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

  • 50%


    Go to London. DUH.

    Everything it's cracked up to be. Great vibes, culture, sights, bars. Very expensive, but very worth it.

    Insider Tip:The tube is great, but try walking or renting bikes. Saves some money and gives a better sense of the city as a whole.

  • 90%



    London is diverse and unique. The shopping is amazing and the tubes themselves are an experience. I would recommend stopping by in london at least once in your life.

    Insider Tip:Buy and oyster card or have apple pay on your phone as it will make you tube experience 1000x better.

  • 70%



    There are tons of things to do in London. If you are buying London City Pass, make sure you plan your site seeing properly as otherwise you will barely use the card. I think the London Pass booklet tries to mislead you into going to free sites first listing paid sites that card covers later on. So use your brain and plan your visit to attractions using the card. Also, the pass includes hop on and hop off, but the catch is that you have obtain a ticket at one of the offices first requiring commut

    Insider Tip:Plan your trip accordingly, as there are plenty of things to do. Buying frozen food in supermarkets like Tesco is great value for tasty foods like curry and pot pie if you have a place to microwave it. You can exchange dollars to pounds at a post office for low fee. Great restaurant in East London called Tayyabs - must try!

  • 80%


    London is mega

    like any huge city it can be difficult to know where to go and if you end up in the centre you are likely to end up going to some pretty shit chain pubs. I think the places to go drinking are Camden, soho, Shoreditch, Hoxton, brick lane, Brixton. London is expensive so be prepared!

    Insider Tip:my favourite places are Gordons wine bar, the new evaristo club, the French house, the queen of hoxton

  • 60%


    Good experience, but I expected different

    As an american, it felt like a big city in america. (Similar to New York) Lots of crazy traffic, tall buildings, and public transit. Lots of shops, parks, and sights. I'm glad I went, but after 2 days I was ready to move on.

    Insider Tip:Get a Traveler Oyster card and learn how the bus and tube work. It makes life so much easier.

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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