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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London Podcasts

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 Pocket Guide

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London City Reviews

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    Gigantic city with lots of history/culture and lots to do

    What can I say? London is London: a city with lots of history and culture to explore, and lots of things to fit everyone's interests. It can be really expensive, but you can always find deals on tours, lodging, etc. It is a very large city and can take some time to get around, but it is absolutely full of things to see and experience.

    Insider Tip:A lot of the museums are free and showcase world history, culture, and art (British Museum, National Gallery, etc.). Also, getting an Oyster Card makes it very easy to get around the city via Tube or bus and can be more cost effective than Travelcards, depending on how long you're in London and how much you'll travel around in the city.

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    The British Museum and the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square are FREE admission and well worth a view! Meals can be expensive--shop around. 11 AM free walking tour of Central London at Green Park fountain outside Green Park tube station is recommended!

    Insider Tip:Purchase of an Oyster card for the Underground is the cheapest way to get around. It's also good on busses. Pedestrians be VERY careful crossing streets in traffic.Good to avoid rush hours in the Underground! Do not dispose of your Oyster card, redeem it with an Underground agent for 5 pounds at the end of your visit---also even if your paid days run out, add fare money to yr card by touching ticket scanner, cheapest way to purchase tickets. Always "touch out" on gate scanner upon exiting the tube!

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    London in Decemebr

    London can be a great alternative to New York and the other European cities at Christmas. The weather is generally cool, but considerably warmer than aforementioned places. City lights, Harrods, Oxford Street are all worth a check out.

    Insider Tip:Avoid Oxford Street between 4.30 and 6.30pm weekdays and on Saturdays - it becomes very crowded!

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    London in a Nutshell

    In my opinion, London is a great place with an almost endless amount of things to do, even if the weather sucks most of the time. The only real drawback is that unless you are wealthy or not short of a few dime then London can be an extremely taxing experience. Everything is expensive and most of the time, of lesser quality than what you'd expect elsewhere for the same value. Accommodation, food & drink, transport, entertainment, etc,. they all add up and quick!

    Insider Tip:If your in London for a week, buy an Oyster card and get a weekly pass, you'll be happy you did. At around 35 pounds for 1-3 zones, you can use the tube and busses as much as you like, not bad when a single trip on the tube is 3 pounds. I saved 20-30 pounds in my 5 day trip. Also, check out East London (Shoreditch) for vintage warehouses and good coffee. After a day of sightseeing, hit up E&O in Notting Hill, a stones throw from Portobello market for a few drinks at the bar and great atmosphere.

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    It's an interesting city

    I live in London for more than a year, I love this city. It's very multicultural. Shopping heaven for women. Public transport is great except that it is far more expensive than any cities in Europe. In term of restaurants, there are a lot of choices, Asian, middle east, western, Mexican, Turkish etc there's too many choices which is amazing. Lots of interesting buildings. The parks look amazing in the spring and summer if it's not raining. Lots of places to visit too.

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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