From being a royal, sipping tea in The Ritz, being next to the Queen, or walking down the aisle in Westminster Abbey, to enjoying fish and cheaps, finding for delicious to-go street food in a food market, we got you covered with all the things you need to experience in 72 hours. We will be bringing you to London in this chapter of our 72 HOURS series.
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#1: Breakfast @ The Breakfast Club
Go early. When I say early, I mean before 8.00am to avoid the queue and the crowd, just so you can have a perfect English Breakfast, Eggs Benedict or your favourite stack of pancake in peace. They have nine branches in London, a branch in Oxford and one in Brighton. The one located in Soho is my favourite. It usually opens at 7.30 am and by 9.00 am, you could see a queue forming outside.
#2: Free Walking Tour
There are a lot of company that offer free walking tours. I prefer a walking tour with Sandeman’s. I assume that this will be your first time in London. It is an excellent choice to join a walking tour when you first arrive in any city. It will save you A LOT of time. Firstly, they will get you covered with most of the main touristy spots. Have you spent an hour or two trying to find for this “must-see” or “must-visit” tourist spot, only to realise that it was nothing worth seeing but just a “check-in” kind of spot? Well, I have done this so many times that I’m happy that I discovered about free walking tours three years ago which minimises the rate of it happening again. Secondly, You will feel lost or overwhelm when you arrive in a new place. Walking around the city is the best was to get yourself familiarise with the city, but walking around with a guide is even better. You could also listen to stories from different corners in the city, ask for recommendations, meet some new friends or have someone to take photos for you if you’re travelling alone.
#2(b): Changing of Guards @ Buckingham Palace
I made this a subunit for the free walking tour as you might be able to catch the changing of guards during your walking tour if you join any tour before 10 am. If not, it usually starts around 10.45 or 11.00 am, and it will last for approximately 45 minutes. Arrive before 10.30 am for a right spot and 9.30 – 10.00 am for a place at the fence of Buckingham Palace.If you do not wish to take photos in front of Buckingham Palace or Victoria Memorial, you could leave after 15 – 20 minutes. Nothing much goes on after that.
P.S. Please check the schedule before going to avoid any disappointment. Changing of the guards is usually scheduled on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun. However, there might be subsequent changes to the schedule.
>> Changing of the Guard – Date & Time
#3: Wellington Arch
Walk along Constitution Hill which is located at the left of Buckingham Palace. You will be walking between Green Park and Buckingham Palace Garden. Wellington Arch will be right at the end.
#4: Afternoon Tea @ Harrod’s
The most traditional afternoon tea will be at The Ritz. What I love about Harrod’s is their food hall, you got to do some shopping after having a luxurious afternoon tea.
#5: Hyde Park
And if the choice above is too posh for you, Hyde Park is just a walk away. Spend those hot summer days soaking in the sun in Hyde Park, or you could pay a visit to Winter Wonderland during the cold, gloomy winter.
#7: Sunset @ London Eye
I feel that getting into London Eye during sunset gives you the best value out of the ticket. You got to snap some photos of London skyline while the sky is still bright and blue on the way up as well as the perfect sunset right over Big Ben while on the way down.
#9: Leicester Square, Chinatown
Then walk towards Leicester Square, or you could take a bus there. Visit M&M’s World to get some personalised chocolates. Then head towards Chinatown to try their famous Roasted Duck and then grab a cup of bubble tea and a bubblewrap for dessert.