London itinerary for 10 days

Buckingham palace
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Our London itinerary for 10 days comes with handy suggestions to explore the capital of England. With its historical monuments, entertainment options, shopping areas, and the beautiful Thames river, London has everything to cater to a newbie tourist’s needs. Here is our day-wise list of the things to do, while in this splendid tourist spot:

London itinerary for 10 days

Day 1:

We landed at Heathrow airport around 7 in the evening. While the immigration checks and baggage claim took a fair amount of time, we had already booked a cab to drive us to our apartment. The apartment, booked via Airbnb was a comfortable and affordable option, a little away from the heart of London. Yet Anson place was a peaceful place to reside in. The quiet was evident as we checked into our apartment, heeding to the advice of making the minimum possible noise.

At Heathrow airport
At Heathrow airport

Day 2:

Our apartment, located just by the Thames river, gave us some splendid views of the city by this famous river, that runs through London. A morning walk by the river is a must if you visit London. We got Oyster cards as travel by metros/buses was going to play a predominant role in moving from one place to the other. (Read about oyster card prices here). It would be convenient if apps like Tube map and Uber stay at your disposal.
We spent our day at the Canary Wharf Shopping center, around 25 minutes away from Anson street. At Canary Wharf, in the heart of London, find the best shopping brands, eating joints and relax in Jubilee Park! The three arcades Canada Square, Cabot and Jubilee Place surround this place and lend an enormous amount of buzz to London.
If you choose not to go with the metro, you could also seat yourself in the black local taxis to drop you at your destination.  Our next stop was at the Piccadilly Circus station( not very far from Canary Wharf station).
Picadilly Circus is the place to be in. From youngsters playing music and performing tricks on the street, to a myriad of eating joints and shopping areas..this place is a breath of fresh air indeed. Once here, do not miss
recommended eating joints:
Pret A Manger, Nandos(Canary Wharf)
Sports shopping: Lillywhite
Restaurants: Mayflower(Chinese), Chilli shaker(Indian), Pho and Buns(Vietnamese), Cafe Beheme and other joints like Pizza Hut, Burger King, McDonald’s, etc.

Explore Chinese restaurants in China Town, one of the biggest Chinese restaurants arena outside China.

We ended the day with the Broadway musical ‘Aladin‘ at Piccadilly Circus, which was a magnificent depiction of this amazing tale from our childhood. You could choose from a number of available Broadway musicals, or even go for the famous theatrical of ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’.

Thames
By the River Thames
Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus
At the Canary Wharf Shopping Center
At the Canary Wharf Shopping Center

 

Day 3:

As a part of our London itinerary for 10 days, we decided to enjoy the sunshine gawking in the clear London skies. So we headed to the Tower Bridge. We explored The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress.  It was once a seating place for prisoners before their execution. It also holds jewels, including the Kohinoor diamond.

The Tower Bridge of London

Some facts about the fort: Ravens were protected by beefeaters and it is believed that they shouldn’t fly or else London would get destroyed. Earlier these beefeaters tasted food for the royal family. There was also a Grizzly bear who belonged to King George III.

Just close to the Tower of London is the National Zoo. You could be lucky enough to spot a giraffe somewhere!

Spend your evening by getting a spot on the and explore some of the beautiful views of the city. We could not get a glimpse of the Big Ben, as its structure was getting a revamp.

London Eye
London Eye

 

 

Day 4:

We took a day trip to Bath and Stonehenge. We commenced our journey at around 9 in the morning. Having pre-booked our seats with London Day Tours, we reached Gloucester Road station to start an exciting day tour of the city.

Stonehenge has been a site for ceremony as well as burial.

There are various theories around the legend of these stones. The bigger stones of Stonehenge, known as sarsens were brought from a place called Marlborough Downs. Whereas the smaller stones called bluestones came from Wales. Visit and click pictures of these ancient stones, listen to the history of this pre-historic monument using the audio guides provided to you. You can take a shuttle to the Stone Circle.

Around 1 hr away from Stonehenge, we reached the enchanting city of Bath. Our travel guide gave us an option of exploring the small city on foot.  As you cross the Pulteney Bridge over River Avon in the city, you would understand that the stretch of this beautiful city has begun! There are a number of shops spanning from one end to the other, around this area.

A little further, we stopped and began our walk. The first stop of this historical walk was the Bath Abbey. The city, which has experienced an abundance of religious reforms and transformations is famous for this Christian place of worship. With its cathedral and monasteries, you would discover the tales of ordinary and royal people.

As we walked on, we noticed a string of restaurants and local market. Bath is also famous for its buns, popularly called the ‘Bath Buns’. Get a bite at the Bath Bun Tea Shoppe and its oldest competitor Sally Lunn’s. If you are looking out to grab some vegetarian food, ‘a corn’ would be a good choice.

Stonehenge
Stonehenge

 

The city of Bath
The city of Bath

 

Day 5:

We explored the local attractions, starting from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square. The palace is often  the center of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning. Trafalgar Square is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar.

Buckingham palace
At the Buckingham Palace
Buckingham palace
Buckingham Palace
Trafalgar square
Trafalgar square

 

We further headed to Oxford Street, a major shopping hub. You would gaze around and find all kinds of brands and shops Buzzing with the sounds of shopaholics.
Recommended eating joint: Ping Pong(Chinese)

Day 6:

We headed to Cambridge. A 45 minute journey from the Liverpool station would take you to this small city, which has more than half of the population composed of students. Strolling is the best way to get a view of this peaceful city. Or if you get on a bicycle and ride around the university campus, it would be a cherry on the top of the cake. You could walk along St King’s College all the way to Trinity College and St. John’s College. The scenic view of river Cam and the gardens stretch past the Mathematical Bridge.
Read more about things to do at Cambridge here.
beautiful prestigious city.’

Day 7 :

We headed to Greenwich to explore the Royal Observatory. The nearest train station to The Royal Observatory is the Greenwich station, accessible via London’s popular mode of transport, DLR. The Observatory is at a 5-minute walk from the station. Greenwich is situated in one of the boroughs of London. We took pictures near the Prime Meridian and explored the Flamsteed House.
At the Greenwich Royal Observatory
At the Greenwich Royal Observatory

                                                      At the Greenwich Royal Observatory
The day ended with an entourage around the local Greenwich market.
Being shopaholics, the latter part of our day went well in the mall at Stratford, which had a variety of shopping options and various delectable options in its food court.

Day 8 :

For those who adore the flora and fauna, Royal Botanical Gardens are worth a visit.
Kew Gardens, London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants and a scientific research center of international renown, it’s the perfect day out. Discover beautiful glasshouses including the iconic Palm House and its exotic rainforest; the Princess of Wales Conservatory and the Waterlily House.
Flowers at Kew gardens
Flowers at Kew gardens

Glasshouse at Kew gardens

                                                               Inside the Glasshouse
Entry to Kew gardens
Entry to Kew gardens

Explore the 59ft (18m) high Treetop Walkway, which sits in the canopy of a tree, offering a bird’s-eye view of the gardens. Enjoy a stroll along the Great Broad Walk Borders. It has around  60,000 plants. Dive into the history of these gardens at Kew Palace, the former summer residence of King George III.

Kew Gardens is less than 30 minutes from central London and easily reached by road, rail, and London Underground.

Entry ticket is 17 pounds.
We came back to our apartment and explored the local market of Woolwich Arsenal, which was buzzing with people and gave access to all the shops fulfilling our daily needs.

Day 9 :

Camden Town is a popular market by the Regent’s Canal and is a haven for fashion stuff and delicious food.  The area is a center place for youngsters and well as the aged. With its nightclubs and restaurants, Camden Town has a resplendent nightlife. It is a hub of many cuisines and cafes bustling with activity. London Zoo lies nearby the Camden market.

camden
Camden Town

Day 10:

We visited the O2 , a multipurpose arena, with restaurants, movie theatres and sporting areas all at one place. This was followed by a visit to the Wembley area, which is the seating place for Wembley Stadium and a number of eating joints. It is abundant in Indian restaurants and there was a special screening of ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaenge’, after a myriad of cultural events by the Indian locals settled here.
It was now time to wind up and we spent it relaxing in the local market, relishing the beautiful memories that would stay with us for the rest of our lives!
O2
O2 complex

 

O2
Restaurants at O2

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