My business trips to various places in the world do not earn me the privilege of a long stay in a certain city. But my curiosity and travel freak mind seldom seem to resist the temptation of sneaking out a few hours from my busy schedule to explore the prominent tourist destinations. A similar situation happened when I had visited London. Though I have visited London multiple times the time limitations never permit me to be luxurious with an extended itinerary. It is basically fitting the key destinations in one day and that for a few hours. So here am I today, sharing with you how to spend one day in London. It’s a small one day itinerary which I had prepared for myself, willing to share with my readers assisting them to plan their trip to London judiciously.
London is always buzzing with life and entertainment. The city is symbolic of hosting some of the old and historic monuments and buildings which traverse your mind back to the ancient years. I had focused on a few of them worthy of appreciation, not to be missed while strolling across London. I am hopeful that it will help you to be acquainted with how to spend one day in London with ease and comfort.
Key Attraction 1: The Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is one of the phenomenal places to visit in London. The iconic structure traverses across River Thames is a suspension bridge constructed between the years 1186 and 1894. The Bridge comprises of two massive vertical towers connected with each other with two horizontal walking pathways. You can walk over on the bridge platform to feel the essence and beauty of the gigantic Tower Bridge. The bridge glitters with lights at night and you must not miss the view, if you are not too tired at the end of the day to come back to this place again.
History says that the brainchild of the masterpiece was Sir John Wolfe Barry and Sir Horace Jones, two eminent architects and designers. Standing in grandeur with its 213 feet high towers and a length of almost 800 feet, the bridge glorifies the history of London. An interesting part of the bridge is the central part, which connects the two towers, can be lifted at a certain angle for the river boats, cruises and steamers to pass through. So if you are wondering how to spend one day in London, the tower bridge is must enter your list.
Key Attraction 2: The Big Ben
When I thought of how to spend one day in London, pictures of Big Ben started flashing in front of my eyes. The moment I saw the iconic clock tower, in reality, I was astonished. Hoisted inside the Elizabeth tower, the majestic tower clock Big Ben will greet you with its melodious chimes. I stood awestruck at the sight of its towering grandeur.
The bell is said to weigh about 15.1 tons with its every hand of length 9 feet and 14 feet respectively. The height of the clock tower is almost 320 feet from ground level. The clock is the brainchild of Edmund Beckett Denison who worked in conjunction with astronomer Sir George Airy and Edward Dent, a clockmaker.
Key Attraction 3: The London Eye
If you wish to relax and enjoy the entire London from a bird’s eye view, the London Eye or the Millennium Wheel is the answer. It is the tallest observation wheel in Europe providing scintillating views of the magnificent city. Riding the wheel and clicking some fabulous pictures is what a photographer crazes for. There are entry fee charges and the ride takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
The diameter of the wheel is about 394 feet and the height is 443 feet. The London Eye was designed by duo architects Julia Barfield and David Marks. It was opened to the public on 9th March 2000. There are 32 AC capsules for the visitors to ride and enjoy the beauty around. The capsules slow down before you for you to ride on, but do not stop completely. So you need to hop in on them as they slow down, assisted by the staff. Hence to answer the question of how to spend one day in London, I feel you have already started thinking of enlisting London Eye.
Key Attraction 4: The Westminster Palace
Wondering on how to spend one day in London, well do not miss out on the Westminster Palace. It comprises of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Placed at the backdrop of the River Thames, you will be amazed at its royal looks. Along with Big Ben, it shimmers at night with the vibrantly colored lights. It is a scintillating view to watch the reflections of the light on the river waters.
The Palace of Westminster has been skillfully designed by Sir Charles Barry leveraging the traditional Gothic style of architecture. It consists of three main towers – the tallest being the Victoria Tower, second is the Elizabeth Tower that houses Big Ben and the shortest being the Central Tower.
Key Attraction 5: The Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace absolutely needs no introduction. The royal palace of the Queen of England stands high upholding the grandness and charm of the country. The architectural beauty, the amazing sculptures, and the vast greenery mesmerized my heart. I kept on walking around amazed by the royal grandeur and fascinated by its intrinsic beauty.
The palace started to be the residence of the British monarch in 1837 during the reign of Her Highness Queen Victoria. There are about 775 rooms inside the palace, encircled by the huge royal private garden. If you can reach the palace before 11:00 AM you will be able to witness the Royal Parade and the Grand Salute. Even if you miss it, not to worry. You can still peep into the gates to observe the Royal Guards.
Key Attraction 6: St Paul’s Cathedral
Dating back to the 17th century, St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the renowned places to visit in London. There are prayer services held every day and on some specific hours as per the guidelines decided by the Bishop of London. You can walk over the Millennium Bridge to reach the cathedral. You can visit during the day or during the night. At night both the bridge and the cathedral are illuminated magnificently.
Both the exterior and interiors of the cathedral are exemplary with exquisite carvings and designs. The artistry is the brainchild of Christopher Wren. Inspired by Michelangelo’s dome of St Peter’s Basilica, he designed the beautiful dome of the cathedral. You must enter the wonderful cathedral to immerse into its pristine beauty and charm.
Key Attraction 7: The National History Museum
The Natural History Museum of London is one of the prominent museums in the city of London. It was earlier known as the British Museum (Natural History). The museum hosts about 80 collections of scientific specimens of plants and animals. The specimens represent history for 4.5 billion years. The collections inside the museum are spread across different branches
The museum is divided into four major zones – Blue, Green, Red, and Orange. It is famous in the world for its exclusive models of dinosaurs in its gallery. It also hosts whales and other big mammals within the family of animals. The fossils and the history behind human evolution are wonderfully depicted in the walls of the museum. The artistic decors on the walls and the ceilings of the museum are worth millions of praise and appreciation. To know more about the Museum click here
There are ample ways to move around London. You can opt for the underground metro or buses. Else you can avail the Hop on Hop off bus services accompanied by a guide who will tour you around the prominent places of London. The other option is the cruise on River Thames. So now when you know how to spend one day in London, enjoy without any worries and tensions.