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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.


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).

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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

The whole tour & museum visit was excellent.

We arrived a little late but without any fuss were put on another tour.. Our guide Pamela was excellent. We really enjoyed the Museum & would definitely return.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour Reviewed by Joyce Hilary, 08/22/2017

We all enjoyed the experience and would do it again

We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the audio tour was excellent looking forward to repeating the experience

Windsor Castle Admission Ticket Reviewed by Kathleen, 08/22/2017

Fantastic place - but no fast track available

We purchased Fast Tract entry tickets but there is no Fast Tract available in the ticket office and we had to queue up with everyone else. This didn't matter as the queue was short but I wanted to bring this to your attention as your web page offers a service which is not available. Hampton Court is an unbelievable venue. We went to Versailles 2 years ago which was a nightmare at entry with a 2 hour queue even for pre-booked tickets. Hampton Court was equally fascination but had none of the hassle!! 5 Stars

Hampton Court Palace Tickets: Fast-Track Entrance Reviewed by Rebecca, 08/22/2017

3 Adult daughters grew up with Harry Potter....dream come true!

Truly a highlight of our vacation...sent our 29, 25 and 20 year-old daughters off to enjoy. Having grown up and still addicted to Harry Potter, they were in awe of it daughter took over 300 pictures! Pricey, but similar to paying for a Disney experience. Driver wonderful and on time. Had ample time to view it all and spend time (and lots of money) in the gift shop.

Great service from airport, but awful return

Return bus did not pick up from Waterloo station where our ticket was booked from. Over an hour i waited to find out it does not stop on that street

Stansted Airport to Central London Bus Transfer Reviewed by Niamh, 08/22/2017