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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.


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).

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    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

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.

Guide was absolutely perfect! We had so much fun with him :)

Price was acceptable, wembley tour was very interesting and we learn something new. But the best thing on this tour was our guide. We saw his pasion and pleasure for Wembley stadion. He was also very fun and we really enjoyed it.
Guided Wembley Stadium Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/22/2016

Amazing insight in the fabulous world of Harry Potter!

This day was the best day I had so far during my 1 year stay in the UK. From the beginning on, everything was well planned and clear structured. We took the bus from Victoria and to my great joy we were watching "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" during the 1 1/2 hour bus journey. When we finally arrived at the Harry Potter Studios I was just impressed from the first minute on. We got audio guides (extra £5) and listened to all the secrets of the eight movies. On top of that, we could see so many details that I could not digest all at once. The only improvement I would suggest is that the time set for the tour is not enough. If you want to catch up your shuttle bus you will not have time to listen to the audio comments and to take photos/videos on the broomstick (long queue). All in all, everything was really expensive, but it was definitely worth it! I loved it and I would always recommend to go there - especially if you are as much addicted to Harry Potter as I am!

What an amazing day, only way to see inner sites of London & Sherlock

We had an amazing day with Stephen on the Sherlock tour. He showed us not only the sites of Sherlock (both Basil and Benedict eras) but also the inner sites of London that you would not see on any other tour. If you are prepared for 4 hours of amazing sites and informative insights on Sherlock then this trip is a MUST. Stephen was incredible and gave us a day that we will never forget. he considered our needs and anticipated our wants and suggested alternatives. Not only is this tour for Sherlock fans but also for anyone who want to see the living history of London. We will definitely take more tours with Stephen. Can highly recommend him to anyone who would ever consider tours of London. My only regret is that I did not know that he also did tours of Hampton Court which we did the previous day as it would have been the icing on the cake to have experienced that through his knowledgeable eyes. The trip with Stephen and Sherlock, although done short notice made our weekend FABULOUS
London: Sherlock Holmes 4-Hour Private Guided Tour Reviewed by Grainne, 01/16/2016

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