Things to do in
London

From double-decker buses to pubs and musicals, the British capital has something special for all.

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London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

1. London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

Take a tour of the timeless Tower of London – part of British history since the 11th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror.  Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison. Spot the ravens that live on the premises and find out why they are known as the guardians of the Tower. Stroll across Tower Green to see where many executions took place, including those of 2 of Henry VIII's wives. You will also have access to the inside of the tower. Prepare to be dazzled by the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. These priceless symbols of the British Monarchy compose the greatest working collection of crown jewels in the world. Pore over the 23,578 gems, including the glistening Imperial State Crown - this piece alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies. Gain valuable insights into the Towers History from some of its most famous residents, The Yeoman Body. Whilst Tours may be currently unavailable, the Yeoman Warders will be on hand to provide fascinating stories of the Tower through the ages.

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From London: Ticket to Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio with Transfer

2. From London: Ticket to Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio with Transfer

Dive into the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter at the Warner Brothers Studio with return transfers included. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the most successful movie series of all time. Head to Platform 9 ¾ and ride the Hogwarts Express. Relive the magic of Harry’s trips to Hogwarts by posing with a luggage trolley right before it disappears through the wall, then walk through the train carriage. Step onto the famous cobblestones of Diagon Alley, featuring the shopfronts of Ollivander's Wand Shop, Flourish and Blotts, and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. Venture behind the scenes to discover fantastic sets, costumes, and props. Learn some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made the Harry Potter films so popular around the world. See iconic props such as Harry’s Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid’s motorcycle. Rediscover other memorable sets, including the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, and the Potions classroom.

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London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

3. London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

Put on your climb suit, boots, and harness. Become a true urban mountaineer. Ascend the O2 Arena, a London landmark, and cross the walkway suspended 52 meters in the air. At the top, take in panoramic views over Greenwich, the Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, and The Shard.  Climb during the day and enjoy the clearest views for miles, at sunset for a romantic experience, or opt for the twilight climb and marvel at the twinkling city light.  Nervous? Don’t be. Experiencedp rofessional guides will be with you every step of the way.

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SEA LIFE London Entrance Ticket

4. SEA LIFE London Entrance Ticket

Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life, explore a fascinating underwater world right in the heart of London. Journey through 14 themed zones laid out over three floors, come face to fin with thousands of creatures in exciting settings as you discover how beautiful and fragile the world's marine ecosystems are. More than 500 different species live in 65 displays with some breathtaking features and plenty of inter-actives along the way. Take a walk on the wild side and watch from a suspended glass platform as 10 species of shark swim beneath your feet. Continue to the new Ice Adventure attraction and see a glittering land of frost and snow, where the Kingdom of the Gentoo Penguins is situated. Join them on an icy adventure in their arctic realm as they splash and dive amongst the snow-white caps. Are you feeling brave enough to trek through the Amazon? Ranger Andy invites you to discover a brand new Rainforest Adventure! A storm has hit and Ranger Andy needs your help to unearth what lies beneath the surface in the Amazon. Immerse yourself in a world of creepy crawlies, charming crocs, and curious critters. Come just centimeters away from the Goliath bird-eating tarantula, and race a colony of leafcutter ants to find the queen, before watching the feeding frenzy of the UK's biggest collection of piranhas

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The View from The Shard: Direct Entry Ticket

5. The View from The Shard: Direct Entry Ticket

Watch the streets of London fall away as you climb to Western Europe’s tallest viewing platform on the 72nd floor of The Shard. With a flexible ticket, spend as much time as you like enjoying panoramic views of the city, with visibility of up to 40 miles. Test your limits and step outside onto the open viewing platform on the 72nd floor, or admire the views from inside. Learn about London’s history through multimedia displays and exhibits, or simply sit back and enjoy the view from the champagne bar.  At a height of 1,016 feet, or 310 meters, The Shard redefines London’s skyline and will soon be a dynamic symbol of the city, recognizable throughout the world. The unique building features a sculpted design of glass facets that incline inward without meeting at the top to allow the building to breathe naturally. Sneak a glance upward at the points of glass that form the top of the building before finishing up your journey in the boutique, where you can purchase a souvenir photograph. Please note that opening times can vary due to special events.

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London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

6. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Admire the views of London's most iconic sights with a cruise on the River Thames. Cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Choose between either a one-way or round-trip journey, with skip-the-line entry. Listen to the live audio commentary as you enjoy the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Admire the pyramid-structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay before arriving at Greenwich Pier. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walking distance from the pier.

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London: The London Eye Ticket with Fast-Track Option

7. London: The London Eye Ticket with Fast-Track Option

Step into your capsule and feel the exhilaration as you rise up over the water and come face to face with the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Soar above them, up to 135 meters on the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel.  There are mesmerizing 360-degree views of the whole city laid out before you. See the most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London and up to 40km out of the city to Windsor Castle on a clear day. Enjoy the gradual rotation and just stand and stare at the hustle and bustle of London life unfolding beneath you, the beautiful sunset over the city, or the thousands of twinkling lights after dark. 

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London Transport Museum Day Pass

8. London Transport Museum Day Pass

Visit London Transport Museum in the heart of Covent Garden. The Museum explores the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London since 1800. Historic vehicles, world-famous posters, and objects from the Museum’s collection tell the story of London’s development. Horse-drawn buses to the world’s first underground railway and the creation of the Underground map and colorful displays show how transport sustains London. From the famous bullseye Tube logo and Johnston typeface to the diagrammatic Tube map, discover these collections of posters and graphic art.

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London: River Thames Evening Cruise with Bubbly and Canapés

9. London: River Thames Evening Cruise with Bubbly and Canapés

As the sun goes down and the lights come on, see London's riverside landmarks at their glittering best on a cruise down the Thames River. Savor a glass of bubbly in one hand and canapés in the other, and experience the magic of the city from the river. During the cruise from Tower Millenium Pier, take in all the major sites of the city on the river, from the London Eye and Tower of London to the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and the majesty of the fairytale Tower Bridge. Choose to absorb the scenery from the comfort of the main saloon or upstairs on the open-air panoramic deck. Enjoy listening to jazz and chill-out pop from live performers, too. The cruise ends at the original starting point.

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London: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tour

10. London: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tour

Step behind the scenes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and walk in the footsteps of your favorite players. Explore the cutting-edge architectural design features that make up the award-winning, multipurpose venue and discover why it's the first of its kind in the UK. Find out all about the innovative retractable pitch – moving from world-class football to NFL in the blink of an eye. Immerse yourself in an unrivaled fan experience and discover how it was at the center of the stadium's design. Listen as you gain insight into exactly what life is like in each area of the stadium. Learn how the players prepare on a matchday and follow their journey by walking out of the first-team changing rooms, through the tunnel, and into the dugouts. You can even take a seat in the manager's chair

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Frequently asked questions about London

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Planning Your 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.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to London

Laurence is a full time travel blogger and photographer, who shares his tips on travel and improving your photography on his website Finding the Universe. He used to live in London, and you can see his tips for spending two days in London here.

What should I do on my first trip to London?

The best way to get acquainted with the city is to take a stroll from the Tower of London, across Tower Bridge, and along the south bank of the Thames before finishing at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. This will take no more than 2 hours, but will acquaint you with many of London's most popular sights. You could easily visit two of London's most popular attractions at the start and end of your journey, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey as well.

What are some hidden gems to see in London?

London has some really interesting and quirky museums which are well worth visiting. The Museum of Brands is a great option, as is the Cartoon Museum. The Postal Museum is also worth a visit!

How much time should I spend in London?

The main highlights of central London can be experienced across two days. If you want to explore areas outside the central area, perhaps visiting attractions like Windsor Castle, an extra day would be advisable.

What food is London known for?

No trip to London would be complete without trying out some local pub food. Highlights of a pub menu would include fish and chips or a traditional steak and ale pie. Don't forget to leave room for dessert, with sticky toffee pudding being a popular option!

What are the best months to visit London?

Avoiding the summer crowds in London is advisable, so visiting between April and June or in September should give you the best combination of better weather and less people. December is also a good time to visit as the city is decorated with lights and Christmas decorations.

What is neighborhood The East End of London known for?

The East End of London, which stretches from around the Tower of London out towards the London City Airport, is famous for its markets, street food, and incredible curry houses.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

If you love curry, one of the most popular dishes in the UK, then you'll want to head out to East London where you'll find an incredible array of authentic Indian restaurants. Another good option is to dine around the West End theatres, there are many good restaurants in this area which often have pre-theatre dining deals.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The most well known shopping street is the mile long Oxford Street which runs from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road. This has all the major high street brands. For high end shopping, you'll want to head to the area of Mayfair, whilst those of you shopping for a suit will want to head to the world famous Savile Road.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit London?

Central London, and specifically the borough of Westminster, is probably the best place to base yourself in the city. Here you'll find everything from budget hostels through to world famous five star hotel brands. Basing yourself here might cost a bit more than being a bit further out, but it is definitely worth it for the proximity to sightseeing.

Other Sightseeing Options in London

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What people are saying about London

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 117,958 reviews

The route is the perfect length for younger children, my daughter is only 4 and came away talking about what she had seen and been told by our amazing guide Peter. Peter really made this a great experience fir the children. I would definately recommend!!

We had a great morning at the Tower and would recommend this to anyone visiting London. So much to see, and definitely take the tour into the Chapel, very entertaining!

This was a really great tour. Our guide, Glenn was awesome. He was informative and funny and the tour was paced nicely

Everyone had a good time. It was interactive and entertaining.

Great for all ages - an interesting tour of central london