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First Time Visitors Itinerary

First time visitor to London? Make sure you see the best of London with our three-day itinerary.

See the London Eye, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, the British Museum and lots more. You’re sure to want to return again and again!

Day One

Morning

Board a 30-minute flight on the London Eye and admire London from a height of 135 metres in one of 32 capsules.

Original London Sightseeing Tour and Big Bus Company run hop-on, hop-off open-top bus tours of the city centre passing all the major landmarks, and lasting approximately two hours. Catch either tour outside County Hall by Westminster Bridge and see what the city has to offer.  These could be booked at http://www.BestValueTours.co.uk

Lunch

Alight from the bus at Tower Bridge and take the stairs down to Shad Thames and Butler’s Wharf. The riverside Butler’s Wharf Chop House offers excellent value set menus during the week.

Afternoon

See London’s most notorious prison and the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. A Yeoman Warder gives a tour of the Tower every half an hour.

Walk back to Tower Bridge and visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition. You’ll see some of the most spectacular views up and down the River Thames and learn about the history of one of London’s most famous landmarks.

Evening

Experience London theatre, from musicals such as Billy Elliot and Mamma Mia, to opera and ballet at the Royal Opera House and modern dance at Sadler’s Wells. There really is something for everyone.

After the show enjoy a post-theatre meal at Joe Allen, a favourite with actors and people that work in London’s theatre industry.

Day Two

Morning

Wander around Covent Garden, Neal Street and Seven Dials for a bit of shopping. Watch the street entertainers and explore the covered market. If the weather is good, you can sit outside and people-watch in the piazza.

Lunch

Board the Bateaux London lunch river cruise, and enjoy a three-course meal as you cruise along the River Thames.

Afternoon

Head to Shakespeare’s Globe, where a tour offers a fascinating insight into Shakespearean London and today’s working theatre.

Next door is Tate Modern, where you can browse the permanent collection or view one of the world-class exhibitions. Don’t miss coffee in Café 7, Tate Modern’s seventh floor café looking out over the Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Evening

Try Britain’s favourite dish for dinner – a curry in Brick Lane. A market by day, Brick Lane is lined with curry houses and trendy bars. Preem and Bengal Village offer good, value for money meals. Have a few drinks after your meal in the Vibe Bar, the Big Chill Bar or 93 Feet East, which has a great line-up of live music and DJs.

Day Three

Morning

Head to the British Museum, London’s single most visited museum, featuring exhibits such as the 2,000 year old Lindow Man, Egyptian pharaohs and treasures from all over the world.

Afternoon

Take the Tube to Camden Town and explore Camden Lock Market, where you’ll find clothing, jewellery, arts and crafts and some of London’s more interesting characters. The market is a great place for lunch, with stalls and shops cooking food from all over the world.

Walk from Camden to Primrose Hill, for one of the best views of London. This is a great spot for a picnic or a few pints in one of the nearby pubs.

Evening

You can’t come to London without visiting a traditional London pub. Many of London’s pubs offer delicious food, with menus ranging from typical British cuisine such as fish and chips to Thai. The Fire Station in Waterloo and The Anchor & Hope on The Cut (also Waterloo) both offer a traditional pub environment plus a fantastic menu.

Enjoy London!

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