If you had only 24 hours in London, England, what would you see, where would you eat? My London travel guide will give you some tips and inspiration on quirky London locations and places to eat. WARNING, these locations are very instagrammable and touristy.
To give you a little insight, we arrived by Eurostar from Paris (my Paris travel guide here) on a 10:00am train and arrived in London at 12:30pm. We arrived at St. Pancras station and proceeded to the the London Tube. The tube is the cheapest and best way to get around London. It’s the equivalent of our subways in North America, but I have to say a lot more comfortable as the seats are cushioned (ahhhh…). Other ways to get around are Uber and taxi. Although I do not recommend taxis because they are hella expensive. Uber rates are pretty fair but I would only take it if I’m in a rush to be somewhere. We only ended up taking it twice because I had an appointment and it was raining cats and dogs. Lastly, be prepared to walk – a lot. I personally loved walking, it was a great way to see London in all its glory.
After checking into our Hotel (in the Buckingham Palace area), we started to explore around 2:30pm.
With only a couple hours of daylight left we were only able to visit one area on our first day to try to get a couple of good pictures. Where to?
Let the journey begin!
1. Pretty pastel homes were calling to me so we took the tube to Notting Hill.
2. But first, food please. Farm Girl Cafe in Notting Hill
3. Take pictures of all the pretty pastel houses in Notting Hill
4. Take a stroll through London streets on your way to dinner. We passed through Picadilly Circus, similar to New York Times Square.
And omg. A Harry Potter dedicated building. Life is complete.
5. Made it to Dinner at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels London located in a hidden, almost exclusive alleyway.
A trendy hip after hours crowd in a popular trendy restaurant in the heart of London.
The meal was delicious and I enjoyed all the dishes especially the deep fried squid. SO GOOD. Thank you to Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels for the amazing hospitality and food.
6. Day 2, bright and early in the rainy morning, we headed back to Picadilly to take some photos. It was worth it. I recommend getting there for 8am before the shops open.
7. In Picadilly, Fortnum and Mason has a grand staircase that changes up its decoration as the seasons change. Here is their Christmas theme. Pretty eh?
8. Morning coffee and pastries at Aubaine in Selfridges. I recommend arriving right when it opens so you can take an almost empty photo of this corner in the cafe.
Thank you ME London for giving us an early morning tour of your amazing rooftop!
10. Just steps away from ME London Hotel, take a walk on the Victoria Embankment and head towards Westminster Bridge
11. Along the way, you will be able to take a memorable photo of the famous London Eye
14. Who needs lunch when you can have yummy cake and more coffee at Peggy Porschen. That’s what I call an afternoon pick me up.
15. Our last stop was Buckingham Palace, located near our hotel.
A couple of things I regret was not being able to try some really good Fish and Chips (cus I wanted cake instead haha) and Crosstown Doughnuts. Cus I loooooove me some doughnuts. Oh well, next time!
I swear, this was all done in 24 hours, it’s very possible! Hope you liked my 24 hour London Guide and feel free to leave a comment and let me know your favorite London spots!