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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top activities in London

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
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Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Good tour
Stuart_O, Nov 2021
London Ghost and Infamous Murders Walking Tour
Interesting to visit the back lanes of London we never knew existed
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Great experience
Sian_F, Nov 2021
Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise
A really wonderful way to see London and a super boat to do it in.
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Al and Ricky were...
John_E, Nov 2021
London Rock Music Tour
The history and sites were very interesting and a great way to see different areas of London, especially on a cold and/or rainy day:).
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Best way to spend a winters afternoon
Ross_G, Nov 2021
Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London
Great way to spend a cold winter afternoon in London!
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Excellent
Kenneth_D, Nov 2021
Jack the Ripper Tour with 'Ripper-Vision' in London
Guide was very informative and the actual depth of tour was perfect, was good to see parts of old London Town and the east end
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Fab and interesting
Lisa_W, Nov 2021
Tour for Muggles
A great way to see London from a different perspective.
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Do not miss this amazing experience and discover london on e-bike
Halukcan_H, Nov 2021
London Day E-Bike tour - or - Night Christmas Instagram Ebike tour
WW could cover to see the best places of London with very informative stops:) My daughter and i will never forget this.
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Amazing tour
Dannier_R, Nov 2021
Full Day London Private Classic Tour
I learn so much in this tour about the history of the sites we got to visit.
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Amazing
Dannier_R, Nov 2021
Stonehenge & Salisbury Cathedral Magna Carta (Private Day Excursion from London)
I learn so much in this tour about the history of the sites we got to visit.
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Excellent London walking tour
Paul_F, Nov 2021
London Ghost and Infamous Murders Walking Tour
It was very interesting to see all the lesser known nooks and crannies of London's West End.
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Highly recommended! Wonderful tour!
Melanie_K, Nov 2021
Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London
We say everything I wanted to see and more and it was a very pleasant ride.
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Great boat trip!
Kim_M, Nov 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Great way to see the sights of London!
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Amazing!
Sabrina_W, Oct 2021
Instagrammable photos in Notting Hill
Photographer was so wonderful, we hit it off right away, she told me exactly what to do, no awareness, such an enjoyable time plus seeing amazing parts of London!
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Yunis is great and makes the tour a cool nighttime activity.
Ahad_A, Oct 2021
London Day E-Bike tour - or - Night Christmas Instagram Ebike tour
A must-do for anyone that wants to see London through the eyes of A Londoner.
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Top Boat Trip
Helen_P, Oct 2021
High-Speed Boat Trip through London
This was the most amazing experience - the boat proprietors were friendly engaging and knowledgeable, the communications prior to the trip was excellent as was the safety brief and can’t wait to travel to London again and this will be at the very top of my list of things to do - highly recommend ;0)
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Would definitely recommend
Kerry_J, Oct 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
Really enjoyed, lovely way to see London from the River.
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Fun way to spend an afternoon!
Erin_W, Oct 2021
Secret Walking Tour of Central London
I will definitely recommend this to family and friends who come to visit London.
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Thoroughly enjoyable
suzanne_a, Oct 2021
Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour
I would certainly recommend this trip to see the London sights.
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Natasha_F, Oct 2021
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River
We loved that in between courses you could go up the stairs onto the open top section to see all the London sights.
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Madeline_B, Oct 2021
Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise
The bus was a lovely way to see the city in a brief overview.

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.

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