London is a tourist hotspot, often visited by people living in and visiting Wales. With thousands of things to do, it’s easy to spend a fun-filled day there. Click here for some London fun-fuelled ideas.

London is seething with people right now. The capital of the world is full of life, making it one of the best city breaks this summer. London has a particular energy that attracted 20.42 million international visitors in 2018. From bars and restaurants to magic shows, there is fun for everyone.

There are multiple ways to travel to London from Wales. Taking the train from Cardiff will take around 2 hours. From Swansea, the travelling time via train is 2 hours and 50 minutes. If you would prefer to travel by car, the journey from Cardiff is around 3 hours and 30 minutes, and from Swansea, 3 hours and 45 minutes.

The train is the most viable option – it takes the pressure of the journey away from you! Google Maps is an excellent tool for providing the most up-to-date travel information, so always check it when planning your route.

Here we will discuss some of the many things you can do in London in one short day.


One of the first things you might want to do when arriving in London is finding a refreshment. A long journey calls for a revitalising drink that will put a pep in your step, ready for exploring. Camellia’s Tea House is the perfect stop-off point to fuel your day of fun. A fruity iced tea will go down a treat!


London is renowned for its international delicacies, street food, and Michelin star restaurants home to world-famous chefs. However, having only a day in London calls for quick and easy food, bursting with delightful flavours. Street food is the answer, and although you will find street food stands all over London, there are street food hotspots.

Experts recommend a visit to either Mercato Metropolitano, Borough or Southbank Centre Food Market. Not only will you try mouth-watering foods from around the world, but you will also get to experience the chaos and excitement of a London food market.


Fuelled and ready for the day, it is time for fun. There are well-known tourist hotspots such as the Tower of London, London Dungeon, Big Ben, and bus top tours. By all means, hit the hotspots, but London has far more to offer.

The Jack The Ripper tour allows you to immerse yourself into Victorian Britain for £15 per adult. The tour takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes, exploring some locations that the infamous Jack The Ripper carried out his inhumane crimes.

Fancy seeing London by water? The High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise is an exhilarating thrill ride that allows you to see London’s riverside sights. The inflatable boat cuts through the crisp water of the Thames to provide a high-speed, intense tour. You will soar past the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, and many more. Travelling at around 35-miles-per-hour and performing sharp turns, this attraction is not suitable for the seasick prone. Tickets are £44.95 per adult.

The National History Museum is a perfect attraction, whether or not you class yourself as a history buff. The world-famous museum encourages the enjoyment behind discovering the natural world through its immersive exhibits. You will uncover the biodiversity of the world through Earth galleries, wildlife gardens, and more. The museum is free to enter- bonus!

London is full of thousands of ways to have fun. Simply roaming the streets pleases most tourists. Plan your time before you travel to make the most of your time in the big city. You will soon realise 12 hours in London is not enough!


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