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72 Hours In Central London – The Ultimate Itinerary

Published on January 23, 2023 by Joanne Jeffries
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A stay in the capital in one of central London’s serviced apartments offers the chance to explore many different cultures, activities and everything else this excellent city offers. Whether you are venturing to London for the first time or are a seasoned London visitor, there is so much to fill your days and nights that staying centrally is a must. 

From your central London base, here are some of our favourite ways to spend three days in London

Day 1

After arriving and unpacking in your central London serviced apartment, you’ll be ready to hit the streets. Or, perhaps you might prefer to see the sights in a different way?

London from the skies

If you want to see all that London offers from on high, a helicopter trip may be the ultimate way to travel. Be warned, though; it may leave you feeling 72 hours isn’t long enough to get around all you want to see on the ground.

We think one of the best ways to view London is from the skies. From the comfort of a well-equipped helicopter, you can see the magnificence of Big Ben, the Tower of London and the fantastic landscape of the Thames and Buckingham Palace from around 1000 feet. With many packages on offer, you can tour with a small group or the more private packages that will see you take in over 30 iconic London landmarks.

Take in afternoon tea

A luxury London afternoon tea is an experience not to be missed. If the Thames looks inviting from the air, why not take a Thames river cruise tea? Or, travel the streets with an Afternoon tea and prosecco bus ride. Of course, you will never be disappointed by afternoon tea at The Ritz or The Goring with the delights on offer at these famous hotels.

London at night

Spend the first night of your stay seeing London light up with a trip on the London Eye. Just after sunset (5.30 pm last ride) is a great time to travel. Champagne experiences are available but may require booking to guarantee time slots.


Why not take advantage of a private chef in your central London apartment if the day has left you exhausted? Or, visit one of the many restaurants London offers for dinner and drinks before bed if you are still raring to go.

Day 2

Greenwich Observatory and The Cutty Sark

London has many world-famous attractions, but Greenwich holds a special place in time. See the Greenwich Time Ball, walk on the Prime Meridian Line with a foot on the western and eastern hemispheres, and then visit the Royal Observatory and The Cutty Sark. You can take a break in the attractions to enjoy lunch at one of the many delightful eateries nearby.

Later in the day, why not take a trip across town to visit Harrods for some luxury items or to browse? For more fun-filled luxury shopping, head to Fortnum and Mason or stop at Liberty for retail therapy you won’t find anywhere else.


If you haven’t booked a table at one of the many high-class London dining venues, you may want to check out a delightfully tasty no-book venue, such as The Counter at Sabor or Gloria, a 70s Capri-style trattoria.

Day 3

And so to the last day. Leaving your luxury accommodation may feel better after a leisurely breakfast, but before heading home, why not make the most of time in London to head over to Covent Garden, with its unique market and shopping experiences?

Covent Garden offers an outstanding shopping experience to round off your stay. You are also close to the Royal Opera House and Neal’s Yard, one of London’s prettiest streets, or start in Green Park and take a cheese crawl ending in Covent Garden, having experienced some of London’s finest cheeses.

Wherever you spend your days in central London, it may well be worth booking a return stay to visit all the places you noticed but didn’t get around to on your first 72 hours in the city!

We have a great selection of serviced apartments in Covent Garden, ideal for families or couples looking.

Image: Danor Aharon from Pixabay

Category: Holiday Ideas

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