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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    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!

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    Dream city for a lot of people, nothing else to say! Wonderful view especially in good weather (if you are lucky enough!)

    Insider Tip:English tea is a must! Tube is expensive! Fish and chips from the restaurant Poppy's are the best!

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    A wonderful town for a family vacation

    There was a lot of things to do in London for all ages. We were as much fascinated by the luxury interiors of Harrods, as well from the old buildings and the history. A must do was our visit on the London Eye.

    Insider Tip:The colourful market of the East End

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    quick trip to london

    just stayed for one night. its a great city so there's always something to do and something going on. been to west london and central before, but wen't east for first time this time. pretty different vibe but i liked it. good bars and less touristy trash.

    Insider Tip:boxpark shopping mall made of shipping containers is pretty cool but a bit expensive i guess now that the big brands have moved in. still wortha look.

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    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.

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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