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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

Tom (not Riddle) was the best tour guide ever!!

Tom was articulate, knowledgeable (both about Harry Potter and also about London history), and had a good strong voice so that everyone could hear. He was also funny.

this is by far the best option to visit Warner / Harry Potter Studios

I have to commit I was a little bit sceptic in the beginning when booking this option. Turned out that it was - by far - the best option I could go for. Meeting point is very convenient as it let's you grab some sandwiches (if needed) and/or coffee before you go. We could meet Yonas and his team very easy as they were there half an hour before 12:00 (expected departure time). Transfer started on time. We shared a minivan with 2 lovely ladies from Sweden. Said made the 90 minutes trip to Watford short and entertaining >> the fun started for us on our way there. The tour itself is a m a z i n g and a must for any Harry Potter fan (and definitely worth visiting even if not like me) PS: 3,5 hours on site is the perfect time

Gavin was the best tour guide I have ever had.

We went to Hampton court instead of Windsor, personally I would have preferred Windsor (told in advance) but Hampton was beautifull as well with alot of interesting history. What really made the tour above and beyond was Gavin, he was personable, respectfull, knowledgeable, and knew how to think on his feat to make sure any problems that arose did not affect the tour. He was extremely professional and made the day one to remember. Make sure go get Gavin if you want to have an enjoyable time!

This is a wonderful trip, great staff who helped with elderly parents

This is a wonderful trip, great staff who helped with elderly parents and we all thought the commentary was fabulous! many thanks.

Better than I expected, great experience.

Few weeks ago, I was in Universal Studios in LA, so I was little sceptical if this tour can offer me something new and exciting. But yes, it´s is completely different kind of experience, interesting, clever, funny and sometimes mindblowing. If you love Harry Potter and movies at all, you shoudl not miss this tribute to one of the biggest franchises of all time - and to movies and people behind them.