“He who is tired of London, is tired of life.”
– Samuel Johnson
London’s heritage, with its pomp and pageantry, makes it one of the most charming places in the world. Famous for its historical and royal attractions, London is in a class all its own. Rich in history, art and culture, the cosmopolitan city is renowned for its fine museums, afternoon tea and vibrant pub scene. In fact, there are more than 3,500 pubs in London alone! And did you know that there are over 112 Michelin-star restaurants in Britain? Like Florence, Paris and San Francisco, London is very compact, making it a great walking city. Its iconic double-decker buses or the Underground (“Tube” as the locals call it) are quick and easy ways to get around town if you don’t feel like walking or taking a taxi. Step back in history and have fun exploring this amazing city.
Fun London Attractions
Steeped in history, there are so many fun things to do in and around London. It’s one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. No trip to London would be complete without seeing a West End show. London’s theatre district is world-renowned. Explore the city on your own or take a fun guided tour and visit London’s most popular sights. Must-see attractions include:
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London Museums & Art Galleries
- British Museum
- Charles Dicken Museum
- Churchill War Rooms
- Freud Museum London
- Imperial War Museum
- Jewish Museum London
- London Transport Museum
- Museum of London
- Natural History Museum
- National Science Museum
- National Gallery
- National Portrait Gallery
- Saatchi Gallery
- Sir John Soane’s Museum
- Tate Britain
- Tate Modern
- Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)
- Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Shopping and London Markets
- Bond Street – upscale designer shops, fine jewelry, art and antiques.
- Canary Wharf – shops, fun restaurants and cafes, located in the Docklands area of London.
- Carnaby Street – birthplace of the Swinging London scene in the 1960’s.
- Harrods – Royalty shops here. It’s one of the most famous department stores in the world. Their Food Hall is not-to-be-missed.
- Harvey Nichols – a favorite of the late Princess Diana.
- Kensington High Street – home to Kensington Palace; upscale shopping, fun restaurants and pubs.
- The King’s Road in Chelsea – trendy boutiques.
- Oxford Street – popular London shopping area, lined with department stores, boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants and cafes.
- Regent Street – flagship stores, including London’s largest Apple store.
- Westfield London Mall – Europe’s largest mall.
- Borough Market – one of London’s most renowned markets for artisan food and fresh organic produce.
- Camden Lock Market – eclectic mix of stalls and stores selling vintage, fashion and food.
- Covent Garden – packed with quaint little shops, market stalls, restaurants and theaters.
- Old Spitafields Market – market stalls and shops offering antiques, fashion and food.
- Portobello Road – the world’s largest antique market.
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Book London Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Fun Things To Do
If it’s your first visit to London, we always recommend taking a fun hop-on-hop-off open-top Double-Decker Bus Tour to see London’s top attractions. It’s a great way to see all of the city’s sights at your own pace. And you can go back to the places you want to spend more time visiting. Other fun options include taking a London Walking Tour or a scenic Thames River Cruise. Visit the Tower of London and see the world-famous Crown Jewels. Get Skip-the-Line Tickets to ride the London Eye, one of the city’s top attractions. Choose from a variety of fun Harry Potter Tours. Enjoy a London in One-Day Sightseeing Tour including the Tower of London and Changing of the Guard. See Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a leisurely cruise along the River Thames.
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Fun Day Trips from London
If you have time during your visit across the pond, plan a Fun Day Trip from London to these popular UK destinations:
Bath is Britain’s only designated World Heritage listed city. It’s only a 90-minute journey by train from London. Bath is famous for its 18th century Georgian architecture, ancient Roman Baths, and Bath Abbey that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. Jane Austen fans won’t want to miss a visit to the Jane Austin Center, located in the heart of Bath.
Visit historic Canterbury Cathedral. It houses the famous shrine of medieval archbishop Thomas Beckett. Explore World Heritage Sites including St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s Church.
- Cliveden House
Cliveden House is one of England’s finest country estates, set in the heart of the beautiful Berkshire countryside in South East England. The historic mansion has a rich and fascinating history, dating back over 350 years. Cliveden is famous for its magnificent gardens, covering approximately 376 acres. Afternoon Tea at Cliveden is a timeless tradition that continues to delight guests with its exquisite tea selection, delicious treats, and grandiose surroundings.
Explore the picturesque countryside and quaint villages of the Cotswolds. This rural area of England is renowned for its natural beauty, thatched cottages, medieval churches, manor houses and ancient pubs.
- Highclere Castle “Downton Abbey”
Highclere Castle is a must-see if you’re a “Downton Abbey” fan. The grand abbey is home to the fictional Grantham family. Take a step back in time on this fun Day Trip from London. The castle is located near the town of Newbury, about 45 miles west of central London. Explore the castle’s manicured gardens and visit its lavish dining room, drawing room and library.
- Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros. Studio in London
Experience your favorite Harry Potter scenes and characters on this fun family-friendly Day Tour from London. See original sets, props and costumes as you immerse yourself in the spellbinding world of Harry Potter.
Explore the charming city of Oxford and its historic neo-Gothic university buildings. Visit Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History.
Stonehenge is over 5,000 years old and today it still remains one of the great mysteries of the world. Take a Fun Day Trip from London and see for yourself what makes Stonehenge one of England’s top attractions. Book an Exclusive Private Viewing of Stonehenge and be one of the rare few to walk inside the prehistoric stone formation.
Stratford-Upon-Avon is the 16th century birthplace of playwright and poet, William Shakespeare. Visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens and see a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
- Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle was built by William the Conqueror. It’s England’s oldest castle and one of the most famous in the world. It was also one of the Queen’s official residences prior to her passing in September 2022. Rooms are furnished with priceless works of art from the Royal Collection.
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Day Tours from London include visits to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath, Downton Abbey Village, Highclere Castle, Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, Cotswolds, Lake District, and Statford-upon-Avon.
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The Best Time To Visit London
If you don’t care about the weather, anytime is a good time to visit London. Late April-June and September are the best months, not too hot, cold or wet. July and August are the busiest months so expect more crowds during this time. It can be hot, muggy, and even rainy at times. Snow is rare, but typically it falls during January or February. Winters can be cold, dull and rainy. It’s not unusual to experience rain, sunshine, clouds, wind and more rain on the same day. We recommend that you pack a brolly (umbrella) – whenever you go.
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