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Things to do in London

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Welcome to London

Known for its rich history and architecture, London has bridged the gap to become a vibrant cultural hub with world-class museums, eateries, and performances.

Top 10 attractions in London

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London Eye

London Eye

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The London Eye offers unparalleled views of central London's world-famous landmarks from its prime location on the Thames River waterfront, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The gigantic, 443-foot-high observation wheel was built to mark the millennium in 2000 and quickly became one of the most popular paid attractions in the United Kingdom.More
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Thames River

Thames River

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Flowing right through the heart of central London, the Thames River offers a dramatic backdrop to the city's famous skyline with landmarks lining its shores. Walk along the riverfront from Westminster to Tower Bridge and you'll pass London icons such as the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Southbank, Shakespeare's Globe, and the London Bridge.More
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Tower of London

Tower of London

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From medieval torture to grim executions and infamous royal prisoners, the Tower of London has long found itself at the center of the city's dark history. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, the historic castle has served as a Royal Menagerie, Her Majesty's prison, an execution site, a royal observatory, a Royal Mint, and a military storehouse over the course of its existence.More
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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

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Few landmarks epitomize central London as perfectly as Big Ben, the iconic clock tower that stands at the east end of the Houses of Parliament. Heralding the location of Great Britain's political nucleus in Westminster, Big Ben—or the Elizabeth Tower, renamed in honor of the Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee—stands proud as a symbol of London and the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront. The Palace of Westminster, the home of the Houses of Parliament, is another historic monument, as behind the grand Gothic facade, politicians have dictated local laws since 1215, when King John's Magna Carta signified the birth of parliament in the United Kingdom.More
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Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

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With its Gothic towers and central bascule flanked by dramatic suspension bridges, Tower Bridge is both a remarkable feat of engineering and one of London’s most instantly recognizable landmarks. The famous bridge is a popular subject of London postcards, leading many to mistake it for London Bridge, which is actually the next one upstream.More
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Stonehenge

Stonehenge

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An archaeological marvel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world’s most enigmatic tourist attractions, Stonehenge draws up to 1.3 million visitors annually. The site itself—a circle of gigantic stones standing in the heart of the English countryside—is made even more impressive by its mysterious history. Although Stonehenge’s original purpose remains unknown, onlookers gather to admire the 3,500-year-old structure and ponder its astronomical, spiritual, or even supernatural meaning.More
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence and administrative office of the British royal family since the 19th century and is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world. Access for the public is limited and exclusive but worthwhile for those who arrange a visit.More
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St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

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An architectural masterpiece with a magnificent dome, St. Paul's Cathedral is one of London’s most recognizable sites. The 17th-century cathedral boasts a rich history as host of the jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.More
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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle is the largest occupied castle in the world that is still used by the monarchy. Since William the Conqueror built a wooden fortress here over 900 years ago, this has been a royal palace and residence. Despite its daily use for royal business, much of the palace is open to the public and well worth a visit.More
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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

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A UNESCO World Heritage site, with a legacy dating back more than 1,000 years, Westminster Abbey is among London’s most historic landmarks. The Gothic church is best known for hosting headline-grabbing events involving the British royal family, such as the Queen’s coronation, Princess Diana's funeral, and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Must visit for all Harry Potter Fans
Rachel_R, Dec 2020
Warner Bros. Studio: The Making of Harry Potter with Luxury Round-Trip Transport from London
The artistry blew us all away -- such a tangible way to see the brilliance up close and personal!
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Great afternoon spent on the canal
Nick_S, Sep 2020
Boat tour starting at Little Venice travelling to Camden Town / Camden Market
Lots to see on the canal and the information given whilst floating down the canal was very informative.
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Seal giving us a wave and view of city.
Rachel_B, Aug 2020
Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London
Great way to see London and to get a sense of how how the landmarks relate.
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A must for all Jack the Ripper enthusiasts!
Alison_D, Sep 2020
Private Tour: Jack the Ripper Day Time Walking Tour in London
our tour guide was Stephen who was so knowledgeable my husband and i were hanging on to every word he was saying and to visit the sites that Jack the Ripper had actually been to was mind blowing!.
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Excellent audio tour of the city of London
Bablo, Sep 2020
London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket Options
My lady friend and I got to see Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, and crossed the River Thames multiple times to take lovely pictures.
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London bike ride
Natalie_M, Aug 2020
London's Best Kept Secret Bike Tour
Very friendly host, very knowledgable, great to see parts of London that we wouldn’t normally see.
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London Bus Tour
Autumn_Z, Mar 2020
Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye
We were only in London for two days so I wanted to see as much as I could.
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Beautiful England
Katie_T, Mar 2020
Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London
He was so passionate about sharing little pieces of English life and history.
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Nice tour
Tanita_D, Mar 2020
London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus
The tour also allowed you to see the city in lights!
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Greenwich here we come
Wendy_T, Mar 2020
Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise
good time to visit London.
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Small group tour
Randy, Mar 2020
Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour
We git to see the Changing of the guard from multiple locations and learned a lot that we would have missed in our own!!
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Fast and amazing way to see London
Matthew_K, Feb 2020
Layover Tour of London from LHR Executive Luxurious Vehicle Private Tour
We got to see London, even if the stay was very short.
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The stones!
Christine, Feb 2020
London to Stonehenge Shuttle Bus and Independent Day Trip
We took a longer way out of London to see the sights.
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Wonderful Westminster Tour with Chris!
Cynthia_M, Feb 2020
Westminster Walking Tour & Westminster Abbey Entry
This was a great way to see all of the highlights of Westminster in a few hours and spend as much time as we wanted at Westminster Abbey.
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London Day Trip
Robert_G, Feb 2020
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
Great way to see other sights within the United Kingdom.
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Would do it again!
Kathryn_A, Feb 2020
Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise
We stayed on board the whole time and got a great view of the city from the Thames and were able to see landmarks we otherwise wouldn't have.
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London Heathrow layover
ohlsen0770, Feb 2020
London Layover Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private
Becky was great and had a plan for us to see everything.
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Comedy Tour
daniellecarter445, Feb 2020
Ghost Bus Tour of London
Although it was good to see some of the sights these weren't always visible due to lighting, traffic and lack of direction from the tour guide.
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Cathedral abd Leeds castle tour to Dover and Canterbury
gsdaniell, Feb 2020
Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and River Cruise
Our day was full of visits to Cathedrals and Castles between London and Dover We saw the Wnite Cliffs, English Channel and entrance to the Chunnell over to France.
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What a great tour
sidanaojin, Jan 2020
Tour for Muggles
Got to see a lot of of hidden gems in London, and the filming locations.

All about London

When to visit

Weather is unpredictable in London, but summer can bring the odd heatwave. When the weather's nice, expect crowds to spill out onto the streets outside Soho's pubs (even more so than usual) and outdoor attractions like the South Bank, Trafalgar Square, and the city's parks to be even busier than usual. This is typically the high season for tourism, so airfare and hotels tend to be pricier.

Fall is the wettest season in London, with October seeing the most rain and mist. Plan for indoor activities like the Tate Modern, or if the sun is out, check out Shakespeare’s Globe open-air theatre.

Winter starts out bustling with a festive holiday season. However, once the New Year rolls around, London sees its slowest two months. Those who brave the colder temperatures can avoid the crowds and get the best rates for London’s most popular activities.

Spring weather is sunny and rainy in equal measure, but that doesn’t stop Londoners from making the most of the long "bank holiday" weekends for Easter and at the beginning and end of May. The London Marathon also takes place in April, so avoid the streets—it may be your best time to take a Thames River boat tour.

Getting Around

Walking: London’s streets are long and windy, often with pedestrian alleys and paths branching off. This makes for a fun way to explore the city, with lots of hidden gems tucked away on side streets. But if you’re used to cities with grid layouts, you may want to bring a map to navigate your way around.

London Underground: Colloquially called the Tube, London’s subterranean train system is color coordinated, affordable, timely, and far-reaching. Pick up an Oyster Card, which you can load with money, and use for contactless payments in all of London’s Tube stations.

Bus: You’ve seen them in photos. London’s iconic red double-decker buses are a practical choice for getting around if you’d like to see the streets of London on your commute. Similar to the Tube, the London bus system operates on a color-coded line system and accepts Oyster Cards for quick boarding and payment. Top tip: Buses are cashless, so be sure to top up your Oyster Card or buy a ticket from a Tube or train station in advance.

Taxi: London’s black cabs can be found throughout the city and at major Tube stations and airports. These spacious cabs can fit up to five passengers in the back, as the cabs have two fold-down seats that face backwards.

Traveler tips

London’s city limits are vast, and there is so much to see in each part. Staying in a hotel or accommodation close to central London is your best bet for easy access to all the city has to offer.

While far from India, London has a large Indian community, which means that Indian cuisine is among the best food you can get in the city. To sample the best of the best, head to Brick Lane, a street in the East End famed for its curry houses. But before you dine out, don’t forget that the United Kingdom has its own currency, the British Pound, so put away those Euros for another time.

A local’s pocket guide to London

Emma Knock

One of those rare Londoners actually born in London, Emma is a writer who’s only two degrees of separation from both Kate Moss and the Queen.

The first thing you should do in London is...

get an Oyster card—buses are cashless and there’s no time to faff around with paper tickets at the tube station.

A perfect Saturday in London...

starts with brunch (Caravan in King’s Cross is my go-to), involves a trip to a museum (make it the V&A if there’s a special exhibition), and ends in Soho for dinner and drinks.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s beautiful inside and the view from the dome is worth the 550-step climb.

To discover the "real" London...

go to a market. I love Broadway Market in Hackney for its Victorian history and proximity to the Regent’s Canal.

For the best view of the city...

head to Primrose Hill or Greenwich Park to see the skyline, but walk along the South Bank for an up-close perspective.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking Londoners are rude because we walk fast and avoid eye contact on the tube. Start a conversation outside a pub and you’ll find it’s generally not the case.

Frequently Asked Questions