A Weekend In London – 48 Hour London Itinerary

When planning a two-day trip to London, it is normal to want to spend a lot of time preparing. There’s plenty to do in London, and you’ll probably want to visit the top attractions in the city while creating the best route to see them so you don’t spend your whole day traveling on public transport. Lucky for you, we created a 48 hour itinerary. Now all you’ve to worry about is packing the best clothes for your trip.

And because we all love to save some money while traveling, all the attractions that we gathered are compatible with the London Pass. This will help you to save between £15 and £25 per entrance fee. So have a look at our list, we also added some hotels options for you, and start picturing yourself surrounded by black cabs and red telephone boxes.
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Prepare your trip to London with the Lonely Planet Guidebooks:

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Day one:

London Bicycle Tour

Start your day with an invigorating bicycle tour. Experience a new way of discovering London with its Classic London Bicycle Tours, offered every morning. You’ll be able to enjoy some of London’s classic landmarks. Plus, you can choose between a mountain bike and a classic one.

 

Tower of London

Awarded as one of the top ten attractions to visit in London, this famous fortress will surprise you. From haunted tales to the Queen’s Crown Jewels, you’ll have plenty to see here. Join the Beefeaters for a guided tour of this historical iconic attraction.

 

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Experience London through its glass floor walkway. Constructed 42metres above the river, the glass walkway allows visitors to appreciate a different view of London. You might be able to catch the bascules rising allowing boats to pass. But not only will you be able to enjoy its panoramic views, you can also learn about the bridge’s history through its interactive information panels.

 

London Bridge Experience

Are you bold enough to experience London’s scariest attraction? The London Bridge Experience will take you on an interactive journey through the darkest past secrets of the city. They say that you can hear phantom cries, which are rumoured to be traitors that were executed between 1305 and 1660. A spooky way to finish your day.

 

Now it’s time to go back to the city centre and relax.




For spending the night, we gathered these options near the city centre. If you’re more of a hotel person, the Best Western Boltons Hotel London Kensington or the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London –  Kensington are our recommendations for you.

In case you rather sleep at a hostel and have the chance to meet interesting globetrotters, the Saint James Backpackers Hostel London or the YHA London Earls Court are some of the best hostels in London.

But if you prefer to have your own privacy and want to go for a home experience, you can book an Airbnb, which has options from luxury flats to cosy rooms.
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Day two:

Hop on Hop off Bus – Grand Tour

Rise and shine with a morning tour. Jump to the Hop on Hop off Bus for a grand tour of the city. It covers the north side of Central London, where you’ll be able to pass major attractions like Madame Tussauds and King Cross. You’ll also be able to pass classic sights like St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Big Ben.

 

Science Museum IMAX

Prepare yourself to be inspired by scientific achievements and iconic objects at the Science Museum. While you’re here, head over to their IMAX theatre and experience a unique adventure through its giant screen. It’s one of the largest screens in the UK. We guarantee you’ll feel like you’re part of the action and not just a spectator.

 

Aspley House

Better known as the home of the Duke of Wellington, the Aspley House is one of the most magnificent London’s grand houses. It holds a glorious art collection which features amazing paintings, the heritage from Wellington’s residence at the house after his military retirement. While you’re here, you can also take a walk at Hyde Park, London’s largest park.

 

Wellington Arch
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Credit for photo to http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

 

Neighbouring Wellington’s home, you’ll find Wellington Arch. Here you’ll be able to enjoy its panoramic views of London at its balconies or watch the mounted Horse Guard on their way to the changing Guard. Formerly used as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace, it became a victory arch after Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo Battle. Definitely, a must see in London.

 

There are so many things to do and see in London, you will surely return to London for a longer visit!

 

We would love to read all about your time in London in the comment section below. What did you think about the London Bridge Experience? Was it too scary?

 

 

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26 thoughts on “A Weekend In London – 48 Hour London Itinerary

  1. Nikki - Notes of Life says:

    We did the Tower Bridge Exhibition when we were in London back in March and we had planned on visiting Aspley House and Wellington Arch, but didn’t get time in the end.

    I must organise another trip down there 🙂

  2. Francesca says:

    Yoy managed to do so much!!! My god you saw more in the 48 hours you visited than I have in the 25 years I’ve lived here!!

  3. Tanya Brannan says:

    I go to London all the time and love looking for new things to do. I am ashamed to say I have done none of the things on your agenda, but have actually printed it off so I can try some of them out! Thank you for the heads up x

  4. Stephanie Cummings says:

    Looks like a packed weekend. I’ve never been to London. I feel like it would be intimidating but not sure why as I’ve been to lots of big cities on holiday. I should remedy that this year and get down there

  5. StressedMum says:

    Wow you certainly did have a packed weekend, I love London and am lucky to live nearby, I have never been to Aspley House before though, so will be looking into visiting one day soon x

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