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Verified travelerOct 15, 2019
Chilly but overall welcoming
Take a trip in the London Eye, the giant wheel that sits on the banks of the River Thames, to get a sense of what makes London such an amazing city. Look below you to see immediately recognizable landmarks and streets bursting with life. As well as offering unparalleled sightseeing and culture, London today also promises a thriving foodie scene and peaceful parks, for when you need to escape the restless rush of the city.
Visit the Museum of London to find out about the fascinating story of Britain’s capital city. Learn about its origins at the Roman settlement Londinium, as well as the invasions and occupations that shaped the city in the following two millennia.
One of the best ways to spend your time in London is hopping between its numerous world-class museums and galleries, most of which are free to enter. The British Museum and the National Gallery are two of the most famous, but there are dozens more to discover. Learn about the history of healthcare in the Wellcome Collection or chart the story of design in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Saatchi Gallery also offer hours of entertainment.
The U.K.’s capital has no shortage of iconic landmarks, from Trafalgar Square to St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament. Meet the silent, stoic soldiers that stand outside Buckingham Palace and encounter the crown jewels at the Tower of London.
Modern London hosts a thriving arts scene that every visitor needs to experience. Amble along Southbank to pass the Tate Modern, the British Film Institute and the National Theatre. Book tickets to see world-famous musicals in the theatres of the West End. Alternatively, seek out something more classical at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for a night of extravagant entertainment.
Travel to London at any time of year, although wrap up in waterproofs if visiting in the rainy winter months between November and February. While the London Underground makes getting around easy, the city center is also an exciting area to explore on foot.
Museums, Theaters and Historical Buildings
Britain’s most famous home, the luxurious personal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II, is open to all.
One of London’s most resounding landmarks is a treasured emblem of England.
One of the world’s most well-preserved medieval castles, this historic building is known for its fascinating and gruesome history.
Attend music and sports events, see a movie or go bowling in one of the busiest arenas in the world, situated inside this iconic dome by the River Thames.
Visit this cathedral to learn about the history behind London’s most iconic church and its Baroque dome that overlooks the city.
Once the private hunting grounds of a king, London's most famous park is today a place where everyone can enjoy gardens, monuments and music performances.
Get a firsthand look at more than 1,000 years of British royal history with a visit to the storied castle grounds at the Tower of London. Marvel at the glittering Crown Jewels and coronation regalia of monarchs past, and roam the ramparts with the famous Beefeaters who still protect the tower.
Fly high above the slow-moving waters of the Thames for a bird's-eye vantage point over London's historical landmarks and modern architecture. Take in far-reaching views of St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London on this relaxed revolution over the British metropolis.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is an absolute must for fans of the Harry Potter series of books and films. Go behind the scenes to discover the secrets behind the filming of all 8 films as you explore the actual sets used to film scenes in Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Privet Drive—to name but a few.
Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Plaza Premium Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle. Plus, get access to amenities that run the gamut from useful to luxurious, from Wi-Fi and showers to a champagne and tapas bar.
Zip around London town like a local on one of the city's iconic double-decker buses. Hop off to explore the city's historic sights and iconic architecture on foot, and glide down the River Thames on a sightseeing cruise to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the English capital.
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Verified travelerOct 14, 2019
London is no longer the London of memory, much of what was courteous and genteel long gone. It remains a pleasant city, especially if one knows London well.
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