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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.


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

Our guide was wonderful and made the visit so much more valuable!

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 safe and fun experience for me and my daughter!

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.

Coca Cola London Eye 4D Experience Tickets Reviewed by ALLA, 06/19/2017

Excellent time, grandson and I, 63years apart, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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!

Chelsea Football Club Stadium and Museum 1-Hour Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/19/2017

Amazing. Hubs birthday present. He loved it and was so enjoyable! Ace!

Highly recommend. Value for money, easy to purchase, find and super enjoyable evening.

Excellent, we extended the ride to go to the barrier. Great value.

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.

London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise Reviewed by Jonathan, 06/18/2017