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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.

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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
    Wimbledon
    27. Jun 2016 - 10. Jul 2016
    Wimbledon (London)
    Buckingham Palace Tour
    23. Jul 2016 - 2. Oct 2016
    Buckingham Palace (London)
    Notting Hill Carnival
    28. Aug 2016 - 29. Aug 2016
    Notting Hill (London)

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What people are saying about London

It was a beautiful day and I had an awesome tour guide.

Spectacular! What a great tour. Gardens were beautiful and my guide, Stephen, knew so a lot of history about the Palace. Overall, excellent tour. I would highly recommend it.
London: Hampton Court Palace Private Guided Tour Reviewed by Cathy, 05/23/2016

Best Hop on - Hop off service in London (& I used to live here)

The original is the best! With the boat to Greenwich included and the free walking tours you can't find a better way to get around and see the sights all over London than with the Original London Sightseeing Tour. Thanks to my friends at Exclusive City Breaks for ensuring that we got only the best to share the capital with my German family!
The Original London Sightseeing Bus Tour Reviewed by Phil, 05/23/2016

We enjoyed the entire day and got more than our money's worth!

Fantastic zoo! Animals well cared for and live events were great fun. We were there for five hours but still could have stayed longer.
Skip-the-Line London Zoo Ticket Reviewed by Annie, 05/16/2016

Excellent experience - poor ticket experience

I had pre-booked what was described in all emails as 'Jump the queue tickets'. On arrival to collect my tickets I was told these were not actually queue jump tickets at all. As this was a birthday present for my partner I was slightly embarrassed that we had no joined the (very long) queue. This led me to spending an extra £12.00 to upgrade the tickets (or wait in a 1.5 hour queue). Not a great start. The experience itself, was as expected, amazing. We had a clear and sunny day so this added to the experience
Skip the Line: Coca-Cola London Eye Experience Reviewed by jody, 05/16/2016

Brilliant informative full on London experience

Our guide was amazingly knowledgable and funny and the tour was excellent value for money. Would highly recommend this tour
Insider London's Underground and Tube Tour Reviewed by Nia, 05/15/2016

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