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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



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
Tower of London

Tower of London

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
London Eye

London Eye

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
SEA LIFE® London Aquarium

SEA LIFE® London Aquarium

Located in a colonnade-fronted, early 20th-century County Hall building (the former headquarters for the Greater London Council), the SEA LIFE® London Aquarium is one of Europe’s aquatic museums with 14 themed zones. Marine-life displays include walk-over glass shark tanks, transparent tunnels where sea turtles swim overhead, and kaleidoscopic coral reefs. Visitors also love the penguin exhibit, where it’s possible to observe adorable orange-beaked gentoo penguins waddling on land and swimming gracefully underwater.More
British Museum

British Museum

Founded in 1753, the British Museum is London’s largest and most visited museum. Its gigantic permanent collection includes over 8 million historical artifacts, with everything from Egyptian mummies to Roman treasures. Highlights include sculptures from the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone, and the 12th-century Lewis chessmen.More
ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo

The world’s oldest scientific zoo with a history dating back to 1828, the ZSL (Zoological Society of London) London Zoo remains one of the city’s most popular family attractions. The zoo’s myriad animal residents include over 750 species, from mighty lions to cute penguins to creepie crawlies.More
London Natural History Museum

London Natural History Museum

Housed inside a gigantic Victorian-era edifice, this treasure trove of a museum holds 80 million specimens, including fossils, minerals, bones, insects, and taxidermy. Visitors can come face to face with a huge animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex at the Dinosaur Encounter exhibit, see a live leafcutter ant colony at work at the Creepy Crawlies gallery, and experience the sensation of the earth’s shaking at the earthquake simulator.More
Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

Houses of Parliament & Big Ben

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
Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

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
Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

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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A Fortnum & Mason Employee’s Guide to London

A Fortnum & Mason Employee’s Guide to London

London Rock Music Tour: A Virtual Audio Experience

London Rock Music Tour: A Virtual Audio Experience

Top 5 Royal Palaces in London & How to Visit

Top 5 Royal Palaces in London & How to Visit

Top activities in London

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Recent reviews from experiences in London

It was incredible views...
Victoria_P, Dec 2021
Emirates Airline Cable Car and Uber Boat by Thames Clippers Hop On Hop Off Pass
Able to see most of London while on the Uber boat and on the cable car.
Amanda_L, Dec 2021
Jack the Ripper Tour with 'Ripper-Vision' in London
The animated presentation He had local and specific knowledge and answered all questions very well I enjoyed the walk around London too by nightfall
Special christmas treat for granddaughter
Keith_B, Dec 2021
Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes
Excellent trip -long enough to see sights and experience the speed and excitement of the speed boat -a must do in London -well worth the money
Highly recommended 🙆
YingCui_W, Dec 2021
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
I got to see the change of guard at Windsor, sheep at Stonehenge 😍 and enjoyed my time in Bath.
Festive Christmas Lights Walk
Mrs_D, Dec 2021
Christmas Lights Walking Tour in London
A fun festive walk…lovely to see the Christmas lights of London from a different perspective.
Great one day trip away from London
Patricia_L, Dec 2021
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
Good timing to visit each point, although at a fast pace, ideal to visit those famous sights within one day from London.
Absolutely. The. Best.
AllisonColtart, Dec 2021
Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London’s Christmas Lights
Can’t wait to see Andrew on our next trip over the pond.
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
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.
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:).
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!
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
Fab and interesting
Lisa_W, Nov 2021
Tour for Muggles
A great way to see London from a different perspective.
Do not miss this amazing experience and discover london on e-bike
Halukcan_H, Nov 2021
2H London E-Bike tour
WW could cover to see the best places of London with very informative stops:) My daughter and i will never forget this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great boat trip!
Kim_M, Nov 2021
High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
Great way to see the sights of London!
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!

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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