Top Tours & Activities in London
"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.
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.
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.
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 visit to the London Zoo is a great family outing. Watch the animal feedings, explore the butterfly enclosure, or learn more about conservation.
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.
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!
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).
- CurrencyBritish Pound (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+44
- Best time to visitThe 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 LondonWinter Wonderland20. Nov 2016 - 3. Jan 2017Hyde Park (London)
Things to Do in London
Top Attractions in London
- 1Warner Bros. Studio London
- 2London Eye
- 3South Bank
- 5Museum of London
- 6The Tower of London
- 7River Thames
- 8Tower Of London
- 9Madame Tussauds London
- 10The Shard
- 11London Victoria Station
- 12Palace of Westminster
- 13West End
- 14St Paul's Cathedral
- 15Westminster Abbey
- 16Houses of Parliament
- 17London Zoo
- 18Baker Street, London
- 19Liverpool Street Station
- 20Marble Arch
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What People Are Saying About London
Andy was a great tour guide, very friendly with a good knowledge of London history as well as excellent information about all the modern buildings we viewed. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour even though it was cold and windy!
Had an amazing time! Well worth the visit! The bus ride was comfortable, the studios were great. The time was enough.
Exceptionally well organised exhibition, the interviews with people who manned the facility during the war brings to life the tension and determination of the team lead by Churchill, to repel the threat of a Nazis invasion and overthrow the facist regime terrorising Europe.
Our day at Waddesdon was unforgettable, and we could not have had a friendlier, more accommodating guide. My mother and I send our thanks once again for a wonderful day.
Great mix of history and ghost stories, George is a brilliant guide and made the tour both fun and informative