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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 something 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, where you'll be able to shop Diagon Alley, enjoy a Butterbeer, and talk Quidditch.

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

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

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!

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

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

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.

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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

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

There's not much else to say than this; fantastic tour!

If I had a TARDIS I would definitely go back and do walk this tour again, it was very interesting and engaging. Couldn't give it anything less than five stars.
London: Doctor Who Locations Walking Tour Reviewed by Makibi, 02/07/2016

Tom, our guide was knowledgeable an entertaining.

Not just a ghost walk, you also get to experience the sights, sounds and landmarks of London. Our guide had a wealth of knowledge.
London Ghost Walk: 2.5-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by Teresa, 02/07/2016

Service was excellent, wonderful blue sky and terrific views

So easy to exchange our vouchers, all staff were very attentive. We had a glass of champagne and such good views right across London - we could not have asked for a better day. We were able to stay at the Shard for as long as we wished as it was quite quiet, obviously weekdays are a good time to visit
The Height of Winter: View from The Shard Tickets Reviewed by Heather, 02/05/2016

A fantastic experience which I will always remember

I'd only recently heard about the Shard and thought it sounded good but it exceeded every expectation. The views were astonishing - I couldn't believe how high up I was and how much I could see! Much better than the Eye and I was able to stay enjoying the view as long as I wanted rather than having to go down with the pod. I would recommend this to anyone.

Spectacular Views of the Shard, east South and West London.

3 floors of unrivalled views over all of London, including an outside patio area for unobstructed views of The Shard and south London. Architecture of 20 Fenchurch Street is exciting and quite unique and providing a public viewing area with Bar and refreshments is a very generous gift for the visitor to London. If only there were more views like this available. Fantastic place, staffed by really helpful and friendly Staff. First Class London Attraction.

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