lane and they’re cheap and yummy.


There are also lots of food markets in the Shoreditch/Hoxton area – Box Park, Urban Food Fest, Dinerama.


For the best places to drink in Shoreditch, are lots of bars a long Shoreditch High Street, I like Barrio Shoreditch and The Queen of Hoxton is good with an awesome rooftop!


Have Longer in London? Check out this 4 Day London Itinerary!

Day 2 – Covering West London, Central London & North London with a mix of Tourist Sites and Local Areas.

Day 1 Map of London:

Here’s a map which pinpoints all the main places I have detailed to see in London:


Take the tube to Notting Hill Gate Station.


From the station head towards Portobello Road (on Saturdays this area is busy with the markets but on the weekdays it’s a lot nicer as its quiet). Explore Portobello Road and the colourful houses off of it.

For brunch options check out Farm Girl & Granger & Co Notting Hill.

For more brunch ideas check out my post: My Ultimate List of Recommended London Brunch Spots!

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Colourful Portobello Road

Go back to Notting Hill Gate Station and take the tube 1 stop to High Street Kensington (Circle or District Line), or walk.


From High Street Kensington walk towards the Natural History Museum but take all the smaller side streets to see all the posh houses and to come across London’s famous Mews! For more information on how to spend your time in Kensington, check out my Kensington Guide.

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Kensington Mews

See the amazing Natural History Museum (my favourite building in London). Also here is the Science Museum & V&A Museum.

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You really have to see this building when you’re in London!

Walk via Knightsbridge (where Harrods is) & into Hyde Park to Green Park or take the tube from South Kensington station to Green Park station (Piccadilly line).


See Buckingham Palace.


Take the tube from Green Park to Bond Street (Piccadilly line) to reach Oxford Street.


Walk East slightly down Oxford Street to see it but when Oxford Street crosses Regents Street (where Oxford Circus tube station is) go down Regents Street and turn left towards on Great Marlborough Street to the famous Liberty Shop.


From Liberty turn right onto Carnaby Street and walk down here to see shops and stores. You are now in the Soho District.



Kingly Court at the bottom of Carnaby Street in Soho is a good place for lunch in Soho with lot’s of options, there’s also lots of English pubs off the side streets of Carnaby street for lunch and a pint.



Walk down towards Piccadilly Circus, then onto Trafalgar Square, up to Leicester Square and then up to Covent Garden using the tube station’s as reference but exploring around them too.


Get the tube from Covent Garden to Kings Cross (Piccadilly line).


Find Platform 9 and ¾ in Kings Cross’s main train station, go outside and see St Pancras station (attached to Kings Cross station) from the outside. (My second favourite building in London).


Walk towards the Canal using Caravan Restaurant as a pin to walk towards. Chill by the canal or get a drink at one of the many bars. For more information and cool places to visit, see my Kings Cross Guide.


Either walk along the canal going West until you reach Camden (you can’t miss it), or go back to Kings Cross station and get the tube to Camden (Northern Line) (both ways may take about the same amount of time though).


Explore Camden market and food market before it closes at 6:00pm, if you get there later it’s ok as they’ll be plenty of pubs and places to eat still open.



See London’s skyline from afar 2 ways:

1 – From Camden Market walk towards Chalk Farm Tube station and then walk to Primrose Hill via Regents Park Road.  Walk up to the highest point of Primrose Hill which looks over Regents Park as well as the whole city and gives an amazing, fairly up close view of the whole city.

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The view from Primrose Hill.

2 – Take the tube from Camden to Hampstead (Northern line towards Edgeware). Hampstead is a beautiful, old, residential area within the city often described as a Village. Explore Hampstead High Street and all the side streets but head towards Hampstead Heath and up to Parliament Hill to see an amazing view of the whole city from further back than Primrose Hill.

If you need help on where to go in Hampstead check out my post- Walking Guide to Hampstead!

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View from Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath

Tip: If you’re short on daylight I would recommend going to Primrose Hill but if not then go to Hampstead and enjoy the relaxed vibe of the Park and all the quiet streets to reflect on your busy 2 days in London!

Note – Day 2 is a very busy day so if you have 3 days in London you could split this day up but if you have your walking shoes on it’ll be possible to see all in 1 day in London.

If the weather isn’t good or you feel like giving your legs a break then take cruise a long the River Thames with City Cruises, which will enable you to see a lot of the iconic sites very easily!

If you liked this you may like my other London posts:

Walking Guide To Primrose Hill, Regents Park, Regents Canal & Camden in 3-4 Hours!

A Walking Guide around Beautiful Hampstead, London.

A Guide on how to spend a few hours in Stoke Newington, London

A Guide to the Perfect Day in Camden Town, London

A Guide to the Perfect Sunday in Shoreditch, East London

My Top Recommended London Brunch Spots

A Guide to the Perfect Day in Hampstead, London


2 responses to “How to See London in 2 Days Including Tourist Sites & Local Areas!”

  1. We just got back from London. Although we could not duplicate your 2 day itinerary (we are in our sixties!) we really wanted to go up to Primrose Hill to say good-bye to the city on our last evening. The skies were clear and the city looked fabulous lit up by the setting sun. Thank-you for sharing this gem – we never would have known or found it on our own.

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