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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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An excellent idea to visit these 2 places on the same tour.

The local tour guide at the Oxford University, Chris, is very knowledgeable and a good story teller. You can tell that he is very proud of his heritage.

Friendly and prompt! Great transfer experience!

Our driver was their waiting for us in the Arrivals Hall at Heathrow and quickly helped us with our bags to the car! He was friendly and very courteous! We had an uneventful ride to our central London hotel. Well worth the price! Thanks!

Very interesting tour by a knowledgeable guide

Really enjoyed the tour of the Tower of London. Our group was very small (only five people). Our guide (Rob?) was a history teacher, and he was very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.

The most amazing and informative harry potter tour.

Hi me and my family went for this tour and it was amazing. Our guide Nic took us around the various locations which were used in Harry Potter. We started our journey from Palace theater where the cursed child was playing,it was where we met our guide Nic. First we got sorted into different houses and Nic said that he would ask us questions about Harry potter along the way,which would determine the winner.He took us around various locations and informed us about it . He had and I-pad from where he compared the scene in the movie to the place we were in. Nic was very understanding and he slowed down when we felt tired or needed a break. We also went on a cruise in the Thames river,where he gave us additional information about the various bridges. We visited Daniel Radcliffe's school, places which inspired Diagon Alley, Gringotts Bank, Leaky Cauldron and many more. We ended our tour at Kings Cross station and saw the famous 9&3/4 platform. Nic was an amazing guide and we had a lot of fun

London: Harry Potter Tour with Boat Ride Reviewed by Subhash, 05/19/2019

A century on the light these two formidable female icons lit shine on.

Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell have long passed on but their names will always be remembered, as will the legacies they left behind. They will be remembered by nurses and the general public. They died in very different circumstances, but both rose against unacceptable conditions and conventions; as a consequence changes followed for which the world is and always will be grateful. The lamp of Florence Nightingale continues to shed light on nursing and healthcare in general, and Edith Cavell's teaching on how to treat everybody without exception equal is what has moved nursing into the twenty-first century and made it into the highly respected profession it is today. We will always remember them.