The Ultimate 4 Day Itinerary For London

London is an extraordinary choice for a family vacation. With its history, amazing array of landmarks, and endless things to do, it’s easy to find something for everyone. The challenge though is narrowing that down to fit your schedule. If that’s what you’re trying to do then you have to check out our ultimate 4 day itinerary for London and start planning now!

The Mall and Buckingham Palace in London

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DAY ONE

Westminster Bridge

Start your London trip by enjoying the breathtaking views from Westminster Bridge. As you cross this iconic structure, you get a great view of the Thames River.

Look northward to behold the London Eye and the South Bank. On the southern side lies the Houses of Parliament, accompanied by the historic Big Ben.

Don’t rush your experience on the bridge but remember to enjoy the scenic walkways alongside the river that offer unparalleled views of The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from the south bank.

Victoria Tower Gardens/Horseferry Playground

Embrace London’s verdant charm at Victoria Tower Gardens, nestled conveniently near Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. This is a great place to let your children run and play in the open expanse while you enjoy the beautiful views along the shaded river walkway.

Even though the Victoria Tower Gardens is largely an open space, our kids loved running around and playing here. Plus its in an amazing location. Take a moment to unwind on the benches and soak in the tranquility.

Further south, you’ll find Horseferry Playground, which kids will love. These green spaces provide the perfect break during a day of sightseeing.

Westminster Abbey

Explore the history of Westminster Abbey, an iconic symbol of London’s rich heritage. Since 1066, this hallowed ground has witnessed British coronations and royal unions. Allocate ample time for exploration as you navigate through chapels, tombs, and treasured relics.

Westminster Abbey

A guided tour enhances your experience, offering captivating insights into the Abbey’s storied past. Secure your tickets in advance to streamline your visit and ensure an enriching journey through time.

London Eye

Ascend to new heights aboard the London Eye, treating yourself to panoramic vistas of the city’s skyline. You’ll go at a leisurely pace and enjoy every moment of your relaxing ride.

London Eye

Pre-book your tickets online to bypass lengthy queues and maximize your time.

After your ride, venture into the surrounding Jubilee Gardens and South Bank promenade to fully enjoy the area.

Trafalgar Square

Following your aerial adventure, head northward to Trafalgar Square, a bustling hub teeming with history and artistry. Marvel at the towering Nelson’s Column and intricate sculptures adorning the square.

Trafalgar Square

The square commemorates the historic victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. While you’re in the area, don’t miss the chance to explore the National Gallery, housing a treasure trove of European masterpieces.

Chinatown

If you crave some good food, venture into London’s bustling Chinatown. Explore a tapestry of traditional eateries, bustling stalls, and cultural festivities.

From delectable Cantonese dim sum to fiery Szechuan hotpot, tantalize your taste buds with authentic flavors. Immerse yourself in the architectural marvels adorned with pagoda-style roofs, embodying the rich tapestry of Chinese culture.

We stopped at Jen Cafe for some delicious dumplings and then at the nearby Lanzhou Lamian Noodle Bar for some fantastic noodles. Both of these places are quite popular and its well deserved. Those were the two best things that we ate in London.

Covent Garden

Conclude your day with a visit to Covent Garden, where history mixes with culinary delights and retail therapy. Navigate through trendy cafes, traditional pubs, and an eclectic array of shops. Indulge in diverse cuisines, from tantalizing Asian fare to savory local favorites.

Uncover hidden gems amidst the historic charm of Covent Garden, creating unforgettable memories in London’s vibrant heart.

DAY TWO

British Museum

Kickstart your day with a journey through the annals of history at the British Museum. Go on a captivating trip through civilizations past, from the grandeur of Egypt to the opulence of Persia. Engage in specialized tours tailored for children, ensuring an enriching experience for the entire family.

Even if you just explore on your own like we did, the entire family will find something interesting here.

It’s best to book your tickets ahead of time to ensure entry at the time that you want. You can book your free tickets here.

Camden Town

Venture into the vibrant tapestry of Camden Town, a haven for art enthusiasts and eclectic souls. Navigate through its labyrinthine streets adorned with vibrant street art, graffiti, and captivating murals. Immerse yourself in the creative pulse of London’s artistic enclave.

Camden Market

Camden Market

Recharge with culinary delights at Camden Market, a foodie paradise offering plenty of gastronomic delights. Sample gourmet burgers, international street food, and delectable treats from around the globe. Shop amidst stalls brimming with unique treasures, from artisanal crafts to vintage finds.

Regent’s Park

Conclude your day with tranquility amidst the lush expanses of Regent’s Park. Unwind amidst its verdant beauty, where a zoo, picturesque gardens, and inviting playgrounds await.

Row across the lake or wander its scenic pathways. Immerse yourself in open-air theatrical performances during the summer months, adding a touch of magic to your day.

DAY THREE

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Start a regal adventure at Buckingham Palace, an iconic emblem of European grandeur. Time your visit to coincide with the majestic Changing of the Guard ceremony, ensuring a front-row view of this historic spectacle.

Explore the palace’s opulent interiors on a guided tour, marveling at treasures like the Throne Room and Grand Staircase. There are several tour options to choose from.

You can book your tour of Buckingham Palace here.

National History Museum

Once you finish your visit with royalty, make you way over to the National History Museum. It contains a diverse range of exhibits featuring natural history, dinosaurs and wildlife.

The interactive displays are great for children, keeping them interested and ensuring that they enjoy their visit. Besides the awesome exhibits, the museum itself is stunning architecturally.

You can purchase your tickets for the National History Museum here.

Hyde Park

From the museum, Hyde Park is a 10 minute walk up Exhibition Road. Discover beautiful green space within the sprawling expanse of Hyde Park, a haven for families seeking outdoor adventures.

Hyde Park

Rent a boat for a ride across the lake, or enjoy the charms of the Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Fountain. There are plenty of other hidden gems like the Serpentine Galleries that are waiting to be discovered.

Kensington Palace

Sunken Garden behind Kensington Garden

Next, head to Kensington Palace, situated on the western end of Hyde Park. Explore the Sunken Gardens before going on a tour of the Palace including the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments where you’ll experience the palace’s storied past through captivating exhibitions and regal displays.

You can book your entrance ticket here for a tour of the palace.

If you want the royal treatment, you can not only tour the palace, but have high tea as well. Book your royal experience here.

Regent Street

Regent Street is known for its stunning Victorian and Georgian buildings that line the busy street. This is the heart of the shopping district in London with some of the most well-known luxury brands here.

Several international brands have their flagship store located here so you’re sure to have a great shopping experience. 

Hamleys

One of the most well-known shopping destinations is Hamleys. This 260-year-old store is the largest and oldest toy store in the world and has a rich legacy of providing the best toys for children. Stepping into the store is an immersive experience with its brilliant displays and massive toy selection.

Needless to say, this was a highlight for our family. There’s just so many toys and so much to see! This is a must stop for families with kids.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

Continuing down Regent Street will bring you to Piccadilly Circus, the lively brilliant square. Any time of day is great to stroll through this intersection, but it’s a night when the electronic displays are at their brightest.

DAY FOUR

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral is an architectural marvel. Built in 1675 in a Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren, this building holds one of the largest domes in the world. Its history is extensive and includes the funerals of Churchill, and Princess Diana as well as the wedding of Diana and Charles. 

You can climb the 528 steps to the top of the dome for spectacular views of the London skyline. Elsewhere inside the Cathedral are mosaics, carvings, and sculptures. 

Of note are the High Altar, the intricate Quire Screen, and the patterns of the Dome’s Whispering Gallery.

You can book your tickets here.

There are guided tours available as well as educational exhibits that provide more info regarding the history, and architecture of the Cathedral.

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

Cross the Thames via the Millennium Bridge, offering sweeping vistas of the river and iconic landmarks like the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Wander along this pedestrian bridge, soaking in the panoramic splendor of London’s riverside.

Borough Market

Savor the culinary delights of Borough Market, a gastronomic paradise brimming with gourmet delicacies. Indulge in a food adventure amidst Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Asian flavors, sampling artisanal cheeses, cured meats, and delectable pastries.

Not only is the ideal place to stop for lunch, but this is also a historic location dating back over 1000 years.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Explore the iconic Tower Bridge, a symbol of London’s architectural prowess. Traverse its historic span, uncovering interactive exhibits and panoramic views from the glass floor walkway. Learn about the bridge’s storied past within its engine rooms, capturing the essence of London’s maritime heritage.

Tower of London

Go on a journey through time at the Tower of London, a storied fortress steeped in history and intrigue. Discover its labyrinthine corridors and regal chambers, marveling at displays of armor and the illustrious Crown Jewels.

Tower of London

Going through the Tower of London felt like going on an adventure and traveling back in time. There is a lot to discover and so much history here. Keep in mind that it’s an indoor/outdoor experience so plan accordingly.

You can purchase your tickets for the Tower of London here.

Sky Garden

Get a panoramic view of London by visiting this beautiful observation deck at the top of the Fenchurch Building (also known as the Walkie-Talkie Building). Admission is free but you’ll have to reserve your ticket ahead of time.

Sky Garden

The outdoor observation deck is the main attraction but the indoor atrium is full of beautiful green plant life and is a marvelous garden to enjoy.

If you want to visit at the end of the day during sunset, there’s naturally going to be a bigger demand, so you should reserve your tickets early.

ENJOY YOUR FOUR DAYS IN LONDON

Four days will go by quickly in London, but by using this itinerary, you’ll be sure to experience some of the best that London has to offer. It’s a place that your family will be happy to experience. Once you have your itinerary set, you’ll need to make sure you bring what you need. Also, if you haven’t booked your accommodations yet, you’ll for sure want to check out our guide on the best areas to stay in London.

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  • Jeremiah Pittmon

    Jeremiah Pittmon is a published travel writer and photographer from Cleveland, Ohio. Passionate about exploring the world with his family, he finds inspiration in all types of travel. Through his blog, smilesonarrival.com, and social media channels, he shares captivating experiences and valuable tips for families who love to travel.

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