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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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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    I have been here for a few months and there is still so much I haven't seen. There is always something going on in the centre which is free. It is a beautiful city.

    Insider Tip:Make sure you get an oyster, get a tube map from a worker at any tube station as it is very helpful. When travelling around the centre catch buses, so much nicer than the tube and you get to see a lot more, plus its cheaper. If staying at a hostel pick up the free map which has the information of a free walking tour, go on the free walking tour it is very good.

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    One of my favourite cities

    I love London. I've been all around the world and I'm always drawn to London. Lots to do and see, one of the best metro systems in the world. Found folks to be friendly and helpful. Great shopping, easy access to food from all around the world, and just very tourist-friendly in general. I was traveling alone but I never felt unsafe.

    Insider Tip:To save money stay outside of the city centre. The tube is so easy to use, it's worth saving a couple hundred dollars on accommodations. Definitely check out the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour if you're a fan of the series - book ahead, you can't buy tickets at the door. Check out the Borough Market for lunch and take a bread making class in the afternoon.

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    London is a city that ALWAYS has something on at any given time for ANYONE. I could spend weeks there and never once get bored, you need to google search these things but they are always out there.

  • 70%


    In spite of the weather, it is still my favourite city in the world. Amazing shopping, so many places to see, funny neighbourhood from Picadilly to Camden and from Kensington to Greenwich. A myth.

    Insider Tip:Best vegetarian restaurant, cheap and cosy in Greenwich at Royal Teas.

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    Tourist Town (but that's okay!)

    Of course, we came to London to see all of the major attractions--Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, and Buckingham Palace to name a few. We had a great time! Things tend to be a bit pricey, though.

    Insider Tip:Go to the British Library! Plan ahead and see what exhibitions are on. But even if nothing strikes your fancy, it's worth a visit for all of the free galleries and exhibitions they have!

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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