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London
Travel Guide

3 days in London

The sights a first timer mustn’t miss!

Good for
  • Local culture explorer
  • History enthusiast
  • Shopping enthusiast
  • Art and design lover
  • Food lover
  • Luxury traveler
  • Budget traveler
  • Trendy traveler
  • 3 days

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

British Museum

History Museums, Art Museums, Museums

Buckingham Palace

Castles, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Gardens

Covent Garden

Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Houses of Parliament

Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

The London Eye

Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Amusement/ Theme Parks

St. Paul's Cathedral

Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Churches/ Cathedrals

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Theaters, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Tower Bridge

Bridges

Tower of London

Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Westminster Abbey

Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings

Chris O's City Tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes when hitting the streets and layers of clothing will help account for the changeable London weather.
  • If you're visiting from abroad, odds are you're accustomed to road traffic coming from the opposite side. At any crossing look down as it normally says "LOOK LEFT" to remind you!
  • “May I please” inserted at the beginning of any request goes a long way to enhancing any customer service experience at most London retailers and venues.
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    British Museum
    History Museums, Art Museums, Museums
    Chris O Says:

    They are something we take for granted today, but before the 1750s publicly owned museums didn't exist. Founded in 1753 and open to the public in 1759, the British Museum is the world's first ever national public museum, and arguably one of the best with more than eight million artefacts spanning two million years of history. Highlights include the ancient Egyptian Rosetta Stone, the Benin Bronzes and classical Greek sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveler
    • Local culture explorer
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • The museum is always free to visit, but you'll have to pay for special exhibitions, which if you want to see are worth booking in advance. Fridays the museum is open until 20.30.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 1,082 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • extensive collection of Egyptian and Greek artifactsJul 27, 2014
    • Now THIS is a museum!Jul 27, 2014
    • British Museum
    Address:
    Great Russell Street
    Near Tottenham Court Road Tube Station
    London WC1B 3DG
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    +44 (0)20 7323 8299
    Other:
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    Buckingham Palace
    Castles, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Gardens
    Chris O Says:

    No matter whether you're a loyal royalist, an avid republican, or an ambivalent bystander, you can't deny that “Buck House” is as fascinating a piece of living history as it gets. When you go be sure to see what's on at The Queen's Gallery, home to one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • Buckingham Palace's State Rooms open for public visitation every summer from late July to September. The Changing of the Guard takes place at 11.30am and is free to view. Check a calendar for the next ceremony as it's not a daily occurrence.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #119 of 1,082 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A royal thumbs upJul 27, 2014
    • Must Do - But with a PLANJul 27, 2014
    • Buckingham Palace
    Address:
    Buckingham Palace Road
    The Mall
    London SW1A 1AA
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    +44 20 7839 1377
    Other:
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    Covent Garden
    Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
    Chris O Says:

    Buskers, pub crawlers, opera lovers, theatre goers, shopaholics, foodies, and more from across London and around the world all find Covent Garden and the village-y retail enclave of Seven Dials to be a most splendid setting for cavorting, where people have been doing exactly that for centuries.

    Good for
    • Local culture explorer
    • Shopping enthusiast
    Tips
    • The Covent Garden Apple Store is quieter than the Regents Street store, and a good place to snag some free WiFi too.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 1,082 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • BuzzingJul 26, 2014
    • Tourist grab bagJul 25, 2014
    • Covent Garden
    Address:
    Covent Garden
    London WC2E
    United Kingdom
    Other:
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    Houses of Parliament
    Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
    Chris O Says:

    The Palace of Westminster (aka the Houses of Parliament) is home to the Elizabeth Tower (aka St Stephens Tower) best known for the bell inside – Big Ben! This stately and rather ornate complex set beside the Thames is the very image of London while also an incongruous Neo-Gothic wonder unlike any other buildings around it.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • Parliament is open to any and all visitors to attend debates, watch committee hearings or take a tour inside. However, only permanent UK residents can book tours of Elizabeth Tower to see Big Ben.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 1,082 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must SeeJul 27, 2014
    • Best kept secretJul 27, 2014
    • Houses of Parliament
    Address:
    Westminster
    Old Palace Yard
    London SW1A 0AA
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    +44 (0) 207 219 3000
    Other:
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    The London Eye
    Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Amusement/ Theme Parks
    Chris O Says:

    When I first moved to London, it took a turn on the London Eye to get a sense of how this sprawling and ancient city was laid out. I recommend a spin on the Eye as a must to every local and any visitor keen to see all of London in one go.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local culture explorer
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • Try to time your “flight” around sunset for maximum beauty and to see the city light up as night falls.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #94 of 1,082 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view. Do NOT buy the fast track ticketsJul 28, 2014
    • Wonderful ViewJul 27, 2014
    • The London Eye
    Address:
    South Bank of the river Thames
    Opposite the Houses of Parliament
    London London SE1
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    44 (0) 870 990 8883
    Other:
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    St. Paul's Cathedral
    Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Churches/ Cathedrals
    Chris O Says:

    Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece still wows today and sets a dignified and reverent tone to London's ancient core. As magnificent as it is to view from the outside, be sure to take a tour of the interior to appreciate Wren's genius fully.

    Good for
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • Approach the cathedral from the south bank end of the pedestrian Millennium Bridge for the most breathtaking views.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 1,082 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shame on you LondonJul 27, 2014
    • Lovely and InspiringJul 27, 2014
    • St. Paul's Cathedral
    Address:
    St. Paul's Churchyard
    London EC4M 8AD
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    020 7236 4128
    Other:
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    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Theaters, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
    Chris O Says:

    Arguably the world's greatest playwright and England's most treasured export, Shakespeare and his plays are the stars of the show at the Globe, an open-air reconstructed Elizabethan theatre just like the one where the Bard used to stage his shows.

    Good for
    • Local culture explorer
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • Catching a performance? Don't be a 'groundling' if you can help it. Get a seat and pay the extra few quid for a cushion.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 1,082 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Julius Caesar at the GlobeJul 27, 2014
    • Best thing to do in LondonJul 27, 2014
    • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Address:
    21 New Globe Walk
    London SE1 9DT
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    020 7902 1400
    Other:
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    Tower Bridge
    Bridges
    Chris O Says:

    Named for its proximity to the Tower of London, the world's most famous combined bascule and suspension bridge represents yet another London icon that's unlike anything else seen in the city.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • For the most photogenic views of Tower Bridge, take a walk across London Bridge.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 1,082 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun thing to doJul 27, 2014
    • Poor experienceJul 27, 2014
    • Tower Bridge
    Address:
    Tower Bridge Exhibition
    London
    United Kingdom
    Other:
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    Tower of London
    Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
    Chris O Says:

    Officially known as “Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress” the Tower of London represents nearly 1,000 years of history – with plenty of blood, gore, and intrigue entwined in its tale. Shh … was that the ghost of Ann Boleyn heard crying from the chapel?! While you're here, definitely take a gander at the Crown Jewels, they will make your jaw drop!

    Good for
    • Must see
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • To avoid the crowds start with the jewels then walk the opposite way around to everyone else.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 1,082 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Too costlyJul 28, 2014
    • Great place to visitJul 27, 2014
    • Tower of London
    Address:
    Tower Hill
    Tower Hill tube
    London EC3N 4AB
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    44 870 756 6060
    Other:
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    Westminster Abbey
    Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
    Chris O Says:

    Maybe you've heard of Will and Kate – the last couple to have made news getting hitched here? Long before the latest round of Royal Family tabloid activity, the age old and gorgeous Westminster Abbey was making news, where more than 3,000 people (monarchs, poets, and more) are buried.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • On Sundays and religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas, Westminster Abbey is open for worship only.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 1,082 attractions in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Final Resting Place of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin!Jul 28, 2014
    • WowJul 27, 2014
    • Westminster Abbey
    Address:
    Broad Sanctuary
    London SW1P 3PA
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    44 20 7222 5152
    Other:
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