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Things to do in

London

From double-decker buses to pubs and musicals, the British capital has something special for all.

Our most recommended things to do in London

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

1. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry...

LHR London Heathrow Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge

2. LHR London Heathrow Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge

Avoid the crowds and chaos of the public departure lounge and relax in style before your flight...

The London Eye: Standard or Fast-Track Entry Ticket

3. The London Eye: Standard or Fast-Track Entry Ticket

Step into your capsule and feel the exhilaration as you rise up over the water and come face...

London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

4. London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

Take a tour of the timeless Tower of London – part of British history since the...

London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

5. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Admire the views of London's most iconic sights with a cruise on the River Thames. Cruise to...

London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

6. London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

Discover stunning views of London and experience the thrill of climbing the O2 Arena with this attraction ticket....

London: Kew Gardens Admission Ticket

7. London: Kew Gardens Admission Ticket

Enjoy a full day out at Kew Gardens, London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, located just 30 minutes from...

Little Venice: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Boat Trip to Camden

8. Little Venice: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Boat Trip to Camden

Travel from picturesque Little Venice to vibrant Camden Town along the Regent's...

Madame Tussauds London

9. Madame Tussauds London

Millions of people have flocked through the doors of London’s Madame Tussauds since it first opened more than 200 years ago. Add your...

SEA LIFE London Entrance Ticket

10. SEA LIFE London Entrance Ticket

Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life, explore a fascinating underwater world right in the heart...

Insider tips: Planning a trip to London

Laurence is a full time travel blogger and photographer, who shares his tips on travel and improving your photography on his website Finding the Universe. He used to live in London, and you can see his tips for spending two days in London here.

What should I do on my first trip to London?

The best way to get acquainted with the city is to take a stroll from the Tower of London, across Tower Bridge, and along the south bank of the Thames before finishing at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. This will take no more than 2 hours, but will acquaint you with many of London's most popular sights. You could easily visit two of London's most popular attractions at the start and end of your journey, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey as well.

What are some hidden gems to see in London?

London has some really interesting and quirky museums which are well worth visiting. The Museum of Brands is a great option, as is the Cartoon Museum. The Postal Museum is also worth a visit!

How much time should I spend in London?

The main highlights of central London can be experienced across two days. If you want to explore areas outside the central area, perhaps visiting attractions like Windsor Castle, an extra day would be advisable.

What food is London known for?

No trip to London would be complete without trying out some local pub food. Highlights of a pub menu would include fish and chips or a traditional steak and ale pie. Don't forget to leave room for dessert, with sticky toffee pudding being a popular option!

What are the best months to visit London?

Avoiding the summer crowds in London is advisable, so visiting between April and June or in September should give you the best combination of better weather and less people. December is also a good time to visit as the city is decorated with lights and Christmas decorations.

What is neighborhood The East End of London known for?

The East End of London, which stretches from around the Tower of London out towards the London City Airport, is famous for its markets, street food, and incredible curry houses.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

If you love curry, one of the most popular dishes in the UK, then you'll want to head out to East London where you'll find an incredible array of authentic Indian restaurants. Another good option is to dine around the West End theatres, there are many good restaurants in this area which often have pre-theatre dining deals.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The most well known shopping street is the mile long Oxford Street which runs from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road. This has all the major high street brands. For high end shopping, you'll want to head to the area of Mayfair, whilst those of you shopping for a suit will want to head to the world famous Savile Road.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit London?

Central London, and specifically the borough of Westminster, is probably the best place to base yourself in the city. Here you'll find everything from budget hostels through to world famous five star hotel brands. Basing yourself here might cost a bit more than being a bit further out, but it is definitely worth it for the proximity to sightseeing.

Other Sightseeing Options in London

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What people are saying about London

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 139,522 reviews

This trip was brilliant. Will please everyone. There were 4 of us. 2 stayed inside and danced to the music and the other 2 looked at all the sights on deck. Staff were very friendly. Would definitely do it again!!

A fun way to see the sights along the Thames, with lively, entertaining guides providing commentary. Remember the sunscreen! And bring cash for tipping the crew, they have a collection bucket as you disembark.

It was a great tour and easy biking. We got to see heaps of great places and Paul our guide was very knowledgeable. The bikes were in great condition and very easy to ride.

Beautiful well maintained gardens with so much space it never seemed crowded. A peaceful haven amongst the hurly burly of London.

A great tour with Jack offering a new look at London through the lens of Harry Potter.