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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

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.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Wembley Stadium
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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

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).

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.

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What people are saying about London

Such a great opportunity to escape the crowds of London!

Ginette of Merry Pedaller hosted a lovely ride along the Thames. Because our group was small she was very flexible and able to tailor the tour a bit to suit our needs. She took us to some beautiful small towns and then of course, to the amazing Hampton Court Palace. We highly recommend this tour and this tour guide!

Hampton Court Palace: River Thames Bike Tour Reviewed by Stephen, 06/11/2019

Great Magic Morning in Rainy London with Tom and Harry Potter

Great way of visiting London while walking, with a great Harry Potter addition/main focus. Loved Diagon Alley, Harry Potters' room in the Leaky Cauldron. Loved that it included a ride on the Thames, questions with points. It went by fast and nice, not tiring at all despite a heavy rainy morning. Tom, our guide was really nice, enthusiastic and dynamic. Overall, a great experience. My friends and I, had a really nice time. I recommend it !

London: Harry Potter Tour with Boat Ride Reviewed by Laura, 06/11/2019

Best tour guide in the whole of London!!

We went to a walking tour with and took in so many incredible sights in the city. Made new friends from far and wide!! Thank you for the fantastic tour, John and GetYourGuide, and thank you for providing some of the coolest facts about London. We had the best tour guide in the whole city, hands down. Competition... Psssh, looks like Ed Sheeran and smells like Delores Umbridge. We got #swagrid/#hagrid!!

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Megan, 06/10/2019

Lead castle impressed me and we were very happy to start with

Lunch box can be better :)))but it saved time to do rest of activity better to have this lunch box by Dove cliff and eat outside the bus

Excellent endless enthusiasm with spot on interesting nuggets of info

Cate was just faultless. Smiling and engaging, easy to talk to, with boundless energy. You couldn’t hope for a better guide!