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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.


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
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
  • 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
    Winter Wonderland
    20. Nov 2016 - 3. Jan 2017
    Hyde Park (London)

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What People Are Saying About London

If you had one day in London this is a must see!

We really loved the Tower of London. The title seems deceiving but it is more than a "Tower!" It's a mini village! The history is unreal and the "Beefeaters" are walking history! it is a must to take their tour! They are charismatic and full of England History! They are smart and very loyal to England- much respect for them. Get there early (at least the first hour of opening) to avoid the long lines and crowds. If you order your ticket prior online go to group sales before to collect your actual with a bar code! Because the gate/security check will send you right back (coming from experience) thank goodness we were there early and it wasn't bad! We loved this historical site- very well worth it!

Best way to travel between Heathrow and London

No problem buying tickets via internet. Print it (as recommended) and you will havs ni problems on the train.
Heathrow Express Reviewed by Knut, 10/23/2016

Best experience ever ! Beyond words ! Highly recommended !

We had a wonderful and so much educational day with Anna our guide. What we really, really liked that the tour was so personalised. We shared our thoughts and interest with Anna and she suggested a lot of things to do and see and ´tailormade' the tour in a way for us. She was really nice and enthusiastic and had so much interest for us. We will definately use CityUnscribted for our future sightseeing tours. Thanks so much for this wonderful day. :)
London: Big Ben to Covent Garden Personalized Tour Reviewed by Kristin, 10/22/2016

Enthusiastic guide introduced us to the historic heart of London

The guide spoke very well and enthusiastically and was warm and friendly. He uncovered many hidden historic gems that introduced us to the darker side of the heart of London. I was a bit disappointed that we didnt all have a drink together at the end, but the i was so tired from the 22 hr flight earlier that day that i was nodding off on my feet. Many thanks.

Great insights - an absolut must for modern achitecture fans!

Jonas was a great tour guide. He gave us a very good overview of modern architecture in London. He managed it to bridge different centuries which is absolutely necessary to understand the today's architecture in London. The tour is entertaining and imparting knowledge!
London's Modern Architecture Walking Tour Reviewed by Sandra, 10/19/2016

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