What to do in an 8-hour layover in London?

Are you in London only for a long layover? And you still want to visit the city but you are unsure how to do it and what to do with your luggage? Here is how to do it!

A long layover can either be a pain because you will die of boredom or you can use them to your advantage by visiting the city you are in (if you have enough time of course). In our case, we decided to catch a glimpse of London, (we were on our way to Bulgaria & Greece) even though we had to change airports and do all this in 8 hours.

Heads-up, a good time management of your London layover is key! Remember that if you leave an airport, you will have to go through security and customs (if you are an international traveller) so be sure to leave at least 1 hour to do all of this processes.

Big ben and red double decker buses in London. This landmark can be seeing during a long layover in London (UK). Sightseeing in 8 hour layover in London

Changing airports?

If you need to change airports, worry not, the transfer is very easy. If you are in Heathrow airport, you can take the Central London Express (faster but more expensive) which will take you downtown. The other option, the cheapest option, is to take the Piccadilly line which will get you to Central London. The Stansted Airport has also an express train which works the same way and that will get you to London Liverpool Station from where you can get access to the underground. Buy a one-day pass directly at the airport. There, you will get unlimited entries to the tube for £26.  

Got luggage?

If you have your luggage, there are a few spots around the city where you can leave them. The rates change by how long you leave your bags and how many you have. Don 't worry, your luggage will be safe since the luggage drop looks like an airport security, they scan your bag and store it at the back. Here is a complete list of the places that you can leave your baggage. 

Big ben, Westminister subway station and red double decker buses in London. This landmark can be seeing during a long layover in London (UK). Sightseeing in 8 hour layover in London

Visiting London in less than 8 hours

For the London first-timers, leaving your baggage at Victoria station is extremely convenient since you are right in Central London with its main landmarks, the Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben. If you are lucky enough, you might catch the guards change. Jump back to the underground and head to the London bridge station to see the iconic Tower Bridge. Then, should you have time to take a break, simply grab a beer in a London pub or go for tea time. 

A sightseeing bus tour is always a good plan since it will give you a tour of the city in a short time. This way you are sure to see all the main spots. Or better, why not experience an Afternoon Tea in a double decker bus while visiting London’s best attractions?

If it is not your first time in London and you have already visited all of the above, then why not go to a museum? Did you know that the Capital has more than 200 museums? With these many expositions, I'm sure you will find one of your liking. 

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If you are unsure if you have time to achieve all your stops, just ask the nice people at the information desks, they will be able to assist you more on your specific needs. 

Bridge in London with a gold and green lamp post with skyscraper buildings in the background. This landmark can be seeing during a long layover in London (UK). Sightseeing in 8 hour layover in London

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A complete guide of that to do during a 8 hour layover in London. Wondering what to do with your bag or if you can leave the airport? This guide answers all this questions and more sightseeing in 8 hour layover in London.