Itinerary tips for 3 days in London

Itinerary Tips for 3 days or more in London

If you are going to spend three days in London we suggest the following. Click on link for more information.

Additional Day Itineraries 

Here are some other ideas for days out in London. From this table you will realise there is a lot to do and probably more so than any other city in the world.

 

Itinerary Option

 

Highlights Must Know Information Money Saving Tips
North London Sightseeing Regents Park, Madame Tussaud's, Sherlock Holme's Museum, Lords, Abbey Rd Crossing, Wembley Stadium, London Zoo, Primrose Hill, Camden Market
  • If wanting to visit Lord's check first that they don't have a function on that may prohibit you doing a tour.
  • It will be difficult to see all of Madame Tussaud's, London Zoo, Lords, Wembley Stadium and Sherlock Holme's Museum so priortise what you would like to see.
  • London Pass Lords Tour, Wembley Tour, London Zoo, Jewish Museum
  • Madame Tussauds bulk purchase if looking to visit London Aquarium, London Eye, London Dungeon
West London Sightseeing Portobello Rd, Museum of Brands and Packaging Design, Holland Park, Kyoto Japanese Garden, Design Museum, Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Science Museum, V & A Museum, Natural History Museum, Harrods
  • Portobello Rd Market, Notting Hill is not open on Sunday. (You can still enjoy Portobello Road on this day)
  • London Pass Museum of Brands & Packaging Design, Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Imax Cinema @ Science Museum
  • Free Attractions include Design Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, V & A Museum
East London Sightseeing Docklands Museum, Stratford Shopping Centre, Olympic Park, ArcelorMittal Orbit, V & A Childhood Museum, Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane, Jack the Ripper Tour 
  • You will need to use your Oyster Card numerous times.
  • London Pass ArcelorMittal Orbit
  • Free attractions Docklands Museum, V & A Childhood Museum 
South London Sightseeing Battersea Park (Go Ape, Children's Zoo, Pumphouse Gallery), Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea Physic Gardens, Tate Britain, Imperial War Museum, Mercato Metropolitano or Brixton (potentially both)
  • Finish the day dining on street food either at Mercato Metropolitano or Brixton Market
  • You need to take the river boat from Battersea Pier to Tate Britain. You will need to have credit on your Oyster card. They go every 30 minutes so plan ahead.
  • London Pass gets you into Chelsea Physic Garden
  • Free Attractions include Imperial War Museum and Tate Britain
Westminster Sightseeing Buckingham Palace (Royal Mews, Queens Gallery, State Rooms), Guards Museum, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum, Household Cavalry Museum, Horse Guards Museum, Big Ben, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium
  • If looking to do London Dungeons, Sea Life Aquarium. It may be best doing these first before heading towards Buckingham Palace.
  • If wanting to do London Eye book a time after 6pm.
  • Changing of the Guards
  • London Pass gets you into Westminster Abbey, Cabinet War Rooms & Churchill Museum, Guards Museum, Royal Mews, Queens Gallery, Household Cavalry Museum, Jewell Tower, Horse Guards Museum
  • London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium (and Madame Tussauds) are best bought as a bundle which will save you money.
Bloomsbury and Clerkenwell Sightseeing (British Museum) British Museum, Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4's, British Library, Foundling Museum, Cartoon Museum, Charles Dickens Museum
  • The Cartoon Museum and Charles Dickens Museum are closed on Mondays.
  • London Pass gets you into Charles Dickens and Cartoon Museum
  • Free attractions include the British Museum
West London Museums & Shopping Royal Albert Hall, Science Museum, V & Museum, Natural History Museum, Afternoon Tea, Harrods, Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Regents Street, Carnaby Street, Fortnum and Mason. 
  • Afternoon Tea may need to be booked in advance and have a dress code. (look at our link for tips on places for Tea)
  •  This is not a great itinerary to do on a Sunday as the shops close at 6pm.
  • London Pass gets you into Imax Cinema at the Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall
  • Free attractions include Science Museum, Natural History Museum, V & A Museum.
West London-North London Sightseeing (The Museums)

Science Museum, Natural History Museum, V & A Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, Portobello Road, Canal Boat Tour, Camden Market, Museum of Packaging and Brands design.

  • Jason's Canal Boat Book 48-72 hours in advance
  • Best to do on a Sat/Sun if traveling between June & August as you can do the 4.30pm tour from Little venice
  • Don't expect to be able to visit all the museums and see everything there choose the ones of most interest personally.
  • London Pass gets you into Imax at the Science Museum, Kensington Palace, Jason's Canal Boat and Museum of Packaging and Brands Design.
  • Free Attractions include Science Museum, Natural History Museum, V & A Museum.
West London- North London Sightseeing (Holland Park/Design Museum)

Kyoto Japanese Garden, Holland Park, Design Museum, Kensington Palace, Portobello Road, Museum of Packaging and Brands Design. Canal Boat Tour, Camden Market

  • Jason's Canal Boat Book 48-72 hours in advance
  • Best to do on a Sat/Sun if traveling between June & August as you can do the 4.30pm tour from Little venice
  • This itinerary works well with West London Museums and Shopping. If you have the time.
  • London Pass gets you into Kensington Palace, Canal Boat Tour, Museum of Packaging and Brands Design
  • Free Attractions include Design Museum
Windsor Castle

-Windsor Castle is the main attraction

Other highlights could include:  Legoland, Thames Sightseeing Cruise, Tour of Eton College (pre book, Fridays only)

Visit Windsor in the morning and Kew Gardens in the afternoon via Richmond station (than tube to Kew Gardens), You will need to take the train that goes from Waterloo not Paddington for this!

  • Get to Windsor early to beat the queues
  • If you want to mix in a tour of Eton College, this will need to be done on a Friday and be pre-booked.
  • If travelling with young children you may want to mix in a trip to Lego Land.
  • If travelling via Paddington Station take a photo with the Paddington Bear Statue at the station. 

 

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is the main attraction 

Other highlights could include: Wimbledon Tour, Twickenham Tour, Kew Gardens. Richmond by the River for dinner.

  • You are realistically only able to visit one of Wimbledon, Twickenham or Kew Gardens as well as Hampton Court Palace.
  • View Richmond as an afternoon/evening option it can fit in with all itineraries that way
  • If looking to visit Wimbledon, Hampton Court Palace and Richmond in the one day. Visit Wimbledon first.

 

Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros Studios

Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros Studios in the main attraction.

Other highlights could include:

Platform 9 3/4's, British Museum, Cartoon Museum, Charles Dickens Museum, Foundling Museum, Welcome Collection. 

  • You need to take a train from London Euston to Watford and than a shuttle bus. 
  • Book well in advance and time your day to do other things
  • Plan your day so you either visit the Making of harry Potter early in the day or later in the day so you can visit other attractions in central London near to London Euston.

 

 

 

 

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