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The 21 Best London Tours
Whether it's your first time in London or you're a repeat visitor, you'll experience a side of the city you've never seen with these tours.
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As a sprawling, multicultural metropolis, London offers something for every type of traveler and a variety of ways to experience its top attractions . To help you see all the sights, U.S. News compiled the city's top tours, taking into account traveler sentiment and expert opinion. Whether you vacation by adventure or learn about a city through its food, you'll find a London tour to suit your needs on this list.
Secret Food Tours – London Bridge
Price: Adults from 79 pounds (about $98); kids from 69 pounds (about $86) Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours
On this three- to 3.5-hour London Bridge food tour, you'll visit seven different eateries, sampling everything from sausage rolls to sticky toffee pudding. You'll start at bustling Borough Market , where you'll snack on a bacon and egg bap (the U.K. version of a breakfast sandwich) as your guide tells you about the history of the market, as well as an overview of the city's history and culture. Other stops include a historic pub for a cheese tasting paired with English cider. And – as is standard on a Secret Food Tour – there will be a secret dish offered somewhere along the way. As you eat your way through London, you'll also enjoy great views of the city skyline, London Bridge and Tower Bridge . Participants appreciate the quantity and quality of food provided, as well as the entertaining guides.
The tour costs 79 pounds (about $98) for adults, 75 pounds (about $93) for teens ages 13 to 17 and 69 pounds (about $86) for kids 12 and younger. Tours depart several times a day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Secret Food Tours also offers tours of the Shoreditch district, among other areas.
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BrakeAway Bike Tours – The Secret London Bike Tour
Price: Adults from 32 pounds (about $40); kids from 26 pounds (about $33) Duration: 3.5 hours
The 3.5-hour Secret London Bike Tour leads riders past famous sights, such as the Tower of London and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre , but also explores lesser-known features of the city, including its street art and secret passageways. It also includes a 20-minute stop at Brick Lane. Reviewers extol the fun guides and say the tour is ideal if you want a break from the tourist crowds. Plus, they say it's a great value for the money.
Tours are offered daily from late March through October at 3 p.m. Tour prices, which include bikes, helmets and rain ponchos, start at 32 pounds (about $40) for adults, 29 pounds (about $36) for students with ID and 26 pounds (about $33) for children ages 10 to 17. Children 9 and younger are not allowed to join the tour. Groups are capped at 12 participants. For a more traditional tour of London, consider the company's Grand London Bike Tour.
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Liquid History Tours – Drink London Tour
Price: From 25 pounds (about $31) Duration: 3 to 4 hours
If the idea of walking – and drinking – in the footsteps of literary luminaries like Shakespeare and Dickens appeals, this is the tour for you. On the Drink London Tour, you'll walk along the "Street of Shame" (Fleet Street) for approximately 2 miles and stop in at least four historic pubs, some centuries old. You'll stroll by St. Paul's Cathedral , peek into secluded courtyards and listen to tales about Sweeney Todd. Travelers love the stories the guides share just as much as they enjoy drinking the local brews.
Three- to four-hour tours run daily at 2 p.m. and cost 25 pounds (about $31) per person. The cost of drinks is not included, and reservations are required for this tour. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Traveling with a group? Liquid History Tours also offers private excursions.
The Ghost Bus Tours
Price: Adults from 25 pounds (about $31); kids from 17 pounds (about $21) Duration: 75 minutes
Hop aboard a vintage double-decker bus for a spooky peek into London's lesser-known history with Ghost Bus Tours. Mixing horror with a fair bit of comedy – an aspect reviewers love – the actors-turned-guides describe the haunted history of top attractions, such as the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey , among other famous landmarks. Both visitors and locals value the obscure stories guides share.
Tours last approximately 75 minutes and run several times each evening, though departure times vary by day. Tickets start at 25 pounds (about $31) for adults, 17 pounds (around $21) for children and teens ages 5 to 15 and 19 pounds (about $24) for students and seniors. The Ghost Bus Tours also offers a family ticket package, which includes two adult tickets and two kid tickets for 63 pounds (around $79).
London Bicycle Tour Company – The Classic Tour
Price: Adults from 33.95 pounds (about $42); kids from 24.95 pounds (about $31) Duration: 3 hours
Travelers consistently give the London Bicycle Tour Company high marks for its fun guides who are vigilant about ensuring riders' safety. On the 3-hour Classic Tour – which travels about 8 miles – you'll breeze past the Houses of Parliament, Covent Garden and Buckingham Palace , and possibly even see the changing of the guard (depending on the schedule). Your tour guide will offer commentary and give you plenty of time to stop and take photos. Children need to be at least 10 years old and stable riders to participate.
Tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. Tickets start at around 34 pounds (about $42) for adults and about 25 pounds (roughly $31) for children ages 10 to 17. If you're hoping to admire the city lights at night, consider the company's daily sunset ride.
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Alternative London – Street Art Walking Tour
Price: Adults from 18 pounds ($22); kids from 12 pounds (about $15) Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Promising to show you things London guidebooks don't review, Alternative London's 1.5- to 2-hour walking tour takes you to East London, where guides showcase the area's street art and discuss its culture and history. The company employs street artists and other creative types as guides so you get an insider's look into the community, something travelers say makes the tour unique. No two tours are alike because every guide has their favorite route and spots to highlight. Past tourgoers say the tour is fun and full of interesting information.
Tours run at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays, as well as 2 p.m. on Fridays. Outings are limited to 20 people. Tickets start at 18 pounds (about $22) for adults and 12 pounds (about $15) for seniors and children ages 6 to 15. Looking to explore more of London's hidden spots? Alternative London offers a bike tour that emphasizes street art.
The English Bus – Stonehenge, Bath & A Secret Place Tour
Price: From 134 pounds (about $168) Duration: 12 hours
After you've gotten your fill of London's hustle, take a daytrip to the countryside. On this small tour of 16 people or fewer, you'll be picked up in London in a Mercedes minibus and head to both Stonehenge and Bath. At Stonehenge, you'll have time to walk around the ancient stones and marvel at their enormity. In Bath, you'll have time to stop for lunch and either explore on your own or take a guided tour. The twist to this tour is that you'll also visit a secret spot on the way back to London, which is only revealed when you arrive. The English Bus's vehicle, with panoramic windows and a glass roof, is small enough to go down back roads and through the countryside – a feature travelers love. Reviewers are also complimentary of the guides, who they describe as friendly, educational and well-versed in British history.
Tours depart daily at 8:45 a.m. and return to central London around 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at 134 pounds (about $168) and do not include food, drinks or admission to Stonehenge. The English Bus also operates daylong trips to the Cotswolds, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, among other destinations.
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Price: Adults from 51.50 pounds ($64); kids from 40 pounds ($50) Duration: 3.5 to 7 hours
Dive deep into the world of "Harry Potter" at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at sets, props and costumes used in the wildly popular movies. Walk through the Great Hall – which is set for dinner – wander around trees that were used in the Forbidden Forest, and walk through the Hogwarts Express. Other exhibits include Diagon Alley, costumes, such as Quidditch uniforms and Yule Ball dresses, and much more. You can even enjoy a butterbeer in the Backlot Café. Special exhibits are also displayed throughout the year and around the holidays. Travelers say this is a must-do activity for fans of the film franchise. Plan to spend at least half a day to fully experience the collection and discover its intricate details.
Tickets start at 51.50 pounds ($64) for adults and around 40 pounds (around $47) for children ages 5 to 15. The tour also offers a family package. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
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City Experiences by Hornblower – Evening Cruise on the River Thames
Price: From 31 pounds (about $39) Duration: 2 hours
City Experiences offers a gorgeous way to end your day in London on its Evening Cruise. Once you board, a server will greet you with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. A singer on board provides the background music while you take in the sights along the Thames. You can sit on the open-air upstairs deck or inside the saloon with picture windows. Also included with your ticket are hors d'oeuvres, served throughout the two-hour cruise. Travelers enjoy the trip, saying it is relaxing and affords spectacular views for photos.
In the warm weather months, cruises run daily at 6:30 p.m. (beginning in October, cruises are available Thursday through Sunday only) and tickets start at 31 pounds (about $39). Patrons must be age 13 or older to cruise. City Experiences offers a wide range of river cruises, including a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing cruise.
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The Jack the Ripper Tour With Ripper-Vision
Price: Adults from 18 pounds (about $22); kids from 10 pounds (about $12) Duration: 2 hours
This offbeat Jack the Ripper tour has a unique spin: the company uses what it calls "Ripper-Vision" to tell the story of the notorious murderer. A hand-held projector, "Ripper-Vision" displays pictures on walls and sides of buildings throughout the 1-hour, 45-minute tour, allowing the guides to show (and tell) all about the gruesome serial killer. You'll visit the actual murder sites where you'll learn about all of Jack the Ripper's victims and what London was like in the late 1800s. Tourgoers say guides are informative, entertaining and skilled at retelling the stories of Jack the Ripper's escapades.
Tours are offered nightly at 7:30 p.m., with an additional 5 p.m. tour on select days. Tickets start at 18 pounds (about $22) for adults ages 17 and older and 10 pounds (around $12) for children ages 10 to 16. The company also offers Jack the Ripper pub tours.
Eating Europe – East End Food Tour
Price: Adults from 99 pounds (about $123); kids from 81 pounds (about $101) Duration: 3.5 hours
Eating Europe's East End food tour is a 3.5-hour exploration of one of London's more diverse and interesting neighborhoods. Participants will enjoy food at six restaurants, pubs, markets, bakeries and shops. Along with classic fish and chips, you'll also sample curry, a salted caramel tart and bagels. Along the way, your guide will point out amazing street art, Roman burial grounds and more. Reviewers rave about the delicious and varied offerings on this tour and encourage future participants to pace themselves so they can enjoy every bite.
Tours run throughout the day, every day, beginning at 11 a.m. There is a maximum of 12 people per tour. Tickets start at 99 pounds (about $123) for adults; 89 pounds (roughly $111) for teens ages 13 to 17; and 81 pounds (around $101) for children ages 4 to 12. Eating Europe also offers tours of Soho and Borough Market.
Fat Tire Tours – Royal London Bike Tour
Price: Adults from 35 pounds (about $44); kids from 29 pounds (about $36) Duration: 4 hours
Fascinated with the monarchy? On this approximately four-hour cycling excursion from Fat Tire Tours, expert guides lead you to spots like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Kensington Palace, all while sharing intrigue and stories about British royalty. Midway through the tour, there is a half-hour lunch break near Trafalgar Square (at your own expense). Bikers say the tour provides a great way to see iconic sights and describe guides as informative and friendly.
Rides are offered daily at 10:30 a.m.; an additional 3:30 p.m. tour may also be available depending on the day and month. Schedules vary during the winter. Tickets start at 35 pounds (about $44) for adults, 29 pounds (approximately $36) for students and children ages 4 to 17 and 5 pounds (about $6) for kids under the age of 4. Travelers should note reservations are required for this tour, and helmets are provided. Fat Tire Tours also offers cycling tours along the Thames, bike rentals and private tours.
Evan Evans Tours – Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath
Price: Adults from 95 pounds (about $118); kids from 85 pounds (about $106) Duration: 11 hours
The first stop on this daytrip from London is Windsor Castle – the largest occupied castle in the world. Here, you'll have time to stroll the immaculate grounds and pay a visit to St George's Chapel, the location of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 2018 nuptials. From there, you'll head to the city of Bath, England – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's home to the world-famous Roman Baths. The last stop of the day is Stonehenge. In all, the tour lasts about 11 hours. Reviewers rave about the entertaining, passionate guides, but some do bemoan the pace of the tour, saying certain parts felt rushed. However, all agree this is a great way to cross some must-see landmarks off your bucket list.
Tours depart Victoria Coach Station daily at 8 a.m. Tickets, which cover the entrance fees to Stonehenge, start at 95 pounds (about $118) for adults, 85 pounds (about $106) for children ages 3 to 16 and 89 pounds (roughly $111) for students and seniors. Children under the age of 3 are free. There is also a family package, which includes tickets for two adults and two children, for 350 pounds (about $435). Evan Evans Tours also operates a similar tour that stops in Oxford instead of Bath.
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Brigit's Bakery London – Classic Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour
Price: Adults from 45 pounds (about $56); kids from 35 pounds (about $44) Duration: 1.5 hours
Offering a unique twist on a bus tour and afternoon tea, Brigit's Bakery London's Classic Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour combines the two for a tasty outing. During the tour, you'll ride on a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus through central London, passing by Big Ben, Hyde Park , Downing Street and more. As you sightsee, servers pour tea and offer sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Most enjoyed the food, but some expressed disappointment with the quality of the sandwiches. In addition to the tour's novelty, visitors find the prerecorded commentary entertaining and informative. However, some complained the commentary can be difficult to hear at times.
Tours, which last about 90 minutes, run several times daily and depart from either Northumberland Avenue or Victoria Coach Station. Tickets start at 45 pounds (about $56) for adults and 35 pounds (around $44) for children. The tour accommodates several dietary restrictions, though these options may have an additional fee. Children ages 4 and younger are not permitted. Prefer gin to tea? The company also offers a Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, among other options.
Tally Ho! – Landmarks and Gems Royal London Bike Tour
Price: From 45 pounds (about $56) Duration: 3.5 hours
On the 3.5-hour London Landmarks & Gems cycling tour, Tally Ho! leads visitors to the city's major sights, while expert guides offer their insights and informative commentary – a point of praise for many reviewers. Other highlights include seeing the royal guards (and possibly the changing of the guard ceremony), spray painting in the Leake Street tunnel and grabbing a pint at a pub. The tour covers about 5 miles and travels at a leisurely pace, with time for photo stops.
Tours ride twice daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., though times may vary seasonally. There may only be an afternoon ride during the fall and winter months, and an additional tour at 9:30 a.m. runs during the summer months. There is a maximum of 10 people per tour. Tickets start at 45 pounds (about $56). A helmet or tweed flat cap and spray paint are provided to bikers. Tally Ho! offers a variety of cycling and walking tours, including a gin "safari."
Premium Tours – Full Day London Tour
Price: Adults from 123 pounds (about $153); kids from 113 pounds (about $141) Duration: 9 hours
On Premium Tours' daylong excursion, which lasts about nine hours, you'll take a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral and then hopefully catch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace (if the timing and weather are right). After you refuel with lunch (at your own expense), you'll journey to the Tower of London to view the crown jewels. Your day ends with a cruise down the Thames and an optional ride on the London Eye. Tour-takers are chauffeured to each landmark in a comfortable bus. While it is a long day, visitors say it is a great way to cover a lot of ground. Plus, they say guides are knowledgeable, humorous and friendly.
Tickets for this London bus tour start at 123 pounds (about $153) for adults, 113 pounds (around $141) for children ages 3 to 16 and 120 pounds (about $149) for seniors and students ages 18 to 27. Prices may increase if travelers opt to ride the London Eye. Premium Tours also offers a Magic of London tour with a similar itinerary; however, you'll stop for a cream tea at Harrods instead of a ride on the London Eye.
Thames Rockets – Ultimate London Adventure
Price: Adults from about 60 pounds (about $63); kids from 37 pounds (about $46) Duration: 50 minutes
Do you have a need for speed? The 50-minute Ultimate London Adventure tour is a sightseeing cruise like no other. As your actor-turned-guide narrates your trip, you'll take in iconic sights along the Thames, such as the Tate Modern , the Gherkin and the Houses of Parliament. Once you get under the Tower Bridge, the speedboat captain ramps up to speeds of 30 knots (35 mph) and takes you on a thrilling ride as the music blasts and passengers shriek. Tourgoers describe it as an exhilarating, fantastic experience.
Tickets start at 50.90 pounds (roughly $63) for adults and 37 pounds (approximately $46) for children 14 and younger. Prices may fluctuate depending on the time of day. A 5.95 pound (about $7) booking fee is added to the price. Tours cruise several times daily. Keep in mind: From November through January tours are only offered Thursday through Sunday. Thames Rockets also offers adults-only evening rides, as well as longer 80-minute cruises, among other options.
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Tour for Muggles
Price: Adults from 17 pounds (about $21); kids from 15 pounds (about $19) Duration: 2 hours
This tour garners rave reviews from witches, wizards, Muggles and Squibs who appreciate both the knowledgeable tour guides and seeing their favorite "Harry Potter" locations in real life. Tour for Muggles takes visitors through London for approximately two hours to see locations where the movies were shot, as well as places that inspired author J.K. Rowling.
Tours are limited to 20 people and run several times a day Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets cost approximately 17 pounds (about $21) for adults and 15 pounds (about $19) for children ages 11 and younger. There is also a 1.25 pound (about $1.55) fee per person when purchasing tickets.
Gin Journey London
Price: From 75 pounds (about $93) Duration: 4.5 hours
If you enjoy imbibing in gin, you'll love taking a tour with Gin Journey, where your expert "gin guardian" takes you to five different venues in London in a chauffeur-driven minibus. During the 4.5-hour tour, you'll sample five different gins, enjoy five gin cocktails, visit a distillery and learn all about this spirit and why it's having a modern renaissance. Reviewers praise the guides, the drinks and the tour's great organization.
Gin Journeys can be booked in different neighborhoods, including Hackney and Soho. Tours, which are capped at 20 people, are offered every Saturday at 1 or 2 p.m., depending on which neighborhood you choose to book. Tickets start at 75 pounds (about $93). There is a 4.06 pound (about $5) booking fee when making reservations.
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Strawberry Tours – Free Soho Tour London
Price: Free Duration: 2 hours
Since the mid-19th century, Soho has been a haven for musicians, writers and bohemians. Learn about the neighborhood's famous residents and much more on this free two-hour London walking tour. Your guide will talk about famous bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and their connection to the area. You'll also learn about the history of Soho's sex industry, a topic not always discussed on tours. Guides will take you by the Old Red Light District, Carnaby Street, the West End Theatre District and more. Tourgoers rave about the expert guides and are awestruck by the history of the area.
As its name suggests, the tour is free, but at the end of tour, you can pay your guide what you wish. This tour runs Wednesday through Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Tickets must be reserved in advance. Strawberry Tours offers other free excursions around London, such as street art-themed tours and several London landmarks tours.
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Free Tours by Foot – World War Two Tour of London
On this two-hour walking tour of London, you'll learn about London during the Blitz, hear tales of how the city was rebuilt after the war and walk past landmarks that survived the bombings, such as St. Paul's Cathedral. Tour-takers value the engaging guides and the amount of history shared on the tour. They also say guides tailor the tour to participants' interests.
Visitors can name their own price, paying what they think the tour was worth at the excursion's conclusion. Tours operate Thursday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Reservations are required to guarantee a spot. Free Tours by Foot offers a variety of walking and food tours, including tours of Westminster and London street art, among many others.
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Small Group Day Tour of Bath, Windsor Castle, and Stonehenge from London
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Stonehenge Tour from London or Southampton
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London Self Guided City Tour With an App
Mary Poppins Walking Tour
A two-hour tour of the Mary Poppins film locations in London
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Secret History Walking Tour
A guided stroll to experience London's 2,000-year history away from the crowds
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National Gallery One-hour Tour
A guided tour exploring the highlights of the iconic art museum
British Museum Two-hour Guided Tour
A skip-the-line tour of one of London's most famous museums
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British Museum and National Gallery Tour
A tour to explore two of London's top museums with an expert guide
National Gallery Tour with Art Historian Guide
A three-hour private tour to see some of the highlights of the collection
National Gallery Self-guided Tour
An audio-led tour to explore the gallery's famous works, including Renaissance masterpieces
Private Natural History Museum Tour
Two-hour journey through millions of years of Earth’s history with a personal guide
London Transport Museum
Admission to a museum tracing the history of London's world-renowned public transportation
Skip-the-line Natural History Museum Tour
Impressive collection of specimens and artefacts charting the history and evolution of the planet
Natural History Museum Guided Tour
An interactive journey through billions of years of human history
London: the city's best neighbourhoods
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0.9 miles from city centre
The glamorous residents of Mayfair have money to burn. Come and ogle at their sprawling mansions, exclusive shops, auction houses and rarefied art galleries. If a bespoke suit from Savile Row doesn't tempt you, survey the fine Victorian architecture around the garden squares or the intricate design of the Royal Arcade.
Places to stay from £44 per night
2.8 miles from city centre
Kensington is a mix of residential and commercial areas that ooze class. Stretching from Old Brompton Road to Kensington High Street, you’ll find bistros, cafés and boutiques galore. Stop to admire Kensington Palace, or visit the nearby Victoria and Albert and Natural History Museums. The streets around Holland Park are perfect for walking.
Places to stay from £18 per night
0.4 miles from city centre
The ornamental pineapples adorning the market’s lamps are a reminder of the fruit and vegetable stalls that once occupied Covent Garden, an important centre for London’s vibrant creative arts scene. See the 17th-century St Paul’s Church or explore the boutiques that line the alleys. Parisian-style cafés with terraces adorn the street corners.
Places to stay from £45 per night
1 miles from city centre
Westminster, home to some of London's best-known landmarks and the seat of government. Slip through the shadows of history at The Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square with the bells of Big Ben marking the passage of time. Stroll past Whitehall to Downing Street (the Prime Minister's official home and office) and on to Buckingham Palace.
Places to stay from £11 per night
0.1 miles from city centre
St James's is a sophisticated neighbourhood filled with mature parks, galleries and high-end restaurants. Edged by Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, St James's plays host to a range of cultural and artistic events throughout the year including London Fashion Week. Head to Jermyn Street for luxury shopping.
Places to stay from £50 per night
1.6 miles from city centre
Lined with beautiful Victorian terraces, the traditional streets of Marylebone contain acres of parks and garden. Amateur sleuths shouldn’t miss Sherlock Holmes’ legendary residence at 221b Baker Street. You’ll spot the beautiful, circular All Souls Church with its striking conical tower. From here, wander towards Bond Street’s upmarket shops.
Places to stay from £23 per night
1.7 miles from city centre
Knightsbridge is a honeypot for wealthy shoppers - and the postcode of choice for the even wealthier. Harrods is the centrepiece, a unique department store with five acres of shopping. The nearby Harvey Nichols food court is legendary for its gourmet delights. The park behind The Brompton Oratory provides an oasis among the stucco-fronted edifices.
Places to stay from £109 per night
1.4 miles from city centre
This is one of the world's most elegant - and wealthy - residential neighbourhoods. Belgravia’s palatial Georgian-style houses are peppered with delightful garden squares, including Belgrave Square and Eaton Square. Elizabeth Street holds a number of quirky delights, like stationers, luxury chocolatiers, bakeries and antique shops.
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London's inherent uniqueness and mix of cultures have made it one of the most visited cities in the world. Its diverse bundle of boroughs are often like mini cities in their own right, with each one offering something different to the last.
London's iconic skyline is an eclectic combination of instantly recognisable landmarks, from the historic Tower of London to the ultra-modern skyscrapers of The Shard and 20 Fenchurch (better known as 'The Walkie-Talkie'). A walk through the ‘Square Mile’ immerses you in the original Roman settlement, with parts of the ancient defensive wall still visible. You'll also find some of the London's cosiest (and oldest) pubs around there, such as Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a former haunt of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.
For lovers of the arts, look no further than the world-class theatres of London's West End and the live music venues of Camden, Soho and Shoreditch. You'll also find endless galleries and museums dotted around, such as the free-to-visit British Museum, Natural History Museum and the National Gallery.
Amongst all the impressive architecture and endless points of interest, it's easy to forget how green London is. 47% of the city is made up of public green space, including 3,000 parks. The most popular spots include Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Green Park, but it's worth venturing out to places like Richmond where you can walk amongst roaming wild deer.
London is served by several major airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted, Luton and Southend. Travel is made easy by the extensive public transport links, as well as private coach services.
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We took advantage of the London Travel pass and had a...
26 January 2024
We took advantage of the London Travel pass and had a wonderful time. We stayed by the convention center since I had to work. My family had a great time visitn ght e sites and even taking a day trip to Stratford
24 January 2024
Sightseeing.....so much to see!! The tower of london was fabulously interesting and the staff were very helpful. Loads of reasonably prices places to eat and drink. You need to be relatively fit to get around. The underground is not particularly good for disabled passengers.
Spent 2 days and 1 night in London just after boxing day.
Spent 2 days and 1 night in London just after boxing day. We watched a theatre show in the evening at Victoria Apollo, during the 2 days we visited Battersea, Chelsea, Sloane Square, Leicester Square and Harrods. Tube station very close to hotel so was easy to tube hop around and get back to the hotel very quickly. Really enjoyable couple of days, still felt festive without the feeling of it being busy and hectic.
The nightly shows were amazing around Leicester Square...
23 January 2024
The nightly shows were amazing around Leicester Square including the many monuments such as Mr Bean and Paddington Bear. Highly recommend the ‘Under the Moon’ pub in Leicester Square for a well priced quality meal. Portobello Road and of course Windsor Castle were great too!
Loved the view of London from 'The Shard', was...
Loved the view of London from 'The Shard', was impressed with the Saint Paul's Cathedral as well. The tube and the buses made moving around London so easy, and of course the Black Cab was a saviour for our trips to and fro from the airport, our unlimited bags all fit!
Cultural Diversity: London is known for its incredible...
22 January 2024
Cultural Diversity: London is known for its incredible cultural diversity. People from all over the world call London home, contributing to a rich tapestry of languages, cuisines, and traditions. Historical Significance: London has a rich history, with iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the British Museum. The city has played a significant role in shaping world history. Arts and Entertainment: London is a global hub for the arts. It has numerous theaters, museums, galleries, and music venues. The West End is famous for its theaters and musicals. Public Transportation: The public transportation system in London, including the iconic London Underground (Tube), is extensive and efficient. This makes it relatively easy to navigate the city. Green Spaces: London offers several beautiful parks and green spaces, such as Hyde Park and Regent's Park, providing residents and visitors with places to relax and enjoy nature. Economic Opportunities: London is a major global financial center and offers a wide range of job opportunities across various industries. Cuisine: The city boasts a diverse culinary scene, with a wide range of restaurants offering cuisines from around the world. Traditional British food and international dishes are readily available. Weather: The weather in London can be unpredictable, with a reputation for occasional rain. Winters tend to be mild, while summers can vary from warm to cool. Cost of Living: London is known for its high cost of living, including housing prices. This can be a consideration for those planning to live or work in the city. Quality of Life: Overall, London offers a high quality of life with a mix of urban excitement and historical charm. However, individual experiences may vary based on personal preferences and circumstances.
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A professional photography workshop after dark
Become James Bond for a Day
An exploration of London's connections to the iconic character
Private Photoshoot in Piccadilly Circus
A chance to explore the streets of London and being photographed by a professional
Harry Potter London Walking Tour
A guided Harry Potter-themed tour with quizzes and games
Stonehenge Immersive Audio Tour
A self-guided tour of an iconic prehistoric monument with a podcast narrated by an archaeologist
IFS Cloud Cable Car & Uber Boats Thames Experience
An exploration of the city from the sky and the water
Music-themed Self-guided Walking Tour
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Charles Dickens' London Exploration Game Tour
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Self-guided Harry Potter Walking Tour and Game
A chance to experience the world of Harry Potter and explore London's famous sights
Discover London by playing! Escape game - The Walter case
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A captivating audio tour through London's world-famous theatre district
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Luxurious Mayfair Exploration Game
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House of Windsor Self-guided Audio Tour
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Portobello Market Photography Workshop
A photography workshop at a famous London market
Text Quest Scavenger Hunt in London
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London Night Cruise with Silent Disco
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West End Exploration Game
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A chance to climb London's famous The O2 arena and enjoy panoramic city views
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Harry Potter-themed Photoshoot
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The Best in Stand Up Comedy - Comedy Shows every night of the week
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Crown & Jewels Workshop
Notting Hill Private Photoshoot
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Notting Hill Exploration Game
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Self-Guided Audio Tour
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Mother's Day Chocolate Making Workshop in Windsor
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Private Prison Van Escape Game - London Immersive Experience
The Crown History-themed City Exploration Game
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Borough Market Visit & Cooking Class in London with a Food Professional
Queen-themed London Treasure Hunt
An app-based treasure hunt of famous sights relating to the iconic band
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Hard Rock Cafe London Set Lunch or Dinner Menu
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Mob Revenge Exploration Game
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Shakespeare’s London Exploration Game
A virtual game based on stories and locations connected to William Shakespeare
Speedboat Experience in London
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Royal Afternoon Tea at Kensington Palace
London Salsa Lovers Dance Experience
The Dare Skywalk Climb Evening Weekday
Silent Disco Tour
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A ticket to watch a football game alongside fellow fans
Augmented Reality Outdoor City Private Experience: Operation Mindfall
Halloween Workshop in Windsor
Moriarty's Game Treasure Hunt Experience
A treasure hunt-style game to outwit the notorious Professor James Moriarty
Wonders of London Bridge Outdoor Escape Game
A self-guided app-led tour in this area of London
Great Fire of London Exploration Game
An exciting virtual game centred on the 1666 fire that swept through the city
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Live Escape Room Game
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London Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour
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World Traveller Podcast Tour Collection
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Authentic British Food and Drink Tour
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Sherlock: The Official Live Game
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Warner Bros. Studio Harry Potter Admission
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Rock and Roll Exploration Game
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Chelsea Football Match at Stamford Bridge Stadium
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10 Very Best Tours In London To Book (And Which To Avoid)
London is an incredible city to visit! With all the diverse neighbourhoods to explore, beautiful London palaces to see and the heaps of markets in London, it’s a city that’s got something for every visitor. That being said, with so much choice comes a bamboozling amount of the best tours in London to book whilst you’re here.
From casltes to places, markets to the best west-end shows, you’re going to be spoiled for choice.
That being said, don’t always feel like you need to book a London tour to see the best spots in the city. Remember, there is a mind-boggling amount of free things to do in London that’ll fill up any trip. From museums like; The British Museum, The Natural History Museum and galleries like the Tate Modern. Lots of London’s iconic sights are free to enjoy.
So, to help you get the most out of your time, I wanted to share some of the very best tours in London that you can’t miss. This way you can focus solely on enjoying your trip, without the faff of researching.
Have an amazing visit to London.
1.) Westminster Abbey Tour
There’s no denying that London has heaps of historic buildings to explore, with Westminster Abbey being one of the most famous places in London to visit.
Now, although you don’t necessarily need a tour to enter, you will need to book this Westminster Abbey ticket to gain entry. Like lots of places in London, it’s well worth booking in advance as timeslot entries can fill up fast.
That being said, if you want to learn more about Westminster Abbey and the coronations, royal weddings and funerals, you can book this guided Westminster Abbey guided tour that’ll take you through the centuries of history inside.
You’ll even get to spot the tombs of iconic people of history, from Charles Darwin to late royalty.
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2.) The Tower of London Tour
One of London’s most iconic historical buildings, the Tower of London has witnessed a huge heap of turbulent history. Acting as a Royal Palace, an execution site, a prison and the house of the Crown Jewels, it’s been (and is) a little bit of everything.
To get inside, book these Tower of London and Crown Jewels tickets that’ll get you right inside in no time. Personally, I don’t think a guided tour is necessary (as there is so much information within the Tower of London). So, I’d always recommend going it alone by booking these tickets ; it’s one of the very best tours in London to book.
Read more: Best palaces in London to visit
3. The Harry Potter Studios Tour
Love a bit of Harry Potter? Then get yourself over to all things Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Now, make sure to book these Harry Potter Studio tickets and transfer them in advance of your trip.
This way, you’ll know that you’ll have everything sorted and ready once you arrive. It can get quite busy, especially at peak times.
Again, for the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour , you don’t need a guide, but the arranged transfer certainly helps as it’s a little outside of Central London. It’s one of the very best London tours to book, especially as it can be explored at your own pace.
You can see the location on this Google Maps pinpoint .
Oh, and if you’ve already visited the studios, book this amazing Harry Potter walking tour that’s so much fun. It’s also a great way to see a slice of London itself.
Read more: Best things to do in Central London
4.) The London Eye
Probably the world’s most famous Ferris wheel, the London Eye has been an iconic part of the London skyline since the turn of the year 2000.
Now, personally, you don’t need to get a guided tour of the London Eye. That being said, you do need to book these tickets that will get you onboard in no time. We always book these Fastrack London Eye entry tickets as the queues can be quite long at peak times.
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5.) London food tour
London is a food lover’s paradise, it’s got something for everyone and this guided London food tour is just too good to miss. In fact, I’d go as far as saying it’s one of the very best tours in London to book if you want to experience some delicious local produce and dishes.
Not only will you get to try real ales and British ciders, but you’ll also be able to try things like sticky toffee pudding which is so good.
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6.) The British Museum Guided Tour
The British Museum is one of the world’s greatest museums, housing artefacts from all over the UK, and the rest of the world. It’s the kind of place you can visit and spend days exploring. It’s that vast.
Now, the British Museum is totally free to enter (and great to walk around on your own). That being said, if you want more in-depth information on the artefacts, then book this incredible guided tour of the British Museum . You’ll be taken through to see artefacts such as the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, and heaps of artefacts from Egypt.
You’ll also be able to see so much history from mainland Europe and other continents and places in sub-Saharan Africa.
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7.) The Street Art Tour
London is home to some of the world’s most famous street artists, with heaps of neighbourhoods to explore their work.
One easy way to see some of the best street art in London is by booking this alternative guided tour . Not only will you be partnered with a local guide, but you’ll also get to explore areas such as Shoreditch and Brick Lane which are totally cool areas to visit.
Just be sure to book this street art tour in advance . Places do fill up fast as it’s one of the very best tours in London to see street art from the likes of; Banksy, ROA, Invader and Shepherd Fairy.
8.) Towe Bridge Tour
Tower Bridge needs very little introduction!
It’s probably one of London’s, if not the world’s most famous bridges to cross. That being said, lots of people don’t know that you can actually go inside Tower Bridge , too.
Before arriving, book these Tower Bridge tickets that’ll get you right to the top of the bridge. Not only that, you’ll get to go within the mechanics of the bridge and see the ‘hidden’ bits you can’t see without a ticket.
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9.) Riverboat tour
Probably one of our favourite pastimes in London is booking this beautiful boat tour down the River Thames. It’s such a great way to see London and it’s so relaxing and peaceful. Though, definitely book this guided boat tour one in advance as spaces are limited at certain times of the day.
It’s one of the very best tours in London that’ll take you all the way from Westminster to Greenwich (which is a stunning part of London). Once arriving in, be sure to check out the top spots in Greenwich that are too good to miss.
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10.) Jack The Ripper Walking Tour
Love it or hate the macabre, this Jack the Ripper Tour in London is world-renowned. In fact, I’d say it’s one of the very best tours in London to join if you’re interested in the history of Jack the Ripper.
After joining the tour, you’ll be taken ‘back in time’ to 19th-century London with an expert guide that’ll even take you to the real-life crime scenes that are all around the Whitechapel area of London.
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5 Days in London: The Ultimate London Itinerary
Julie Last updated: January 18, 2024 England 120 Comments
There’s just something about London. With its iconic skyline, trendy neighborhoods, world-class museums, and long list of popular attractions, London is a city that every traveler should visit. We put together this 5-day London itinerary to help you have the best experience here.
Table of Contents
About this London Itinerary
In general, I grouped sites together based on their location in order to save you time walking and using public transportation. This will keep you from spending unnecessary time on London’s metro (aka the Tube and the Underground) and backtracking through the city.
Also, I grouped some of the most expensive activities into days 2, 3, and 4, so you can take advantage of the London Pass (more about this at the end of the post).
Also, at the end of this post, we give recommendations on how to shorten this London itinerary if you only have 2, 3, or 4 days to spend in London.
The provided walking distances are the amount of walking you will do to get between sites. These do not include the amount of walking you will do inside museums, art galleries, etc.
5 Day London Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in London, Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, the London Eye Day 2: Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Whitehall, Covent Garden Day 3: Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Borough Market, Tate Modern, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sky Garden Day 4: National Gallery, Greenwich, Prime Meridian, Up at the O2 Day 5: British Museum, Afternoon Tea, Portobello Road Market, Museums in Kensington
London Itinerary: Day 1
Arrive in London
Depending on your flight, most likely you will arrive in London in the morning. Check into your hotel and get settled. Only take a nap if you desperately need one. It’s better to drink some coffee and stay awake so you can adjust to the time change as quickly as possible. It’s amazing what getting out into the sunshine can do to revive tired travelers. However, it is London, so there is the chance that the sun will be hidden behind the clouds.
To get to your hotel from the airport, you can take a taxi or hire a private driver (expensive, about 45 minutes, but most likely will be longer depending on traffic), take the Underground (cheap, about 1 hour), or take the Heathrow Express to Paddington station and then take the Underground to your hotel (about 45 minutes but varies depending on hotel location).
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Normally, we do not recommend bus tours. Unless you are in London. This city is huge and the list of sites to see is long. Taking a bus tour is a great way to get an overview of this amazing city. Plus, it’s the perfect, low-key activity for jet-lagged travelers.
There are multiple companies that offer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours. Big Bus, Golden Tour, and The Original Tour are the most popular. We recommend Big Bus , only because this is whom we used and we had a good experience.
Most companies offer multiple routes through the city. Tickets are valid for one, two, and three days, and extra excursions may be added in, such as a river ride on the Thames. For the purpose of today, all you need is a basic 24-hour ticket.
To get an overview of the city, I recommend the Red Route with Big Bus. This route takes you past the main sites without going too far out of the way. Enjoy the journey as you glide by Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and the River Thames.
PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you purchase your tickets online in advance, you will save money compared to purchasing them same-day on the city street.
Take a Ride on the London Eye
A ride on the London Eye is another ultra-touristy thing to do in London, but if this is your first time in the city, it’s thrilling to look down on the River Thames, Parliament, and over the London skyline.
London Eye | 5 Day London Itinerary
Cost: Tickets start at £26 if you book in advance. If you want to skip the line, choose the Fast Track option (slightly more expensive). Tickets are available on the official website and through GetYourGuide. Hours: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm, although hours change frequently depending on the season. Visit the London Eye website for more information. Getting here: Use the bus tour to get here, hop off and ride the London Eye, and then hop back on the bus to complete the loop back to your hotel (or your starting destination).
Have dinner and go to bed early to get that much needed sleep.
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London Itinerary: Day 2
Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Whitehall, Covent Garden
How to Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers (points of interest and the walking route). You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest. If you click the star next to the title of the map, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.
Westminster Abbey is the site of the coronation of the monarchs of England, royal weddings, and the funeral of Princess Diana. Hundreds of people are buried in tombs and in the floor of the Abbey, including Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton. Included with your entry fee is an audio guide that explains the history of this amazing place.
Westminster Abbey | 5 Day London Itinerary
Henry VII Lady Chapel | 5 Day London Itinerary
PRO TRAVEL TIP: To avoid waiting in line, it helps to pre-purchase your tickets online and arrive at Westminster Abbey 15 minutes before opening time. By making this the first thing you do today, you will get to tour Westminster Abbey before it gets crowded.
Plan Your Visit: Tour Westminster Abbey in photos and learn how to plan your visit in our Guide to Westminster Abbey. Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; last entrance one hour before closing; Sundays: only open for worship Cost: £29 online in advance; included on the London Pass; if tickets are sold out for your dates of travel, they can also be purchased through GetYourGuide. Website: Check opening times and get updated pricing on the official website
Buckingham Palace | Ewelina W/shutterstock.com
From Westminster Abbey, walk through St. James’s Park to The Mall (1.1 km, 0.7 miles, about 15 minutes) to Buckingham Palace. Most visits here are quick, with just a view of the Palace through the fence, but if you get your timing right, you can watch the Changing of the Guard.
The Changing of the Guard occurs every other day at 11 am (usually Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). In the summer, the Changing of the Guard may occur daily. This schedule can change and the ceremony will not occur in inclement weather. Click here for the up to date schedule.
The Changing of the Guard is a ceremony that takes place between St. James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace. The ceremony starts at 10:30 am at St. James’s Palace, at 10:45 the procession enters The Mall and walks towards Buckingham Palace, and at 11 am the official Changing of the Guard occurs at Buckingham Palace. You can watch this ceremony on the Mall and in front of Buckingham Palace. It helps to get here early (as much as an hour early during the very busy summer months) to get a good spot.
If you want to watch the Changing of the Guard from the best vantage points and learn more about this tradition, this walking tour gets great reviews.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If this is something that’s at the top of your list to do in London, you can visit Buckingham Palace before Westminster Abbey. However, the Changing of the Guard will take up most of your morning and then you will be dealing with long lines and crowds at Westminster Abbey. In our opinion, your time is better spent at Westminster Abbey than joining the crowds at the Changing of the Guard.
During the months of August and September, and select times during the rest of the year, you can tour the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace. Learn more here.
Next we will be walking over to Whitehall. Restaurants on Whitehall either mediocre or expensive (your best bet on Whitehall is The Red Lion). There are numerous restaurants to try just south of Buckingham Palace, including Bon Gusto (Italian), Quilon (Indian and Asian), or Buckingham Arms (bar/pub located on at 62 Petty France).
Churchill War Rooms
After lunch, walk to the Churchill War Rooms. This museum has two parts to it. At the Churchill Museum you learn about the life and legacy of Winston Churchill. Then you enter the Cabinet War Rooms . This is the underground bunker where Churchill and his staff ran their operations during World War II.
This museum is fascinating and you do not need to be a history buff to appreciate this visit. If you want to learn more about Winston Churchill before your visit to London, consider watching the movie Darkest Hour or reading the book The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson. It is about Winston Churchill’s first year as prime minister during the bombings by Hitler. This story is told by using the journals from Churchill’s inner circle and it provides a fascinating insight on the mind of Churchill and what it was like to live through this time period.
To skip the line, purchase your fast track tickets online in advance.
Cost: Adults £32, Child (5-15) £16 Hours: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, last admission at 5 pm Website: Get updated hours and pricing before you go on the official website. Tour of the Churchill War Rooms: Get more out of your visit on this small group tour of the Churchill War Rooms and war sites in Westminster.
From the Churchill War Rooms, walk towards Westminster Bridge along Great George Street/A302. Along this walk, you will pass several red phone booths where you can photograph the phone booth and Big Ben together, as in the photo below.
From the Churchill War Rooms, continue the walk towards Big Ben. Before long, you will be able to see some of London’s most iconic sites: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Parliament.
Walk across Westminster Bridge and take a look back towards Parliament. This is a great place to snap that iconic photo of Parliament and the River Thames.
Parliament and Big Ben | 5 Day London Itinerary
If it interests you, you can take a tour of Parliament or attend the debates, if Parliament is in session. You can take an audio tour or watch the debates at the House of Commons or the House of Lords, but what exactly you can do depends on whether or not you are a UK resident. Click here for full details on how to visit Parliament.
#10 Downing Street
Cross back over Westminster Bridge and walk up Whitehall. You will first come to #10 Downing Street, the official home of the British Prime Minister. The entrance is protected behind a fence with armed guards, but you will be able see the residence from a distance.
Horse Guards Parade
Walk one more block north on Whitehall to Horse Guards Parade. This is a large, gravel area used for parades and a daily changing of the guard (at 11 am).
Continue the walk north to Trafalgar Square. This is one of London’s most popular public squares. It has been the site for anti-war demonstrations, New Year’s Eve celebrations, and victory parades.
Trafalgar Square | 5 Day London Itinerary
Ben Franklin’s House
Ben Franklin, in London? For sixteen years, from 1757 and 1775, Ben Franklin lived in London. This house is the only surviving house that he called home. It is now a museum and can be visited while you are in London. Visit the official website for hours of operation and ticket prices if a visit here interests you (included on the London Pass).
Covent Garden is a district in the West End that is now a popular shopping and dining area. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring this neighborhood.
There are numerous restaurants in this area, including a cluster of restaurants and shops in Apple Market.
Neal’s Yard is a colorful alley near Covent Garden. It’s worth the quick visit just to take a photo. Just around the corner is Neal’s Yard Dairy , one of the best spots in the city to sample artisanal cheese.
Neal’s Yard | 5 Day London Itinerary
London Itinerary: Day 3
Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Borough Market, Tate Modern, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sky Garden
Tower of London
For nearly 1000 years, the Tower of London has served as a royal palace, prison, place of execution, stronghold for riches, and the symbol of the monarchy in England. This is absolutely a must-visit destination in London. This was our favorite history lesson in London, plus the crown jewels are stunning, and probably the best in all of Europe.
There are several parts to a visit to the Tower of London, so expect to spend approximately 2 hours here.
The one-hour Yeoman Warder tour is not only educational but also entertaining (even for kids!). It’s a fascinating lesson about the history of London and the events that occurred at the Tower of London.
The Crown Jewels , an astonishing display of diamond studded crowns and scepters, are the most amazing in Europe. Now they sit on display for all of us common folk to see.
You can also explore the tower walls and tour the White Tower and visit its museum with exhibits containing executioner’s blocks and the Royal Armory.
Ceremony of the Keys: This is a ceremony where the Tower of London is locked up at the end of the day. Tickets must be reserved online in advance and they can sometimes sell out a year in advance. Learn more here.
AVOID THE CROWDS: Lines to enter the Tower of London are notoriously long, especially midday during the summer months. By making this the first activity of the day, you can avoid the crowds. Plan on arriving here at opening time. To skip the lines at the Crown Jewels, go here first and then take the Yeoman Warder tour. Another option is this highly rated tour, which begins with the Opening Ceremony of the Tower of London by the Beefeaters, followed by a visit to the Crown Jewels and ends with skip-the-line access to the Tower Bridge Experience.
Cost (online price): Adults £33.60, Child £16.80, included on the London Pass; walk-up tickets cost £2 – £4 more than online tickets Hours: Summer (March 1 to October 31) Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Sunday and Monday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm, last admission 5:00 pm; Winter (November 1 to February 28) Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Sunday and Monday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, last admission 4:00 pm; hours vary quite a bit throughout the year, so get updates on the official website before your trip Getting here: Take the underground to Tower Hill, then it is a 5 minute walk to the Tower of London Website: Get updated hours and pricing on the official website
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Walk out to the River Thames to Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge is London’s most famous bridge. Enjoy the view and take your photos.
Tower Bridge | 5 Day London Itinerary
Stroll across the bridge and take in the view down the River Thames.
You can also climb the tower to an elevated glass floor. From here, it’s a thrilling look down at the pedestrians, cars, and buses traveling over London Bridge.
Walking across the bridge is free, but if you want to climb the tower and walk across the glass walkway, you will have to buy a ticket.
If you purchase your tickets online 24 hours in advance, you will save money off of the ticket price. You still may have to wait in line to enter the glass walkway depending on crowd levels.
Cost: Adult £12.30, Child £6.20, included on the London Pass Hours: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm; last entry at 5:00 pm
The View from The Shard
From Tower Bridge, walk west along the Thames River to The Shard. You know you are heading in the right direction if you see a building that looks like a giant piece of broken glass pointing up to the sky. This is The Shard, one of London’s newest editions to its skyline.
At the View from The Shard, you will have the highest view over London. It’s pricey, but it may be worth it on a day with clear weather.
The view from The Shard | 5 Day London Itinerary
Note: If you don’t want to spend your time or money here, later today you will visit the Sky Garden. This is another viewing platform that gets rave reviews and it is free.
Cost: tickets start at £28.50; included in the London Pass (we recently heard that the London Pass cannot be used at The Shard on a Saturday; if your visit will be on a Saturday, you may have to buy a separate ticket for The Shard, rather than using the London Pass) Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, with reduced hours during the winter. Visit the official website for more information.
Lunch at Borough Market
From The Shard, walk a few blocks to Borough Market. The food options are endless at this market. Stalls specialize in different cuisines from around the world, so this is a great place to sample some new foods or assemble a picnic lunch to enjoy back on the banks of the River Thames.
Note: Borough Market is closed on Sundays. However, there are numerous restaurants nearby if you are here when the market is closed.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Continue your walk along the River Thames to the Globe Theater. The original Globe Theatre was built in 1599 and hosted plays written by Shakespeare. A modern version of the Globe Theatre was built in 1997 on the site of the original theatre. Visitors can take a tour of the theatre or watch a performance here.
For the performance schedule and details about visiting the Globe Theatre, visit their website .
Sitting next door to the Globe Theatre is Tate Modern, a museum that is home to modern art. This is a place that most people seem to either love or hate. Either you will think the art is rubbish or you’ll think that it’s brilliant. We kept our visit quick (about an hour) and were still able to tour most of the museum.
The Tate Modern is worth it if you are an art lover, but it is skippable if you are not. Hey, if you don’t like it, no biggie. The Tate Modern is free to visit!
Cost: Free Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Built in 2000, Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Thames River. It has been featured in several movies, including Harry Potter and Guardians of the Galaxy . Walk across Millennium Bridge and continue on to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral dates back to the late 17th century. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London of 1666. Recent historical events that have taken place here include the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, and the funeral of Winston Churchill.
For us, the highlight was climbing the steps to the Whispering Gallery and to the rooftop for views over London.
St. Paul’s Cathedral | 5 Day London Itinerary
You can buy your fast-track entry tickets online , in advance, to save £3 per ticket and skip the line.
Cost (online): Adults £25; included with the London Pass; tickets are also available through GetYourGuide. Hours: Hours vary by the day of the week and it is not open on Sunday for sightseeing. Get updated hours here.
Monument to the Great Fire of London
After your visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, walk east to the Monument of the Great Fire of London. This is a permanent reminder of the Great Fire of 1666 that destroyed the city of London. Christopher Wren was also the architect for this monument. If you still have energy, you can climb its 311 steps for another view over London.
Some people say that this is the best view of London. What’s even better is that a visit here is free. From its large observation deck, you can look out over the River Thames and see many of the places you walked to today.
You need to book your visit online in advance (do so on the Sky Garden website ). This is a great spot to enjoy dinner with a view or find a nearby restaurant or pub.
London Itinerary: Day 4
National Gallery, Greenwich, Prime Meridian, Up at the O2
National Gallery | 5 Day London Itinerary
Located in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is the most popular art gallery in London. It is here that you can see British art from the 13th century to 1900. It would take all day to fully explore this art gallery. For those who want to hit the highlights, visit the National Gallery website and check out their list of 30 must-see paintings.
Cost: Free Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, open until 9:00 pm on Friday
If you have extra time (and do not have museum fatigue yet) you can also visit the National Portrait Gallery, located behind the National Gallery.
Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street
From the National Gallery, walk to Piccadilly Circus. This spot is similar to Times Square in New York City. This meeting point, where several main roads come together, is a very busy spot in London. Enormous neon signs bath the area in colorful light and double decker red buses and cars continually stream by. Have a seat on the steps of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain and watch London in action.
Next, walk up Regent Street. This is a major shopping street in London. Along the way, you will pass Hamley’s, one of the largest toy stores in the world and a great place to take kids. Continue up to Oxford Circus, another famous London intersection.
Have lunch nearby. If you like the idea of Indian food, consider Dishoom Carnaby , located on Kingly Street, one block off of Regent Street.
There are several great things to do in Greenwich. Depending on how much time you have left in the day, you may not be able to get all of these in.
Getting Here: From Oxford Circus Station, take the Central line towards Epping, getting off at Bank Station. Change to the DLR towards Lewisham, getting off at Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich. Approximately 30 minutes travel time.
Old Royal Naval College
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Greenwich. It once served as a naval hospital and later as a naval college. Now, this site is being used as a filming location for many famous movies such as The King’s Speech , Patriot Games , Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides , Four Weddings and a Funeral , The Avengers , and The Dark Knight Rises .
The Painted Hall, which is the main attraction in the Old Royal Naval College, reopened in 2019 after a renovation project.
You can book your tickets online in advance through the official website. Entrance tickets with an included audio guide are also available through GetYourGuide.
Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian
Here is your chance to stand over 0° longitude, placing one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one foot in the western hemisphere. You can also visit the planetarium museum. Since this observatory sits on top of a hill, you have a great view over Greenwich and the River Thames from here.
Website: Get hours and pricing on the official website
The Cutty Sark was the fastest ship of her time, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper ship. Tours are available daily. The Cutty Sark is located in Greenwich.
Up at the O2
The O2 is an entertainment district with an arena, music club, cinema, and restaurants. Up at the O2 is a 90-minute experience where you get to climb onto the O2 roof. The views over London from the top are spectacular.
You can do the climb during the daytime, at sunset, and at twilight.
Visit the Up at the O2 website for full details, hours, cost, and how to schedule your visit. Tickets are also available through GetYourGuide.
Getting here from Greenwich:
By Bus: Bus 188 from Cutty Sark from Maritime Greenwich to North Greenwich, 10 stops, 10 minutes By Tube: Cutty Sark from Maritime Greenwich to Canary Wharf on the DLR, transfer to Jubilee Line, go one stop to North Greenwich Station
End the day with dinner and drinks.
London Itinerary: Day 5
British Museum, Afternoon Tea, Portobello Road Market, Victoria and Albert Museum, Harrod’s
The British Museum is one of the world’s greatest museums. This museum contains a massive collection of historical artifacts that were amassed while Great Britain was a major world super power. See the Rosetta Stone, a portion of the Parthenon, Egyptian mummies, and hieroglyphics. As you wander through these rooms you will be amazed at how much stuff the British Empire amassed during their world rule.
We are putting this museum first in the day. The British Museum is huge and it is best tackled when you are fresh and full of energy. Make sure you have a good breakfast to keep you fueled as you journey back in time at this museum.
Depending on what you want to get out of this visit, you have lots of options. You can see the highlights in one hour, or spend three hours and dive deeper into what there is to visit here. There is so much to see that really you could spend an entire day at the British Museum. Unfortunately, there is not enough time in this itinerary for a visit that long, but spending the morning here is an appropriate amount of time for most visitors.
The British Museum website has lots of great information on how to organize your time and how to keep kids interested. To have the best experience, check out their recommendations.
Cost: Free! Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily, open until 8:30 pm on Fridays Getting here: The nearest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Goodge Street, and Russell Square.
Portabello Road & More Museums Or Afternoon Tea
At this point, you have a choice to make: would you like to do more sightseeing or would you like to have a leisurely, somewhat indulgent afternoon and evening?
You can spend your time visiting Portabello Road, followed by the museums in Kensington. OR, have afternoon tea, take a stroll through one of your favorite neighborhoods in London, and follow this up with dinner and drinks.
Option #1: Portabello Road & Museums in Kensington
Portobello road market.
From the British Museum, hop on the underground and head out to the Portobello Road Market. Portobello Market is the world’s largest antique market . You can also shop for books, clothing, music, and grab lunch here. It is open all week but the best day to go is Saturday. On this walking tour of Notting Hill, you get to visit Portobello Road Market, famous filming locations, and celebrity homes.
Getting here: From Tottenham Court Road Station, take the Central Line to Notting Hill Gate (direction Ealing Broadway). Then walk 5 minutes to the market.
Museums in Kensington
Spend the rest of the afternoon at the Natural History Museum and/or the Victoria and Albert Museum. These two museums sit next to each other on Cromwell Road.
With wildlife and geological exhibits, the Natural History Museum is a museum that is fun for the whole family.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decoration arts and design. Paintings, sculptures, medieval objects, jewelry, photographs, and costumes from around the world can be seen here.
Both museums are free to visit and are open until 5:45 pm.
Getting here: from Notting Hill Gate Station, take the Circle line to South Kensington Station
Natural History Museum | 5 Day London Itinerary
End the day with a visit to Harrods, one of the most popular department stores in the world. It’s motto, Omnia Omnibus Ubique, is Latin for “all things for all people, everywhere.” And have everything, they do. There are 330 departments offering things for sale like jewelry, electronics, furniture, clothing, and stationary. There are also 32 restaurants so finding a place for dinner should be easy.
Option #2: Afternoon Tea & a Leisurely Afternoon
For a quintessential British experience, dine on finger sandwiches, scones, and small cakes at one of many hotels offering afternoon tea.
There are many hotels and restaurants that offer afternoon tea. We had afternoon tea at The Dilly , at the Montagu Kitchen & Lounge at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, and at the Wellington Lounge at the InterContinental London Park Lane. Each experience was fantastic and of the three, we really don’t have a favorite. You can visit each of the websites and pick out the one that looks the most interesting to you, or take a look at the list of afternoon teas in this article.
After having tea, go for a stroll in the neighborhood of your choice, or visit one of London’s green spaces, such as Hyde Park and Green Park.
In the evening, have drinks and dinner at a rooftop bar or restaurant. We recommend 8 at the Londoner (creative cocktails and Japanese cuisine), The Rooftop (great views over Trafalgar Square), and the Aviary Rooftop Restaurant.
Aviary Rooftop. In the winter, dine in an igloo. For the remainder of the year, this terrace has outdoor seating without the igloos.
With More Time
If you have more than five days, here are a few sights you can add to your London itinerary.
This is a beautiful spot to visit. It also makes a tranquil escape from the museums and busy city streets of London. If you are on museum overload, skip some of the museums on this itinerary and journey out to Kew Gardens.
Kew Gardens | 5 Day London Itinerary
Take a Walking Tour of London
There are numerous options for walking tours in London. SANDEMANs offers free walking tours that get rave reviews and those over 18 can take a Liquid History Tour of London. There are also Jack the Ripper tours , street art tours, and foodie tours.
The list of walking tours in London is long. Here are a few more options.
How to Adjust this London Itinerary with Less Time
2 Day London Itinerary: On day 1 of this itinerary, do the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and then take in the view from the London Eye, the Sky Garden, or The Shard. On day 2, spend the morning at Westminster Abbey, midday visit the British Museum, in the afternoon visit the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. End the day in Covent Garden.
3 Day London Itinerary: Do days 1 and 2 of this itinerary. On the afternoon of Day 3 visit the British Museum instead of spending time at The Shard, the Globe Theatre, and Tate Modern.
4 Day London Itinerary: Do days 1, 2, and 3 of this itinerary. On your 4th day, spend the morning at the British Museum and the afternoon in Greenwich.
Should You Get the London Pass?
If you follow this London itinerary and plan on visiting everything we list, then purchasing a 3-day London Pass is worth it.
In order to make the London Pass worth it on this itinerary, start using the pass on the morning of day 2 at Westminster Abbey. The pass will pay for most of your activities on days 2, 3, and 4. On these three days, if you did everything , your cost would be £167.40. The cost of a 3-day London Pass was £127 when I did this pricing update in January 2024 (a savings of £40.40).
It is possible to purchase the London Pass with a discount during certain months of the year. GetYourGuide also has discounted pricing for the London Pass.
Another advantage of having the London Pass is that you do not need to order numerous tickets online in advance. Purchasing the London Pass not only saves money but also time.
Learn more about the London Pass on their website .
I do not recommend adding on the Oyster Card through the London Pass. It is slightly cheaper if you purchase the Oyster Card separately.
About the Oyster Card
The Oyster Card is a smartcard that you use to pay for transportation in London, including the Tube, trams, buses, and more. Before you travel to London, you can purchase an Oyster Card online and have it shipped to your home. Or, you can buy an Oyster Card at Underground Stations, Gatwick Airport, and Heathrow Airport. There is a one-time £5 fee to purchase the card.
You will preload the card with money. Each time you scan the card to enter the Underground or board a bus, the fare will be deducted from the card. There is a daily max which means once you hit the max, you can travel as much as you like in a single day and the amount you pay is capped.
For a four day stay in London, £30 on the card is a good place to start. For five days in London, start with £35. You can always add more money as you go (do this in the Underground stations).
For an article that explains the Oyster Card in great detail, click here.
Where to Stay in London
London is enormous. To maximize your time, either stay in the city center or pick a hotel within walking distance of convenient tube station.
OUR TOP PICK: The Marriott County Hall. We just stayed here on our most recent trip to London. The location is unbeatable. It’s located on the River Thames, in between Westminster Bridge and the London Eye. Some rooms have views of Parliament and Big Ben. This hotel is within walking distance of two handy Underground stations: Westminster and Waterloo. We loved the location, the views, the onsite restaurants, and being just steps away from Westminster Bridge.
View from our room at the Marriott Hotel County Hall | 5 Day London Itinerary
LUXURY: The Savoy. This world-famous hotel dates back to 1889. It sits on the River Thames and from here it’s just a short walk to Covent Garden and the British Museum. Have a drink in the famous American Bar and dine in Gordon Ramsey’s Savoy Grill.
MIDRANGE: The Sanctuary House Hotel. Just a 5-minute walk from Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, this is a great mid-range hotel to consider if you want to be centrally located in London. Rooms are tastefully decorated and there is a traditional pub on the ground floor that offers hearty meals like fish and chips.
BUDGET: YHA London St Pancras. If you are visiting London on a budget, this property is a great choice. This hostel sits just across the street from St. Pancras station. It gets very good reviews and it is easy to get anywhere in London with its handy location near multiple tube lines.
For more recommendations on where to stay, read our Best Hotels and Neighborhoods Guide for London. Learn where to stay for a great view of city and get recommendations whether you are looking for a budget hotel, luxury hotel, or if you are traveling as a family.
More Information about London
BEST OF LONDON: For a list of the top experiences in London, read our article Best Things to Do in London.
WHERE TO STAY: Take the guesswork out of where to stay in our article Best Places to Stay in London.
LONDON TRAVEL ADVICE: Here are 12 important things to know if it will be your first time in London.
WESTMINSTER ABBEY: Tour Westminster Abbey in photos and learn how to plan your visit in our Guide to Westminster Abbey.
WINDSOR CASTLE: Windsor Castle makes a great day trip from London. Learn how in our article How to Plan a Day Trip to Windsor Castle.
LONDON AT CHRISTMAS: For an overview of what to do, here are 15 things to do in London at Christmas. We also have guides to the best Christmas lights and best Christmas markets. Learn how to put it all together in our London Christmas Itinerary.
ITINERARIES WITH LONDON: London and Paris can be combined into a wonderful 7 or 10 day trip. With 10 days, you can also visit London, Amsterdam, and Paris.
Happy travels! If you have any questions about this London itinerary, or if you want to share your experience here, comment below!
More Information for Your Trip to London
PARIS: For the top experiences in the city, read our article Best Things to Do in Paris . Learn how to visit Pere LeChaise Cemetery , plan your time with our 3 Day Paris Itinerary, learn where to get the best views of Paris , and read our Paris Food Guide for information on what to eat in Paris.
MORE CITIES AROUND THE WORLD: Visit more cities around the world with our guides to Rome , Paris , New York City , Barcelona , and Athens.
EUROPE TRAVEL INSPIRATION: For more great ideas on where to go in Europe, check out our article 30 Beautiful Places to Visit in Europe and the 20 Best Hikes in Europe. You can also get more travel ideas in our 10 Days in Europe itinerary guide, which has 10 great itineraries for your next trip to Europe.
FIRST TIME IN EUROPE: If this is your first time in Europe, don’t miss our article 7 Things to Know when Planning Your First Trip to Europe.
TRAVEL ITINERARIES: For more travel itineraries for destinations around the world, take a look at our Travel Itineraries page.
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Thank you for the amazing London info. We are traveling with our grown children (ages 20-23) and have decided to do a side trek to Edinburgh. We are traveling with luggage (instead of packs) and would love your suggestions on economical travel to Edinburgh. There are 6 of us traveling in total. Thanks for any ideas!
Hello Michelle. The most economical way to travel between London and Edinburgh is by bus, but it takes about 9 hours of travel time. In half the time, and for just a little more per person, you can take a high speed train and I think this is the best way to go. We travel by train throughout Europe and have always had very good experiences. Here is some info on the train. You can book your tickets through Rail Europe or through the train operators. Cheers, Julie
Hi! Several years ago, we stayed in Paris for a week and took a day trip over to London . We didn’t have time to do much, but we did the hop-on-hop-off bus tour and saw the London cityscape from up high. We are now planning a trip specifically to London and wondered if you had alternative suggestions for Day 1 (since we’ve already done what you’ve suggested for Day 1 on this post), considering the fact that we’ll be somewhat sleepy from our overnight flight from the US. Thanks!
That’s a great question. I still recommend riding the London Eye that first. In that area, walk across Westminster Bridge at least halfway (it’s such an iconic spot in London and good to do on your first day). Then take the Tube to Covent Garden, go shopping, have a bite to eat there or in a nearby pub. That makes it easy to get dinner without having to make a reservation (that first day can go well or you could feel exhausted, so I think it’s best to have open plans from our experience). Then, on day 2, since you already did Covent Garden, you can visit Soho, go window shopping on Regent Street, and/or go shopping at Selfridges or make a reservation for dinner. Have a great time! Cheers, Julie
Hi – this is great, I am trying to print it out to bring with me to London, leaving today – any chance you have a PDF of it?
Unfortunately, we don’t have a pdf or eBook version of this itinerary. You can save it as a pdf but it will be long/a lot of pages since our website is not printer friendly. Have a great time in London! Cheers, Julie
This is incredible. Your level of detail and ease to follow is fantastic. We leave for Japan next week and I get sad when the planning is over and the trip – so I always have my next destination in mind before leaving for the current trip. This itineary is amazing and my inspiration – just booked my hotel for next April! 🙂 Do you have any similar advice for Cotswold or more “Country” London? Hoping to split the trip!
Hello Melisa. I’m glad you like our site! Unfortunately, we have not been to the Cotswolds yet. We have been to Stonehenge and Bath but that was over 10 years ago so our experience wasn’t “current enough” in my opinion to write about it for this website. Hopefully you can find what you need online and I hope you have a wonderful trip to London! Cheers, Julie
Hi there! Thank you SO MUCH for all of your advice! I’ve used so much of it for our upcoming London/Paris/Amsterdam trip!
My question: do you guys use the public drinking fountains in these cities? I’ve purchased collapsible water bottles for our family of 6. I can’t really find if anyone says these public fountains are good water. I’m def not a water snob; but I’d like a little reassurance from someone who uses them! If you DON’T use them, do you have any tips for sightseeing days? Anything easier than just buying a couple gallons of water every day to fill us all up?
Hello Traci. Thanks for writing in. The only place we’ve used the public fountains was in Rome and that water was fine. If we want to carry water with us, we tend to fill up a water bottle in the hotel and bring that with us, and then drink tap water or sparkling water at lunch and dinner. But we have not tried the public fountains in London, Paris or Amsterdam (but it’s most likely fine). I hope you have a great time! Cheers, Julie
I just want to take a moment to say thank you. I am a mom in Tulsa who feels incredibly lucky that we are going to take our kids to London this summer. But I am totally overwhelmed. My son is celiac and eating out anywhere is a huge ordeal or unsafe. The thought of putting an itinerary together PLUS figuring out how to safely feed my son in another country made me want to just cancel the whole thing. Then I stumbled upon this itinerary and I feel inspired. It is so thoughtfully prepared and allows me the freedom to find a gluten free option for my son (thanks to London’s very celiac friendly environment) along the path you laid out. I am still working on our details (we are traveling late july 2023) but you’ve given me the launching pad I needed to make our European Adventure a mission GO!
Hello Jennifer in OK! You are very welcome! And I can relate to your concerns, as Tyler has an allergy to peanuts and some nuts, so I have similar concerns about traveling with him. I think you will be fine in London…there are a lot of gluten free options, and we are beginning to see that throughout Europe and also in New Zealand, where we are right now. Have a great time in London! Cheers, Julie
Hi Jennifer- we are also traveling to London in July and 2 of us are gluten free. I would love to take a peak at your itinerary as I am totally overwhelmed. Would you mind?
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Tower of London History
Fortress, prison, royal mint, and now a tourist attraction. The Tower of London has seen many lives over the past centuries and persists to this day as a powerful symbol of British heritage. A seemingly permanent fixture on London's skyline, the question of why and when the Tower of London was built still prevails to this day.
This iconic UNESCO World Heritage site started off life as an imposing river fortress for the formidable force that was William the Conqueror, dating back to the 1070s. In the 1200s, the Tower was expanded by King Henry III and Edward I - adding a moat and more defensive structures to prepare for the possibility of battle. It famously became one of the most secure places in the country after it was appointed the home of the Tower Mint in the 1800s. All the money in the nation began here. Shortly after, the Royal Family also began storing its most precious jewels and possessions under the eye of some of the monarch’s personal bodyguards - the Yeoman Warders. The Warders have lived there since the 1500s and now serve as kindly tour operators. The Tower has also famously been the site of many high-profile executions, the chopping block for which still stands on the grounds to this day. King Henry VIII famously had his wife Anne Boleyn executed there three years into their marriage on the grounds of adultery and treason. She was buried at the Tower's Chapel Royal alongside her fellow queens, Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey. However, rumor has it that she continues to haunt the execution grounds and unwitting tourists...
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The Tower of London is a big deal for many reasons. First off, it's quite old—close to a thousand years old! Over the years, it's been a royal palace, a prison, and even a zoo. It's has some pretty juicy stories, too. Kings and queens lived there, and some even lost their heads there. Plus, it's home to the Crown Jewels, those sparkly treasures that are basically the bling of British royalty. So, between the history, the stories, and the gems, there's a little something for everyone!
London Tower Highlights
- Rich history dating from the Norman Conquest.
- It has undergone amazing restoration over the centuries, including repairing damage taken from the Blitz.
- Used by Royals through the years as a refuge and powerbase.
- The Tower is still home to His Majesty's Royal Regalia; Still referred to as the Tower of London Crown Jewels, they are on display for visitors to see.
- The Beefeaters are tasked with the job of guarding the jewels, as well as acting as tour guides for the attraction.
The Tower of London Facts
- There are 12 acres of land within the walls.
- When it was built, it was initially resented by the people of London as a symbol of oppression by the new ruling forces.
- It has been used as an armory, a menagerie, a treasury, and a prison.
- The term ‘sent to the Tower’ was coined during the 16th and 17th centuries when those who had fallen into disgrace were sent there.
- The prisoners entered through the water gate, called ‘Traitor’s Gate’.
- The White Tower is a fortified tower, called a keep. Inside you’ll find the Chapel of St John, the finest example of Norman ecclesiastical architecture in the country.
- The Tower is said to be haunted by the ghost of Anne Boleyn walking the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula.
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9+ Attractions You MUST Book Ahead of Time in London (2024)
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Should you book your entire London trip complete with every attraction in advance, or are there some you can buy on the day?
In this post, I’ll take you through some of London’s most important attractions and talk about how early you should buy tickets and things to book in advance in London.
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The most important thing to book in advance in London is the Harry Potter Studio Tour – it books up like crazy.
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Things to Book in Advance in London: 3+ Months Ahead
There are two attractions that I feel are must book 3 plus months in advance.
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1. Buckingham Palace State Rooms
In the summer months, Buckingham Palace opens to visitors and everyone wants a piece.
They do timed entrances and you get to explore the state rooms and then end up on the Buckingham Palace back lawn, which is worth the cost of the ticket alone to think of how many dignitaries, celebrities and heads of state have graced those same spaces.
I’m not saying it’s impossible to get tickets closer to the date, but if you know you want to go and they’re open while you’re there, you should try and book your tickets as far in advance as possible.
Click here to see if Buckingham Palace tickets are available for the summer.
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2. Harry Potter Studio Tour
Even years after it first opened, the Harry Potter Studio Tour is still attracting visitors like it opened yesterday.
This is a must book in advance, at least 3 to 4 months if not right when tickets are released for your dates.
These do book up and sell out all the time, and once they do, your options are very limited.
What Should You Book in Advance in London? 1+ Month Ahead of Time
3. westminster abbey.
Westminster Abbey is done on a timed entrance, which puts it on my “should book in advance” if you’re picky about the time and date you go.
Click here to book tickets to Westminster Abbey.
4. Churchill War Rooms
Another attraction that works on timed entrances and is very popular are the Churchill War Rooms .
Particularly in the summer months, these are popular with groups and you’ll want to book your ticket in advance to make sure you get the day and time you want if you would prefer to know exactly when you’re going.
Click here to book tickets to the Churchill War Rooms.
The SkyGarden books up very quickly, but they only release tickets about 3 weeks ahead of time.
This is a fantastic, free view of London, so make sure you keep an eye on the available dates and book it up in advance of your trip here .
6. In-Person Guide on the Houses of Parliament Tour
Want to head to the Houses of Parliament for a tour?
You’ll have good luck doing it any time if you’re happy with just an audio guide, but if you want a real, in-person English speaking guide to take you around (which I highly recommend), you’ll want to keep checking back here for available dates about a month ahead of your trip.
These are in-demand, and if you show up last minute and expect there to be space, you’ll definitely be out of luck.
7. Anything Christmas Themed
From Christmas afternoon teas to Christmas bus tours, make sure to book your Christmas activities in advance of your trip to London.
Because they’re only available for a limited time of the year, these book out quickly and people are already thinking about the holidays by the time August and September roll around.
The earlier, the better, but at the least, check for times and tickets for Christmas themed London activities one month in advance to make sure that you still have a chance at getting booked in.
Some options, like Christmas at Kew, seriously sell out months in advance.
What to Consider Booking in Advance for London
There are various attractions that you usually have no problem getting tickets to on the day, but if you do it at least one day in advance you’ll get discounts.
8. Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye
These include the Tower of London , St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye .
The London Eye also operates on timed entrances, so unless you’re prepared to be flexible on the day, it really works out best for you to book this one as soon as you know when you want to ride the Eye.
Click here to book tickets to the Tower of London , here to book tickets to St. Paul’s Cathedral , and here to book tickets to the London Eye .
9. West End
If there’s a particular play or musical that you know you just have to see in London, book as early as possible from somewhere like London Theatre Direct (my recommendation) to get full advantage of the most seating options and access to the cheap tickets.
I’ve got plenty more information about cheap theater tickets in my guide to saving money in London.
If you’re up for playing it by ear and don’t care what you see, then do the opposite and don’t buy until the day of, either from the box office directly that morning or from one of the TKTS booth in Leicester Square .
Don’t Need to Book
Many of London’s museums are free and require no booking at all.
Just show up!
This includes the British Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and others.
What else should I not miss in London?
If you’re visiting London soon, here’s a very brief rundown of a few of my other favorites to make sure you don’t miss anything!
- Hidden London Walking Tour – this tour is the absolute best if you want to see London in a different light and uncover hidden nooks, crannies, and histories that you won’t get on your normal, run-of-the-mill London walking tour. Click here to check prices and book.
- Historical Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill War Rooms – if you’re a history buff or even mildly interested in all of the insane things that have happened in London, particular during the wars, you have to book this tour which is an absolute bargain for the tour + entry to the Churchill War Rooms (basically two must-dos in one). Click here to check prices and book .
- Cutest London Afternoon Tea on a Bus – want to see the sights and enjoy afternoon tea at the same time on the upper deck? Yes, absolutely you do. This afternoon tea is a real delight and helps you get out and about while also putting your pinkies up. Click here to check prices and book.
Want more London travel guides? Check these out!
- The Definitive London Packing List for Visitors
- A Full Guide to Oyster Cards in London for Dummies
- Getting around London: Everything a Visitor Needs to Know
- Weather in London: a Visitor’s Guide
- The Best Time to Visit London: a Local’s Guide
- London on a Budget: How to Save Money in London
- Money in the UK: How to Pay for Things in London
- Exactly How Many Days to Spend in London: an Expert Guide
- How to Use the Tube in London: a Guide for Newbies
- What to Wear in London (How to Dress Like a Londoner)
- British Pub Etiquette: the must-read guide
- 49+ Expert London Travel Tips
- Visiting London with Anxiety: the ultimate guide
UK Travel Planning Guide: the FAQs
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Absolutely yes. Basic coverage is not expensive, and as a visitor you are NOT covered under the NHS. Compare policies and prices with Travel Insurance Master here , a big name in the travel insurance business, and cross that off your list.
🔌 Do I need travel adapters for the UK?
Yes, you do, otherwise you won’t be able to plug in your electronics/phone/lifelines. I recommend this one , which is all-in-one so you can use it in other countries.
🚗 What do I need to drive in the UK?
The first thing you need to check out if you’re planning on renting a car in the UK is this guide to driving in the UK for visitors – the roads, signs, and driving experience will likely not be what you’re used to and it’s essential to prepare yourself to stay safe and aware.
🛌 What’s the best way to book hotels in the UK?
For UK hotels, Booking is the best site as it offers free cancellation on many properties. If you want an apartment, I always recommend VRBO over AirBnb.
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UAE Citizens Can Now Explore the Best of Britain Visa-Free
In a move that spells good news for travel lovers, the United Kingdom has lifted the pre-entry visa requirement for citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Effective from February 1st, UAE citizens can now avail themselves of the ‘Electronic Travel Authorisation’ (ETA) scheme, making their journeys to the UK smoother and more efficient.
The process is simple and entirely digital. Emiratis can apply for the ETA through the ‘UK ETA’ app or GOV.UK for a nominal fee of £10 (approximately AED 47). This entry permit allows unlimited travel for two years, offering the flexibility to explore the UK’s diverse landscapes and vibrant cities.
Upon arrival, visitors can obtain the leave to enter from the Border Force Office or through an eGate if eligible. The ETA is a key to streamlined travel, ensuring a hassle-free journey for UAE citizens exploring the rich tapestry of the UK.
Explore the UK: Top Attractions to Book in Advance
Now that the doors to the UK are wide open for UAE citizens, why not plan an unforgettable adventure? To make the most of your visit, consider booking tickets in advance for some of the top attractions in London and nearby areas.
Rising 135 meters above the city, the London Eye offers unparalleled panoramic views of London’s skyline. Each of the 32 glass capsules provides a unique perspective during the gentle 30-minute rotation. Take advantage of the touch screens in each capsule, offering multi-lingual information on iconic landmarks. Book your tickets in advance to not only skip the queues but also enjoy the immersive London Eye 4D Experience, an engaging journey through London’s senses.
Embark on a Thames River cruise that unveils the beauty of London from the water. Departing from Westminster Pier, the cruise takes you on a journey to Tower Bridge, offering unique views of Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, and the London Dungeon. Make the most of your adventure by hopping on and off at various stops, including Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier, and St Katharine’s Dock. Engage with the live guide’s commentary, providing intriguing details and surprising facts about London’s iconic skyline. Experience the allure of the city from its heart—the river—on this boat journey from Westminster to Tower Bridge.
London Hop-on Hop-off Bus
Hop on and off the bright red, open-top iconic buses with the City Sightseeing London tour. Let the bus guide you around Europe’s most visited city, from Big Ben to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral. With many key stops to explore, you’ll see the best this striking capital has to offer. Take advantage of the flexibility to explore attractions at your own pace, making it an ideal choice for first-time visitors.
London Eye River Cruise
Leave behind solid ground and embark on a memorable journey aboard The London Eye River Cruise. Expert guides share intriguing tidbits, from the fascinating history of the Millennium Bridge and its ties to Harry Potter to the rich heritage of the Houses of Parliament and other notable landmarks. The commentary is designed to provide guests with both informative insights and moments of laughter, ensuring an unparalleled experience on the Thames River Sightseeing Cruise.
Explore the rich tapestry of British history with a self-guided tour of London’s renowned Westminster Abbey. Beyond being a staple in Royal Weddings, this historic religious marvel unveils the stories behind coronations, kings, queens, statesmen, soldiers, poets, heroes, and villains. Enjoy the narrative with a self-guided audio tour, exploring the interior of Westminster Abbey at your own pace. For an enhanced experience, this tour provides a captivating blend of history and audio guidance, offering insights into its rich past. Whether you’re visiting for a Westminster Abbey wedding or seeking the best-guided tour, this experience invites you to step into the heart of London’s heritage.
Madame Tussauds London
Step into the glamorous world of Madame Tussauds in London, where over 250 lifelike waxwork replicas of celebrities and historical icons await. Mingle with Hollywood stars, challenge your favorite sports legends, and even enjoy an audience with British royalty. By pre-purchasing entrance tickets and joining the dedicated queue, you’ll have a shorter wait compared to walk-up guests. This allows more time to snap selfies with iconic figures like Her Majesty the Queen, Eddie Redmayne, and the ever-glamorous Kim Kardashian. Explore the Spirit of London taxi ride and meet beloved Star Wars characters like Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia during your visit. For a complete list of wax figures, refer to their official website or on-site displays.
Chelsea Stadium Tour and Museum
For football enthusiasts, the Chelsea Stadium Tour is a gateway to the heart of one of England’s most successful football clubs. Led by expert guides, this 60-minute tour takes you behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge. Walk through the Dressing Rooms where legendary players prepare for matches, explore the Press Room where managers face the media, and experience the thrill of entering the Player’s Tunnel. The tour also includes access to the Chelsea FC Museum, home to an extensive collection of the club’s silverware. Don’t forget to grab your complimentary Chelsea FC lanyard and capture the moment with an official photograph alongside UEFA Champions League trophies.
The LFC Stadium Tour
The LFC Stadium Tour offers an exclusive insight into Liverpool Football Club’s history. Visit key areas, including the Press Conference Room, the iconic This Is Anfield sign, the Player’s Tunnel, the Managerial Dugout, and the hallowed Home Team Dressing Room. The tour extends to The LFC Story Museum, featuring the exhibition “The Boom Room: The Epic Story of Jurgen Klopp’s Dream Team.” This tribute to players and contributors who transformed dreams into reality provides a formal and enlightening perspective on the club’s heritage.
ZSL London Zoo
Nestled in the leafy embrace of Regent’s Park, ZSL London Zoo is a captivating oasis at the heart of London. Home to nearly 15,000 remarkable animals, this conservation zoo offers an immersive connection with nature. From the regal Asiatic lions in Land of the Lions to gravity-defying colobus monkeys in Monkey Valley, ZSL London Zoo promises an unforgettable journey into the natural world. With indoor and outdoor attractions, including Humboldt penguins and the elegant giraffes of Gorilla Kingdom, explore the wonders of the animal kingdom within the vibrant capital city.
The London Dungeon
Travel through 1000 years of history at the London Dungeon, an immersive visitor’s attraction beneath the iconic London Bridge. Explore thrilling live shows, a 5D laser ride, and a drop ride, delving into the macabre history of London. Uncover Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel, meet Sweeney Todd, and brave The Torturer’s chilling chamber. Experience ghost adventures, Victorian séances, and more at London Dungeon’s terrifying attractions.
The London Bridge Experience
Explore the acclaimed London Bridge Experience, an award-winning visitor’s attraction nestled in the historic vaults beneath the iconic London Bridge. Embark on captivating tours, including immersive and sometimes spine-chilling experiences, as you delve into the depths of London Bridge’s rich and eerie history.
With the visa hurdle out of the way, UAE citizens can now embark on a seamless exploration of the United Kingdom. So, pack your bags, book your tickets in advance, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure across the picturesque landscapes and cultural wonders of the UK.
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Disney’s Frozen musical to close in the West End – but open in UK schools
The show’s run at Theatre Royal Drury Lane will end in September but British schools can then compete to stage it
Since the summer of 2021 it has drawn waves of excited theatregoers wearing Elsa dresses – alongside the occasional Anna or Olaf costume – but the West End musical Frozen is to close later this year.
On Monday, Disney Theatrical Group announced that the stage adaptation of the animated blockbuster was being extended for the final time. The show will complete its run at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 8 September, having been seen by more than 2.8 million people. Its closure comes as a surprise: the show received five-star reviews, including from the Guardian, and was hailed by critics as the perfect introduction to theatre for children. A second sequel to the 2013 film is destined for cinemas, suggesting “Frozen fever” is far from over. The North American tour of the Broadway musical has been running since 2019.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, owned and managed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s group LW Theatres, has one of Theatreland’s biggest capacities, with almost 2,200 seats to fill. Dozens of seats are available for performances this month, although Disney’s long-runner The Lion King has a similar level of availability and, since the Covid-19 pandemic, audiences are booking for the theatre at shorter notice.
Frozen was one of many shows to delay its opening by several months because of Covid. It started its run at the theatre, which had a two-year, £60m refurbishment, in August 2021 with Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon as sisters Elsa and Anna respectively. Michael Grandage’s production, which has songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, has an elaborate set and costume design by Christopher Oram and a giant LED well for the state of the art video design by Finn Ross.
Grandage said Frozen has been one of his happiest theatre experiences. “Frozen opened in the UK on the heels of the pandemic, and it was glorious to welcome back audiences, many of whom were coming to the theatre for the first time. To introduce so many to the power of theatre and hopefully cultivate a lifelong love for it, has been an immense privilege.”
In its statement, Disney Theatrical Group said a competition would soon be launched for UK secondary schools to be permitted to put on their own Frozen production. The United Kingdom of Frozen: Love is an Open Door will “give one school in every region across the UK the chance to win the stage rights and be the first to present the full-length version of the show”.
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Wave to Earth announce Asia and Europe legs of 2024 ‘flaws and all’ world tour
Featuring shows in the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands and more
South Korean band Wave to Earth have announced the Asia and Europe legs of their upcoming 2024 ‘flaws and all’ world tour.
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Today (January 24), Wave to Earth revealed the the first 13 dates of their brand-new 2024 ‘flaws and all’ world tour. It will kick off in Asia on March 18 with a concert in Hong Kong, before the band head to Taipei and Tokyo in the same week.
Thereafter, the trio will bring their 2024 ‘flaws and all’ world tour to Europe, starting with a show in Milan, Italy on March 28. In the same month, the band will also perform in Copenhagen and Berlin.
Wave to Earth’s 2024 ‘flaws and all’ Europe tour will continue into April, with shows in Germany, the Netherlands, France and more. Notably, the trek will feature three concerts in the United Kingdom, in the cities of Glasgow, Manchester and London.
Wave to Earth have yet to announce the venue and ticketing details of their upcoming 2024 ‘flaws and all’ world tour. Keep tabs on this page for the latest information and updates.
The dates for Wave to Earth’s 2024 ‘flaws and all’ world tour are:
MARCH 2024 18: Hong Kong, China 21: Taipei, Taiwan 24: Tokyo, Japan 28: Milan, Italy 30: Copenhagen, Denmark 31: Berlin, Germany
APRIL 2024 02: Frankfurt, Germany 03: Brussels, Belgium 05: Amsterdam, the Netherlands 07: Glasgow, United Kingdom 08: Manchester, United Kingdom 10: London, United Kingdom 12: Paris, France
wave to earth | ‘flaws and all’ World Tour 🌊 Finally, we are announcing our Asia & Europe tour 🔥 #flawsandalltour pic.twitter.com/TgHX2m4WNS — wave to earth (@wave_to_earth) January 24, 2024
The newly announced ‘flaws and all’ world tour will kick-off shortly after Wave to Earth wrap up their upcoming ‘The First Era’ Asia tour. That trek will feature eight shows in Southeast Asia, including countries such as the Philippines , Singapore and Indonesia .
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RuPaul to visit Manchester and London on The House of Hidden Meaning book tour
Mama ru's bare-all memoir is set to be released this march.
By Dale Fox
If you’ve ever wanted to meet Mama Ru, now’s your chance, as RuPaul is set to visit the UK on a book tour to promote his upcoming memoir The House of Hidden Meanings .
Sharing the news on social media today (19 January), the RuPaul’s Drag Race host revealed he’ll be stopping off in Manchester on 6 April and London on 7 April to promote the book. The specific venues are yet to be confirmed.
RuPaul announced the upcoming launch of his memoir in an emotional video posted to Instagram last October. The House of Hidden Meanings is due to launch in March 2024.
“After two-and-a-half years, it’s finally here. My memoir. I’m so excited and so anxious at the same time,” a tearful RuPaul said in a video posted to his IG page.
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“Much of this world today, it feels so hostile. And it’s just a scary place to be vulnerable in but… I did it. So get ready!”
Speaking to Vogue the same month, he said the book will focus on his life before his hit show, in a “raw, introspective tone.” A chapter is expected to include details on the star experimenting with hard drugs as a teen, as well as losing his virginity.
“I feel like I’ve kept up a poker face and held my cards close to my chest my whole life, and I still do that, because it’s a protection mechanism,” he told the publication.
“Underneath every story is another story that really tells you what’s going on” – RuPaul on his upcoming book
RuPaul also explained that the book’s name came about because “underneath every story is another story that really tells you what’s going on, and I wanted it to look back on the past and uncover the hidden meaning behind each event.”
With his new memoir, it’s hoped that the usually private star will open up about the pivotal moments in his life and career – not to mention the inevitable celebrity tea.
The House of Hidden Meanings by RuPaul is available to pre-order now from Amazon UK .
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