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City trip London for beginners

4 Days - 3 Nights

Visiting London for the first time? Then you may quite possibly be overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the vastness of this city, for sure. But also by its beauty and elegance, by its unparalleled range of culture and entertainment, by its countless sights and countless palaces. But how on earth do you get started on all that beauty? No worries, with these tips you will discover the best of London in a nutshell. And a good thing: you can never see London in one go, so you will definitely come back again!

Day 1: Westminster

Let's face it: on your first day in London, you want to see all those world-famous sights you know from films and series. So you can already update your bucket list. Take the tube to Saint James' Park or take a London cab and let your trip begin. Walk up to Buckingham Palace and imagine yourself a royal for a while. Then continue your tour through cosy Saint James' Park to Westminster - the beating political and tourist heart of the UK. Discover the splendour of Westminster Abbey, where British kings are crowned, and stop off at Whitehall for the Changing of the Guard. Another tip: keep an eye on your clock and take a seat across the Thames overlooking Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The moment the clock strikes every hour is definitely impressive.

Day 2: Covent Garden, Soho and Mayfair

Don't be fooled, Covent Garden is not a 'tourist trap'. It is the cosy and vibrant heart of Soho, with shops, restaurants and cosy bars galore. Discover the atmospheric market place and listen to the street artists who are always on hand. You'll often discover up-and-coming talent, so who knows, you might see a world star in the making. The streets around Seven Dials are home to hip and cosy boutiques and restaurants. For more exclusive offerings, head to Mayfair. When night falls, this part of town gets even more buzzing: you're in one of the most famous entertainment districts in the world! Whether you like musicals, theatre, opera or ballet: the choice is yours.

Day 3: British Museum, Saint Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London

On day 3, it's time for an obligatory dose of culture! After all, London has some of the most prestigious museums in the world. Choosing is difficult, if not impossible, but the British Museum is a must. Here you will find the famous Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and so much more. So much, in fact, that you could easily spend a whole day here. If you don't want to, plan your visit well in advance and take a guide. Oh yes, and the best thing: all this splendour is free to visit, as are most of London's most famous museums. In the afternoon, you will have time to visit Saint Paul's Cathedral, right in the middle of the City of London. Do you have time to spare later on? Then make sure to visit the Tower of London, where you can admire the British Crown Jewels. Your eyes will undoubtedly twinkle at the sight of all that beauty.

Day 4: Going home

Your stay in this fantastic city is sadly at an end. After your last breakfast at your hotel, it's time to check out. Are you returning home by Eurostar and have some free time to spare? Then explore bustling Camden Town near Saint Pancras Station; an eclectic mix of colourful shops and markets. Also make sure to look for the statue of Amy Winehouse, Camden's most famous resident.

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