What to do in London in 3 days

Want to know what to do in London in 3 days? There are tourist attractions in London for all tastes. The so elegant and exciting London surprises us with its historical past told through its spectacular architecture, art and culture.

Its vibrant present is felt in the hustle of its pubs, in its unique style and charms, in its richness mixed with the green of its many parks and in the intense movement of its streets. I only spent three days and it was just enough to leave me wanting more, much more.

If your time in the city is busy, like mine, here are the main tips on what to do in London in 3 days.

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How to get around:

London Underground

O London subway it is considered the largest in the world, so you will be able to easily move between the airport and your hotel and later on to any of the points of interest.

To save my hard-earned money, I purchased the rechargeable electronic card called Oyster Card (sold at counters and machines at all subway stations, as well as several other points, such as newsagents, supermarkets, etc.). A refundable £5 is charged on return of the card and you can top up any amount up to a maximum of £90.

As the passenger uses the transport, the amount is deducted from the amount that was credited. The biggest benefit is the savings on the cost of the ticket: 1 single ticket purchased at the box office costs £4,50, Oyster £2,80 is debited.

Finished the trip and have credit left? No waste! Go to a counter and they will refund you the amount.

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But, transiting underground is just to get there faster, right?

London red buses

To get acquainted with the city and be able to enjoy, albeit quickly, all the main tourist attractions, I even chose to take the tour in the traditional red double-decker buses, the “big bus”. It is a great option to get around between the tours of the guide what to do in London in 3 days.

The ticket costs £26 to be able to hop on and off for 48 hours at any of its more than 50 points, including a boat ride along the Tamisa river. I recommend it for those who, like me, have little time, but do not give up seeing the essentials.

City Tours

Now, if you prefer comfort and exclusivity, you can hire personalized tours, city tours, transfers with Portuguese-speaking drivers/guides with London Tour. We took the opportunity to use the hotel-airport transfer service. It was great. Private transport with security, good price, in addition to comfort and tranquility. # we indicate

Some of the must-do tours and things to do in London in 3 days:

Buckingham Palace:

The official residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the symbol of the English monarchy. Plan to arrive early and watch the traditional changing of the royal guard at the entrance gate, which takes place at 11:30 am.

Between April and July, the ceremony takes place every day, in the other months, on alternate days. Unmissable!

London Eye:

A London Eye, enorme “Ferris wheel” (third largest in the world) was designed for the celebration of the turn of the millennium and today serves as a city observatory.

When inaugurated, it was intended to keep it erect for five years. However, it has become the darling of the city and is already part of history as a great monument and postcard.

A ticket for a tour (30min duration) starts at £21,20 and can be purchased online, saving you time in queues. I recommend arriving early, at 10 am and sharing the “capsule” with fewer people!

Westminster Palace:

the abode of the famous Big Ben. It is one of the most characteristic and imposing buildings in the city, housing more than a thousand rooms and five kilometers of corridors. Simply gorgeous!

See also the Westminster Abbey, one of the most important and tourist churches in the United Kingdom, where monarchs have been crowned and buried since the XNUMXth century and where the famous wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton was celebrated.

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St Paul’s Cathedral e Tower of London

Another church that deserves our visit is the St. Paul´s Cathedral. Climb the stairs to its dome for an incredible view.

A Tower of London, considered a medieval fortress, hosted the arrests and beheadings of nobles, kings and queens. Today, the beautiful castle houses the British crown jewels and can be visited for £22. THE Tower Brigde, next door, is one of the most photographed spots, an image that we are used to seeing in films, but even so, it impresses us personally.

Hyde Park

After all this walking, take the opportunity to rest a little or even have a picnic in the Hyde Park, one of the largest and most famous park in the city. In each neighborhood, including the center, there is no lack of good green areas to relax.

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Tower of London – Flicker: (Mick Baker)rooster

Hyde Park – Flicker: Patrick Nouhailler

Museums to discover

If you enjoy art, there is no shortage of things to do in London in 3 days. The city offers you more than 300 museums and art galleries, with impressive collections of classical and modern art.

One of the most visited is the British Museum (owner of a collection of 4 million pieces on the civilizations of the world) and the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.

To enjoy the night, take the opportunity to visit some of the many pubs and bars and do as Londoners do, enjoy a pint.

British Museum – Flicker: Paul Hudson

Madame Tussaud’s – Flicker: Mark Hillary

shopping in london

Like every big metropolis, London it's also a city to do away with credit card limits.

A Oxford Street, in the borough of Westminster, is the busiest shopping avenue in all of Europe with more than 300 stores, pure temptation! already the Bond Street is the address synonymous with luxury, as it hosts the most exquisite brands.

But if you prefer street markets, go to Camden Market, in the alternative neighborhood of Canden Town, commonly described as the neighborhood that brings together the most exotic, eclectic and funky individuals. Here you will find the most varied and unexpected products.

Camden Market – Flicker: Sheep purple

This is just the beginning of what London can provide us. A completely passionate city, isn't it. Did you like the tips on what to do in London in 3 days?

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