Our city guide to London

London is a colossal city in both size and stature. Whilst home to a wealth of history and mindful of age-old tradition, London also remains a world-leader in commerce, politics and culture and is home to globally recognized landmarks, old and new, around every corner. Sharing a language with the USA and a continent with Europe, London takes influences from both and the result is a global-city with a buzz like no other.

London remains an international showcase for England's love-affair with tradition and pageantry. At the centre of the British Monarchy throughout the ages, London is home to a number of exquisite historic Royal Palaces including Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court palace. Pomp and ceremony are celebrated frequently whether it be at the daily "Changing of the Guard" to the wandering Beefeater's at the Tower of London or most recently (Apr 2011) at Westminster Abbey for the glorious wedding event of William Prince of Wales and Kate Middleton now Duchess of Cambridge.

Surrounding Westminster Abbey is London's political quarter, instantly recognizable from the intricate clock-tower of one of London's most prominent symbols in Big Ben. From here you'll see the orderly streets of Westminster, Whitehall and Downing Street whilst tucked away you'll uncover the intriguing Cabinet War Rooms museum where Churchill's plight in World War II comes to life.

London is always at the very forefront of British (and international) culture. With a truly multicultural make-up there is a bar, cafe or restaurant for every taste. The West End is home to a vibrant nightlife and London's renowned theatre district where you can catch international stars in big-name shows. There are literally dozens of world-class museums and galleries with something for every flavour, from the Victoria and Albert Museum, to the British Museum, to the Tate Modern Gallery and Shakespeare's Globe exhibition. There is an array of cultural events to be enjoyed whether it's a music gig at the renowned o2 arena, the stunning Chelsea Flower Show or the exotic celebrations of the Notting Hill Carnival.

London is a sporting city like no other, home to a number of England's beloved football (or soccer) clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and the national Stadium at Wembley. However it doesn't end at football, with international Cricket at Lords or the Oval, the annual London Marathon and the world's most prestigious tennis event at Wimbledon. Not to mention London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Commercially, London has more to offer than any other city in the UK. In the plush districts of Kensington and Knightsbridge you'll find big brands, such as Harrods Department Store, rub shoulders with independent boutiques whilst Oxford Street is home to myriad of high-street names and international labels. For a more informal shopping experience Covent Garden offers gifts and knick-knacks alongside creative street entertainment whilst a visit to one of London's famous street markets, such as Camden Market and Portabello Road is a "must" for a true taste of London.

In London every location is a destination in itself. A boat cruise on the river Thames or a gentle stroll around the Princess Diana Memorial in Hyde Park, admiring the flowers of Kew Gardens or enjoying a peaceful viewing of St Pauls Cathedral are all equally as rewarding as experiencing the buzz of Soho, the bustle surrounding Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, the electric atmosphere around the statue of Eros on Picadilly or seeing the glorious London skyline from the top of the London Eye.

Whether it's iconic sites and historic landmarks, the pomp and pageantry of English tradition, the modern world of politics, culture and sport or simply to soak up the sights and sounds of a city with a life of its own, to experience London is to experience every aspect of English life and will make a highlight for any trip to England.

Related Guides

Relevant Tours

Tours England - York

England Explorer offers an in depth tour of this great nation. From the charming countryside of the Lake District and the Cotswolds to the exciting cities of Liverpool and York this tour takes in England's most renowned sites and some lesser known gems.

Tours of England - Bath

Enjoy the history and grandeur of an ancient land on this castle tour of England. By day you'll explore castle ruins, historic sites, stunning landscapes and cultural jewels such as Oxford, Stratford, Chester, York and Bath whilst by night you'll live like royalty as you experience historic and characterful castle hotels and opulent country manors!

Cornwall Food Tour

A journey to the beautiful South West of England with a twist; our focus will not just be on the picturesque fishing towns and rustic coastlines of this region but also on its tasty local delicacies and gastronomy. From metropolitan London to the gorgeous coastal town of St Agnes, we'll visit public gardens, abbeys and historic sites and sample cheeses, wines, ciders and more not to mention dine in Rick Stein's renowned restaurant in Winchester.

Tour of York England

Discover English and Scottish landscapes and heritage on this rail journey through two great nations. Taking you from vibrant London to romantic Edinburgh and a host of English and Scottish towns and cities on route, you'll also enjoy the British countryside at its most majestic.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Experience English icons, a number of heritage cities and the tranquil beauty of the English countryside as you traverse the England's rail network. Smooth rail rides will take you from capital London to York, Liverpool and the Bard's Stratford upon Avon.

England Tours Salisbury

Enjoy the highlights of Britain on this leisurely 15-day tour which takes you from the most southerly tip of England at Land's End to Scotland's St Andrews. On route discover national icons such as Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle and Windsor Castle alongside more "off the beaten path" destinations as you explore the coast and countryside of Devon and Cornwall, ancient Wales and the towns and dales of Yorkshire.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Explore two of Britain's great nations touring from London, the exuberant English capital to the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Along the way you'll experience thriving cities from the Beatles' Liverpool, vibrant Glasgow and historic Edinburgh as well as areas of outstanding scenery in the Cotswolds, Lake District and the along the shores of remote lochs, Loch Ness and Loch Lomond.

Scotland Tours - Edinburgh at night

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the contrasting cityscapes of the British capitals in Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.  Travelling by rail you can maximize your vacation time by gliding between these cultural centres in super-quick time.

Tours of Wales - Brecon Beacons

Experience the contrasts of two distinct British cultures on this tour of England and Wales.  Enjoy the stunning vistas of the Cotswolds and Snowdonia National Park to the icons of English and Welsh history at York Minster, Shakespeare's Stratford, Cardiff Castle and Stonehenge.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Indulge in a tour of two of Britain's unique nations as you explore the sights and sounds of England and Scotland. From the vibrant and historic cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and York to the stunning landscapes of the Lake District and the Scottish Trossachs not to mention a host of icons and lesser known gems along the way.

England Tours Salisbury

Icons of England takes you on a journey of discovery of England's most renowned sites, cities and landscapes. You'll experience English icons including the colleges of Cambridge, historic York Minster, the classic countryside of the Cotswolds, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford, Roman Baths, the enigmatic Stonehenge and the grandiose Windsor Castle.

Tours of Wales - Tenby

Spend five days with your driver-guide and two days independently exploring Cardiff, before returning to London by rail. Your tour takes you over the border Marches and through the Mountains of North Wales, along the Welsh coast and Cardigan Bay to the beautiful seascapes and coastlines of the Pembrokeshire National Park. Your tour ends in Cardiff where you then have two free days to explore the Welsh Capital at your own leisure.

England Tours - Stonehenge

A British Journey takes you from Scotland to England's capital city enjoying a wealth of cultural highlights along the way. Explore the Highlands in miniature and the metropolis of Glasgow before passing south through the inspiring landscapes of the Lake District and Cotswolds to glorious historic cities including Chester, Stratford upon Avon and Bath.

England Tours - Stonehenge

Discover quintessential England as you explore the patchwork countryside of the Cotswolds and some of England's most captivating historic cities. Delight in whimsical Oxford, Shakespeare's Stratford and the grandeur of regency city Bath or lesser known gems such as the eccentric villages of Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh.

Tours of London - Tower Bridge

This journey takes you from London to Edinburgh providing the full British history and culture experience. See Oxford and the Cotswolds, shop at Chester's Rows, wind through Wales' stunning Snowdonia National Park, sample local Welsh cuisine, enjoy medieval York and explore Wordsworth's Lake District before finally visiting mysterious chapels and stately homes in the Scottish Lowlands.

England Tours of Oxford

Experience all that is great about Britain on the ultimate tour of England, Scotland and Wales. See it all, from the thriving capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to the remote Scottish Highlands, tranquil Lake District and spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Along the way you'll experience diverse cultures and histories and see world-famous landmarks.

Tours of London - Tower Bridge

Discover some of Britain's finest cities and all that's in between on this leisurely tour of the East of Scotland and England. Travelling from Edinburgh to London via York, you'll enjoy overnight stays in our most renowned historic and cultural centres whilst your daily excursions will take you to a host of smaller towns and areas of natural beauty including St Andrews, the Scottish Borders, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cotswolds.

Tours of the Heart of England - Warwick Castle

Navigate the English rail network as you explore the heart of England and its historic cities. Sit back and enjoy the scenic countryside roll by before exploring the grandeur of Bath, Shakespeare's Stratford and the University city of Oxford not to mention the capital city of London.

Tours of England - Liverpool

Enjoy two countries for the price of one as you use the British rail network to explore England and Wales. Travelling in comfort enjoy the city highlights including Cardiff, London and York as well as scenic train rides through the enigmatic countryside of North Wales, the Cotwsolds and the Yorkshire dales.

More Travel Guides

Contact us