Top attractions 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).
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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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The organisation of so many people was done very well, the use of individual earphones and guide meant that we could all move at our own pace, looking at those things which interested us most. The rooms and exhibits were presented in a way which gave interest and information, really excellent. The only small criticism is that the large block in the ballroom containing the dancers took up a huge amount of the space and didn’t really contribute much to the understanding of a gathering of up to 2000 guests! I loved the amazing fancy dress garments owned by Queen Victoria and the information about the fancy dress balls, I had no knowledge of those previously.
Excellent sightseecruise on a very spacious boat. First class live commentary by very experienced staff. Extremely informative on all the individual points of interest, which gave an excellent insight into the history of not only the Thames but the surrounding areas. Food and drink available on board at very affordable prices. An excellent way to cruise the Thames and one I would certainly recommend.
Guide did a great job keeping the group moving and informing along the way. She timed our arrival at the palace and positioned us for optimal photos. Also good job skipping the line at the Churchill war rooms. Would have liked her sign/flag to match the tour name or say "get your guide".
It is a magnific experience, unique, all the people in the eye moved around to et the others obser London from each direction. it was a great experience. I will keep in my mine such a moment for long time.
Really enjoyable and informative. If u want to see Buckingham Palace from the front then a seperate visit is reqd as buses are not permitted anymore, something that you arnt made aware of.