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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    Beautiful City

    This was my first trip to London. The architecture is beautiful. I come from New York City so I'm used to the fast pace feel and metro system so that didn't bother me. The people were kind of rude for the most part but hey... NY isn't much better haha. There is definitely a lot to do. I went to Stone Henge and Bath which were both great trips. There are bars everywhere. Food sucks though.

    Insider Tip:I stayed at the St. Christopher's Village Hostel right by London Bridge and the metro. Descent place for a good price. Also, I booked a trip to stone henge and Bath online before I got there and it was a good all day trip. I recommend getting the London Pass with the Oyster Card. Basically it gets you into all the attractions you want and covers your metro and bus fare. I wouldn't do more than 1 or 2 days though.

  • 80%


    If you plan to stay longer than a few days, bring plenty of cash. London is the most expensive city in Europe. Avoid the tourist traps, head to East London or West London for plenty of local charm.

    Insider Tip:Scope out any of the currency converters (Bureau de Change) long Praed Street, they give the best rates in the city by far. If you're camping in the city, be gone before 7am. Locals love to call the police on anyone sleeping outdoors, and even though the police are friendly it's still a hassle. Don't be rude to the cops and show them that you're responsible (not drinking or doing drugs, no trash left behind, no fires, etc).

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    Avoid the tourist traps!

    London is magical! Once you do the necessities (palaces and gardens and mainstream attractions), you NEED to see London's east end (especially Shoreditch area). It's a beautiful art scene with amazing cafés and food joints! Beware: London is the MOST expensive city in Europe, if not the world! Bring lots of cash / a good credit card, and hunt for currency converters (aka "Bureau de Change) along Praed Street, they have the best rates by far.

    Insider Tip:The police are friendly if they catch you camping in parks - just be polite and show them that you're being responsible (no drinking, fires, drugs, etc and don't be a dirtbag). If you must camp in the city, camp wekk after sunset and leave before 7am; if random strangers see you they WILL call the cops on campers.

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    Favourite City

    It was my first time in this great city, and I fell in love instantly. I especially love the small side streets. Lots of life, lots of culture, lots of very helpful, friendly people.

    Insider Tip:Get on a bus, ride a few stops and get off. Then jut explore the area you're in. Pretty awesome way to get to know a city.

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    Pounds are not dollars

    The exchange rate for dollars to pounds is a bit high compared to places in Europe. We easily spent $20 each on a sandwich and drink for lunch. The sights are pretty amazing, especially parliament.

    Insider Tip:-Bring an umbrella (and thats coming from a guy that lived in Portland) -get a map -rent a bike if you can. London is a bit more spread out than it appears. -The people are pretty nice if you give them a chance

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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