It can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide what to do when visiting London. There are so many attractions and activities to choose from, that your list may become very long indeed. Let us offer some inspiration and guidance with this list of some of the city's most popular tourist attractions.
Visitors of every taste will find something to love about London. Whether you want to take in a fantastic musical, go on a shopping spree on the world-famous Oxford street, dine at one of the many Michelin-star restaurants or simply spend a quiet day soaking up the culture and history in one of the museums, London has it all.
If you are only in the city for a short stay and you want the real London experience, make sure you visit London's West End. It is one of the city's most vibrant districts. Some of London's finest shopping can be done here and after a long day of flexing those credit cards, you can head over to Covent Garden's Opera Quarter for some great pre-theatre dining. Finish off the perfect day in London by taking in a musical.
The Royal Experience - Proudly explore British history by taking in some of the royal highlights in London. Start with a tour of the Tower of London, which has served as everything from an armoury to a fortress during its rich history and today serves as the exhibition location for the Crown Jewels. From here you can head over the Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine married in 2011 and which has served as the venue for coronations for nearly a thousand years. Finally, no royal tour of London would be complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official residence in London.
Best Views in London - Another great way to see the top attractions in London is from a bird's eye view. Tower Bridge offers fantastic views from its walkway, which is 45 meters above the Thames. For the very brave, the views from the open-air Skydeck at the top of the Shard cannot be beaten. However, if you want to see most of the top attractions in London, then you can't skip a ride on the London Eye. Located opposite the Houses of Parliament on the River Themes, the capsules on this observation wheel provide an interactive guide to explore the London landmarks. On a clear day, you will be able to see 55 of London's top landmarks during the 30-minute ride.
Alternatively there are plenty of great places to visit near London, but if you are travelling with your kids, the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour is something you cannot miss. Here you can explore Dumbledore's office, walk down the cobble stone streets of Diagon Alley and even enjoy a butter beer.
London offers an extensive public transport system, but for best value, visitors should take the bus. It can be a little confusing trying to navigate the bus map at first, but you will get the hang of it fairly quickly and by the end of your stay in London, you'll be a pro. A lot of the London tourist attractions require tickets. Booking ahead of time can save quite a bit of money, so we at Lastminute.com have put together a wide selection of tickets vouchers for experiences and tours throughout London.