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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

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.
  • Events in London
    Buckingham Palace Tour
    23. Jul 2016 - 2. Oct 2016
    Buckingham Palace (London)
    Notting Hill Carnival
    28. Aug 2016 - 29. Aug 2016
    Notting Hill (London)
    London Fashion Weekend
    16. Sep 2016 - 20. Sep 2016
    Soho (London)

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What People Are Saying About London

Excellent and amusing commentary from both Thames Water men.

I would definitely recommend anyone visiting London to take this trip up the River Thames. It provides an excellent overview and an ideal opportunity to take some very good photographs of key London landmarks. The commentary is a very informative and amusing addition.
River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Patricia, 07/19/2016

Very knowledgeable and a fantastic guide

Was a wonderful walking tour of the area. Guide adapted the tour to suit our needs and interests and answered all questions with detail. Loved it!! Definitely recommend to anyone.
Central London Walking Tour Reviewed by Jenna, 07/18/2016

Interesting, entertaining, well worth doing.

Booked for my wife's birthday, not sure whether it was my sort of thing, but really interesting, the tour guide was brilliant, full of facts, but had us laughing all the way round the tour. The three hours just flew. We had an absolute blast.
The Beatles London Walking Tour Reviewed by Jamie, 07/17/2016

Entertaining, interesting and lots of fun!

Rachel is simply hilarious. She could go on stage. Thanks a Million for an interesting, diverting and rather enjoyable tour through London. We simply loved her funny anecdotes in combination with the stand up acting. Brillant!
Skip the Line: Royal London Free Tour Reviewed by Celia, 07/14/2016

To go or not to go, that is the question!

This was a neat place to visit. We learned about the Globe back in grade 12, and I've always been interested in visiting! Glad we did!
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour Reviewed by Heather, 07/13/2016

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