How do I… see London’s best sights in one day?

London is a damn big glorious city – plenty of cute pockets and boroughs that make it the thriving metropolitan city we all know and love. And the best news is it’s all completely walkable by long as you know where you're going.

The good news is, we do...

Start your day off at the Houses of Parliament, where you’ll see the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey. The history of these sights spans over 900 years, dating back to the Anglo-Saxon days of old. If you’re hoping to see Big Ben however in all his glory, we’ve got bad news – he’s currently undergoing a face-lift for the next 4 years and is masked by scaffolding.

Walk towards Westminster Bridge where you’ll see the Coca Cola sign.

Continue to Southbank, both a riverside walkway and a common place for arty venues and pop-up restaurants.

Re-create the famous Harry Potter scene at Millennium Bridge – a futuristic design which cost £18.2 million to build. From afar, you’ll also be able to see St Paul’s Cathedral.


Break your journey up by having lunch at Borough Market, one of London’s largest and oldest indoor food markets, not to mention the place to buy both local and international world class foodie products. Treat yourself from one of many delicious food stalls and go where your belly desires.

Make your way to Tower Bridge (not London Bridge, they are two entirely separate things as I’ve learnt). This is London’s most famous bridge and a must-see landmark built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London, hence why so many people get confused between the two.

Want to see more of London but not sure where to start? Check out Contiki’s different travel styles and Independent Insider trips to start your next adventure.