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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 of the Houses of Parliament that's officially known as Elizabeth Tower after Queen Elizabeth II. Heralding Great Britain's political nucleus in Westminster, Big Ben stands as the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront and is backed by the historic Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament.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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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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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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Top activities in London

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
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Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio with Transport from London
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Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
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The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock
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Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London
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Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stonehenge Tour from London
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Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath Trip from London
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter with Transportation
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Lunch in the Cotswolds Tour from London
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VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels
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Recent reviews from experiences in London

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mona_h, Jun 2022
London Landmarks & Secret Gems Bike Ride + Historic Pub + Graffiti Session
Super fun way to see London.
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Not too much and not too little
Carol_L, Jun 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock
Each stop was just enough time to see the highlights and explore on our own a bit.
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Good Trip Around London
Sadia_S, Jun 2022
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
It was great, easy way to see some of the big sights of London!
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Windsor & Bath day out
Christine_G, Jun 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Tour from London with Admission
Even though we were unable to visit Stonehenge I had a great day.
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Fun Fun Fun
jh1997, Jun 2022
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Definitely a unique way to see London from the Thames and Russ made it fun the whole time.
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Different View of the City
Travis_B, Jun 2022
High-Speed Boat Trip through London
Very fun way to see London from the water!
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Castle - literature - learning!
Timothy_T, Jun 2022
Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
Was a good day trip from London to see 3 important sites.
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Great way to see London!
Julia_B, Jun 2022
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Loved this opportunity to see London.
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Stonehenge fun trip
Victoria_M, Jun 2022
Stonehenge Half Day Tour with Entry and Extra Time
Not too long, just enuff time to see the rocks 😂 take pics stop at the souvenir shop, grab a bite for the road & head back to London to enjoy the rest of the afternoon
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Beautiful location, amazing history and awesome family experience!
Christa_T, Jun 2022
Kid-Friendly Private Tower of London Tour with Blue Badge Guide
We really enjoyed our tour - Chris was extremely knowledgeable and shared great insights that we wouldn't have otherwise known and there is so much to see and know at the Tower of London!
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Really great way to see London and learn some facts about Harry Potter films
Felicity_S, Jun 2022
The Best London Harry Potter Tour
Really great way to see London Saw all the key sights Learning and seeing things that you have walked past hundreds of times
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Our driver ,Ahmed,...
Anita_B, Jun 2022
Private London Departure Transfer - Hotel / Accommodation to Airport
Good driving and lots of stories about London, British royalty and English sayings , we had a great ride to Heathrow.
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Pub love
Chantal_S, Jun 2022
Soho Music & Historic Pubs Tour
The beautiful streets and little secret alleys were a great thing to see and we would have never found them ourselves.
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The best way to see London!
Jennifer_G, Jun 2022
London Landmarks & Secret Gems Bike Ride + Historic Pub + Graffiti Session
Biking is the best way to see London.
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Best for first time tourists
AmyK_T, Jun 2022
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
Amazing tour with tons of attractions to see.
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Highly Recommend for Full Day of London sites
sarahann328, Jun 2022
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
Tour bus was clean, tour guide was outstanding, and since we had a limited time in London this was the perfect tour to see almost everything in one day.
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Great Experience
Leslie_H, Jun 2022
Wicked the Musical Theater Show
Being able to see a Broadway show in the Victoria District of London was so enjoyable and the seats were excellent.
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Amazing
Thomas_F, Jun 2022
London Eye Fast-Track Ticket
The excitement because it was the jubilee celebrations Amazing to see the London landmarks from a great height
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Educational and fun overview of London
Lynn_B, Jun 2022
London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option
Unique time to visit during jubilee and Leslie arranged it so we could see some of the areas of celebration
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A beautiful evening.
Susan_K, Jun 2022
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
Wonderful to see the lights of London.
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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.

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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.

People Also Ask

What should you not miss in London?

London has many unmissable sights, including UNESCO-listed attractions such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and Big Ben. Go on a Thames River boat or hop-on hop-off bus tour to glimpse the highlights, and save time to visit other icons like the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye.

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What is the most famous attraction in London?

Arguably the most famous attraction in London is Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, which stand overlooking the Thames River. That said, the city boasts many other iconic attractions, from Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Tower Bridge.

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What do Londoners do for fun?

There are many ways Londoners like to let loose, from visiting in-demand restaurants in Soho to unwinding over pints in one of the city's historic pubs. Centrally located attractions like Borough Market and the Tate Modern are ever-popular, though residents also head to East London to discover the city's hippest neighborhoods.

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What attractions can I see outside of London?

Many attractions are just a short distance outside of London. Discover royal landmarks such as Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace, Hever Castle, and Leeds Castle, or plan a seaside excursion to Brighton, Whitstable, or Margate. Other highlights within day-trip distance include Stonehenge, Oxford, Cambridge, the Cotswolds, Bath, and Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace).

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Is 2 days enough for London?

Yes, two days is enough to discover London's highlights if you sightsee efficiently: Embark on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Central London walking tour, or a Thames boat trip to see more of the sights in less time. However, London's wealth of tourist attractions makes planning a longer visit worthwhile.

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What attractions are free in London?

London offers a wealth of free attractions, including cultural destinations such as the British Museum, Tate Modern, National History Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum. The city's Royal Parks are also free to explore, as are highlights like Trafalgar Square. Don't miss the free-to-view Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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