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The Top Attractions to See on your London Vacation
"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 a lot to offer you.
Warner Brothers Studio
You can't go to London without visiting Harry Potter! Take a day trip from London to Warner Brothers Studio, and 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.
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!
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 great family activity is a visit to the London Zoo, where conservation is a main focus and you can see animal feedings and explore the butterfly enclosure.
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. So make sure you know which tours or sights are a "must" before you go.
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 it's 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
CurrencyBritish Pound (GBP)
Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
Best time to visitThe weather is foggy with a chance of rain year-round, but in the spring, the parks are green and in bloom, while in the fall and winter, accommodation prices will be lower.
Things to Do in London
Top Attractions in London
- 1 Warner Bros. Studio London
- 2 Stonehenge
- 3 Madame Tussauds London
- 4 South Bank
- 5 London Eye
- 6 Tower Of London
- 7 River Thames
- 8 The Shard
- 9 London Zoo
- 10 West End
- 11 Knightsbridge
- 12 Trafalgar Square
- 13 St. James's Park
- 14 St Paul's Cathedral
- 15 King's Cross
- 16 Piccadilly Circus
- 17 10 Downing Street
- 18 Buckingham Palace
- 19 Southbank Centre
- 20 Lord's Cricket Ground
Other Sightseeing Options in London
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