Planning a London vacation? With Tourlane, you’re able to book your flights, transfers, accommodation, and guides, all in one place! Our local Travel Experst will craft your perfect travel package, based on your travel tastes and preferences. London is a dynamic world city, where the edgy meets the quaint, and the monumental meets the cozy. Each of the city’s 32 boroughs offers something distinct. Sail along the River Thames on a special boat tour, and visit the royal palaces of Windsor. Enjoy delicious food at Borough Market and picnic under the elms in Hyde Park. Start planning your trip now!St. Paul's Cathedral
Tower of London
Natural History Museum
In London’s old town, referred to simply as “the City,” soars the domes of St Paul’s Cathedral. Since its completion in 1710, this building miraculously escaped bombing in World War Two and has hosted countless civic and royal events. You may recognize this landmark as the wedding venue of Lady Diana’s and Prince Charles. Tour the Baroque interior which can hold up to 2,500 people, and be sure to ascend to the Stone and Golden Galleries for breathtaking views of the city.
When William the Conqueror first built the Tower of London in 1078, it was just timber rampart protecting London’s exposed seaward side. Over the centuries, this humble fortification grew into the mighty complex we know today. Both a royal residence and infamous political prison, the tower's past is rich. Climb to the top of White Tower to view the Tower Bridge and London Bridge—where the decapitated heads of traitors used to sit on iron pikes.
Completed in 1894 and built in the Gothic style, Tower Bridge is an iconic feature of London’s skyline. Take the pedestrian walkway to see the Victorian Engine room which used to power the draw bridge hydraulics with steam. Sign up for a private tour or download the app for a virtual reality experience. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for more information.
Completed in 2012, the modernist skyscraper in London’s Southwark neighborhood has quickly become a city landmark. Intended as a “vertical city” by the architect Renzo Piano, this mix-use space offers choice accommodations, fine dining, and a viewing gallery. Ride up to floor 72 of 95 for birds-eye views of the River Thames, the Olympic Park, and Wembley Stadium on the open-air observation deck of the tallest building in the UK.
The Westminster Palace stands on the north bank of the River Thames. The Gothic Revival architecture is a reflection of the early industrial age that was nostalgic for earlier ages. Tour the ornate interior where the house of commons and house of lords meet to legislate. The palace has 1,100 rooms, two courtyards, and covers an area of 1,210,680 square feet. Don’t forget to take a look at the Elizabeth Tower on the north end - you may know it better as “Big Ben.”
As you tour the Westminster palace pay special attention to the Elizabeth Tower at the north end. Known as “Big Ben,” a moniker which actually refers to the 13-ton bell inside. This timepiece has faithfully ticked through six monarchs and two world wars, becoming a symbol of London itself.
Close to the city center in the South Kensington neighborhood, you’ll find the “cathedral to nature” or the Natural History Museum. With over 350 scientists and students working behind the scenes, the 80 million specimens of this collection—250 years in the making—aren’t just for show. See specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself and a first edition of his groundbreaking title On the Origin of Species.
A trip to the country inside the city, Hyde Park is the largest of eight royal parks within London with 350 acres of green space. Enter under the stately marble arch installed by Queen Victoria in 1851 and visit the Lady Diana memorial—an oval stream of alternately rough and smooth waters representing phases of her life. Paddleboat on the Serpentine, a 40-acre manmade lake in the park’s center, and see if you can catch a concert or a game of pickup soccer.
Join the crowds at 10:45 am to watch the iconic Changing of the Guard. Watch as the Queen’s Guard in red tunics and tall bearskin hats hand over the watch as the military band plays. Summer visitors may tour the 775 rooms of the palace interior, including the throne room, while the neoclassical facade is a treat year-round.
London has so many wonderful neighborhoods that you should consider staying in during your vacation. If you want to be very centrally located, consider a hotel or vacation apartment in the boroughs of Westminster, Islington, or Kensington and Chelsea. Kensington and Chelsea is a very smart, affluent area of London with plenty of high-end shopping and upscale restaurants. Westminster is home to many of the city’s most famous tourist attractions. Islington is centrally located and charms visitors with its cosy pubs, canals, and georgian architecture.
As a vast city with so many different attractions, activities, and experiences on offer to visitors, we recommend spending at least three days and nights in London. As it has direct flights to the USA, it’s a great place to start or finish a tour around Great Britain. Another thing to consider is that London also has direct, high speed trains to Paris, making them a good pairing to do together on the same trip.
The cost of a London vacation depends on your travel tastes and preferences. For example, your decision about which accommodation type and area will greatly influence the overall price of your vacation. Hotels in Central London are generally more expensive. Your choice of experiences will also affect the cost of the vacation. There are plenty of free attractions in London, including the Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery, and Victoria and Albert Museum.
Your choice of clothing for your London vacation depends on what time of year you choose to visit. During the hotter summer months, we recommend dressing in comfortable, lightweight clothing, and protecting yourself with a sunhat. During the winter months, be sure to wear a decent winter jacket, gloves, and hat. Check the forecast ahead of your trip to get a better idea of the weather, as it is greatly changeable in London.
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