London in 1 Day

Do a giant best-of loop of the city by open-top boat and bus through six key districts, with a stop at the 953-year-old Tower of London and fun in Soho at the end. Start early, with the first ride of the London Eye at 10 am; you'll have the rest of the day to explore at whatever pace you wish, but be sure to get to Buckingham Palace before the sun sets or you'll miss out on some great photo opportunities.

On your morning ride on the London Eye, you'll be able to get an unrivaled bird's-eye view of the city. Then launch from the Eye's namesake pier for a swivel-eyed Thames River cruise past four famous bridges and Traitors' Gate before landing in front of the iconic Tower of London.

Once inside the Tower, take in the Crown Jewels and gory royal history on a Yeoman Warder's tour, before jumping on a double-decker bus over Tower Bridge, past Monument, the Embankment, Park Lane, Oxford, and Piccadilly circuses and stopping at Trafalgar Square, where you can glimpse Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, before stopping for lunch at a historic Westminster pub. Then take a walk over to Westminster Abbey, where a self-guided tour will take you through centuries of British history within one awe-inspiring building (note that the Abbey closes early on Saturday). Then take another short stroll through St. James's Park to Buckingham Palace; you'll have missed the daily Changing of the Guard, but that means the palace grounds will be less crowded, with more photo ops. End the day by meandering over to the hip Soho neighborhood, where foodies will find endless eclectic restaurants for dinner, and partygoers will find some of the city's best nightlife.

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