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Ways to Beat the Crowds in London

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Ways to Beat the Crowds in London
London is one of Europe’s most visited cities, so it’s no surprise that it can get crowded. But there are ways to beat the crowds. From advance tickets to night tours to less tourist-packed neighborhoods, here’s how to make the most of your visit.

Plan ahead.
Take the time to examine opening times and pre-book entry when possible; it can save a lot of time and money during your visit. Advance tickets and skip-the-line access can help avoid long queues for popular spots such as the Tower of London, Madame Tussauds, and the London Zoo. The London Pass also enables you to access many of these using one card.

Put your walking shoes on.
Many central London sights are within a short walking distance from one another. It can be fastest to arrive by foot to spots such as the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tate Modern.

Explore beyond the tourist center.
The allure of Big Ben and other classic London sights brings many tourists to the same parts of the city. Covent Garden, Oxford Street, and Mayfair are often crowded with shoppers. Heading out to locally loved locales like Hyde Park and Regent’s Park allows you to see more of the city and lose the crowds.

Choose transportation wisely.
London’s Underground is one of the finest public transport systems in the world. You may face crowding, however, at popular stops and during rush hour. If you’re short on time, consider hiring a classic black cab that can whisk you around to the sights of your choice.

Embrace the weather.
In rainy weather, most travelers avoid outdoor sights. If you’re willing to grab an umbrella, you can see London’s top spots without the crowds. If you’d prefer a day indoors, the British Museum, Tate, and National Gallery are great options.

Take a night tour.
When most visitors have called it a day, you can still see the nighttime side of London. With spooky ghost tours and late-night openings, you lose most of the crowds. Early morning is another optimal time to see sights before most people are up.
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 Madame Tussauds London Standard Ticket

Madame Tussauds London Standard Ticket

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Immerse yourself in glamour and spectacle at Madame Tussauds in London. Head to the world-famous venue and join the dedicated queue for pre-purchased entrance tickets and experience shorter queues than walk-up guests. Spend some quality time with remarkable wax replicas of Her Majesty the Queen, Eddie Redmayne, or take a selfie with a pouty-faced Kim Kardashian. Enjoy access to the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Exhibition, Spirit of London taxi ride, and then meet classic Star Wars heroes like Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.30
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$37.30
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Private Tour: London Walking Tour of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge

Private Tour: London Walking Tour of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge

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Discover two of London’s most famous sights on this private walking tour. With an expert guide who specializes in art history, you’ll visit the Tower of London, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval fortresses in the heart of the City of London, and Tower Bridge.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$354.29
Price varies by group size
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$354.29
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London

Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London

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Take a private custom tour through bustling London in a traditional black taxi! Your personal driver will help you design the perfect 2-hour itinerary or take the reins completely, escorting you to London’s key attractions. Travel at your own pace, and request stops to snap photos, grab a souvenir or have a closer look at a site. London is your oyster on this private black taxi tour!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$251.03
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$251.03
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Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

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Visit two of England's grandest royal residences on this day trip to Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Traveling from London by air-conditioned coach, enjoy an audio-guided tour of the magnificent State Rooms and treasures of Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s main London residence. Then head for Windsor Castle in Windsor. Explore her majesty's royal palace, and enjoy a visit to St George’s Chapel. Depending on the day, view the Changing of the Guard. Finish off your tour with a stop at the famous Harrod's on your return to London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.20
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$132.20
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River Thames Fast RIB-Boat Experience in London

River Thames Fast RIB-Boat Experience in London

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Ideal for those with an appetite for adrenaline, this 1-hour fast boat experience on the Thames River is sure to get your heart racing. See London’s sights the alternative way as you enjoy a leisurely cruise past Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye — giving you plenty of time to capture photographs and relax. Then, once you reach the fast zone, you’ll accelerate to a high velocity and listen to exhilarating music.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.05
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HARD ROCK Half Day Afternoon Small Group Tour

HARD ROCK Half Day Afternoon Small Group Tour

‘Discover the Rock capital of the world, on this Hard Rock Afternoon Tour of London, beginning with a private viewing of its world-class collection of memorabilia. Re-trace the steps of the bands and icons that defined our times and learn of their camaraderie and fearless invention as they wiped clean and drew again the face of popular music. Your small group tour is led by an expert Rock guide and includes a ‘School of Rock’ virtual trivia quiz as well as the opportunity to re-create one of the most famous album covers of all time.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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London Rock Legends Small Group Tour

London Rock Legends Small Group Tour

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Delve into London’s rich musical history on a magical mystery tour of the capital’s rock ‘n’ roll sites. With a knowledgeable guide, tour the vibrant city in a luxury minivan and visit renowned clubs, famous hotels, and record labels associated with rock ‘n’ roll legends like The Beatles, Jimmy Page, and Bill Wyman. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 16 people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.90
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$65.90
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.03
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$34.03
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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

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Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this afternoon pub crawl. Accompany your guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the city, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, see literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens, and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$32.72
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$32.72
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Private Tour of London & Visit to Warner Bros Studio Tour

Private Tour of London & Visit to Warner Bros Studio Tour

Booking a private tour with International Friends gives you the flexibility to visit these destinations at your own pace, with the added benefit of expert advice and guidance when planning your trip.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,215.96
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$158.28
Price varies by group size
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$158.28
Price varies by group size
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