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How to Spend 3 Days in London

How to Spend 3 Days in London

With three days in London, you have enough time to check off the must-see sights and customize your itinerary to suit your preferences. Take advantage of super saver tours and money-saving city passes, head out on a day trip, and add in a few additional landmarks to make your trip even more memorable. Here are some ideas for a 3-day trip to London.

Day 1: Discover Historic London

A hop-on hop-off bus tour offers the convenience of a guided tour while leaving you free to decide where to go and how to long to stay at each stop. Hop off at top attractions such as the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus, then time your arrival at Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard ceremony. After a busy morning of sightseeing, hop aboard a lunch cruise down the River Thames and tuck into a meal as you pass Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. In the afternoon, ride on the London Eye—be sure to book a skip-the-line ticket as queues can take over an hour—and enjoy views that reach as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day. Afterward, head to Oxford Street or Covent Garden for some shopping before walking to London’s West End theater district for a show such as Wicked or The Lion King.

Day 2: Take a Day Trip

Many of England’s most popular spots can be visited on a day trip from London, so choosing where to go is up to you. Perhaps discover ancient Stonehenge, visit medieval Windsor Castle, and take a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Bath. Alternatively, visit Oxford’s world-famous university and Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, stopping along the way to admire the Cotswolds and visit Warwick Castle. If you’re feeling really adventurous, it’s even possible to cross the Channel and visit Paris. Simply hop on the Eurostar and within hours you could be cruising down the Seine. To maximize your time, opt for a full-day tour that combines multiple destinations into one trip and—if you’re on a budget—look for a tour that includes extras such as hotel pickup, entrance fees, and lunch.

Day 3: Experience the Fun Side of London

Spend your final morning visiting some of London’s award-winning museums—the British Museum is a history lover’s paradise, while the Tate Modern is one of the most cutting edge contemporary art museums in the world. This is also the day to take in any attractions that you’ve missed and perhaps a few fun extras. Stop by Madame Tussauds to rub shoulders with celebrities and “meet” the queen, visit family favorites like the Sea Life London Aquarium and London Zoo, or indulge in afternoon tea at Grosvenor House. Alternatively, you could just spend the entire day on the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio tour, a must for Potter fans. On your final evening, opt for an entertaining food tour of Soho or head down to the Southbank to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy dinner at a riverside restaurant.

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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London

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Visit some of the top attractions outside of London on this day trip to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and the historic town of Bath. Start at Windsor Castle, home to the British royal family, for a tour of the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, and then continue west of London to Salisbury, home of the mysterious Stonehenge rock formations. Finally, arrive in Bath, known for its elegant Georgian architecture and Roman baths. All admission tickets are included in the tour price. Please note: Windsor Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
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  • 11 hours
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 20 minutes
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Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio with Transport from London
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Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio with Transport from London

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Immerse yourself in the spellbinding world of Harry Potter™ on this trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Travel to the fabled Harry Potter studios by air-conditioned coach from central London, and on arrival, trace the footsteps of Hogwarts’ student wizards at leisure. Behold original sets such as Platform 9 ¾ and Diagon Alley; see the Hogwarts Express steam train; ride a broomstick like the cast; and uncover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the movies’ on-screen wizardry. This Harry Potter studio London tour includes round-trip coach transport and entrance tickets.
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  • 7 hours
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Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
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Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London

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Take a day out of your London city break to visit Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick Castle, traveling to three of England’s most-popular locations. Begin with a tour of Warwick Castle before heading to Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace. Then explore Oxford and its university buildings, and drive through the Cotsworlds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
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The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

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Enjoy a memorable evening of food, wine, and entertainment on this showboat dinner cruise on the Thames River in London. Feast on a 4-course dinner aboard your sightseeing boat as you sail past London attractions such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge, all illuminated at night. While you eat and admire the sights, background music will be played during the cruise instead of live entertainment, and, if you wish, take to the dance floor.
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ attractions inc. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The London Pass®: Access 80+ attractions inc. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover London’s top sights for one low price with The London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to more than 80 attractions, visiting as many as you like each day. Your London Pass also lets you redeem credits on a Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour, a Thames River Cruise, London Bike rental, and more. • Access over 80 things to do in London • Choose between a 1-,2-,3-,4-, 5-, 6-, 7- or 10-day credits package • Save your London Pass on your mobile device and browse the included digital guide to help plan your itinerary • Visit London’s best attractions including Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral or the London Zoo And best of all, your London Pass is valid for 2 years from purchase date, and only activates when you exchange credits at any included attraction or tour. After that, your pass is valid for the remaining number of days purchased. So you can rest assured should your travel plans need to change!
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Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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Discover the sights and history of London from the water on this leisurely cruise down the Thames River. With your 24-hour pass, enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s main riverside attractions like the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament from within an all-weather vessel, and hop on or off at any stop along the way. Create your own London adventure.
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Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London's Hidden Treasures

Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London's Hidden Treasures

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Check off London’s most famous landmarks and lesser-known sights on this private, half-day tour. Travel around the English capital in an iconic black cab and pass by the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and other top attractions. Then, head off the beaten path in search of Henry VIII’s cowshed, Winston Churchill’s cigar chair, and other quirky sights.
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  • 4 hours
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The Lion King Theater Show

The Lion King Theater Show

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Enjoy one of the most epic musicals on stage with a ticket to the ‘The Lion King’ at London’s Lyceum Theatre. An adaptation of Disney’s hit 1994 film, the show tells the story of young lion Simba as he fights to reclaim his place as King of the Pridelands. Set against the plains of Africa, and exploding with color, effects, and songs by Tim Rice and Elton John, the show thrills adults and children alike. Make the evening extra memorable when you upgrade to include a mouth-watering pre-show dinner.
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Fully Guided Tour of Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Fully Guided Tour of Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

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Harry Potter fans, grab your wands and owls for the journey to Hogwarts and beyond on an official guided tour of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Take a train directly from central London to the studio, where you’ll be greeted by a representative and taken on an immersive journey featuring original sets, props and costumes featured in all eight Harry Potter movies. From Platform 9 ¾ and Diagon Alley to Hagrid’s Hut and Dumbeldore’s office, you’ll be transported directly to J.K. Rowling’s beloved world of wizardry.
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Small-Group Day Trip to Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor from London
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Small-Group Day Trip to Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor from London

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Uncover the enticing mysteries of Stonehenge and absorb the imperial majesty of Windsor on a full-day tour from London. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Stonehenge to marvel at the prehistoric stone ring that has eluded experts for millennia. Delight in the Roman relics and Georgian architecture of Bath and see the world’s oldest occupied castle during time at Windsor Castle, an official residence of the British royal family. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
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Twilight Soho Food and Cocktail Tour
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Twilight Soho Food and Cocktail Tour

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Soak up the electric atmosphere of Soho by night with an after-hours food tour of London’s nightlife hub. Follow your guide, a fellow foodie, to little known cafés, restaurants and local haunts for a real taste of London’s international food scene. Along the way, sample everything from Spanish Jamón to Chinese dumplings, and get the inside scoop on the best places to eat, drink and party in Soho.
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and Oxford Day Trip

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and Oxford Day Trip

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Enter the magical world of Harry Potter, everyone’s favorite boy wizard, on this day trip to Oxford and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London—The Making of Harry Potter. First, travel to Oxford and visit the Bodleian Library, Christ Church College, and other famous University of Oxford buildings. Then, wander around original sets, see costumes and props worn by Dumbledore, Hagrid, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and others, and uncover the on-screen wizardry used to bring J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books to the silver screen. Round-trip coach transportation from London is included.
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Luxury Paris Day Trip plus Bateaux Parisiens Lunch Cruise with Louvre Upgrade

Luxury Paris Day Trip plus Bateaux Parisiens Lunch Cruise with Louvre Upgrade

Enjoy an unforgettable day in the French capital on this luxury day trip from London to Paris, with an included lunch on river Seine with the best views to the Eiffel Tower. We connect you with your representative at St. Pancras International who will escort you onboard Eurostar and throughout the day in Paris. Travelling at speeds of up to 186mph, you will be in Paris in just 2 hours 15 minutes Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Paris’ top sights, including the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. Sip a glass of wine before delicious 3-course lunch cruise on the Seine, cruise along the river past Notre Dame Cathedral and many more highlights. Then, choose to visit Le Louvre (upgrade option available) or enjoy free time to explore or shop independently.
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Romantic Paris Day Trip Guided Tour with Louvre & Lunch at Le Bistro Parisien

Romantic Paris Day Trip Guided Tour with Louvre & Lunch at Le Bistro Parisien

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Hop on the Eurostar from London and escape to Paris for unforgettable day in the City of Lights. First, marvel at the Arc de Triomphe, stroll down the glamorous Champs–Elysees and take in the views from the Trocadero on a walking tour of Paris. Next, enjoy an unforgettable 2-course lunch as you gaze out over the city from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. Finally, get up close to priceless artworks, including the legendary Mona Lisa, at the Louvre.
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