London in 4 days – Day 1

London is an amazing city to my family! Not only did my husband and I met there while on an exchange student program but personally, it was always the place I loved even before going there. And it never disappoints!

While we’ve never been to Westminster Abbey or Windsor Castle (I know, even after living there for almost a year and being there twice for visits), we do know a few other spots that are usually not on the list of every tourist but are as fun and interesting to see.

So with that being said, let me share the day 1 of a 4 day itinerary (hour by hour) for London that you can easily do on its own, couple with additional destinations in the amazing UK or with any other destinations in Europe!

Day 1

08:30 Assuming you arrived the day before, start your day relatively early by grabbing breakfast at Costa close to the Tottenham Court Road Station.

09:00 Once breakfast is done, start walking down the Charing Cross road, strategically stopping at Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square for pictures. From Trafalgar Square, go through the Admiralty Arch (you really can’t miss it!) and walk towards Buckingham Palace.

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square
Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square
The Admiralty Arch!
The Admiralty Arch!
The Mall, on the way to Buckingham Palace
The Mall, on the way to Buckingham Palace

11:00 Arrive at Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard. The first time we were there, I thought the guards were just going to switch spots and that was it, but no, it was a beautiful show. Click here to check the official schedules and times.

Sign in front of Buckingham Palace with the time of the Changing of the Guard ceremony
Sign in front of Buckingham Palace with the time of the Changing of the Guard ceremony
All guards ready!
All guards ready!
It is not only the Changing of the Guard, it's a show!
It is not only the Changing of the Guard, it’s a show!

13:00 Lunch time! Hop on the tube and head to Camden Town. There, head to Camden Lock market and grab something to eat from the food stalls or just walk into a pub for an English lunch. Explore the neighborhood and stop by a supermarket to get snacks for Primrose Hill and Regents Park.

Picture time at Camden Town underground station
Picture time at Camden Town underground station
We loved it!
We loved it!
Food and other stalls at Camden Market
Food and other stalls at Camden Market
Camden Lock sign
Camden Lock sign

15:30 Head to Primrose Hill for a panoramic view of the wonderful city of London. From there, continue on to Regents Park where you can sit on those striped green and white chairs for a picnic or just walk around and take it all in. Primrose Hill and Regents Park are a great way to spend your afternoon.

18:30 Time to go back to the hotel to get ready for dinner at any pub you find and that you feel has a good atmosphere.

21:30 Before heading back to your hotel, stop by Picadilly Circus and admire the  ads in the best Times Square-style. By the time you get back to your hotel, you will be tired… but happy with all you have seen.

Picadilly Circus, a London postcard
Picadilly Circus, a London postcard

And that is day 1! Check back for the following 3 days of this itinerary, that works just fine with or without children (we’ve done the same itinerary with and without children).

Link for more info:

* Visit Britain: this is the official place for everything related to tourism in Britain and it is fantastic! I’ve used it for years and I always go back for more ideas of where to go.

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