How to spend a 3-day weekend in London ?
Are you planning your 3-day weekend in London and looking for the best itinerary? Here I share my tips and my 3-day London itinerary to make sure you have the perfect weekend !
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London is one of Europe’s most visited cities, and for good reason. The capital of the United Kingdom is brimming with activities and places to discover. Whether you like history, shopping or Harry Potter films, London is sure to satisfy your desires and give you a wide range of experiences!
A few weeks ago, I went to London for a 3-day weekend, and I wanted to share with you my itinerary and, above all, my tips for visiting the UK’s capital.
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A 3-day weekend in London
Day 1 – The essentials
It’s the big start to our 3-day weekend in London. We arrive at Luton airport and decide to take the bus into the city center. The journey goes by quite quickly and we drop our stuff straight off at the St Giles Hotel, which I can highly recommend!
Our first discoveries of London were the districts of Soho and China Town. A very new atmosphere for us, which we really enjoyed.
We then headed off to the Harry Potter Museum. You can buy your tickets here! The museum is great, and I highly recommend it if you’re a Harry Potter fan!
Our 3rd stop of the day was the famous Big Ben tower and the bridge next to it. With today’s typically London weather, the atmosphere was magical. I recommend walking along the quayside to take some wonderful photos.
Just before nightfall, we booked a ride on the London Eyes Ferris wheel. You can also book your tickets directly by clicking here! Despite the high price in my eyes, I think this tour is really worth it, and allows you to discover London from another point of view.
To round off this first day, a good meal was in order, and Chinatown fulfilled that wish. We ate some very good dumplings. Unfortunately we couldn’t find the name, but they were very good.
Day 2 – Changing the Guard and Tower Bridge
Day two in London, and with the sun! First of all, we set off for brunch at Scarlett Green, a place that had been suggested to us many times. Between you and me, it was really very good, I had an avocado toast, nothing to complain about.
The big activity of our day was to see the changing of the guard. This takes place every day between June and July. The rest of the year, it’s every other day. The ceremony starts at around 10:45 and lasts a good hour. I’d advise you to get there well in advance, as it’s one of London’s most popular events.
We had a seat close to the Buckingham gates, so we were able to get a good look at the changing of the guard. Towards the end, we moved around a bit to watch the marching band. I highly recommend a visit. Even if you’re not directly at the gates, it’s still an impressive spectacle.
We then continued on foot through St James’s Park and the Cavalry Building, before making our way to Big Ben. We saw the famous telephone box that everyone takes pictures of. I assure you, there are plenty of others with just as pretty a backdrop!
Our route then took us to London Tower Bridge, a little further along the Thames. We decided to walk there to take advantage of the fine weather and the atmosphere.
On the way, we stopped off at the Sky Garden to take in the sights of London from above. I highly recommend a visit. You can book your tickets in advance, and it’s free!
Finally, here we are at London Tower Bridge, a very impressive bridge that makes quite an impact. Don’t hesitate to cross it to see it from every angle.
Our last stop of the day was the shopping district of Soho, as well as Oxford Street. We found a great place to eat ramen, at Uzumaki London.
Jour 3 – Notting Hill / Camden Market
On our 3rd and final day in London, we set off to discover St. Paul’s Cathedral. This cathedral was rebuilt between 1675 and 1710 on the same site as the old one, which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. It’s an iconic landmark of the British capital, as impressive from the outside as it is from the inside. It was a visit full of learning and discoveries. I’d definitely recommend a visit if you’re a history buff!
After that, we headed off to Notting Hill. At first glance, I found this area a bit average. But after wandering around a bit, my opinion changed. Between the small alternative boutiques and the colorful houses, Notting Hill is a little nugget of calm in the heart of London. I recommend a stop at Cheeky Bakery for the best scones in London!
After this visit to Notting Hill, we took the tube back to Camden. Camden was one of the places I really wanted to visit during my weekend in London. Straight off the tube, we arrived at the heart of the matter, on Camden’s main street.
This is where you’ll find some of the most unlikely store fronts you can imagine. It’s a cool atmosphere and a change of scenery I hadn’t even imagined.
I advise you to let yourself be guided by the atmosphere of this district and above all to go to Camden Market to eat. It’s a paradise for food lovers of all stripes!
After this last stop, we headed for the airport. And yes, it’s already over ! A 3-day weekend in London goes by very quickly.
How long should I spend in London?
I think a minimum of 3 days is necessary to discover the British capital without too much stress. This gives you plenty of time to soak up London’s atmosphere and visit the main points of interest.
Where to stay in London?
London has many neighborhoods, each with a different atmosphere. Here’s a short list of neighborhoods I’d recommend, and a few recommendations for where to stay.
Our hotel – St Giles Hotel
It’s very well located, close to a subway station, but also within easy walking distance. The rooms aren’t very big, but the value for money is top-notch!
$ (hostel) – YHA London Central
Located just a few minutes’ walk from a subway station, this hostel is a perfect base from which to explore London. Despite its simplicity, it’s perfect for meeting new people.
$$ – Assembly Covent
This hotel is close to Covent Garden and offers excellent facilities. It also boasts a restaurant with a breathtaking view of London.
$$$ – JW Marriott Grosvenor House London
Close to Hyde Park, this luxury hotel offers an incredible experience in the heart of London!
Getting around London
If you’re staying in central London, most of the city’s transport hubs are within walking distance. Neighborhoods like Camden, for example, are easily reached by public transport.
London’s public transport system works extremely well and is very easy to use. You can read my article on how public transport works in London here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on how to spend a “3-day weekend in London” and that it’s given you lots of ideas !
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