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How to Spend 3 Days in London

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How to Spend 3 Days in London
With three days in London, you have enough time to check off the must-see sights and customize your itinerary to suit your preferences. Take advantage of super saver tours and money-saving city passes, head out on a day trip, and add in a few additional landmarks to make your trip even more memorable. Here are some ideas for a 3-day trip to London.

Day 1: Discover Historic London
A hop-on hop-off bus tour offers the convenience of a guided tour while leaving you free to decide where to go and how to long to stay at each stop. Hop off at top attractions such as the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus, then time your arrival at Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard ceremony. After a busy morning of sightseeing, hop aboard a lunch cruise down the River Thames and tuck into a meal as you pass Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. In the afternoon, ride on the London Eye—be sure to book a skip-the-line ticket as queues can take over an hour—and enjoy views that reach as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day. Afterward, head to Oxford Street or Covent Garden for some shopping before walking to London’s West End theater district for a show such as Wicked or The Lion King.

Day 2: Take a Day Trip 
Many of England’s most popular spots can be visited on a day trip from London, so choosing where to go is up to you. Perhaps discover ancient Stonehenge, visit medieval Windsor Castle, and take a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Bath. Alternatively, visit Oxford’s world-famous university and Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, stopping along the way to admire the Cotswolds and visit Warwick Castle. If you’re feeling really adventurous, it’s even possible to cross the Channel and visit Paris. Simply hop on the Eurostar and within hours you could be cruising down the Seine. To maximize your time, opt for a full-day tour that combines multiple destinations into one trip and—if you’re on a budget—look for a tour that includes extras such as hotel pickup, entrance fees, and lunch.

Day 3: Experience the Fun Side of London
Spend your final morning visiting some of London’s award-winning museums—the British Museum is a history lover’s paradise, while the Tate Modern is one of the most cutting edge contemporary art museums in the world. This is also the day to take in any attractions that you’ve missed and perhaps a few fun extras. Stop by Madame Tussauds to rub shoulders with celebrities and “meet” the queen, visit family favorites like the Sea Life London Aquarium and London Zoo, or indulge in afternoon tea at Grosvenor House. Alternatively, you could just spend the entire day on the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio tour, a must for Potter fans. On your final evening, opt for an entertaining food tour of Soho or head down to the Southbank to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy dinner at a riverside restaurant.
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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from LondonDay Trips

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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London

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Visit some of the top attractions outside of London on this day trip to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and the historic town of Bath. Start at Windsor Castle, home to the British royal family, for a tour of the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, and then continue west of London to Salisbury, home of the mysterious Stonehenge rock formations. Finally, arrive in Bath, known for its elegant Georgian architecture and Roman baths. All admission tickets are included in the tour price.
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Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio in LondonDay Trips

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Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio in London

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Immerse yourself in the spellbinding world of Harry Potter™ on this trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Travel to the fabled Harry Potter studios by air-conditioned coach from central London, and on arrival, trace the footsteps of Hogwarts’ student wizards at leisure. Behold original sets such as Platform 9 ¾ and Diagon Alley; see the Hogwarts Express steam train; ride a broomstick like the cast; and uncover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the movies’ on-screen wizardry. This Harry Potter studio London tour includes round-trip coach transport and entrance tickets.
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Fully Guided Tour of Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry PotterDay Trips

Fully Guided Tour of Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

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Harry Potter fans, grab your wands and owls for the journey to Hogwarts and beyond on an official guided tour of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Take a train directly from central London to the studio, where you’ll be greeted by a representative and taken on an immersive journey featuring original sets, props and costumes featured in all eight Harry Potter movies. From Platform 9 ¾ and Diagon Alley to Hagrid’s Hut and Dumbeldore’s office, you’ll be transported directly to J.K. Rowling’s beloved world of wizardry.
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off TourBus Tours

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with dozens of possible stops, including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from LondonDay Trips

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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London

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Take a day out of your London city break to visit Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick Castle, traveling to three of England’s most-popular locations. Begin with a tour of Warwick Castle before heading to Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace. Then explore Oxford and its university buildings, and drive through the Cotsworlds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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Madame Tussauds London Standard Ticket

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Immerse yourself in glamour and spectacle at Madame Tussauds in London. Head to the world-famous venue and join the dedicated queue for pre-purchased entrance tickets and experience shorter queues than walk-up guests. Spend some quality time with remarkable wax replicas of Her Majesty the Queen, Eddie Redmayne, or take a selfie with a pouty-faced Kim Kardashian. Enjoy access to the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Exhibition (closed until May 2020), Spirit of London taxi ride, and then meet classic Star Wars heroes like Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.
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Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London's Hidden TreasuresHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London's Hidden Treasures

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Check off London’s most famous landmarks and lesser-known sights on this private, half-day tour. Travel around the English capital in an iconic black cab and pass by the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and other top attractions. Then, head off the beaten path in search of Henry VIII’s cowshed, Winston Churchill’s cigar chair, and other quirky sights.
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London Thames River Lunch CruiseDay Cruises

London Thames River Lunch Cruise

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Combine London’s riverside landmarks with a delicious meal on this lunchtime sightseeing cruise along the Thames River. Escape the city’s midday crowds, and relax as you admire the iconic sights ranged along the riverbanks. Enjoy stellar views of the London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and more; all as you savor a starter, main course and dessert freshly conjured up by the expert onboard chefs. A delightful way to spend lunchtime in London with family and friends or to celebrate a special occasion.
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The Lion King Theater ShowTheater, Shows & Musicals

The Lion King Theater Show

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Enjoy one of the most epic musicals on stage with a ticket to the ‘The Lion King’ at London’s Lyceum Theatre. An adaptation of Disney’s hit 1994 film, the show tells the story of young lion Simba as he fights to reclaim his place as King of the Pridelands. Set against the plains of Africa, and exploding with color, effects, and songs by Tim Rice and Elton John, the show thrills adults and children alike. Make the evening extra memorable when you upgrade to include a mouth-watering pre-show dinner.
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SEA LIFE London Aquarium Admission TicketAttraction Tickets

SEA LIFE London Aquarium Admission Ticket

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Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of marine life right in the middle of London. Head to Sea Life London Aquarium. Explore the 50 colorful displays, home to over 400 species of sea creatures including sharks, eels, clownfish, octopus, and penguins. Catch an exciting live feeding, and see the new Rainforest Adventure exhibit which showcases one of the Amazon's most impressive carnivorous fish, the piranha.
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London HighlightsFull-day Tours

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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

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See the royal sights of London and save money at the same time on this day-long Super Saver tour—a combination of two popular sightseeing experiences. Start with early access to the Tower of London, and then take a cruise along the Thames River to central London to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the morning, enjoy a royal-themed walking tour that takes in sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
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Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of LondonSightseeing Passes

Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of London

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Explore three of London’s iconic royal palaces with this money-saving Royal Palaces Pass. Your pass gives you one-time access to the mystery-laden Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. Roam the sites independently to discover their halls, chambers and other attractions at your own pace. Buying the pass in advance lets you skip the main lines at each site and, because it's valid for a full two years, you can spread out your visits as you wish.
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London Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House

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Savor traditional scones and other English treats in one of London’s most genteel settings with this afternoon tea experience. Visit the distinguished, 5-star Grosvenor House London and enjoy a classic afternoon tea—an English tradition invented by the 18th-century Duchess of Bedford. Settle into a luxurious lounge and enjoy dainty sandwiches, cakes, and scones with clotted cream and jam, all with a pot of English tea. If you wish, upgrade to the ultimate tea experience in the hotel’s sumptuous Park Room, with a glass of Champagne adding an extra touch.
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Twilight Soho Food and Cocktail TourHalf-day Tours

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Twilight Soho Food and Cocktail Tour

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Soak up the electric atmosphere of Soho by night with an after-hours food tour of London’s nightlife hub. Follow your guide, a fellow foodie, to little known cafés, restaurants and local haunts for a real taste of London’s international food scene. Along the way, sample everything from Spanish Jamón to Chinese dumplings, and get the inside scoop on the best places to eat, drink and party in Soho.
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London Zoo Entry Ticket

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Experience the thrill and spectacle of the wild kingdom right in the middle of London. Head to ZSL London Zoo—a favorite attraction of Charles Darwin––with this admission ticket. Spend hours exploring the vibrant habitat displays such as Penguin Beach, Gorilla Kingdom, and Tiger Territory. Visit more than 20 themed animal enclosures and catch a live talk or feeding.
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Romantic Paris Day Trip Guided Tour with Louvre & Lunch at Le Bistro ParisienDay Trips

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Romantic Paris Day Trip Guided Tour with Louvre & Lunch at Le Bistro Parisien

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Hop on the Eurostar from London and escape to Paris for unforgettable day in the City of Lights. First, marvel at the Arc de Triomphe, stroll down the glamorous Champs–Elysees and take in the views from the Trocadero on a walking tour of Paris. Next, enjoy an unforgettable 2-course lunch as you gaze out over the city from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. Finally, get up close to priceless artworks, including the legendary Mona Lisa, at the Louvre.
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