City Guide London, England

Visiting London

Covering approximately 650 square miles, London is one of Europe’s largest cities. It is arguably it’s most iconic also and here you will encounter some of the world’s most famous tourist attractions. And while the British capital is such an enormous city, you can still pack an awful lot into the one day. Many of those famous sights are within walking distance of each other, and after visiting them you can treat yourself to a show in the West End before sampling the city’s legendary nightlife.

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Inside London's British Museum

Housing a vast collection of world art and artefacts, the British Museum in the heart of central London is the city's most famous museum. Here there are over seven million objects kept, in collections focusing on Ancient Egypt, Japanese art and much more. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to JD Hill to find out what is his favourite collection and much more.

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How to save money in London

Find out how to save money when buying West End tickets in London, how to save money on the Tube and more.

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London City Reviews

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    Such an expensive city! Everything from food to sites to day travel passes. However, we lucked out with the weather so I guess it breaks even. Get the Oyster card rather than trying to buy train/bus tickets everyday for travel. And get the london pass as you can see more for a little cheaper.

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    Impressive but expensive

    I wouldn't say that the city in itsellf is really beautiful but it sure is impressive. The museums are gorgeous and free but everything else is so expensive you'll want to visit on foot if you don't want to pay 10£ per day in transports alone.

    Insider Tip:Walk! from St pancras station everything is at less than 40 minutes on foot

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    There are so many things to do in London that you'd have to spend a lifetime here to see them all. I'd recommend at least a three day stay, but that still would be a very packed three days. There is always something exciting happening in the city, and everyone is very kind. Lots of sights to see and plenty of good places to eat as well. The pound is strong though, so it can get pricey quickly.

    Insider Tip:Buy an oyster card with unlimited trips. Worth the money, it's easier to get around this way and it works on the bus too!

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    London kills the wallet

    London is the kind of city you have to go to if you're in Europe because everyone goes there. It's very overwhelming because it's just so big and there is so much to do and see. I'm not a city person, I prefer the country side and peace and quiet, but I enjoyed London.

    Insider Tip:Get to Buckingham Palace early. Like, very early if you want to be able to actually see the changing of the guard and not just the backs of other tourists heads. Also, if you don't know where to start your trip in London the palace is the right place. It's very easy to walk to the other main attractions from here. If you're claustrophobic, then avoid the Tube in the early morning and from 5-8pm at all costs. It gets very crowded when people are going to and from work.

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    London was agreat city and very easy to get around with the tube (otherwise it would take forever to walk anywhere). Make sure to see all the main sites that it is famous for, and probably even a show or two.

    Insider Tip:Go to Cambden for the coolest bars. Buy the Oyster card if you are there for a few days, but for only one day the day pass is a better deal. Go to a show. The Globe Theater was an amazing, and extremely cheap, experience.

England: Itinerary

London is Europe's largest city, so doing everything of interest to the average traveller is impossible. But in three days you can certainly get the feel of that 'London Vibe' everybody talks about. Here's a rough guide about how to go about it...

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