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The best things to do in London

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life," said Samuel Johnson. He spoke the truth. Whether you're looking for West End musicals, double decker buses, Sherlock Holmes pubs, or Kate Middleton lunch spots, the British capital has something to offer you.

Warner Brothers Studio

You can't go to London without visiting Harry Potter! Take a day trip from London to Warner Brothers Studio, where you'll be able to shop Diagon Alley, enjoy a Butterbeer, and talk Quidditch.

Stonehenge

Reflect on the world's most famous prehistoric ruins. Getting to Stonehenge takes about 90 minutes. Tip: you can also visit Windsor Castle or Bath while out in the countryside.

The Shard

If you can catch a sunny day, there's nothing more beautiful than 360-degree views of London at the Shard. Visit the viewing platform inside Western Europe's tallest building.

Madame Tussaud's

Trying to spot your favorite British celebrities? You'll at least be able to find their life-size wax counterparts here! Madame Tussaud's is a fun thing to do on a rainy day in London.

Tower of London

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, AKA The Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the Thames River. The tour is plain fun, and you get to see the Crown Jewels!

London Eye

Climb onto Europe's biggest ferris wheel, and float 443 feet above the Thames River. Inside a London Eye pod, you'll get great views of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and Hyde Park.

South Bank

The walk between the Eye and Tower Bridge in South Bank is filled with largely state-funded arts venues. Head to the Tate Modern for modern masters, and then to Borough Market for lunch.

River Thames

The River Thames weaves right through the heart of London. An afternoon boat tour is a fun introduction to the Tower of London, Parliament, and other riverside attractions.

Photo: londonfilmgeek @flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Wembley Stadium

Opened in 2007, Wembley is the 90,000 capacity home for the English national football team (and lots of other major sporting and concert events!).

London Zoo

A visit to the London Zoo is a great family outing. Watch the animal feedings, explore the butterfly enclosure, or learn more about conservation.

Planning your London visit

How many days should you spend in London?

If this is your first trip to London, stay for at least four full days in order to hit all the classic sights like Buckingham Palace. But whether it's your first trip or your tenth, the key to visiting London is planning. The more you dig around, the more you'll realize how many things you can do in the city -- and everybody will want to see different sights and attractions. Before you go, decide which which tours or sights are a "must" for your group.

How much do taxis and double decker buses cost?

Transportation is notoriously expensive in London. Take the tube or a taxi at least once, for the experience and the picture. Locals travel by bus or by foot. The bus map can be a little confusing, but it is reliable and much cheaper. You'll be an expert by the end of your trip, which will give you a better excuse to come back again!

What's the best time of year to visit London?

They aren't kidding when they say "foggy Londontown." There's always a threat of rain, which is something that bonds the English together in solidarity. Even in the summer, you should carry an umbrella or light jacket. One idea? Plan your visit around a classic London event (like the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race down the Thames, or seeing the Christmas lights at Harrod's).

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The weather is foggy with a chance of rain year-round. In the spring, the parks are green and in bloom. In the fall and winter, hotel prices tend to be lower.
  • Events in London
    Chelsea Flower Show
    24. May 2016 - 28. May 2016
    London's Royal Hospital Chelsea (London)
    Wimbledon
    27. Jun 2016 - 10. Jul 2016
    Wimbledon (London)
    Buckingham Palace Tour
    23. Jul 2016 - 2. Oct 2016
    Buckingham Palace (London)

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What people are saying about London

Well laid out easy to chronologically follow and staff excellent.

For anybody interested in boxing this is a must exhibition to visit. It is nicely laid out and really grabs the sense of being ring side when listening to the live archive commentaries. Muhammad was the greatest and deserves nothing less so well done. I would also like to say the staff on duty when we visited were excellent.

First time I have booked anything like this on line,all went well.

As said in my one sentence,all went well,did not have to join a queue,straight in without a fuss.
Skip-the-Line London Zoo Ticket Reviewed by MALCOLM, 04/16/2016

Fantastic submersion into the world of Hogwart's -- very real.

The Warner Bros studio tour was fantastic. Unbelievable experience to see and experience the actual sets. The Great Hall. Hogwart Express, Dragon Alley, Track 9 3/4 was all outstanding. However, the coach/tour package made things a bit rushed. The trip out there is only 1 hour. We left at 11:45, got there at 12:45. Lost a full 45 min waiting in the queue (all of us had the same ticket). We had been told we needed to be back at the us by 4:10. We were also told it took a minimum of 3 hours to see everything -- and that was without stopping for a snack, never mind lining up for the butter beer ice cream! it was hard to really enjoy because we kept watching the clock and rushing on to the next part. In the end, we were in the studio for about 2.5 hours. Could have used twice that time! Barely got time to visit the gift store. Bus left at 4:20 instead of 4:30. This is marketed as a 7 hour tour. Ours was about 4.5. Would have liked to stay longer. We paid full entrance fee.

Well worth the time-our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable!!!

This was a very good tour-showed us lots of different areas-we were picked up at a hotel near ours which was very nice and then proceeded to the bus station. Our guide was very good and gave lots of interesting facts about our destinations and the places we were driving through. Our bus driver was very accommodating too. Even dropping off at a third point after the tour. Our pub meal was descent and the beer we purchased was great. The one problem with our tour was three USA couples who insisted on talking for most of our trip WHILE our tour guide was talking-we had a double decker bus-so she didn't hear them-their selfish behaviour ruined parts of the trip for a large group of people. They would just not stop talking. They were such inconsiderate, rude and ignorant people. Not thinking that others paid for this trip too. Their audacity was incredulous!

Great way to have an overview of London!

The cruise was excellent and the food was good as well. All the staff was extremely nice and it was great to have a nice overview of London's main attractions.
London River Thames Lunch Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/12/2016

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