Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!).
A visit to the London Zoo is a great family outing. Watch the animal feedings, explore the butterfly enclosure, or learn more about conservation.
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.
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!
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).
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- 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.
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What people are saying about London
Can't think of a better way to spend a rainy Sunday. Relaxing music, tasty food and great views. Although we were satisfied, the staff kindly moved us to a better vacant table. The staff also addressed us by personally by our names and checked several times if everything was alright (which it was). The only criticism is that it took a while to be served and it would be better if there were a couple more waitresses/waiters because the staff worked really hard. A most enjoyable day and I will book again.
The walking tour of Westminster was excellent--the guide brought history to life, with many interesting stories. The War Rooms tour was really interesting, but I was surprised to find out that portion was not guided and instead was an audio guide tour. That should be noted, so people can decide if that's what they want. Because I'm hearing impaired, that was not really a good option for me.
My daughter, grand daughter and I had an incredible time. Natalie was very engaging, energetic, funny and knowledgeable. It was money and time well spent. I highly recommend this tour and Natalie as a guide for any Harry Potter fan. It is even entertaining for those who aren’t necessarily Harry Potter fanatics and may just turn you into a fan.
The Climb the roof of the O2 was freaking awesome!! I highly recommend it to everyone!! Amazing veiw. Excellent, fun and experienced guides. So much thought is put in the the safety that it was never even a worry for me. You will not regret this. DO IT!
Really enjoyed the afternoon tea at the British Museum. We were well looked after and the food was delicious. The Court Restaurant is a great setting within the museum enabling you to enjoy the overall buzz and ambience.