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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

Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio with Transport from London
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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock
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Private Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath from London

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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
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Private Tour, Tower of London
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Recent reviews from experiences in London

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London River cruise
Nicholas_P, Jul 2021
Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London
This river cruise is a great way to see London.
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A must do in London
Jillian_G, Jul 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Great way to see London, very polite and helpful staff.
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Absolutely brilliant.
Lauren_A, Jul 2021
River Thames Fast RIB-Boat Experience in London
Brilliant way to see some of London’s wonderful landmarks and buildings.
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Great Experience
Adele_D, Jul 2021
Jack the Ripper Tour with 'Ripper-Vision' in London
Also to see some hidden gems of Old London, Sinead was very funny and insightful and super friendly, would definitely go again.
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Great way to get around
alison_m, Jul 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Excellent way to see London.
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lovely lunch cruise
sandra_b, Jul 2021
Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal
my daughter and myself loved this cruise , the food and service was excellent , a lovely way to see the sights of London from the river
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fab morning in the parks of London
sandra_b, Jul 2021
London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
both my daughter and myself loved this it was a fab way to see the sites and parks of London, very informative guide and the bikes were easy to ride with a lovely gentle pace .
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So good!
Susan_W, Jul 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
The high speed boat was really fun, you get some great views and the guide gave a nice tour on the way back, he had some cool facts and advice for what to do in the area :) Would definitely do it again next time we’re in London!
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Epic!
Maria_C, Jul 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Great crew, lots of high speed fun, excellent customer service from booking to boarding and an epic way to see some London sites.
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A must tour experience
Dawn_W, Jul 2021
Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London
The pubs were unique historic spots that we would not have found on our own with lots of English charm We highly recommend this tour if you are in London
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Relaxed special evening
james_g, Jun 2021
Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise
The food and staff were great and what a great to see london all lit up at night I would highly recommend this river cruise
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Amazing Fathers Day Treat
Trish_H, Jun 2021
Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London
So great to see London from the river aspect.
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Tiger RIB
Paul_C, Jun 2021
High-Speed Boat Trip through London
By far the best way to see London with the added bonus of speed and the hospitality of the owners.
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Great “different” evening out
Julie_D, Jun 2021
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour in London
Thoroughly recommend this as a “different”‘way to see London and hear about this story
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Faultless, fact packed and fun
Andrew_H, Jun 2021
Private London Tours by experienced Guide in Electric ⚡️ London Taxi
No better way to see London in 1/2 a day than this.
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Top deck experience!
Teresa_A, Jul 2021
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Great way to see the top sights quickly and learned a lot about London from the commentary that I never knew.
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Great way to see sights.
Karen_R, Jun 2021
Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - Single River Journey on the Thames
A great way to see many of the main sights of London.
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Great experience
Chris_H, Jun 2021
London Hop On - Hop Off Bus with River Cruise
Great way to see main sights of London, didn't have to wait long for buses,drivers and reps were great.
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Fantastic Tour of London in a Cab!
Jackie_H, Jul 2021
Private London Tours by experienced Guide in Electric ⚡️ London Taxi
We were picked up from our hotel, the cab was the perfect way to see London, we had 2 on our tour but you can fit up to 6 in the cab!
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Awesome
Ciaran_C, Jul 2021
VIP Tower of London and Crown Jewels Tour with Private Beefeater Meet & Greet
This is our first visit to London so we were really excited to see the Tower of London.

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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