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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

Fun Time learning about a Gruesome set of Murders

How do you make the topic of Murder fun? Trust me our guide did just that. I will be honest, this is not a tour for the small kiddos. She was graphic about what took place in her telling of the events. But my 15 year old daughter enjoyed it. This was a great way tour for those that are hard core fans or just have the pop culture knowledge of Jack the Ripper. The open bus was a great way to get a look at some of London's top sites. There is a good part of walking. The bus does not have bathrooms, so plan ahead. One of the best things we did in London by far. Tour ends near the Sherlock Holmes Pub. Good for a quick drink after. Other nearby restaurants are open for a late night dinner. Our tour guide did point us in the right direction. The meeting spot of the tour is in an inner court of the bus station. It took me a bit to noodle that one. Read the confirmation info. It is clear.

Excellent Guide, more traveling time than expected.

Our guide, Phil, was excellent - knowledgeable and pleasant. I would have preferred spending more time in the village of Bourton on the Water, or another village, perhaps purchasing lunch there after a stroll around the village, led by the tour guide. I would have loved it if we had been given an hour to eat lunch and wander around the shops after the tour. I understand that we may not have been able to have the picnic lunch in the park or see Broadway Tower, but Bourton on the Water was a delightful village and I wish we could have spent more time there. Our tour of Oxford was informative and fun, and we had the right amount of time to explore and shop. The bus driver, Greg, was also very personable.

The Soho Historic Pubs Tour with Jack was great fun!

We took the Soho Historic Pubs Tour with Jack on a rainy London day (kind of typical London weather) and had an excellent time. We learned a bit of history and enjoyed some very nice beverages. The tour guide or bartender gives you suggestions of both beer and other drinks, but your beverage charges are on your own, that is kind of cool because you pick exactly what drinks you want. Soho is great and we were given some ideas of places (pubs and restaurants) to visit later in our stay. If you are looking for a fun afternoon, with some good drinks, and just a bit of history, join Jack on the Soho Historic Pubs Tour!

London: Soho Legends and Pub Small Group Tour Reviewed by James, 07/15/2019

Julie Ann was a great guide, the tour was fun and informative.

Julie Ann was a great guide . The tour was fun and informative. The whole family enjoyed the afternoon and it was great value . We were introduced to parts of London that we would never have seen before. Visiting the graphic artists involved with Harry Potter was one of the many highlights. Nothing was too much trouble for Julie Ann and I would highly recommend a tour with her .

London: Harry Potter Locations Walking Tour Reviewed by Eleanor, 07/16/2019

Great value, would recommend to everyone!

My husband and I had a fabulous time, well worth the money. We did the walking tour with Giles and he was the best! Fantastic fun and EXTREMELY knowledgeable. Then boarded the bus and Emma was our guide. Couldn’t recommend her enough. We really enjoyed her commentary - FIVE STARS PLUS