City Guide

Time Out's guide to the best things to do and attractions in London

London's top attractions
Attractions

London's top attractions

If you're overwhelmed by the amount of great things to do in the capital, let us guide you in the right direction

West End theatre shows
Theatre

West End theatre shows

Reviews and tickets for all the shows and musicals in London’s West End

101 things to do in London
Things to do

101 things to do in London

The city is yours to discover with our list of unmissable London activities

101 things to do in London with kids
Kids

101 things to do in London with kids

Get set for family fun with our round-up of exciting events and activities for children in London

Tickets and offers

Theatre tickets
Theatre

Theatre tickets

Fancy seeing the hottest shows in town? We're here to help

Book a table
Restaurants

Book a table

Bag special offers on some of the best restaurants in town

Attractions and days out
Attractions

Attractions and days out

Take your pick from historical must-visits and family-friendly activities

Time Out Events
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Time Out Events

Come and party with us at one of our very own events

The best of London

The 100 best restaurants in London
Restaurants

The 100 best restaurants in London

Feast your eyes on the best restaurants in London, from seasoned stalwarts never falling out of fashion to tasty newcomers

The 100 best bars and pubs in London
Bars and pubs

The 100 best bars and pubs in London

Find the very best boozers in the capital with Time Out’s guide to the bars and pubs that beat them all

London markets
Shopping

London markets

Your guide to the best markets in north, south, east and west London

Free London
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Free London

We've compiled the best free stuff in London for those of you who want to explore the capital for nothing

Hotels in London

The 100 best hotels in London
Hotels

The 100 best hotels in London

Check out our guide to the best places to check in

Romantic hotels in London
Hotels

Romantic hotels in London

Feel all gooey inside at the best romantic hotels in London

The best design hotels in London
Hotels

The best design hotels in London

Sort the chic from the sheep

The best cheap hotels in London
Hotels

The best cheap hotels in London

Sure, the capital has big names in hospitality, but there's also loads of great cheap hotels 

London by area

Soho area guide
Things to do

Soho area guide

It may be under threat but it's still buzzing with life 24 hours a day

Shoreditch area guide
Things to do

Shoreditch area guide

Sure it's full of trendy youngthings but the 'ditch still offers good times galore 

Covent Garden area guide
Things to do

Covent Garden area guide

High on every tourist's visiting agenda, Covent Garden offers a range of restaurants, shops and hotels

Camden area guide
Things to do

Camden area guide

The moment you step outside the tube station, Camden attacks the senses

Top London attractions

British Museum

British Museum

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Tate Modern

Tate Modern

International modern art from the collection.

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London Eye
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London Eye

Your guide to visiting the world's most famous observation wheel The London Eye opening times and ticketing information The Eye opens at 10am every day except Christmas, while closing times vary according to season (8.30pm during winter months and 9 or 9.30pm during the spring and summer, with a few exceptions on holidays). Prices favour the well-organised, with 10 percent discounts (£17.28 down from £19.20) available on timed ‘standard’ tickets booked online in advance. ‘Flexi’ tickets are also available, either for the day or week of your choice, but you’ll pay progressively more for the privilege (£20.28 and £25.28 respectively, last we checked). .buy-button { font-size: 15px; min-width: 250px; max-width: 350px; margin: auto; text-align: center; display: block; } Buy EDF Energy London Eye tickets Guides to areas near the London Eye South Bank Mayfair Oxford Street Soho Opened in 2000 to provide views of landmarks – the Palace of Westminster immediately southwest, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City just northeast and, on a clear day, Windsor Castle more than 25 miles away – the EDF Energy London Eye has since become a landmark itself. Get up close and it’s easy to see why: at 394 feet tall and with 32 pods (one for every London borough), the Eye is less an observation wheel than a feat of engineering, strung together with tensioned steel cables that look (and act) like spokes on a bicycle, and decorated with LED lights capable of generating

London Transport Museum
Museums

London Transport Museum

Among the vehicles on display at the London Transport Museum is the first underground electric train, which had no windows because there was nothing to see underground. The trouble was that no one could tell which stop they were at, a glitch resolved by employing an athletic announcer who ran to each carriage at every station, shouting out the stops. Dating from 1890, this is one of several museum exhibits you can board. The design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. For children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area decorated with Steven Appleby illustrations and the chance to sit in the driver’s cab of a red bus and guide a Northern Line simulator through tunnels and up to platforms – (truth be told, it’s fun for adults, too).

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National Maritime Museum
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National Maritime Museum

On this Greenwich Park site you'll find the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, which was designed in 1616 by Inigo Jones but not completed until 1638, and the Royal Observatory, founded in 1675 by Charles II. The museum's Maritime London gallery is a permanent exhibition exploring the importance of London's maritime heritage and its impact on world trade. Exhibits include wreckage from a Zeppelin shot down over the Thames estuary in 1916, the original model for Nelson's Column and early 19th-century plans for the Rotherhithe Tunnel. Exhibits in the museum's Your Ocean gallery, which is aimed at families and teenagers, examine current issues affecting marine conservation, including global warming, over-fishing and pollution. The Time Galleries in the Observatory map the quest of astronomers, horologists who attempted to pin down the elusive concept of time. The Cradle of the Navy: The Royal Hospital School at Greenwich is a permanent display in the Queen's House on the school's origins and life at Greenwich, where it occupied the building now used by the museum from 1806 to 1933. The £15 million extension features six astronomy galleries, a science and astronomy education centre, and a working horology centre. The centrepiece of the project, which almost doubles in size the Observatory areas open to the public, is the 120-seat Peter Harrison Planetarium – the only public planetarium in the UK, it features daily shows (admission charge applies), including 'Sky tonight

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Kew Gardens
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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a magnificent World Heritage Site covering 300 acres with over 30,000 species of plants. The Evolution House contains a permanent exhibition telling the story of the development of plant life. A few of the specimens are represented by models but Kew is able to represent many examples of primitive plants from its own living collections. Families with younger children will get a kick out of the human-scale badger sett, the fish in the Marine Display aquarium downstairs in the Palm House and the Climbers and Creepers indoor play area for accompanied three to nine year olds (sessions, bookable on arrival, last 20 mins). The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art is a new, permanent gallery. The Xstrata Treetop Walkway is one of Kew's most impressive attractions: 18m up in the air and 200m long, it provides a fresh perspective on the sweet chestnuts, limes, deciduous oaks and other trees of Capability Brown's woodland. The Treehouse Towers outdoor play area for three to 11 year olds offers rope bridges, giant swings, zip wires and slides geared towards teaching children about trees.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars