Focus on London’s big sights and smaller day trips.

Staying anywhere in London’s Zone 1 and 2 means you will have easy access to all the main sights. The city's tube, train and bus system is very user friendly and travelling with an Oyster card on public transport is your most economical option. If possible buy a weekly ticket that covers all travel between your chosen zones. The City Mapper app will make it easy to plan journeys.

Day 1

Start with a hop-on-hop-off bus that passes sights like Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the London Eye. Get acquainted with the city by visiting Trafalgar Square then get your bearings by exploring nearby Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.

Day 2

Take a stroll through Green Park to Buckingham Palace then head to high tea at Fortum and Masons.

For a spot of shopping, head to Carnaby Street, wander into Covent Garden, hit Oxford Street and visit the big name brands and heavyweight department stores of Harrods and Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a show in the West End.

Day 3

A day in Camden Town is a must, with Camden Stable markets offering a huge range of foods, arts, crafts and memorabilia. Do the famous Camden Pub Crawl, taking you to some awesome night life.

Day 4

See East London like a local by taking the Alternative London Tour, starting at the famous Spitalfields Goat. The walking tour showcases the city's most distinctive graffiti art and gives an insight into local history, including Jack the Ripper.

Worth a look is Brick Lane, which is lined with curry houses and restaurant hawkers trying to outdo each other. Brick Lane comes alive on Sunday with multicultural food markets.

Day 5

The Harry Potter Studios in Watford, a short train ride from Euston central, is worth the trip to see movie-making technology and costumes. You can even learn to fly a broomstick. Follow this with a tour of the Tower of London and gain an atmospheric insight into the city’s history.

Day 6

Head out of the city to Windsor Castle or Hampton Court Palace, home to Henry the Eighth. Both are amazing historic royal residences. The Queens Head pub in Windsor is a good stop for refreshments. Prince Philip is known to occasionally pop in here to wet his whistle. 

Day 7

Spend your final day exploring the beautiful grounds of Hyde Park and Kensington Palace before savouring your last moments in a traditional English pub.

- Natasha Boyd, Travel Consultant, Flight Centre Livingston

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