“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. There are over 3,500 pubs in London alone! And like Florence, Paris and San Francisco, it’s very compact, making it a great walking city. London’s 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:
- Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
- Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
- Covent Garden
- Hyde Park, The Serpentine & Diana Memorial Fountain
- Isabella Plantation at Richmond Park
- Kensington Palace
- London Aquarium
- London Eye Ferris Wheel
- London Zoo
- Piccadilly Circus
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Trafalgar Square
- Tower Bridge
- Tower of London & The Crown Jewels
- Westminster Abbey
Shopping & London Markets
London is one of the most exciting places in the world to shop. Some of our favorite shopping destination include: Harrods (Royalty shops here), Harvey Nichols (a favorite of the late Princess Diana), Oxford Street (lined with department stores, boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants and cafes), Carnaby Street, Regent Street, Bond Street (upscale designer shops), Kensington High Street, The King’s Road in Chelsea (trendy boutiques), Canary Wharf, and Westfield London Mall (Europe’s largest mall).
Fun London Markets include: Borough Market (one of London’s most renowned markets for artisan food and fresh organic produce), Camden Lock Market, Covent Garden (packed with quaint little shops and market stalls selling everything from antiques, jewelry, arts & crafts, to clothes, souvenirs and specialty foods), Portobello Road (the world’s largest antique market), and Spitafields Market.
London Museums & Art Galleries
London is renowned for its fine museums and art galleries, including:
- 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
Book London Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Fun Things To Do
Take a Hop-On-Hop-Off open-top Double-Decker Bus Tour and see London’s top attractions at your own pace. Tour includes a free Walking Tour and 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.
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 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. It’s a wonderful little museum.
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.
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”
If you’re a “Downton Abbey” fan, you won’t want to miss a visit to England’s Highclere Castle. The grand abbey home to the fictional Grantham family. Take a step back in time on this fun Day Trip from 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 one of the most mystical and awe-inspiring sights in England. It’s 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.
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
Built by William the Conqueror, it’s the oldest castle in England and one of the most famous castles in the world. It’s also one of the Queen’s official residences. Rooms are furnished with priceless works of art from the Royal Collection.
Book Sightseeing Tours & Day Trips from London
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.