24 Hours in London Travel Guide

London Like many world capitals, this is a city that never sleeps, and on my most recent visit, I got to experience that firsthand

My challenge was to discover 24 unique experiences in London – one for every hour of the day! From secret speakeasies to living room concerts, and whimsical afternoon teas to bustling food markets, I scoured the city to bring you the following 24 hours in London! So let’s begin Well good morning It is 7:00 am here in London It is my first morning in the city and I've just woken up at the CitizenM Hotel and wait until you see the views outside my window I have the Tower of London right across from me

I skipped breakfast this morning, but for good reason; because there was a unique coffee shop that I needed to track down in Hampstead! It is 8:00 am and we just dropped by Kape Barako and that may be the smallest little coffee shop I've ever been to It is set in an old red telephone box and they make some delicious coffee I actually ordered myself a latte With a bit of caffeine in my system, I continued on to my 9:00 am activity which was walking up Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath This is a lookout point, where you can stop to enjoy the city skyline

Aside from offering great views of the city skyline this is a beautiful nature escape You have woodlands, walking paths and lots of people walking very friendly pups So it currently is 10:00 am and we're on our way to the Tate Modern This is actually my favorite art gallery in all of London So I love revisiting everytime I'm in the city

Set in a former power station, this unlikely structure is home to the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present, as well as modern and contemporary art by international artists But I didn’t just come here for the art this time; there was a new extension to visit So we are currently in the Blavatnik Building and this is a new extension here at the Tate Modern and they have a viewing deck that is 360 degrees So yeah, you can walk all around and get some amazing views of London From there, I got off at Westminster Station and walked over to Horse Guards Parade for my next activity

And it is now 11:00 am in the morning so next up I'm going to be watching the changing of the guard and then I'm going to go visit the Household Cavalry Museum (Horse trotting sounds) So now that the changing of the guard is over we're going back into the Household Cavalry Museum and you can actually look into the stables and watch the horses come in and the guards dismount If you’re visiting with kids, or you just feel like playing dress up, there’s also a section inside the museum where you can try on different uniforms Alright so it is 12 o'clock and we're currently on the Thames We're about to do an adventure an adrenaline filled tour

You guys ready? Yeah! Cruising down the Thames is a classic way to experience London, but Thames Rockets does things a little bit differently! They show you some of the city’s highlights by speedboat, all while pumping music, and sharing all kinds of interesting London facts that you won’t find in any guidebook After that adventure, I was in some desperate need of lunch! So it is now 13:00 pm and that means lunch Today we're here at Borough Market which is the oldest market in all of London Apparently it dates back over a thousand years SO we're going to go find ourselves some food

With hundreds of food stalls selling everything from baked goods to fruit smoothies and fresh seafood to takeaway burgers, it didn’t take me long to piece together a delicious meal! So for lunch I went to Gourmet Goat and got myself a kid goat kofte bowl with two different salads And this looks really really good Check out those colors A very vibrant dish so let's see how it tastes Mmmm

Pretty good That is an explosion of Mediterranean flavors Next up, it was time for dessert Namely, donuts So for dessert I got myself a little something sweet from Bread Ahead

They are supposed to have some of the best donuts in all of London and I got myself a classic vanilla Oh my goodness Filled with cream So much cream What can you do in the middle of the afternoon in London? I made my way over to the West End for a show

It is a beautiful theatre Oh my goodness So it is now Two o'clock and we're currently at the Prince Edward Theatre We're going to be watching a matinee Aladdin

This is my 1st time watching a west end show so I'm pretty excited Also, I love the movie Aladdin That is a childhood classic so There was no filming allowed during the performance, but it was a fun afternoon out, and if you make it to the West End, you’ll discover that there’s a show out there for everyone! Next up, it was time for a quintessential ritual: afternoon tea! So it is three o'clock and we're here at the Sanderson London for a Mad Hatter's afternoon tea And it is time to try some of these delicacies

Having tea at the Sanderson was like stumbling down a rabbit hole and being transported to the world of Alice in Wonderland Everything from the menu to the teapots to the ‘drink me’ potions was just right! So it is four o'clock and we are currently exploring Seven Dials This place gets its name from the sundial and the seven streets that break away from the dial So yeah, I didn't even know this place existed It is near Soho and Covent Garden

Yet it has a village feel It is really cute Lots of antiques, restaurants, cafes So I'm now taking you into Neal's Yard this is still part of the Seven Dials but it has got a bit more color It feels more bohemian

Super artsy It is like being inside a rainbow Handbags, jewelry, chocolates – I window shopped for it all, before stopping for a sweet treat! So we've been wandering around Seven Dials for a little bit and we happened upon Pierre Herme and they have these beautiful macarons Check out those colors So right now I'm going in for raspberry rose and lychee

So right now it is five o'clock and we are at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and we're going to be riding the Arcelor Mittal Orbit This is the tallest and longest tunnel slide in the world and honestly I'm feeling a bit nervous Excited Nervous A little bit of everything

There we go Very fashion forward here You are now in full orbit swag Oh my gosh How are you feeling? I feel nervous now

Alright we're higher than the Statue of Liberty right now And we're going to ride the slide What have I got myself into? I feel like I'm going into surgery Head forward and up Go for it

Alright Bye! Waah! Argh! Haha! So a little bit shaky but I survived I was screaming the whole way down And I actually didn't even realize I had come out of the slide and I was just sliding there and I was still screaming so they actually had to like shake me awake It is okay

It is okay It is over Next up it was time to explore street art, so I hopped on the train to Croydon The RISEGallery has been doing a lot of work to help connect local artists with property owners, and this has resulted in some beautiful murals around every corner So right now we are walking along the stretch known as the Legal Wall and this is basically open to the public

Anyone can come here and just have fun with some paint and get creative Sticking with the art theme, for my 7:00 pm activity I attended my first Late This is when museums and art galleries stay open after hours, offering extended admission or putting on special events I was in town when the Royal Academy of Arts hosted the last of its summer lates titled, The Other Paradise, and guests were dressed to impress! So this is my first time attending one of the Lates and I've thoroughly enjoyed it It just has a really different feel from going to a museum or a gallery during regular hours

It is a lot more relaxed It feels more like a social outing You see large groups of friends enjoying drinks and viewing art so I would highly recommend it If you find yourself here in London At 8:00 pm, I got to experience Sofar Sounds, which is a pop-up concert that takes place in people’s living rooms

The catch is that when you sign up, you only know the neighbourhood where the concert will take place It’s not until 24 hours before the event that you are emailed the address and the names of the artists performing that night So it is now 21:00 pm and we're currently at PopBrixton This is a really cool container park where you have bars, cafes, restaurants, shops So I think it is time we find ourselves a little bit of food because we've had a long day and I'm hungry

So it is now 22:00 pm and we're at Draughts It is a board game cafe so we're going to play some games The only question is what do we choose? So many options So we've settled on a game We're going to be playing Riff Raff and build a pirate ship apparently

Then at 11pm, for a bit of live music, it was onwards to The Blues Kitchen in Brixton, where they do barbecue, bourbon, and blues So that was a lot of fun The show just ended We all had a really good time We were actually listening to a band from the Netherlands that did like Jazzy Orchestra so it was really unexpected but really cool

So it is now 12 o'clock and we're at Flight Club This is a really cool bar where you can come and play pub games so we're going to try our hand at darts We've got some friends waiting for us downstairs Let's go in Flight Club is a bar that puts a twist on the traditional English pub by adding modern darts into the equation

Groups can book an oche (OCKEY), which is the throw line in a game of darts I went into this with no dart-throwing experience, but I didn’t come out last! (Train sounds) With the clock striking one, my next stop transported me to London in the 1940s So it is currently 1 am and we're at Cahoots This is a 40s theme bar and it is all about the underground I feel like I'm about to ride the tube

Also they just brought us the menu It is a newspaper So we're just going to have a look through here and choose some drinks So it is 02:00 am and we are currently in Chinatown which is known for its late night haunts and dim sum We have chosen Opium which is a bit of a hidden gem

They only have a tiny little sign and you have to look for the jade door so let's see if they let us in This bar was set in an attic and it had a bit of speakeasy vibe There mixing all sorts of fun cocktails, and I ordered one based on the year of my birth So here at Opium the drinks are based on the Chinese Animal Zodiac I'm 1987

It turns out I'm the year of the rabbit How have we gotten this far into London’s nightlife scene without visiting a club, I don’t know, but that changed at 3 am Alright so it is 03:00 am still going strong We are here in Camden And we've just been inside Koko

This club has the largest disco ball in all of Europe and yeah it is a lot of fun It is really packed in there I brought out my signature meerkat dance moves at KOKO, which I think just helped create more space around me, and then it was time for more food! So it is now 04:00 am and we're at the Beigel Bake I've ordered myself a salt beef beigel which is massive by the way Almost the size of my face

So let's tuck right into this Mmmm That is a lot of meat And a lot of mustard Oh! Spicy mustard I have to say

So it is 05:00 am and I am currently enjoying a little morning stroll along the southbank of the River Thames Got Tower Bridge in the background and yeah this city hasn't quite open yet Rush hour hasn't started so it is very peaceful, very tranquil and I think it is a beautiful time to be out enjoying London before everyone else wakes up Last but not least, the final activity of my 24 hours in London was breakfast at Duck & Waffle Located on a 40th floor, this restaurant has amazing views of Central London and they are open 24 hours a day

So here we have Belgian waffle, confit duck leg, a duck egg and we also drizzled a mustard maple syrup all over This is going to be tasty So that was a really good meal It was the best duck I've ever had So tasty

And now let's enjoy some views over London as we go down 40 stories And that’s a wrap for my 24 hours in London! I hope you enjoyed following along and that also got a few ideas for your own trip As you can see, this city has plenty to offer, no matter the time of day Wishing you happy travels and see you next time!