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

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    Very expensive city to travel to since British Pounds are not cheap. Love the vibe of the city; it has a lot of character (especially at Camden) and with all the street performers and museums you'll experience culture in a way you'll never forget. Very safe in general. Transport is expensive. Food can be cheap if bought from street markets but otherwise very expensive. Many interesting things to see, like the beautiful Royal Parks and museums, which are free to visit!

    Insider Tip:Museums are free here, do pay a visit to a few of them! But be sure not to visit too many or you'll suffer from museum fatigue :O Visit the Camden Comedy Club!

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    Only stayed a night so i didn't get the full experience. But from what i gathered, a cool dive bar atmosphere. It amazed me the options they had for breakfast as well

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    Incredible city!

    I loved London!! I'm a city person, which helps, but there is something for everyone in London. The club scene wasn't great, but there were plenty of cool bars and pubs to compensate

    Insider Tip:If you're a Harry potter fan, book with muggletours.co.uk! So much fun! Do the refillable oyster card, so you get leftover money back at the end

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    Never gets old

    I've been to London several times and I would recommend it to anyone! There's a lot to do (sometimes too much) and if you've seen it all, you can still walk around and find amazing other areas of London. The parks are beautiful and the attractions are amazing. Museums are mostly free and usually everywhere has a student discount. The city can be a bit pricey but you have to be smart about where to eat if you're on a budget. Cheap places are off the tourist path and are usually better anyways

    Insider Tip:Get an oyster card and learn the bus system. The buses are cheaper and you get a great view of the city.

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    Standard vs Alternative

    London has plenty of things to see and do, many of which are very famous. If you are after something a little different try Googling 'Alternative London' for street art tours.

    Insider Tip:The two hour walking tour with Alternative London is well worth your time. Like all 'Free' tours, pay what you think it is worth at the end of the tour!

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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