Top attractions in London
The best things to do 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.
1. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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!
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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!).
10. 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 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).
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- 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.
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What people are saying about London
It was great trip, very well managed - timing was carefully balanced, so you will havs just enough time to enjoy everything. Stonehenge is a must. Windsor is breathtaking. Oxford was fine as well, not that interesting though. Our guide, Vaughn, was amazing - very well prepared, proving us with interesting information in a funny way, leading the whole trip smoothly. Greetings to the driver Tony for providing us safe and comfortable drive. Overall, I strongly recommend.
I liked the fact that we managed to visit 2 of the most highly rated Cotswolds villages, Burford and Bibury. We had enough time in both villages to do the photo shots, enjoy the fall scenery and leisurely walk along the street. Oxford was a bit hectic as 2 hours is not enough for the city.
Tour was great. We loved the fun facts the driver/guide shared along the way. Stops along the tour give you a great taste of country life and Cotswolds living. Time was well spent and we wish we had more time in each village-I guess it’s an excuse to go back again, and again.
It was wonderful. Karen was an excellent guide, so nice and competent. Malcolm the driver was so sympathetic and funny. All the safe mesures were done. It was an amazing day. I recommend!!! Now I have to wait the second lockdown ends to get another tour.
It was a wonderful trip around Costwolds and Oxford. The tour guide was absolutely entertainment telling us enjoyable stories about the royalty and countryside. Also give us enough information to visit key points in each part of the trip.