Your Guide to a Day Trip to: London

I have had a few request for a guide for London and in all honesty, the reason I haven't done one is because I go to London quite frequently...I even lived there for 3 years. I feel like I've written a number of posts throughout the years so I didn't particularly thing it warranted another, but apparently people want a bit more of a concise version of my favourite things to do in the city.

London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with a long reaching history. It meanders around the River Thames and the city is one of the busiest! 

1. Visit the tourist hot spots. You can't go to London without seeing all the landmarks, especially if it's your first time. You can walk between most places, but you can also hop on and off the tube. Some of my recommendations are: Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Hyde Park, Tower Bridge, River Thames, Houses of Parliament, London Eye...the list goes on!
2. Use the London Underground. You can't beat the prices, the ease, the frequency and the transport links. You can get literally everywhere and anywhere, many within a short 10 - 30 minute journey. 

3. Take a trip to Covent Garden. I love the vibe here. It's so peaceful and it doesn't feel like the hustle and bustle you'd expect from a capital city. It's a mini escape and it's lovely. You can walk around the central building and enjoy little boutique shops, independent retailers, and also watch the variety of buskers around. 

4. Book the Sky Gardens. This is one place you will thank me for. My second favourite place on Earth (after Paris' Montparnasse Tower) is the perfect place to spend a few hours. It overlooks the River Thames and is, in my opinion, the free, better version of The Shard. The views are surreal and you've got the indoor rainforest included too. 
5. Climb Up at the O2. This is another one of those things I never thought I would do, but I ended up loving it. You can literally time to roof of the stadium and admire the view. 
6. Eat some delicious food. Of course, a trip to London isn't complete without a fancy braisserie restaurant. My two personal favourites to make something special is The Ivy Chelsea Garden and the Duck and Waffle. Both are so perfect and go above and beyond expectations. 
7. Enjoy a West End show. This is possibly my favourite thing to do and I have seen so many shows over the last few years. You can often get cheaper discounted tickets if you book more last minute, but I think they are well worth the money. I've seen a few since, but this shows the majority of the shows I've seen.

Like I said before, I've shared so many posts about London before but if you had just one day in the city, this is what I would recommend you do!