How to Spend One Perfect Day in London

Where to stay, eat, and play in London.

Ready to explore all the best sights, hotels, and dining options in one perfect day in London? Here’s a quick itinerary for your next trip. 

Where to Stay

The Lanesborough, a former mansion turned world-class hotel, is the ideal home for your London adventure. Here, guests can enjoy afternoon tea in the lounge alongside the hotel’s resident cat, Lilibet, sleep in over-the-top luxurious suites, and get easy access to quintessentially London sites like the nearby Wellington Arch and Hyde Park, just a short walk away. Don’t miss out on a drink in The Library Bar, which feels like you’re stepping into your very posh friend’s living room for a drink. Order from its selection of cocktails and sip and savor all night. 

Two people cycle along a bridge with view of Palace of Westminster in London

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Where to Eat

Breakfast at Climpson and Sons: For more than 20 years, Climpson and Sons has been at the forefront of the specialty coffee scene in London. Its small but impressive shop in East London is the ideal way to start the day. Grab whatever coffee you desire from the counter, including drips, espresso drinks, and plenty of cakes, bagels, and croissants to go with it. 

Lunch at Market Hall: With a diverse selection of foods, Market Hall is the perfect place for travelers to taste all of London in one go. With 24 kitchens and more than 200 dishes, it’s bound to delight even the pickiest eaters. 

Dinner at Coal Office: Billed as a “food and design playground,” the Coal Office more than delivers on both. Guests can choose to sit at a table, but we recommend asking for a seat at the bar to watch the chefs at work. Don’t skip the kubala, its version of brioche, and the octopus. 

After dinner drinks: Nobu London Portman offers guests globally inspired drinks created to reflect Nobu’s journey around the world from Japan to Los Angeles. Not sure what to get? Just chat with one of the knowledgeable bartenders, who will happily point you in the right direction. 

What to Do 

The London Eye: The London Eye, which formally opened to the public in 2000, was initially meant to be a temporary attraction. However, it quickly became the city's most popular paid tourist attraction. The ride takes about 30 minutes, and you can even get a private pod for you and your friends.

Brick Lane Art: Those looking to get in a little culture without having to pay a museum entrance fee can do just that by making their way to Brick Lane to see some of the best street art in the world. Visitors can take a self-guided stroll or hop into one of the paid tours offered on places like Airbnb Experiences

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