So You Have One Day In London?


On our way to Budapest we had a 7 hour layover in London. Having both been there before we new the city pretty well and decided to venture out of the airport and do a little more exploring and grab a bite to eat in Leicester Square.


Surprisingly one day in London is more than enough time to do all the major tourists sights like the London Eye or Big Ben or the Buckingham Palace. The train from Heathrow to London centre is about 45 minutes which gave us about five hours to enjoy the city.


We arrived around lunch time and took the Underground to Leicester Square and found a restaurant right by the park with a patio. The sun was out which is a rarity so everyone was outside and enjoying the sunshine in the park, laying on the grass, having naps, reading, hanging out with friends. I ordered a veggie burger and it was exactly what I wanted and it came with fresh steak fries. After eating airplane food (aka buns and side salads) and snacks a refreshing meal was much needed. Especially since the airline said I didn’t put in that I was vegetarian so I didn’t have any food besides a sandwich that I had picked up at the airport in panic of starving on the plane.


Aaron got the spaghetti bolognese and we sat, relaxed and stretched our cramped limbs. After we did a walk around the area and visited Soho and Chinatown which are extremely close together. My favourite street near this area is called Carnaby Street which has so many cool little shops and cafes. After a decent stroll around the area we then made our way to Big Ben and the London Eye, going through the St. James Park which was full of people taking pictures of the abnormally large squirrels. My first time in London I was in the park and thought I had suddenly become an animal whisperer because the squirrels would come right up to you and if you’re lucky, pet them. You can also see the Buckingham Palace if you follow the signs.


Instead of crossing the bridge to the London Eye we walked left by the River Thames and found a bench and took in the warm air and cool breeze. Having sun and clear skies in London is an anomaly so being outside was a priority to us. We walked back the Leicester Square so we could be close to the Underground just to be safe so we didn’t miss our flight. Instead of heading to Oxford Street for some shopping we decided to join the locals and relax in the Leicester Square Garden. There’s also a Haage-Dazs Restaurant in sight of the Square.


Since neither of us got any sleep on the plane and London is 7 hours ahead of us we stopped into Costa, grabbed a coffee and headed back to the airport for our finally leg of the journey.


It was a very successful layover.


Although London is a huge place with so much to see it is doable to see the main tourist stuff in one go since it’s so close together. We walked everywhere as well so if you’re short for time the Underground is extremely easy to navigate.

What would you do in one day in London? Have you ever been there before?

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    Growing Positive
    March 17, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I lived in London for 18 years and there’s always hidden jewels hanging about. All the famous stuff is close together but if you get a chance to spend more time there, then definitely go a little bit further and explore further out. Greenwich, Camden and Chelsea are all really special and less touristy too! Looks like you had fun 🙂

    Growing Positive

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      March 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Thats amazing you must know of so may cool places to see and secret stuff! We you there for work or born there? I love Camden its so easy to get swept up in all the things and shops in that area. I’ve always wanted to go to Chelsea it looks amazing there :] And the crooked house of windsor is on my list :p

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    EMILIE (@emifashiondiary)
    March 17, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I love London!

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      March 17, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Me to!! :p Such an amazing place

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    March 17, 2015 at 1:45 am

    I have just discovered your blog and I love it! great pictures!

    Kisses from the UK


    • Reply
      March 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks so much! Can’t believe people from the UK actually visit my blog 😀

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      March 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      XX !

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    March 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    aww, what a lovely photo diary and what a shame I’ve never been to London yet


    • Reply
      March 17, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks Michèle! I’m sure you’ll make it there 😀

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    March 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Hey Shelby 🙂
    It sounds like you guys had a really nice layover – I have never been that coordinated to make it into a city while waiting all day for a flight. Maybe I am a little bit of a wuss, after missing other flights by minutes, I get so scared ;). But I would love to venture out one time! There was this connection in Iceland recently… I would’ve given a lot to make that one into a day trip!
    I’ve been to London for just over a week, it was pretty spectacular! If I had the chance to go back, I would love to visit the V&A museum, as I missed out on that one last time, and historical clothing is to me as butter is to pancakes ;).
    xX Zoe | http://life-gazing-and-wildstrawberries.blogspot.com/

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      March 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Hello Zoe !

      Ya it was surprisingly a relaxing layover. Aw missing flights would be the weirdest feeling! I’ve almost missed a few but thankfully I’m not ashamed to sprint through an airport. Iceland would be amazing it seems there having lots of layovers there you should try one day! And you can call your airline and ask for a stopover for as much time as you want!! Iceland Air does it for free :] The V&A museum would be awesome to see I’ve never made it there either you’d have to spend almost a day in there. I wish it was more acceptable to wear victorian style dresses now a days they’re so pretty.


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