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City break in London: What you need to see in one day

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Kristoffer Føns talks about everything you can see in London if you have one day available.
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City break in London: What you need to see in one day is written by Kristoffer Føns.

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City break in London: We start at Trafalgar square

The sights of Central London are close together and ideal for a city break. We start at Trafalgar Square right in the heart of London. It's easy to get here with the 'tube' - London Underground and thus a good starting point for the start of your day in the big city.

From here, the tour continues past Downing Street, where the British Prime Minister has his residence. At the end of Whitehall / Parliament Street is Westminster Abbey, which is also a magnificent view from the outside.

If you look to the left you will find the British Parliament, the Palace of Westminster, and the well-known bell tower where Big Ben sits.

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The other side of the Thames

Cross the Thames via Westminster Bridge and you stand at the foot of the London Eye. Here I would recommend that you make the first stop of the day and take the ride around the huge Ferris wheel where you will be pampered with an epic view of London skyline and add a magnificent experience to your city break in London.

Truly right next to the London Eye you can board a sightseeing boat sailing east along the Thames. It is quite special to see London from the 'seaside', where you can study the city's many different buildings in peace.

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Boat Tour and Borough Market

Now it's about lunchtime, so my recommendation is to get off the boat at London Bridge Pier. From here it is a five minute walk to London's most legendary food market, Borough Market.

Borough Market dates all the way back to the 12th century and although the current buildings "only" date from around 1850, you can really feel the rush of history here. You can eat everything from burgers to Asian street food mixed with British specialties and is definitely a recommended place to have lunch on your city break in London.

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A picture of Tower Bridge – a must on your city break in London

After Borough Market, head back down to the Thames, where the trip continues east - this time on foot. Tower Bridge sits on the horizon and after a 15 minute walk you hit the world famous bridge. If you need a classic London city break photo for Instagram, then it makes good sense to have one with Tower Bridge in the background.

Right next to the bridge, of course, we find the Tower of London. Tower was one of Britain's best secured prisons for many years, but now serves as a tourist attraction where British crown jewels are kept. Whether you walk into the Tower or just enjoy the view from the outside is of course up to you.

From here you can either take the boat back to central London or explore London's East End, where Brick Lane, for example, is only about a 20 - minute walk away from the Tower.

Really good city break to London!

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About the author

Kristoffer Føns

Kristoffer Føns loves traveling and trying, to provide you with the best guides for, among other things, accommodation, sights and transport in Europe's major cities.

In addition to the European cities, Kristoffer Føns is behind the site, which deals with Asian destinations.

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