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

  • 80%


    Casual and Fun

    I was only in London for two days since I spent some time in Oxford beforehand, which I highly recommend if you are a little overwhelmed by London. I didn't do much per say, but I walked around all the sites and I had a super time just absorbing the sites for what they were. I did this both at night and during the day. I am going back to London based on my few days there if that says anything to the feel good vibes of the city.

    Insider Tip:Go to Nando's and eat some spicy chicken! Random, but as an American studying in Europe, it is super hard to actually find spicy food. It's also fun and silly to try a local chain restaurant. Also, take the time to walk London. It is big, but it is nice to walk and see some things and save 4 pounds by not taking the Tube.

  • 80%


    Lots to see! Good public transport though so easy to get around - however, the tube finishes fairly early at night. Each market has a best day to go - look them up!

    Insider Tip:Take a day trip down the river to Greenwich - there's more to see than just the meridian!

  • 80%


    so much to do

    London is huge and trains are expensive -get an oyster card pass. There are lots of places to get cheap theatre tickets. Check which days are the best for certain markets Go to the museums and galleries as they are all free!

    Insider Tip:Greenwich = nice day trip with a boat ride down the Thames British library has a bunch of cool things - Beatles lyrics on napkins, Henry viii letter, early bibles, da Vinci drawings etc

  • 40%


    It was great according to the price

    The place is sometimes over booked, and so the space is quite limited. Security is not the big offer they have as I left my luggage in a luggage room and picked it up in the evenings, due the fault of security in the rooms and not providing a cabinet or locker where to put your stuff into.

  • 70%


    A week in London

    I stayed a week in London on my short holiday in the UK. The place will squeeze money out of you at every opportunity. The tube is particularly expensive if you're catching it multiple times a day. I regret not buying the 7 day pass, but I didn't know how long I'd be in the city. It's not all bad though, it's a beautiful place with a lot of culture and history. People generally kept to themselves, but were otherwise friendly. Going in January, I wasn't really there during peak tourist season tho

    Insider Tip:If travelling on the cheap, but still wanting to see the sights try a free walking tour. There are several different ones. I made the mistake of paying for one in the East End, then found out there was a free one of that area, so keep an eye out. Professional pub crawls are good value for a night on the town. Free museums are a must to get out of the cold and see some culture. My favourites were the British museum, the Tate Modern and the Wellcome Collection.

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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