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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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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 City Reviews

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    London is a fantastic city, that's why I keep coming back! Whether it's sports, music, history or food, it's all there in one well connected area. Yes, it's expensive in comparison to other capitals and the British weather may try to dampen your spirits, but once you're past that, you will fall in love with the place. All the clichés are well deserved; West End shows, the magnanimity of it's buildings and more art galleries and museums than you can shake a stick at.

    Insider Tip:-Don't over-rely on the tube, if it's less than two stops then you'll enjoy yourself more by walking. -London is DIY friendly so don't bother with tours, most attractions are more fun when explored using your own initiative.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Can't wait to return!!

    Great city to visit, so much to do, if you want to do a lot and only have a few days I suggest picking one museum to visit during the day(max 2) and really take it in, then maybe a show at night, there is a site if you google London theatre that will give you discounts on tickets for that day/following few days, also try last minute.com for cheap tickets to a show. Book Harry potter, the Lion king and miss Saigon in advance because they sell out weeks in advance

    Insider Tip:Buy an Oyster card for intercity travelling, they save you so much money, one night my bf had to pay £9.40 for a one way into Central London, while only £2.70 was deducted from my Oyster card. You pay €18 for it initially and you get €15 credit on it, you will use all of this and need a top up, but whatever you don't use you can refund

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Underrated and seriously awesome

    Paris might steal the limelight for European cities in this part of the world but London (for me) was the pick. During summer (when the sun is shining and everyone has a smile on their face as a result) it's an Eden with enormous parks where you'll find office workers sprawled out for a mid afternoon nap and quirky suburbs catering to all tastes. There's something infinitely magical about the city centre itself with so many iconic buildings and monuments adding to the British charm.

    Insider Tip:Mastering the tube is your key to travel success within the city. Save money by eating at smaller cafes off the beaten track (many do lunch time specials) and take the time just to meander through the many many parks - they are what make London so charming. The British museum is a must as it's free and immense.

  • 70%

    vainsteinmartin

    Simply London

    I came here to stay for an year, that's my though right now. It's a really big city where you can do so much staff and never get bored. But also it's a little bit scary sometimes: you just have to be brave, chill, relax and enjoy.

    Insider Tip:No matter how much time are you going to stay go to your nearest underground station and ask in the Tickets section how much they recommend you to put in your Oyster: day, weekly, month, year, I don't know. Living in London is quite much expensive and the transport is one of it reasons. For the meals I strongly recommend to go to your nearest supermarket and but some pre heat food or just some ingredients to cook. The lunch time it's the trickiest one. Don't buy all the time food from restaurants!

  • 20%

    Anonymous

    London

    Everything smells bad. Like you're either smelling the English, foreigners or the fucking smelly phone boxes. Just go somewhere nice and take pretty photos somewhere else. I hear Wales looks nice this time of year.

    Insider Tip:Don't go to London. Just tell people you did, you will sound cooler.

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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