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London travel guide

London! It’s the city of double-decker buses, red telephone booths, palaces and castles. It’s filled with gorgeous architecture, amazing dining and pubs, world class museums, quirky neighborhoods, 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.

Our favorite London neighborhoods

Graffiti art covering a brick wall on a street in Shoreditch

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.
Big Ben, the houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge as seen from across the River Thames

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.
A woman wearing a hat looking at an ice cream sign

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 LGBTQ clubs and bars.
An artistic mural on a building in Camden Town

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 favorite London walks: From Camden Lock along Regent's Canal with its Amsterdam/Venetian 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.

Top London Attractions

The Tower Bridge over the river thames

Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in London. Cross the upper walkway and view the river below from glass bottom floors. 
The exterior of Buckingham Palace and tourists

Buckingham Palace

The impressive Buckingham Palace is not to be missed. Take a palace tour to see some of the top treasures of the royal family, or check out the changing of the guards outside. Yaaasss Queen!
The exterior of the British Museum

British Museum

A trip to London would not be complete without a visit to the British Museum. Experience one of the world's most spectacular museums, and it is free to get in!
The london eye on the river thames

London Eye

Get amazing views of London from the comfort of an enclosed observation pod on one of the world's largest Ferris wheels. 

Our favorite London hotels & hostels

From the fun and funky to the super posh, London has a great range of accommodation for all types of travelers and budgets. Check out our top spots to spend the night in London, or search all of London hotels & hostels.
A colorful wall and bunk beds at the gerator hostel

Generator Hostel

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.
travelers in a dorm room with bunk beds at Clink 261 hostel

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!
A view of the pub at the royal national hotel

Royal National Hotel

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!

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 chili 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.

When is the best time of year 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 90F. January is usually the coldest time of year; however, temperatures rarely drop below freezing.

How do I 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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