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LONDON TRAVEL GUIDE

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London is one of the most popular cities for visitors in the world. Every year an estimated 18 million people flock to sample the culture and history which make it so special.

Nearly 9 million people call London home and it is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.

It is also where you will find some of the world’s most iconic buildings – Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London as well as 170 museums, numerous parks, restaurants and shops.

With so much to see and do what are you waiting for?

Below you will find links to all the information you need to plan your visit to London. For general planning advice check out my UK travel planning page.

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LONDON ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO

There are so many must-see sights and attractions to visit in London that choosing which ones to add into your itinerary can be a challenge.

My ultimate London bucket list is a great place to start when deciding what are your must-sees and do’s!

Find out more information about specific sights and things to do below.

The Tower of London a must when sorting your London travel planning
TOWER OF LONDON
BIG BEN
WESTMINSTER ABBEY
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
TRAFALGAR SQUARE
COVENT GARDEN
KEW GARDENS
LONDON EYE
TOWER BRIDGE
HARRY POTTER STUDIOS TOUR
GREENWICH

LONDON ITINERARIES

Coming soon a comprehensive selection of itineraries including one day, two day, three day, four day and five day London itineraries.

Also a selection of themed itineraries to suit families, foodies, culture lovers, history lovers, shoppers and more!

LONDON ITINERARY FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS

LONDON ACCOMMODATION

Decide where to stay in London can be tricky especially for first-time visitors.

My recommendation is to stay in the centre of London. While it may be slightly more expensive to book a hotel outside the centre it is not worth the hassle of a daily commute.

I recommend booking.com and personally use them for all my hotels wherever I am in the world. They have a wide selection to suit all budgets and many come with free cancellation up to 24 hours before (invaluable if your plans change unexpectedly)

WHERE TO STAY IN LONDON – AREA GUIDE

TOP 10 FAMILY FRIENDLY HOTELS IN LONDON

TOP 10 LUXURY HOTELS IN LONDON

Booking.com

Booking.com

LONDON TRANSPORT GUIDES

The public transport system in London is excellent with a choice of using the underground (the Tube, trains, buses, boats and even bicycles.

We recommend buying an Oyster card if you are planning to use public transport. Read our comprehensive guide to using the Underground and other public transport in London.

Recommended reading:

  • How to travel from London to Stonehenge (coming soon)
  • How to travel from London to Edinburgh (coming soon)

LONDON TIPS

If you are visiting London for the first time you may be wondering what to expect. Excited but perhaps a little nervous as we all are when we visit somewhere new for the first time.

My travel tips for first time visitors to London is an essential guide which provides you with all the need-to-know information to make your visit a little easier.

If you are traveling to London and have a tight budget or simply want to start planning and estimate costs (and maybe realising just how expensive it is) check out budget travel tips for London and 32 things to do for free in London.

—> CLICK HERE FOR MY BUDGET TRAVEL TIPS FOR LONDON

LONDON TOURS

There are lots of great tours available to take in London including sightseeing walking tours and even themed walking tours.

I book my tours with either Get Your Guide or Take Walks depending on the type of tour I am looking for.

Get Your Guide offer a HUGE variety of tours and are also great for inspiration when planning your visit.

TOURS OF LONDON FROM GET YOUR GUIDE

TOURS OF LONDON FROM TAKE WALKS

Take Walks (formerly Walks of Italy) offer a selection of small group tours in London including the following:

LONDON PACKING LIST

If you are unsure about what to pack for your London trip I recommend including the following items.

DETAILED PACKING LISTS BY SEASON

Also do check out my detailed guides for comprehensive lists and information about what to take (and not take) on your London adventure.

WINTER PACKING LIST FOR LONDON
SUMMER PACKING LIST FOR LONDON

LONDON RECOMMENDED READING/VIEWING

If you are looking for some movies travel inspiration for London (to watch on the plane perhaps) my article featuring 15 of the best movies featuring London is a sure to hit the mark!

—> Click here for all the practical information and resources you need to help you plan your UK vacation

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