Few cities in the world are as iconic as London. With a history stretching back to Roman times, London offers notable landmarks like Big Ben, the Tower of London, and the modern London Eye. When planning your next trip to London, here’s a helpful itinerary to ensure you see all the famous landmarks in a single day.

Take a Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

The best way to see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and other notable sights is to take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Catch the bus early and ride the entire route to spot the best landmarks, then get off the bus at your leisure. You can hop on and hop off the bus all day long, making it easier to see the important highlights.

Visit the Tower of London

You should set aside at least three hours to explore the Tower of London. Crowds tend to congregate in the cafés and in the line to see the Crown Jewels, so try to avoid dining at peak mealtimes and head for the Crown Jewels exhibition instead. You can also take a Yeoman Warder (aka Beefeater) tour, which is an entertaining way to learn about the Tower’s history of intrigue, execution, and revitalization.

Accommodations close to the Tower of London include citizenM Tower of London Hotel and The Tower Hotel.

London Eye
The London Eye on the South Bank of the River Thames.

Ride the London Eye

You can’t miss the giant Ferris wheel on London’s River Thames. The London Eye is worth the ticket price to get a bird’s-eye view of the city. Just be sure to bring your camera! While you can reserve tickets in advance, you may want to wait until the day you wish to visit to make sure the weather is clear.

Nearby hotels include London Marriott Hotel County Hall and The Royal Horseguards.

Attend Evensong at Westminster Abbey

It wouldn’t be a trip to London without a stop at the historic Westminster Abbey. The gothic abbey has held royal weddings and coronations, and served as the burial place for significant figures in British history. Tickets start at £20.00 for adults, but you can attend choral services for free. Plan your tour of London so you’ll be at Westminster Abbey at 5 p.m. for the weekday Evensong, and skip the admission ticket.

Westminster Abbey
Inside Westminster Abbey (Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster).

If you’d like to stay near Westminster Abbey, book a room at The Sanctuary House Hotel or Conrad London St. James.

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