Exploring London: A Perfect 2-Day Pre-cruise Itinerary

Last updated July 1, 2024 | By Mundiel Editors

Piccadilly Circus

London offers a fantastic opportunity to explore. It is one of the world’s most dynamic cities. If you have not booked any tours or excursions, here’s an itinerary that ensures you make the most of your visit, covering iconic landmarks, vibrant neighborhoods, and cultural gems.

Day 1: Afternoon and Evening

1. Arrival and Transfer to Central London (2:00 PM)

Upon landing at Heathrow Airport, check in at your hotel in Heathrow then take the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station. It is the fastest way to reach central London, taking just 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the Tube (London’s subway) to Knightsbridge Station which costs less but with more stops. There are several ways to get to central London from Heathrow Airport. Within central London there are many ways to get around.

2. Explore Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (3:00 PM)

Start your adventure with a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. These adjoining parks offer beautiful

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

landscapes, the Serpentine Lake, and Kensington Palace, the home of many royals.

3. Visit the Natural History Museum (5:00 PM)

A short walk from the parks, the Natural History Museum is a must-visit. Marvel at the stunning architecture and explore fascinating exhibits,
including dinosaur skeletons and the impressive Hintze Hall.

4. Dinner in Covent Garden (6:30 PM)

Head to Covent Garden, a lively area known for its street performers, shops, and eateries. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants offering diverse cuisines. For a classic British experience, try Rules, one of London’s oldest restaurants.

Covent Garden

5. Return to your Hotel in Heathrow (8:30 PM)

Head back to Paddington Station and catch the Heathrow Express for a swift return to the airport hotel.

Day 2: Morning, Afternoon and Evening

1. Breakfast at your Hotel (8:00 AM)

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Your hotel offers a variety of fresh and delicious food options, perfect for fueling your day.

2. Visit the Tower of London (10:00 AM)

After breakfast, head to London via the Heathrow Express to see the Tower of London. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and delve into the rich history of this iconic fortress. Don’t miss the Crown Jewels and the chance to learn about its storied past.

Tower Bridge

3. Walk Across Tower Bridge and Explore Southbank (12:00 PM)

From the Tower of London, take a walk across the iconic Tower Bridge. Once on the Southbank, enjoy a leisurely walk along the river, taking in sights like the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the Millennium Bridge.

London's Southbank

4. Lunch at Southbank Centre (1:00 PM)

For lunch, explore the diverse dining options at the Southbank Centre. Whether you fancy street food or a sit-down meal, there’s something to suit every palate.

5. Visit the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (2:30 PM)

Head back across the river to see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. If time permits, consider a guided tour to delve deeper into British politics and history.

6. Westminster Abbey (3:30 PM)

Finish your tour with a visit to Westminster Abbey, an architectural masterpiece and the site of many royal events. Explore its stunning interior and learn about its significance in British history.

West End Theatre District

5. West End Show (4:30 PM)

End your evening with a theatrical performance in the West End. With a range of shows from musicals to plays, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to book your tickets in advance.

7. Dinner in Chinatown (7:00 PM)

Head to London’s Chinatown, area known for its many shops, and authentic Chinese cuisine. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants offering mouth-watering cuisines.

London's Chinatown is quite accessible

8. Return to your Hotel in Heathrow (9:00 PM)

Head back to Paddington Station and catch the Heathrow Express for a swift return to your airport hotel, ensuring you have plenty of time for your departure the following morning.

Tips for a Smooth Travel:

  • Transport: An Oyster card or contactless payment card is essential for easy travel on public transport.
  • Time Management: Plan your visits carefully to maximize your time and avoid long queues.
  • Entry Tickets: Purchasing 1-day or 2-day passes which includes entrance tickets to many attractions can save you money and time queuing in line.

Enjoy your whirlwind adventure through London!