24 Hours In London – A Guide On Essential Places To Visit – From Free & Affordable To Ultra Luxury




In today’s video I start the new year off with a brief tour of the city of my birth. London is an overwhelmingly big city to the uninitiated and with an almost intimidating amount of things to see and visit, where do you start?

As I was traveling over the festive season to see family in the UK, I thought I might as well drop by the capital to see friends and share some of my favorite attractions. I have been enjoying many of these since childhood, but as London inevitably evolves with time (the measurement of which was pioneered at Greenwich!) there is a whole new addition of new things to experience and enjoy. No matter if you are on a budget or wish to splash out on some classy old world luxury, London has it all.

I start my day with something of a family tradition with a hearty brunch at the iconic Savoy Hotel. To help digest the meal, I take a walk to Somerset House, followed by a stop at the Southbank, which is one of Europe’s largest centers for the arts. On the way I share some favorite horological treats and end up at the legendary Fortnum & Mason to stock up on essentials. I then continue shopping with a look at the luxury goods on offer at the world renowned Jermyn Street, which is known for its exclusive gentlemen’s clothing. I then take a break to reflect inside one of the city’s many hidden gems of architecture. St. James Church on Piccadilly was designed by the acclaimed Christopher Wren, and at the time of this trip, the church had a very moving modern art installation on display.

After a quick stop at the always trendy Covent Garden, we pop back over the river to the amazing Tate Modern to take in a few art exhibits. We then decide to end the day with quite literally a high with dinner overlooking the city at the fashionable and luxurious Aqua Shard in the majestic Shard building. In conclusion, I also run through a list of essential attractions, options for perfect days out and trusted London favorites I highly recommend.

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40 Comments

  1. Danny Russell
    January 3, 2018
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    Love the videos mate what would be a good diver to buy with a budget of £600 any help would be great cheers buddy

  2. 12 O'clock Orion
    January 3, 2018
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    A wonderful video. Thank you for sharing.

  3. CKG
    January 3, 2018
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    Happy New Year TGV.

    Cheers from PH, your friend CKG. 🎆👍

  4. SeaJayBelfast
    January 3, 2018
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    Have you ever slapped a POW with those leather gloves? Kind regards

  5. John Price
    January 3, 2018
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    What a fun and wonderful video. Love the intro – waited for Bond to show up! As you may remember I've mentioned that my Mum was from England but I've never been to London so your video just fuels my desire. Happy New Year to you my friend! Ciao, John

  6. João Oliveira
    January 3, 2018
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    Happy New Year Tristano and all of the Urban Gentry brothers out there!!! Please continue with your much apreciated content!

    My very best regards,

    João Oliveira

  7. Luca Simoncini
    January 3, 2018
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    It wouldn't be a real TGV's video without the Police joining in. Happy New Year!

  8. Mr. Morris
    January 3, 2018
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    Even thought your fb group admins banned me from joining, I still watch these videos.
    Cheers and please send my best to the Mrs!

  9. Horror freak London
    January 3, 2018
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    Only a brave man wears a Rolex in Piccadilly circus tgv!! Glad you enjoyed it tho. It's my back yard so it's always nice to see it 'bigged' up. Come home soon.

  10. Adam Sullivan
    January 3, 2018
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    Great video TGV, love your channel! I binged way too many of your videos over the holidays. Thanks for helping so many people discover the fascinating world of horology! When I saw the Battersea Power Station I immediately thought of the cover to Pink Floyd's "Animals". Fun trivia… the giant inflatable pig in the photograph used on the cover actually broke free and floated into the flight path of Heathrow Airport, crazy! Keep up the good work!

  11. Johnny
    January 3, 2018
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    TGV you must have spent a pretty penny with my colleagues in the Black cabs. Next time you come to town, it’ll be a pleasure to pick you guys up for free. Feel free to message me for my number. 🙂 Happy new year and all the best with the ever increasing subscribers.

  12. Stephen McQ
    January 3, 2018
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    Fantastic! Looks like an extremely busy but fun day out.

  13. Andrew Steel
    January 3, 2018
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    Lol if your addiction to watches is like a moth to a flame, mine is like a moth to a full on electric bug zapper in which I have the scares to prove it. Well hope your new year finds you well.

  14. Chris Simone
    January 3, 2018
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    Really well done London travel highlights video. Very clever integration of horological landmarks! I did not tour London during my last visit (I did get to see Ben Kingsley play Othello at the Royal Shakespeare Co Stratford though) your vid has defiantly inspired me to make London the priority next trip over.

  15. Jojo Cruz
    January 3, 2018
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    Great video, TGV! It's good to see London, even if just vicariously through your eyes. Happy New Year!

  16. HENDOMAN
    January 3, 2018
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    Why Didn't I bump into you 🙁 . Louis, Essex.

  17. mark messore
    January 3, 2018
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    Very good to see you sir. I’ve missed your content, this taste will go far in easing my withdrawal symptoms:). Loved the video. London is definitely on my bucket list.
    Best regards,
    Mark

  18. Rod Rodriguez
    January 3, 2018
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    Great vid! It's refreshing to see you out and about once in a while. I spent a great deal of my childhood at Durrels House along Kensington High street. We would walk to Holland park every morning to play footie and enjoy a 99 flake. Of course what kid can forget Hamley's and the toy department at the top floor of Selfridge's? That's where my stepmom bought me the Decepticon Shockwave Transformer figure. Good times.

  19. michael johnson
    January 3, 2018
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    Great video TGV, reminds me of my visits to London. If you have time, visit the Stone Island flagship store on Brewer street. Also, visit Camden Market area – the atmosphere of this place reminds me of Kensington Market and the Kings Road when I used to visit the famous Boy clothing shop in the mid eighties. Hope you had time to visit the Science Museum, I was amazed to see an image of my office at work. It was in the background of images showing the famous Flying Bedstead whilst it was being developed at the Rolls-Royce site at Hucknall. I believe this testing was used to help develop the Harrier VTOL aircraft. I work for Rolls-Royce at Hucknall and we are very proud of our heritage and the developments we have pioneered in the gas turbine jet engine. We even have a dedicated team of engineers who deal with any spare part requirements for the famous Merlin piston engine which powered numerous WW2 planes – Spitfire and Mustang to name but a few. Enjoy the rest of your time in the U.K.

  20. Rick Marsh
    January 3, 2018
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    Welcome back TGV ,happy new year! Missed you sir!

  21. Brian
    January 3, 2018
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    Watching this on my year abroad while being terribly homesick. You truly captured the beauty, history and tradition of London far better than any travel video I have seen.

    Thank you kindly,

  22. Blummineck
    January 3, 2018
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    Woo!  I used to work for Shell and was treated to champagne and posh sandwiches on the balcony beneath that clock on Shell Mex house.  Nice vid.  🙂

  23. Ruthless Bone
    January 3, 2018
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    Is it true that it's illegal to take pics of the Eiffel tower?

  24. Mike Gregory
    January 3, 2018
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    Thank you for that wonderful trip to London. It brought back a lot of memories for myself and my wife from our last trip to London. We both love Fortnum and Mason and we have stayed at The Savoy. I wish you a very prosperous New Year.

  25. ashley styles
    January 3, 2018
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    From one expat to another thank you for reminding me of home. A nice video. Happy new year.

  26. David McNicol
    January 3, 2018
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    Brilliant!!! Wonderful collection of places to visit. The Savoy is my all time favourite hotel. Hope you’ve visited the Wallace Collection?

  27. Alexander Pettersson
    January 3, 2018
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    Looks like a great trip to London. It really makes me want to book a flight and pack my bags for a bit of exploring once again.

  28. harry cronos
    January 3, 2018
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    I got the same Mac in olive green

  29. Alex J
    January 3, 2018
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    Happy New Year TGV. Next time come to visit the Connaught Hotel

  30. Sam Jefferson
    January 3, 2018
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    Is Fortnum & Mason's tea better than Harney & Sons? I loved the tour of London. Happy New Year to you and your wife. Cheers!

  31. kromoism
    January 3, 2018
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    Excellent choice in the opening score

  32. matt1315s
    January 3, 2018
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    I have been looking at Floris fragrances for a while. Since it winter, what one would you recommend? Great video as always TGV. Sorry for the bad spelling I have had a few glasses of Washington states finest wine. I wont tell what it is.

  33. Marti Vltori
    January 3, 2018
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    Enjoyable tour. Thank you!

  34. Bubba B
    January 3, 2018
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    A beautiful tour TGV, you are a superb guide and narrator. Thank you, safe travels. Nest regards.

  35. Jack
    January 3, 2018
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    To think all this is 40 minutes down the road from me. Will have to go one day and follow this video. Happy new year!

  36. Rocky Mountain DT
    January 3, 2018
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    Absolutely brilliant! London is my favorite big city. St. Martin, the National Gallery and Covent Garden are all favorites-I still have Dr. Martens I purchased at the latter, 20 years ago. Well done, TGV. Best-David

  37. Santhosh Maruthi
    January 3, 2018
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    TGV, Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Thanks for a nostalgic tour of London. My favorite commute was to exit the tube at St.Paul's and walk across the Millennium Bridge to my workplace next to the Tate, even on a cold winters day 🙂 .

    I would like to add….
    If you only have time for one museum , i would recommend the British Museum, it is the fastest way to see the entire world in one place. Do not leave London without a visit here.

    At the National Gallery , there are free guided tours conducted by museum staff and you get to see and understand the significant works in a quick tour , at the V&A make sure you check for the free guided tours( there are paid tours available too), this is conducted by volunteers who walk you through a curated visit of their favorite collections and is really worthwhile.
    It is easy to feel lost in these vast museums.

  38. Dan O'Connor
    January 3, 2018
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    I am a peasant

  39. Emmet Polt
    January 3, 2018
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    Every time I watch Vlogs or tours, I remember how utterly mundane my hometown is compared to the flourishing historical sites in Europe and miles beyond. A poorly run economic foundation is still a lasting impediment in my hometown, makes my town almost dead.

    London is a fair more interesting and iconic city. I know people who live in London would argue that London is not as perfect as perceived but understand my suburban town, there is a clear opposite. London sets an incredible standard that should be everywhere across the world. That would be ideal…

    Wish I could eat high inside a skyscraper… But there is no skyscraper to begin with. I wanna spend my new year just like you 😵

  40. The Clairessa
    January 3, 2018
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    Nice video! I was in London while studying abroad. I hope to visit again this year with my friends.

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