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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    There is always something fun going on around Southbank. And Tate Modern and the Globe are always great stops too.

    Insider Tip:Wahacca is the best place for burritos and a beer along the river. Amazing!!

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    World class museums. My favourite is the Victoria and Albert Museum. So many amazing pieces throughout this beautiful museum.

    Insider Tip:The museum is free but some of the special exhibits have a charge. They are beautifully done exhibits and if it is something that interests you, it is probably worth the extra cost.

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    Take in one of the many markets throughout the city. There is lots to choose from that will satisfy everyone. From vintage to food to alternative. Always a great day out and a wonderful way to see what the locals do on a Saturday.

    Insider Tip:I love Borrough Market for lunch filled with fresh fruits and cheese or even one of the many stalls with international cuisine. A picnic in front of Southwark Cathedral is my favourite place to stop and eat and people watch or sit with friends.

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    Explore the city at your own pace. There is a lot going on in this city that sometimes it can feel overwhelming, so be sure to take a breather and do it at your own pace. There is nothing better than wandering around Southbank earlier in the morning or in the evening. A nice afternoon along Southbank can be nice, but high tourist season it can be awful. There is always a great atmosphere along the Thymes and performers about-- one of my favourite locations in London.

    Insider Tip:Listen for performers on a nice day when the river is low along the riverbank

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    Spend a day getting lost in a museum. There are a ton of free museums to so it is easy to choose one that suits your interests. If you are going to the Natural History Museum, be there early to avoid lines.

    Insider Tip:The tubes are probably the easiest way to get around London, but I recommend getting to know the bus system. It may take a little more work to figure out, but you get an amazing tour around the city if you ride up top and it's a bit cheaper. Plus you can always feel more like a local if you master the bus system.

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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