London in one day: the best route


This London guide in one day It is designed for travelers who have very little time, either by having a long stopover between flights or for those who have more time, as an example of a route for a first day in the city.
London is a huge, multicultural city, full of museums, parks, monuments, shops, markets and with endless leisure and cultural activities. It is important if you have a day or very few days to chart the itinerary well so you don't miss out on the most important thing, taking into account that good communication with the London subway and bus will help you complete the routes.
Based on the experience of our trips to London in 10 days and London in 6 days we have made this London guide in one day. We start!

How to go from the airport to central London

Most low-cost flights such as those operated by Ryanair land at Gatwick Airport, although Heathrow Airport is the busiest in London. In addition, London has two other smaller airports: Stansted and Luton, about 50 kilometers from the center.
The 4 airports have several means of transport to reach the center or your hotel.

  • Train: With the Gatwick Express you will arrive at Victoria Station in 30 minutes and from there you have several subway lines with which to reach the city center or the hotel.
    The Heathrow Express will leave you at Paddington station in 15 minutes and the Stansted Express arrives at Liverpool Street station in 45 minutes.
    You can save time by buying the Gatwick Express in advance, the Heathrow Express or the Stansted Express here.
    Keep in mind that all these train services are Espress, therefore faster but also more expensive. If you don't mind taking a little longer, you have several less fast train options that connect the 4 airports with central London.
  • Subway: It is available only at Heathrow Airport, which connects to the Piccadilly line.
  • Bus: The 4 airports have a bus transfer to central London. This service is much cheaper than the train, but also slower.
    In Heathrow, having the subway, we could say that the bus would not be the most advisable way of traveling, although in the other 3 airports, the journey can be between an hour and an hour and a half, so it is an option to be valued.
    Everyone has the final stop at Victoria Station, although you should look at the location of your hotel, as they make several stops and you may want to get off before.
  • Cab: Taxis in London are quite expensive and depending on the airport, the situation of your hotel and traffic can cost from 80 to more than 100 pounds.
  • Private transport: With a cheaper price than the taxi, this is the most comfortable option, and depending on the location of the hotel and the number of passengers, it may be the best.
    With this service they will wait for you at the airport with a sign with your name and will take you directly to the hotel. Being a closed price, cheaper than the taxi, you will avoid extra costs. You can book it here at the 4 airports.

You can find more information about the transfer from the airport to London in these articles:

Accommodation in London

In the last trip to london we stayed at the Garden Court Hotel, located very close to the Notting Hill neighborhood and Hyde Park. For us it was a success, since in addition to being in a beautiful neighborhood, with a great offer of restoration, it has very close the yellow line (Circle Line) of Bayswater and the Queensway line (Central Line), of subway, that you They allow you to visit most important places in London.
On our first trip to London we stayed at the Victor Hotel. This small, family-run hotel has good value for money and has the advantage of being very close to Victoria Station. This station is connected by train and bus to the airport and has a metro to visit the sights of London.
Two different options that we can not fail to recommend for the good experience we had in both.
For more information you can consult this post about the recommended neighborhoods and hotels where to stay in London.

Save money in London

Booking the London Pass allows you to enter 60 of London's main attractions, so you will save money and time by not having to wait in line. Depending on the time you are in the city you can book the 1, 2, 3 or 6 day and you can also add the transport. For more information you can consult this post about the London Pass.
Another good option is to book the London Explorer Pass, it allows you to enter 3, 5 or 7 of the main attractions of the city, skipping the lines and saving up to 40%. It is a card that offers great flexibility to choose the tickets we want from the 20 available attractions, until the last moment.
You can find more information about this tourist card in this post of the London Explorer Pass.
The Oyster Card is highly recommended for transportation, we bought it on our last trip, especially if you are going to make several trips by subway or bus during the day, the maximum amount you will spend is £ 6.50 (in zones 1- 2), with only 3 trips per day, it already counts.
We always recommend paying by card or withdrawing money at ATMs in the city, before going to the exchange houses. We use the N26 card with which we have the change of the day and do not pay commissions.

For more recommendations you can consult this post of tips for traveling to London essential.

London guide in one day

This London route in one day Start at Piccadilly Circus, a small Times Square and one of the must-see places in London. Even if you are far from the center, the Picadilly metro station is located in one of the most popular lines of the city and is easily accessible. When you are early you can enjoy the square with few people, see its large display screens and sit on the stairs of the fountain of Eros, with a coffee in hand to start the day in the best way.

Map of the route through London in one day