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

  • 30%



    If you are rich, PERHAPS you will like! Except for the London Eye, Big Ben and Natural History Museum... London did not offer me anything else that ANY other city in Europe or UK could offer me as well!!! Old buildings I can see in Paris and even in small towns around Europe! The metro system is the only thing I can say is way better than in the rest of the World because it is efficient and CLEAN at the same time!

    Insider Tip:London Eye, Big Ben and Natural History Museum! If you go to the New Year Celebration and you expect to see something really impressive and beautiful... PLEASE DO NOT SPEND YOUR MONEY!!! Go to Edinburgh and then you will really enjoy!!!

  • 60%


    A bit dissapointing

    Fu*kin' expensive and overrated city! Its nice but there are others like London or much more beautifull... Expectations were obviously high about the number 1. city in Europe but the reality is dissapointing! I'd like to emphasize the city is nice but not so much as its tought by somebody who hasn't been in there! A place with these attractions must have at least half prices!

  • 60%


    Expensive town

    Negative things : Prices too high. A way to protect the "City". That's why people are nice, polite, everything is clean. All different people who make a place interesting has left the place to live in the suburbs in comparison with the 80-90's. London has become a museumlike many european cities, not as pittoresque than before. A bit boring. Positive things : Concerts and alternative looks.

    Insider Tip:Don't go to official exchange, walk 30 meters, you will keep money.

  • 90%


    Must Have Been To

    A city every globetrotter should have on their list. very impressive sights (if sometimes expensive to get into), beautiful, very large city centre, interesting places basically wherever you go, great atmosphere (noisy at night in the city centre) hoards of tourists of course, but enough "natives" to balance them out. Superb public transport (not cheap, but extremely well organised and efficient). Londoners in general very friendly and polite (and very forebearing with aforementioned hoards).

    Insider Tip:Shakespeare "The Globe Theatre" performance as "groundling" (=standing directly in front of the stage), quite unforgettable experience for just a few pounds

  • 60%



    I thought the city would be ancient, was disappointed. Really expensive, lack of public bathrooms. Pubic transport is cramped and pricey.

    Insider Tip:Walk all around zone 1, its not far.

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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