London

London is the cultural, political and economic heart of Britain, famous for world-class museums, galleries, royal palaces, shopping destinations, West End theatre shows and award-winning restaurants. Whether you want to stay in a 5-star luxury hotel and sip Champagne on the London Eye, or find a cheap hostel and stroll in one of London's beautiful Royal Parks, you'll find something to suit your budget and interests.

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London is full of things to see and do; from famous attractions such as the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the Tower of London and the Tate Modern; to great shopping opportunities; to wide open urban green spaces and much, much more.

Top attractions in London

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).

What people are saying about London

★★★★★ The tour guide was superb! We had a great time despite the rain.

The tour guide was amazing. She actually started the tour in Central London, giving us relevant information of the places we were passing by until we reached stonehenge. I really appreciate that and I learned a lot. Upon reaching bath, it was raining hard, yet she tried her best to give us an informative tour about the structures.

★★★★★ Great historic tour combined with a pub crawl!

I learned a lot about the history of the the most interesting pubs in Soho in a really entertaining way, tried a variety of great beers based on detailed recommendations and got to know Sohos's history and its development over the yeors! I can really recommend the tour :)

by Royce

★★★★★ Wonderfully excellent and worth every pound I had.

James was marvelous and he knows his stuff!! Witty and funny and never dull at all. It's a long day trip so I suggest you have a heavy a breakfast and bring snacks like bread or sweets on the bus. Hot food isn't allowed to be brought on the bus but cold food is absolutely fine. It's better to have lunch in Oxford cause you'll have more time there to look around than in Stratford-upon-Avon. Theres not a lot of time to go around the Cotswold to take photos so try to take as much as you can whenever able. In Oxford, try to go inside one of the colleges but most have a small entrance fee. We went inside Trinity but I think the other colleges may have been more scenic.

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