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7 Day London Itinerary: How to Plan a Bloody Good Week in London



We just got back from one week in London and, as you can imagine from a travel planner, I spent a lot of time thinking about our London itinerary before we left. One thing that always surprises me about planning a trip to London is just how much there is to do in the city. 7 days in London seems like a long time, but you will be surprised by how quickly your time fills up.
With a week in London, you will have enough time to hit all of the highlights, but you need to be smart about how you organize your time. Based on our own trip, and my experience planning multiple London trips for other families, I’ve put together this London itinerary as your very own cheat sheet to planning an awesome trip.
London Itinerary: How to do London in 7 Days
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Day One – Arrival

If you are coming from the United States, you will likely arrive pretty early and have a lot of time to kill on not much sleep before you are able to check into your hotel. Ideally, you can book a room for the night before to ensure early check in, or book a hotel through a Virtuoso travel agent (I can help you out) that offers early check in. If you do need to kill some time, a hop on hop off bus tour is a good way to get a sense of the city without expending too much energy.
You can also spend some time relaxing in Hyde Park. In nice weather, you can rent a pedal boat on the Serpentine. Young children will love the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, or you can take a tour of Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens. We loved staying at the Royal Garden Hotel, just steps away from Kensington Palace. We spent our time until our room was ready by taking in the Princess Diana exhibit at Kensington Palace. Day Two – Royal London

If you start your day early, you can fit in many of London’s most recognizable attractions for a big “wow” factor on your first full day. Start off at Westminster Abbey, the burial spot for many of England’s most famous authors, poets, and royalty. If you aren’t taking a formal tour, at least rent an audio guide so you can understand what you are looking at.
Depending on how much time you spend in Westminster Abbey (allot at least one hour), you may be able to catch the Royal Horse Guard Parade. This can be a nice alternative or complement to the more well-known Changing of the Guard (and it is much easier to get a better viewing spot.) The Horse Guards leave Hyde Park Barracks at 10:28 weekdays and 9:28 on Sundays to ride to Horse Guards Parade via Hyde Park Corner, Constitution Hill and The Mall on their way to the guard change ceremony. The ceremony lasts about half an hour. Just be sure to check the schedules in advance as they can vary by season and depending on any royal appearances.
From there, walk down to the River Thames for a boat trip down to the Tower of London. The London Pass will get you into West...

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