London is one of the most popular cities and is also the capital of the United Kingdom. It’s a travel destination for people all over the world and is a city that has meshing cultures.
If you only have 36 hours in London these are [my] main places to hit.
Here’s how to spend your time wisely in London!
We arrived in London around noon so our first stop was right next our Airbnb, Neal’s Yard. After devouring some really tasty pizza at Home Slice we decided to walk to Big Ben because it was a beautiful day. We walked through Trafalgar Square before hitting Big Ben and Westminister Abbey then went through St. Jame’s Park on the way to Buckingham Palace. For me, Buckingham Palace wasn’t very exciting so I wouldn’t say it’s a must-do unless there’s something going on outside. After this we walked to Chinatown where we ate a ton of different things before jet lag got the best of us and we had to call it a night.
We started off the day by grabbing a latte at Monmouth Coffee right around the corner from our Airbnb. From here, we made our way to The Shard. It’s one of the places I was most excited for so I bought tickets ahead of time to guarantee what time we could go. You get 360 degree views of the city from the 69th and 72nd floors of this incredible glass structure. My must-do for The Shard might sound weird, but go to the toilets. I’m not joking. Each one is individual and has another unique view of the city with blinds you can lower, if you want. After this, we made the very short walk to Borough Market. I could do an entire post on this market so I will just say go hungry and make sure you take your time.
From here we slowly made our way to Tower Bridge before crossing and looking around Tower of London. It’s a short walk to Saint Paul’s Cathedral where we spent a couple of hours. We climbed 259 steps to the Dome and wow. It’s breathtaking and totally worth the walk up. After this we actually had no specific plans so we ended up at [free] The British Museum and I’m so glad we did. The architectural design inside is stunning and there are so many incredible pieces. The mummy exhibit is my favorite. Luckily, there is a pub across the street called Museum Tavern we decided to try because we were all so hungry at this point. We had a couple of pints followed by fish and chips, of course. Since it was our last night in London we hit a couple of pubs closer to our Airbnb before calling it a night.