London is an amazing city, packed full of history, architecture, culture and food. You can easily spend a week there and not run out of things to see and do.
As someone who lives here, I have put together what I consider to be a perfect day in London, ticking off a whole host of major tourist spots and racking up a surprising amount of steps!
The Park Run
Start your day off with an early morning royal “Secret London Run” around St James Park. This totals to around 5km and is accessible for everyone, including running beginners. The route takes under an hour and is right in the centre of London. Not only will you get some fresh air and be surrounded by greenery, you will pass by tourist hot spots including Buckingham Palace, the Houses Of Parliament, and Trafalgar Square, and your friendly guide will tell you all about the fascinating history and unknown quirks of the city.
Total Steps: 5,545
Total Calories: 430
Experience Modern Art
After you have finished your run, head for a stroll down the Southbank towards the Tate Modern, passing by the iconic Big Ben and London Eye. On your arrival, explore the newly expanded Tate Modern gallery and take your time browsing the impressive and thought-provoking collections on show. Be sure to take the stairs when you can and step into every floor of this incredible gallery.
Total Steps (walk & gallery): 5,387
Total Calories (walk & gallery): 460
Explore The Southbank
Once you have soaked up your fair share of modern art, head back down the riverside to the Southbank Centre and food market. By this time you will have worked up an appetite, so tuck into a wholesome salad, a range of exotic cuisine or even indulge in a stack of freshly made pancakes! Once you’re satisfied, walk towards St Paul’s Cathedral, crossing the Millennium Bridge en-route.
Total Steps: 4,871
Total Calories: 389
Climb St Paul’s Cathedral
Now you have experienced the arts scene, its time to delve into the historical and architectural side of London. Take a moment to admire the outside of St Paul’s Cathedral and wander through its gardens, stopping for a coffee along the way. Once you’re inside, take note of the incredibly detailed interior and be sure to walk all the way to the top of the dome. Your reward is a stunning view overlooking the whole of London.
Total Steps: 3,113
Total Calories: 288
Total daily steps and calories for all activities together (and walking in between):
Total Steps: 20,962
Total Calories: 2,347
A total of 20km was covered!
This itinerary allows you to experience London’s beautiful parks, bustling art scene and stunning historical architecture, all while staying active. The compact nature of central London means that you can easily walk between the majority of the main attractions, keeping you on your feet. The best part? The more steps you take, the more food you can eat! And London has an incredible healthy food scene…