London is a fascinating city, with historic attractions, an exciting theatre district,
and world-class museums. We can base an entire trip in London, highlight the
sights there, and create day tours to the outskirts of the city. We can also create a “shopping tour” based around Harrod’s, Selfridge’s, and the great number of London markets. We have included a few “must-see” attractions below to give you an idea of what you could do in a week.
- Arrive at Heathrow in the morning, and meet your driver, who will take you to your hotel to freshen up before you head out for your first day. You can decide to have a driver at your disposal for the entire stay, or we can help you to navigate the extensive public transport system. Head to the South Bank, where you can find the London Eye, the Sea Life Aquarium, or catch a Shakespeare performance at the Globe Theatre. Nearby you’ll find the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London, which houses the Crown Jewels and has several resident ravens.
- You can spend a day wandering through the delightful museums of London, many of which have free admission, including the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, or the Science Museum. The British Museum is a must see, and houses the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, and the world’s largest collection of Egyptian antiquities. You can even have high tea in the afternoon in the museum’s Great Court.
- Relax a bit the next day with a leisurely boat cruise on the River Thames, and after you disembark, catch some of the sights you might have missed on day one, including the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. For something a bit more unusual, head to the London Fire Museum in Lambeth, or take in some art (with free admission) at the Tate Britain…both located on the banks of the Thames.
- On day four, visit The City in the morning. This original center of London is home to both the Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s well worth the climb up into the cathedral dome to visit the Whisper Gallery, and then peek outside for amazing views out over the city. In the evening, head over to the theatre district and have dinner, then catch a show in one of the West End’s 52 theatres.
- The next morning, why not choose a trip to the outskirts of London proper? One easy destination is Royal Greenwich, the place which sets the time for the entire world. While there, you can visit the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College, and the Royal Observatory. Or, you can head north to Hampton Court Palace, the oldest tudor palace in England, where you can wander extensive gardens and their famous hedge maze. Either destination is within easy reach of London by train.
- On day six, why not take a day for shopping? No visit to London is complete without a trip to Harrod’s, which occupies a 5-acre site and has 330 departments covering one million square feet of retail space. If your feet aren’t tired after that, head over to Covent Garden, where you can visit the historic market square, Selfridge’s, and a great number of boutique shops. Or, the famous markets at Portobello Road and Buck Lane offer up acres of antiques.
- On day seven you’ll head back to Heathrow for a morning flight back to the States.