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If you only have 2 days in London to explore I, (an adopted Londoner) want you to see the top tourist attractions in London, especially if you’re looking for what to do on your first trip to London, but also the more local side to London, and that can be done based on this 2 day London itinerary and this London travel blog.
The best way to see London in 2 days is to split your days into specific areas of the city. The London Underground Tube is so good however London is very walkable too. So keep this in mind when you read through the below London itinerary and when planning your London City Break!
TRANSPORT TO AND AROUND LONDON!
If you’re not in London already and need to book train tickets to London, even from London’s Airports, be sure to check out The Train Line. I use them all the time to compare the best train times, journey lengths and prices!
ACCOMMODATION IN LONDON
London has so many brilliant Airbnb options! To get £25.00 / $30.00 off your London stay, create a NEW AIRBNB ACCOUNT USING THIS LINK! It’s totally okay to create a new account and this will help you save money in London.. which is always nice!
How to see London in 2 days- Your 2 Day London Itinerary!
Day 1 in London – River Thames & East London!
Map of best places to see in London in one day:
Start your 2 day London trip by taking the tube to Westminster station to see the top London attractions of Westminster, Big Ben, London Eye.
Spend the rest of the morning walking along the River Thames to the East exploring the Southbank to see the famous London icons such as the Millennium Bridge & Tate Modern Museum.
St Paul’s Cathedral is somewhere you must visit when planning what to do in London for 2 days because it is a total icon so make sure you cross over the river to see it properly! Things to do near St Paul’s Cathedral include going to the top floor of the One New Change shopping center to see a free view of London from above.
Head back onto the River Thames and keep walking a long the Thames until you reach the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and The Shard!
You can get London attraction tickets to enter the Tower of London, the Shard and even to go up inside the famous Tower Bridge. I’d recommend getting tickets in advance and using Get Your Guide to get the best prices. But also be sure to look out for 2 for 1 London Tours to help you save money! Here are some great London tour options:
There are lots of lunch places close to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Borough Market behind London Bridge station one of the best street food markets in London so I recommend going here to make the most of your two days in London.
Walk North away from the River Thames with your aim being to reach Spitalfield’s Market and Liverpool Street station in East London. In-between the River and Liverpool Street station is the business part of the City of London, on the weekend it is very quiet but on weekdays it’s pretty busy with office workers.
If you want to jump on the tube to save you time you can get the Northern Line North from Borough Station or London Bridge Station to Moorgate Station and then walk into Shoreditch from Moorgate Station as it’s very close or get on the Circle / Metropolitan Line East one stop to Liverpool Street Station.
For the best things to do with 2 days in London, you need to head to Shoreditch because this 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 this more local side of London.
Walk a long Brick lane, go to Shoreditch Box Park and look out for lots of street art! For more idea’s on what to do in Shoreditch I have a Shoreditch Guide here!
Curries are a popular thing to eat on Brick Lane because there are so many Indian Restaurants along Brick Lane and they’re cheap and yummy. There are also lots of food markets in Shoreditch and Hoxton like Box Park, Urban Food Fest, Dinerama so you could go to one of these for a real local London experience and most of the time they are filled with Londoners.
Sleep! – And remember you can get £25.00 / $30.00 off an Airbnb London stay by creating a NEW AIRBNB ACCOUNT USING THIS LINK!
Do you have longer in London like 3 days in London or 4 days in London? Check out this 4 Day London Itinerary!
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Day 2 in London – West London, Central London & North London!
Day 2 Map of London:
For the best way of how to see London in 2 days you need to head to West London too, so in the morning 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.
Brunch in London is so popular so if you want brunch in Notting Hill check out Farm Girl & Granger & Co Notting Hill. For your 2 days in London Tripadvisor is a good way to check the best restaurants in London so you don’t waste any time!
For more brunch ideas check out my post: My Ultimate List of Recommended London Brunch Spots!
Go back to Notting Hill Gate Station and take the tube 1 stop to High Street Kensington (Circle or District Line), or walk you can 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 where to see the best mews in London and what to do in Kensington, check out my Kensington London Guide.
There are 3 world class London museums in South Kensington – the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the V&A. Visiting the museums are a great way to spend a rainy day in London but to be honest, on this London itinerary I suggest seeing them from the outside as going in will take up too much time!
If you want to see Buckingham Palace in London take the Piccadilly line from South Kensington Station to Green Park, walk through Green Park to the Royal Buckingham Palace.
Get back on the tube at Green Park and go to Leicester Square station, also on the Piccadilly line.
You are now close to Covent Garden and Chinatown, there are plenty of places to eat lunch in Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Here’s my guide to Covent Garden for more information!
After lunch, explore Covent Garden and walk down to Piccadilly Circus, then onto Trafalgar Square to see a few more London attractions in the afternoon!
For the ultimate end to what to do in London for 2 days I say you have to see London’s skyline from afar from one of two parks. This is a must if you have 2 days in London in Summer as it stays so light late into the evening in the UK in the Summer.
1 – Primrose Hill! You’ll have to get the Northern Tube Line to Camden Station and walk through Camden, or if you’re short on time go straight to Chalk Farm 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. To help you get there, check out my Primrose Hill guide.
2 – Hampstead Heath & Parliament Hill! This is my personal favourite because I lived in Hampstead for 2.5 years. It’s a little further than Primrose Hill but totally worth it!
Also take the Northern line but towards Hampstead Station (on the Edgeware line). Hampstead is a beautiful, old, residential area within the city often described as a Village. When you get out of the station head towards Hampstead Heath Park and Parliament Hill. On the way you’ll get to see some of Hampstead which is said to be the prettiest neighbourhood in London!
To help you see London in the best way possible, I do suggest mixing exploring on your own with some London tours! Get Your Guide is by far the biggest operator of tours in London with so many to choose from so get planning your 2 day London itinerary with them:
TRAINS TO LONDON
Remember, if you’re not in London already and need to book train tickets to London, even from London’s Airports, be sure to check out The Train Line. I use them all the time to compare the best train times, journey lengths and prices!
More London reading to help you plan your City Break in London: