Very often with long-haul travel you may find yourself with a lay-over of some kind, far too often these lay-overs are sufficiently long enough for you to be bored in the airport yet not long enough to get into the nearest city and see what it has to offer. The best advice here is to speak with the airline and try to get a later connecting flight which will give you the opportunity to see some of the city that you find yourself in, I recently had a 24 hour wait in London and took on the optimistic challenge of trying to see some of the sites. It was a tight squeeze and I had to cut some plans out due to time restraints, if you find yourself in the same situation there here are some options for what to see in London in 24 hours.
A trip to London simply wouldn’t be complete without going to visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace. This sprawling and intricately designed palace can only be seen from outside the perimeter fencing and as such won’t take up a great deal of your time, it will however mean that you can tick off one of London’s most famous attractions.
Westminster and Big Ben
The best approach to getting around London is to get a chauffeur service, it may sound expensive but if you are in a rush to see the sites then you will probably end up paying the same amount in taxis, underground or busses. The beauty of this way of travelling is that the car is on your time, when you want it, to go wherever you want. Even if you do have a private car service you should look for attractions that are close together and that’s why after Buckingham Palace I headed up to Westminster to see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, both nearby. I just had to see these iconic structures and even though there were tours available, I decided I didn’t have the time to do them, I was happy to see the landmarks and it was time to move on.
Just over Westminster Bridge is the London Eye, a huge ferris wheel that gives you the greatest vantage point to see London in all it’s glory, I felt like I was cheating a little bit when you’re low on time, this is the best way to see as much as possible.
The one and only museum that I wanted to see in London was Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, there are other attempts at waxwork museums around the World but this is the most famous and from what I’d heard, the best. I set a good 5 hours aside for my trip up to North London to see the museum and it didn’t disappoint. Iconic celebrities from the past and present created in wax form amongst large exhibitions was the perfect way to end my crazy day in London before heading back to the airport for my connection, phew.