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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 15 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

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Trafalgar Square—the living, breathing, and beating heart of London’s West End—plays an integral part in local life as a site of celebrations, protests, performances, parades, and public gatherings. Overlooked by grand, stately buildings such as the National Gallery and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, this vast square is dotted with iconic fountains and statuary. Most famous among them is the 144-foot (44-meter) Nelson’s Column, which commemorates a British naval victory over France and Spain, and is guarded by four oversized bronze lions.More
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London Bridge

London Bridge

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Though often confused with its grandiose neighbor Tower Bridge, London Bridge is, in reality, more functional than fancy. It does, however, have a long history, with its first iteration having been erected by the Romans way back in AD 50. No visible trace remains of the original bridge, nor of the handful of structures that replaced it, including the one that became the subject of that famous nursery rhyme. Though the current 1970s-built concrete version is not quite as eye-catching, the views it offers of Tower Bridge are hard to top.More
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Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe

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Meticulously constructed using period-appropriate materials to resemble the original Elizabethan Globe Theatre, which stood at a site just 656 feet (200 meters) away, Shakespeare’s Globe brings the theatergoing experience of yore to life. Plays—not exclusively Shakespeare’s, though the bard’s works do dominate the schedule—are staged in the atmospheric, circular, open-air auditorium.More
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Downing Street

Downing Street

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One of London’s most famous addresses, 10 Downing Street is the official residence of the British prime minister. The chancellor of the exchequer, responsible for the UK’s money and economy, lives next door at number 11. On any given day, you can see streams of important politicians walking through the doors of these two iconic addresses.More
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Covent Garden

Covent Garden

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In the heart of London’s West End, Covent Garden is one of the city’s most popular dining and entertainment hubs. Home to the Royal Opera House; several top theaters, including the Lyceum and the Donmar Warehouse; world-class restaurants; and many major brand-name stores, most travelers to London plan to explore this area while visiting.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, Cotswolds, 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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SEA LIFE London Aquarium Admission Ticket
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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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Warner Bros. Studio Harry Potter Tour with Superior Transport from London
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Tour from London with Admission
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London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option
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Fully Guided Tour of Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Inner Circle Access of Stonehenge including Bath and Lacock Day Tour from London
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Lunch in the Cotswolds Tour from London
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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
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Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Not for those who like to linger
Janet_H, May 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
We had 1:15 to visit all of Windsor Castle, 1 hour at Stonehenge and 1:15 at Bath.
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Fantastic tour!!
Rande_B, May 2022
Private Sightseeing Tour in London the Greatest Capital
Great way to see London!
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Great trip
Paul_L, May 2022
Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London
A great experience at very reasonable cost to see parts of London we did not know.
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Harry Potter tour
Julie_O, May 2022
Fully Guided Tour of Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Although the tour was long, there was so much to see and was never boring.
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Fun and informative!
Lori_J, May 2022
London Landmarks & Secret Gems Bike Ride + Historic Pub + Graffiti Session
We had one day to spend in London and booked this bike tour to see as much as possible.
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Best Way to see London's Sight.
Swati_B, May 2022
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Such an easy way to see the best of London’s sights.
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Great Tour!
Alexandria_H, May 2022
Private Tour: Harry Potter Black Taxi Tour of London
We got to see a lot of Harry Potter filming locations and also got to see the sights in London.
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford
Linda_B, May 2022
Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stonehenge Tour from London
Our guide Trish was excellent - knowledgeable, interesting and conducted our entire tour in both English and Spanish.
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Brilliant
Anne_B, May 2022
Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London
A great way to see London from a different perspective.
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Fab thrilling speed river ride
Erum_S, May 2022
Speedboat Canary Wharf Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 50 minutes
Great to be out on the water on a sunny day to see London for a different viewpoint.
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10/10 Cheese Tour!
Emily_M, May 2022
The Cheese Crawl - with glass of fizz
She also gave so many recommendations for places to visit.
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Good evening, perfect sightseeing opportunity
Rebekah_M, May 2022
River Thames Evening Cruise
Great views (tried to add photos) get to see all the main sights London eye Tower of London House of Parliament ect.
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Long drive great tour guide
Gregory_L, May 2022
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
It was great to visit the different locations.
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Would take the tour again.
Carmen_C, May 2022
London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option
The changing of the Guard was beautiful but due to the crowds, unable to see well.
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Great tour!
Judy_H, May 2022
VIP Early Access - Opening Ceremony Tower of London & Bridge with Crown Jewels
It was great to be first in for an exclusive opening guard ceremony, & to see the Crown Jewels without a crowd.
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A walk through ancient London
Thomas_P, May 2022
Roman London Private Walking Tour
Our guide, Stephen, showed a high level of enthusiasm as well as knowledge about ancient London and took us to see many ruins, a number of which would be difficult to find on one's own.
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Great tour to catch some highlights of London
Dwayne_B, May 2022
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
Fantastic tour, got to see so many sights, Buckingham Palace, St.
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When dusk came which was...
Rosemary_C, May 2022
River Thames Evening Cruise
It was lovely to see buildings lit up which gave a new perspective on London.
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Great time
madeline_l, Apr 2022
Ultimate London Sightseeing Walking Tour
It was a great way to see the sights and learn more about London history.
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Great Bike Tour!
Nancy_Z, Apr 2022
London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
Great way to see the beautiful London parks and highlights of the city.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions