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London travel guide

City guide to help you get the most out of London

London. It’s the city of double-decker buses, red telephone booths, and all the places on your old Monopoly board. Despite the fact you can ‘buy’ Trafalgar Square for a mere $240, the English capital is more than just a game. It’s filled with old buildings, amazing dining and nightlife, world class shopping, quirky characters, and a breadth of history dating over 2,000 years. London has everything you could ever want out of a big city and much more.

Top sights in London

  • The Historic Royal Palaces
    Whether you are into Tudor history or just curious to see where Will and Kate live with their little ones, the Historic Royal Palaces of London are definitely worth a visit. Get lost in the maze of Hampton Court Palace, it's the old residence of infamous Henry VIII - so it must be haunted! Marvel at the crown jewels at the Tower of London or be stunned by the lesser known intricate painted ceiling of the Banqueting House.
  • Browse Borough Market
    Fancy a free lunch? Head to Borough Market. Granted, the stalls and food trucks selling amazingly delicious foods aren't the cheapest in town but we have a tip for you: almost every stall at Borough Market lets you taste free samples and trust us when we say that after one round you will be feeling pretty stuffed. Additional bonus: You'll get to see Bridget Jones' flat and there are many great pubs around Borough Market and London Bridge.
  • Picnics in the Park
    London is the greenest major city in Europe so in summer, there is nothing better than heading to London's great parks with your lunch and favourite beverage. All that sightseeing is exhausting, after all. Throughout the rest of the year, the parks are still worth a visit and invite to lovely strolls and bike rides.
  • London's Museums
    The admission to most of London's great museums is free, so there is really no excuse not to go and with a great mix of museums, you are sure to find one that interests you, even if you are not into art. The Museum of London is one of our favourites and, as the name suggests, tells the story of this great city in an interactive way. Want to learn more about London's WW2 history, visit the Churchill War Rooms and the Imperial War Museum. The Science Museum, Natural History Musuem and V&A are marvellous and all located in the elegant Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington.
  • Street Food in Brick Lane
    London is a blend of cultures and this is reflected in it's food offering with restaurants of different cuisines and fusions all over the city. The only thing we struggle with, is choosing what and where to eat. So why not try it all? On Brick Lane in Shoreditch, London's best address for food and known especially for great Indian curries, you can find flavours from all over the world.
  • Rooftop Bar Hopping
    Forget the classic pub crawl and take on new heights, with a cocktail in hand in one of London's many great rooftop bars. In summer, Frank's Cafe in Peckham is THE place to be, a trendy pop-up on the top of a car park offering great skyline views. If you want something more swanky and look down on the crowds at Trafalgar Square, The Vista is your best bet. Even when the temperature drops, you can get warm by sipping warm cocktails in a viking tent at the Queen of Hoxton's Skye Halla rooftop bar, or under the dome of Pergola on the Roof in Sheperds Bush.
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Shoreditch
Wander through street-art covered alleys, find vintage gems in indie boutiques and try local craft beers and the best bagels in London. Shoreditch is super-trendy and you may come across a bearded hipster or two.
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Westminster
The iconic Big Ben, the impressive Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, St. James Park and the grand Buckingham Palace can all be found in the City of Westminster making this the perfect place to start your London adventure.
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Soho
Nestled between Covent Garden, China Town and Piccadilly Circus, Soho is home to West End theatres and one of the best places to wine and dine in London.  The entertainment district is never quiet and boasts a great nightlife, including a many LGBT clubs and bars.
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Camden Town
Expect the unexpected: Camden is full of interesting characters, vibrant and has an awesome live music scene. Browse the eclectic Camden Market and treat yourself to delicious international street food then escape the hustle and bustle on one of our favourite London walks: From Camden Lock along Regent's Canal with it's Amsterdam/Venitian charm up to Primrose Hill for rewarding views of London's skyline.

Getting around London

London has a great public transport system making it easy to get wherever you need to go. A well connected underground train system – commonly known as ‘The Tube’ – features 12 lines and runs services from 5am to midnight most days. The iconic big red buses are a great way to get around London, and the night bus - and weekend night tubes - allows safe trips home at all hours.

Cheap tickets are available for trains and buses, with trips starting from around £4.50 and are cheaper with an Oyster Card instead of a regular ticket. Visit Transport For London (TFL) for more information.

River cruises along the Thames are a great way to take in sights like the famous Big Ben, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe and other landmarks. If you’d rather a faster trip, ferries and river buses are available and some accept Oyster Cards. A classic London experience is incomplete without a trip in a traditional London black cab! Black cabs and mini cabs are readily available in most locations.

Our favourite London accommodation

Generator Hostel
Stay 3 nights and get 20% off. Stay 5 nights and get 25% off. Renowned for its ultra-cool decor and awesome location, Generator boasts fab facilities. These include renovated rooms and dorms, 24-hour reception and laundry, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, a late-night bar and a fabulous dining area as well as power showers and a luggage store.
Valid for bookings & stays: 2-28Feb17.
3 Nights from $108
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Clink 261 Hostel
Live the real London experience at this hip hostel a stone`s throw from Camden, Covent Garden and the British Museum. Laid-back lounging, power showers and party nights await!
Stay: 1Jan-30Apr17.
4 Nights from $92
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Royal National Hotel 2*
The Royal National is close to the shopping mecca of Oxford Street and within walking distance to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. On site there’s a typical British pub, an Indian buffet restaurant and a coffee roaster - everything that makes Britain great!
2 nights from $416 twin share
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Where to eat, drink and have fun in London

London is home to some world class restaurants. Its proximity to places like France, Spain, Germany and Italy means you can find food from hundreds of different cultures all in the one place. If you’re after something fancy, try The Wolseley, or Notting Hill’s The Ledbury. If it’s cheap eats you’re after, try Mexican at Wahaca, Japanese at Koya in Soho or pub food at the Churchill Arms.

London is famous for its nightlife; a mix of pubs, cocktail bars and hipster hangs. Drury Lane (think Muffin Man) is home to several pubs such as Lowlander, or if indie is your style, cheers with some beers at the Camden Town Brewery. Some great rooftop bars offer stunning city views. Try the chilli infused vodka at Vista at the Trafalgar and take in the views at Aqua. For a cocktail that will knock your socks off, check out the London Cocktail Club – they’re at five different central locations.

Tours and activities in London

London - Big Bus
Our hop-on, hop-off bus tour around London that includes A cruise along the River Thames, A selection of guided walking tours & a Voucher booklet with great discounts for top attractions, shops and restaurants.
If you take the Red Route on our London bus tour, you’ll enjoy live commentary from one of our well-informed and entertaining guides, or if you take the Blue Route, you have a choice of recorded commentary in 12 different languages.

24 hour pass from $35

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Highlights of London Walking Tour with English Tea
Want to see the major sights of London in an afternoon? This walking tour, led by an expert local guide, will allow you to do just that, taking in the most iconic buildings and most-coveted monuments on a relaxing afternoon stroll.

Full day from $79

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The London Eye and River Cruise
This cool duo offers first a flight on the London Eye followed by a river cruise which leaves just from the base of the Eye. 20 minutes on the London Eye and then 40 minutes cruising The Thames with fact and stories flowing from the captain...this is a great morning or afternoon for any weekend.
Half day from $47
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London City pass
First time in London? Purchase a 1,2,3 or 6 day pass and get FREE entrance into more than 50 top attractions, museums and historical buildings. Take advantage of tours, cruises and walks. With special discounts at restaurants, West End theatres, and other services, the London Sightseeing Pass guarantees you`ll never be short of things to see and do!
 
1,2,3 or 6 days from $120
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Best time to visit London

London is great all year round and the seasons offer different experiences from picnics in summer to ice skating at Somerset in winter. With a fairly temperate climate, summers tend to be fairly warm and, on occasions, can reach celcius temperatures exceeding late 20s. January is usually the coldest time of year; however, temperatures seldom drop below freezing. 

How to ride the London Underground

The London Underground, or 'tube' as it's affectionately known, consists of 270 stations with 3,988 tube carriages carrying around 4.8 million passengers a day on 11 tube lines... phew!  Firstly you’ll need to remember to stand to the right on the escalators (walkers to the left). Once on the train, stand clear of the closing doors, they can give you a pretty decent knock if they hit you.  When getting on or off the train make sure you mind the gap!  Physical tube maps are available for free at most major stations and you can easily plan your route on the Transport for London website, various mobile apps and Google Maps.
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