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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London Videos

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

London Pocket Guide

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London City Reviews

  • 40%



    Big city. We can find what you want. But life is very expensive. Too much expensive. It is raining like cats and dogs and everydays in october.

  • 80%



    Great weather in the fall! Crowded and bustling, this is one of my favorite cities. IT's got some great nooks and crannies and some wonderful big sights like St. Paul's Cathedral which shouldn't be missed.

    Insider Tip:Buy a weekly pass Oyster card. We kept having to top up and we wasted a lot of pounds doing so instead of getting a pass.

  • 80%


    Brilliant City

    What can one say that wouldn't have been said? The food is amazing, the bars and clubs and chill out areas in Hyde Park, all excellent.

    Insider Tip:Jamie Oliver's 'Recipease' is amazing.

  • 70%


    Expensive but Lovely

    London is by far my favorite town in Europe. I love the culture, the people, the sights, the food, I could go on and on But you need a lot of money to really enjoy it. Catch as many historical sights as possible, don't forget the galleries, try the local specialties and always be polite!

    Insider Tip:Get a London Pass in advance, if you visit more than 2 tourist attractions a day it's already paid for itself, Get a Visitor Oyster Card as well The national gallery is for free, and there are sometimes events on Trafalgar Square, check it out in advance Make sure to catch a show, Musical or Theatre, at the Tourist Island (Leicester Square) you'll get the cheapest tickets, short notice during the week Go to Borough Market for the best food and tastiest drinks

  • 90%


    I used to live in London

    I moved out when i was 12/13 and going back as an adult is fantastic. I get to see and enjoy all the things I didn't experience as a child. There is so much to do at all times of the day if you're willing to leave your comfort zone.

    Insider Tip:Buses are mostly cheaper that tubes when going long distances. Use the Citymapper app. Best thing ever.

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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