Top Tours & Activities 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).
- CurrencyBritish Pound (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+44
- Best time to visitThe 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.
Things to Do in London
Top Attractions in London
- 1Warner Bros. Studio London
- 2London Victoria Station
- 3London Eye
- 5South Bank
- 6Tower of London
- 7Tower Of London
- 8River Thames
- 9Museum of London
- 10Westminster Abbey
- 11The Shard
- 12Houses of Parliament
- 13Madame Tussauds London
- 14Buckingham Palace
- 15Tower Bridge
- 16St Paul's Cathedral
- 17West End
- 18Liverpool Street Station
- 19Heathrow Airport
- 20Temple, London
Other Sightseeing Options in London
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What People Are Saying About London
It was easy to find the red phone box at the corner of the square. In fact I stopped into the Nero across the street for a sandwich first. The guide chatted amiably with me while we waited for the others. She was a very interesting person and when only two others showed up we were able to have a terrific tour. Her selection of artefacts gave us an introduction to objects and history which I otherwise would have passed over on my own. As a result of the tour I plan to go back whenever I am in London, and may well book another tour as each guide seems to have their own preferences. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting London or even living there. I was astonished at how many people in London don't bother to go to the British Museum when it has so much to offer!
Great! I recomend you book your London Eye on line: 1) Collection line is much faster then the normal bying ticket line. 2)Pay more for quick entrance as well. It took us only 10 min to enter the glass gondola on Saturday afternoon, Meanwhile normal line was mooving at a slow pace under the blasing sun. On and on it was a great idea to book online! And we saved a considerable amount of money as we've booked more then one activity. Thanx.
My grandson (Joe) and I went on a very hot summers morning. It was my present for his 8th birthday. As soon as we got there everyone, including the security at the gates, the ticket office staff, the guide etc. where very friendly and hospitable. The pictures round the stadium were fantastic and the tour was excellent, giving us some idea of what went on every week. After the tour we spent almost an hour in the museum looking at the memorabilia, trying a lot of the interactive machines and having a kick in the target range (Joe not me). The highlight for me was seeing the Peter Osgood statute, (I met him years ago) and for Joe, sitting in Eden Hazard's place in the changing room. A lovely morning!
Highly recommend. Value for money, easy to purchase, find and super enjoyable evening.
Excellent value for money. We had a very good guide who was both entertaining and informative. We extended our trip to take us to the Thames barrier before getting off at Greenwich. Forget the faster boats, a slower one with a good guide allows you to appreciate all the sites on the journey.