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"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.

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What people are saying about London

Very funny and informative! Loved the guide!

This tour exceeded my expectations. The guide was hilarious and shared historical information with us in a fun and engaging manner! Def recommend!!!

Comedy Horror Show: London Ghost Bus Tour Reviewed by Azaria, 06/13/2018

See London as you have never seen it before

Magnificent - the Eye provides the perfect visual experience of London, one of the greatest cities in the world. Pay the extra and avoid the queues, that is my recommendation! Only criticism is the way tickets are managed - why go through 2 processes?

Coca Cola London Eye 4D Experience Tickets Reviewed by Peter, 06/11/2018

Absolutely Great and Recommended to Any Beatles Fan!

very very educational and entertaining, with a personal detail to all of us fans in the van, I am totally recommending this tour to any Beatles fan! I had so much fun on this trip and would love to do this again. Thank you!

Harry Potter themed from start to finish with great tour guides

Brilliant 2.5 hour tour across London. Can be tiring for younger children as it really is a proper walking tour throughout the streets on central London. So many secrets revealed - so much insider knowledge. The quiz made it fun and interactive all the way round. Tour guides stayed true to the nature of the tour - keeping it Harry Potter themed from start to finish. We are keen HP fans but we learned loads more. I'd absolutely recommend this as a great way of combining the love of Potter with some great sightseeing. We had a glorious afternoon of sun which made it even better. London at it very best !

Olly was a fantastic guide, and the 3 hours went by in a flash!

The tour was everything it promised and more. We even spotted the Queen leaving the Palace! Our guide, Olly, was entertaining and very informative. The single-gear cycles were easy to ride, and the tour overall, supremely fun.

Classic London 3-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by Animesh, 06/09/2018