One of the world's most visited cities, London has something for everyone: from history and culture to fine food and good times. New restaurants and bars, outstanding museum extensions or refurbishments (and yet many remain free), once-derelict but now trendy neighborhoods, and four distinct seasons that each brings unique pleasures. We've put in the groundwork for what's good to do - so you don't have to!
1. Kew Gardens & Palace
London's busy-ness is exhilarating - until it's not. And then you need a break. A visit to Kew Gardens is the perfect way to combine London sightseeing with a literal 'breath of fresh air'.
A whopping 121 hectares of space makes it one of the largest botanical gardens in the world! It features an orangery, a 10-story pagoda, a mosque, a unique treetop walkway 18 meters above the ground, and more. Visit, explore and relax - it's a walk in the park!
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No matter how you plan your day, you'll find a visit to the Kew both restorative and invigorating, just as was always the plan.
2. London Zoo
London Zoo is perhaps the most famous zoo in the whole world. Built by Victorian gentlemen with names like Sir Stamford Raffles and Decimus Burton, it’s been an important part of London life for almost 200 years. Today you’ll be able to take in over 750 species of animals while walking through its historic buildings and grounds.
The London Zoo has undergone a transformation in the past few years. From its Victorian-era 'animal park' origins, it's now a conservation-minded institution that puts you right in the heart of untamed action.
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Charismatic lowland gorillas, prehistoric komodo dragons and Galapagos turtles, mighty lions and tigers... all the big-ticket creatures are on display here.
3. London Eye
Visit London's most popular attraction, the London Eye. High up in the sky you'll enjoy spectacular views of the city, from Westminster Abbey to the Tower of London. Traveling at a casual 26cm per second, a ride in one of the 32 capsules gives you plenty of time to admire the London landmarks that surround you.
A 30-minute ride above the Thames gives you incredible views of prime London real estate. Parliament and Big Ben are across the Thames, then there's the West End, Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and so much more.
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Erected in 1999 as the Millennium Wheel (and set to last only a month), the London Eye was such an instant hit that plans to make it permanent went into action almost immediately.
4. Hop On Hop Off Tour
From Big Ben to the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, you can see a lot of London with a 24-hour bus ticket! This one also gets you into Madame Tussauds for extra fun with waxed-up celebs, plus a river cruise and walking tours.
This ticket grants you access to the Hop-on Hop-off bus for a full 24 hours. Over 80 stops means you'll never look too long for something fun to do! Included are a river cruise up the Thames and three optional walking tours.
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At Madame Tussauds, stand next to over 300 lifelike wax figures, from Her Majesty the Queen to One Direction and Ryan Gosling! There's also a new Star Wars experience and a Marvel Super Heroes 4D show!
5. Roundtrip To Stonehenge
Like seeing a solar eclipse from a mountaintop, or getting up close to the pyramids, seeing Stonehenge with your own eyes is something you'll always remember; this mysterious site is full of magic and atmosphere. The easiest way to get there is to take this tour.
Leaving directly from London's Victoria Station, you ride in a comfy air-conditioned coach there and back. To make this truly British, opt for the fish and chips meal for afterwards.
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And this tour, leaving directly from London's Victoria Station, takes you to the world's best henge (and back) in air-conditioned comfort. You'll love the scenic drive through the Salisbury plains - as you sit back and count the shades of green outside the window.
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