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).
- CurrencyBritish Pound (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+44
- Best time to visitThe 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
I’ve been on this tour both self guided with a regular ticket and now through this tour. This was by far the better experience. It was so great having someone guide us there so we didn’t question once if we got the correct trains/bus. Our tour guide once there was passionate and knowledgeable. Got so much info I didn’t already know. I felt like I had special access as he interacted with props in a way regular people could not. I did an early morning session on a Saturday and was able to go through the exhibit AGAIN a little slower and take even more photos. I would say the cost was worth it, and a big thank you to our guide who made my trip extra special!
Worth the money! Only 4 in our introduction tour. Friendly and knowledgeable. Jumped all the queues. Excellent service!
Staff were very understanding when we phoned to say we would be late and were very attentive during our visit. Food was excellent and well presented and most importantly my daughter loved every minute.
This was such a wonderful tour even though we did have some rain the day we went! Despite the rain, our guide made our tour very enjoyable and worked the itinerary to best fit the day's weather. The Seven Sisters are absolutely beautiful and you have the opportunity to see them from three or four different spots! The rest of South Downs National Park is also very rich with history and is quite beautiful and relaxing. There are plenty of opportunities to get amazing pictures as the tour is very well paced and our guide encouraged us to take our time. We even had a chance to go down to the beach near the Seven Sisters (of course this depends on the tide)! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and upbeat; he made the tour even better! Even after our tour was over, our guide gave people the option to stay and explore Brighton (he gave those who stayed in Brighton our train tickets back to London). Definitely take this tour! You will not be disappointed! Would highly recommend!
Wonderful. I’ve always been interested in the Ripper so this tour was fab! Especially liked the pictures displayed on the building walls using a little cinematic device. Really helps you place everything and how it would have been. The guide Jonny was super nd really knew his information. Highly recommend this particular tour.