Travelling to London but you’re limited to just one day?

Having worked across the capital – writing London guides for a luxury travel blog – we’ve picked out the top things to eat, see and do for your short stay.

Whether you’re on a budget or splashing the cash, read on to find out what you have to do during your 24 hours in London.

Eat

There’s nothing more British than afternoon tea. Fact.

Combine that with the famed British novel Alice in Wonderland, and you have a Mad Hatters Afternoon tea party at the Sanderson Hotel.

From traditional scones to far from classic, drink me potions, this is a must try.

Want to max out tourist time and get lunch on the go instead? That’s fine, check out our top places to eat on the go in London.

Shop till you drop

Just a road away from afternoon tea lies Oxford Street.

If like us, you’re a bit of a shopaholic, then you can’t go to London and not pop to a few stores on Oxford Street.

From the flagship Topshop and Niketown to the affordable Primark, you won’t be left disappointed.

Not into mainstream fashion? Go to Carnaby Street – just 5 minutes away – for quirkier stores such as Lazy Oaf, Drop Dead and Skinny Dip.

As Carnaby Street is quite small, if you’d like to spend more time shopping for hidden treasures Portobello Market offers a 2-mile stretch of stalls selling everything imaginable.

For free

Too broke to go on a shopping spree? We get you.

One great thing about London is that unlike many other capital cities, there’s still a lot you can do for free.

If you love going for walks or being around nature, London has some impressive parks.

St James Park passes Buckingham Palace, Regents Park has London Zoo (entry to the Zoo isn’t free), Holland Park has a secret Japanese garden hidden inside and Hyde Park has boat ride down the serpentine during Summer and Winter Wonderland at Winter.

British weather can be temperamental, so in the likely chance it rains, museums are also a great way discover London.

If you love science, nature or history, why not visit The Natural History or The Science Museum.

Want to learn about Britain during your stay? The Imperial War Museum and The British Museum, are full of British artifacts.

And if you’re artistic, then head to the National Gallery for classic and famous paintings or the Tate Modern for edgy exhibitions.

Visit The West End

There’s no better way to rest your tired feet than sitting down to watch a show in the West End.

Didn’t book your tickets in advance? Don’t worry, you can sometimes buy tickets on the day from the Tkts booth in Leicester Square. Just bear in mind, you may not get to see the show you had in mind as first come, first served.

With over 40 theatres crammed into the West End (Covent Garden, Leicster Square and Soho) you’re likely to be spoilt for choice.

We recommend Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Wicked and Mamma Mia.

Wine and dine more wine

Moving away from the West, discover Londons nightlife in East London.

By far the coolest area in the capital is Shoreditch, where you will find bars on every street corner to suit every personality.

Love glamour and the roaring 20’s? Steam and Rye showcase cabaret whilst you enjoy your cocktail. If you haven’t had quite enough afternoon tea for one day, Little Nan’s” cocktail den is the dirty counterpart to the ‘virgin’ tea party we suggested. If you want to hit the clubs and dance your night away, XOYO covers music for everyone.

Whilst if you’d rather save the Uber fare and stay in the Soho area, Ronnie Scott’s is always the best place to be for live music and whiskey on the rocks.

Looking to go clubbing? Cirque Le Soir always draws a VIP crowd for its renowned exclusivity and outrageous acts. You will definitely remember your 24 hours in London after a trip to London naughtiest nightclub where circus freak meets sexy.

Catching the Eurostar to Paris or Amsterdam next? We have travel guides for both cities. 

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