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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 City Reviews

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    London

    From what I experienced in my week in London, I loved it. The buildings, the people, the history, it's all an incredible melding pot of culture and liveliness. I would definitely recommend going to Westminster Abbey; as a history buff, it was my favorite experience during my visit. Also, check out the British Museum, the Tower of London, the National Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, the London Eye, some classic British Pub life, and of course, places like Piccadilly Square and Big Ben.

    Insider Tip:If you are converting USD to the British Pound, be strategic of how and when you choose to convert/spend your money because the British Pound is worth more than the USD so it can get pricey quick.

  • 80%

    marcosdemorais5081

    Never Boring London

    London is one of my favorite cities in the world and I would go back there at any opportunity I'd be given. There's always new things going on and it's a fun place to visit, no matter how picky you may be when it comes to weather, as there are always great indoor and outdoor activities for you to take part in.

    Insider Tip:London can be (and it is) expensive but if you don't want to spend all your budget on food do avoid eating near touristy areas try one of the delightful (and plenty) ethnical restaurants. This time specifically I tried Café Romano near Russell Square tube station, great eats, breakfast all day plus a range of other dishes, packed with locals during meal hours, which is always a good sign. Good prices and great meals.

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    Anonymous

    Just One Day of Rain!

    London is a wonderful city that's lively with local suits and tourist families during the day, and lively with partiers at night. There is always something going on. The tube system is very simple to understand and is excellent at helping one travel throughout downtown London. The shame is it does get a bit expensive. There are plenty of historic things to visit during the day - but only go if that's your thing - and beautiful sights at night along the Thames.

    Insider Tip:Bring an umbrella! Visit the Millenium Bridge at night. If you're looking for something to do that's not historic, try out the Ripley museum at Piccadilly Circus. It's open till midnight! For the tube, staff told us we should buy an Oyster Card for our four day stay. You put money into the card and refill it if you need more. It does not provide any discount!! But it does save time. And you get whatever money you don't use back!

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    Like other major cities...

    It was too hot for most of my stay (1 month). Gotta try to visit again at a better time of year. And what CAN'T you do in London? You will never be bored, though you might be broke.

    Insider Tip:Buy souvenirs last unless you feel you won't find the item anywhere else (trust me, you will) and don't plan on going back. Book train and coach travel on the day you want to travel because if something changes, refunds are next to impossible. When leaving the UK, if you bought an Oyster card for use on public transport and you want the deposit back (I think £5), claim it in a London station and not outside of London.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    London

    London has lots of things to do - in an 'international city' like this it has one of whatever you want to do.

    Insider Tip:Maybe go on a walking tour - I found them very fun and learned a lot of things like history. I went on the jack the ripper tour with http://freelondonwalkingtours.com/ and it was very interesting x

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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