I went to London in February half term and we spent 3 days there’s altogether. I wanted to share with you our ultimate 3-Days in London itinerary to give you an idea of what you can do in London. And hopefully, give you some money saving tips along the way. I have another blog post on free things to do in London if you are short on money and need things you can do for free. Spoiler, there is plenty.
The best way to get around London has to be the underground. If you have a contactless card it is even easy as you swipe your card on the barrier and then swipe when you want to get out of the station and it calculates your route and works out the best prices for you. We ended up only spending about £6 a day on transport and we went a lot of places!! Pro Tip: remember to use the same card each time, otherwise you will have 2 bills and they will probably be more money
Day 1 in London
Day 1 of our ultimate 3-Days in London we got the train straight through from Birmingham to London. This actually does save you a lot of money! You also don’t have to worry about where to park, congestion charges, parking costs, and fuel costs. Make sure you search around though. Some of the train prices are ridiculously overpriced!! I ended up paying £30 there and back for both of us.
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We then went to Harry Potter studios in Watford for our ultimate 3-days in London. This is very easy to get to from London. I started to panic and thought we hadn’t got enough time for all the things we had planned. Do not follow the Trainline train times. It said it would take 45mins from Vauxhall to Euston, it took 8 mins via underground. We timed it!
It took us just over an hour to reach Harry Potter world. You go to Watford Junction on the train and then there is a Harry Potter bus that picks you up outside of the station for a £2 return. I love Harry Potter, so this was such a fun experience!! I have been before but haven’t been since it first opened so I hadn’t seen the train or the forest or privet drive. It was ace. We bought a butterbeer ice cream. A little pricey but so worth it!! It tastes so much better than the drink version as well. I would only get the drink if you have never tried it before and want it for nostalgia reasons, otherwise, go for the ice cream.
Pro Tip: When buying tickets go to the official website. They are cheaper. You also have to book these about 3 months in advance. You can sometimes get lucky and get tickets last minute like I did but don’t risk it, you can get them from lastminute.com if you really want to go and can’t get them from the website.
I really wanted to buy a wand as well but they’re a bit pricey and I wanted to save some money, we have Sirius Black’s wand already though.
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After this, we got the bus and train back to London ready to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We ended up getting off one stop early and we ended up by M&M world. This place is beautiful, the M&M’s are all lined up in color order on the wall where you can pick and mix them and I love it!
We grabbed dinner before the show. Just a McDonalds as we didn’t have a lot of time. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a lot of fun. I mean if you don’t like Harry Potter it is probably not for you but it is amazing. It’s about Harry Potter’s Son, Albus, and Harry who is now 40. The magic tricks alone in the play is enough to make me watch it over and over again. The tickets are quite expensive. We paid for middle range tickets and we were at the very, very top. I would love to save more and be on the floor to watch. This was our only splurge on our trip.
Day 2 in London
Day 2 of our ultimate 3-Days in London we went sightseeing. I really wanted to go to the Natural History Museum. All museums and galleries are free in London and this one is just stunning! we queued up outside as it opens at 10am. Pro Tip: it’s good if you get there early as there aren’t many people, use the side entrance as this is very quiet. If you want to use the grand entrance for the experience go right ahead, just be warned there is a massive queue. We spent a good couple of hours in there looking through all the exhibits.
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We then went to Notting Hill. Where we bought Doughtime Doughnuts! Oh, my… these are the best doughnuts I have ever had. I have a Nutella doughnut filled with Nutella and a Nutella pot on top of it. Amazing!! they even do a loyalty card so you can earn free doughnuts!! We explored Noting Hill for a while, looking at the stalls running along the High street and finding pretty houses.
We hopped back on the underground and went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child again. We actually got off one stop earlier tonight and walked around china town. It was just after the Chinese New year so they had lanterns all around, it was beautiful. There are Chinese shops and restaurants to go in all along the main road and even a supermarket or two.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is in 2 parts. you can either do this through 2 night or see 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening of the same day. For dinner, we came late home and we actually ordered a Deliveroo. It was actually great because you could get it delivered to your hotel. This was so handy, its an app that you use, a bit like Just Eat, but it has more restaurants. We ordered it and waited at the entrance for it, they were very quick too.
Day 3 of our ultimate 3-Days in London was our last day in London, I would have loved to stay longer. We walked along the Thames and walked past the London Eye and wandered around that area. We then bought tickets and went to the Tower of London. Tickets are £25 each. It has a great history to it and they offer free tours with the beefeaters. We managed to catch a bit of the tour and the Beefeater was very good and very funny. Pro Tip: you can buy a combo ticket that includes London Eye, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE & Shrek’s Adventure from Expedia. its £55 for each person but you basically buy 2 attractions but go to 4, so it is worth the money.
We then walked around West Minster and Big Ben and explored the shops in Oxford Street and saw the giant TV screens at Picadilly Circus.
In the evening, it was time to go home. We were able to check out of the Hotel before heading out in the morning. This was so handy as we didn’t have to lug around our luggage all day. Some places also don’t let you take in backpacks and small suitcases so it is a good idea to see if your hotel offers this.