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Find out about London attractions, including visitor and ticket information

The top 50 London attractions
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The top 50 London attractions

Our round-up of London's unmissable attractions

Best London tours
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Best London tours

Often the best way to see a city is to be guided by a local, and London’s no different

Days out in London
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Days out in London

Everything you need for an awesome day in the smoke

20 alternative London attractions
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20 alternative London attractions

Already done Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, or do you just fancy something that reveals London away from the picture-postcard scenery? Here’s our pick of the quirky, the weird, the cool and the countrified; interesting places that will get you exploring other corners of London before you know it.

Helicopter rides and tours in London
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Helicopter rides and tours in London

Want to get the best view of the capital? Board a chopper and see what the birdies see

London's best Thames river cruises
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London's best Thames river cruises

Get a whole new perspective of the city with these top Thames river cruises

London sightseeing
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London sightseeing

Your comprehensive guide to the tried-and-tested London sightseeing spots

Unusual things to do in London
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Unusual things to do in London

Roll up and step this way for the weirdest, freakiest and most unusual 

The top ten museums in London
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The top ten museums in London

In London you’re never far from a museum. The city is full of cultural institutions

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The View from the Shard
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The View from the Shard

Be blown away by panoramic views

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Shrek’s Adventure! London
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Shrek’s Adventure! London

Go in search of the big green ogre at this immersive experience

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The London Dungeon
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The London Dungeon

Tales of murder, torture and other foul deeds are brought to life in scary but seriously funny style

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Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace

Discover the glorious W8 home to royals for the last 300 years

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London Zoo
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London Zoo

Zone 1 is where the wild things are, at our world-leading zoo in the park.

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The London Pass
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The London Pass

Gain access to over 60 London attractions – and save 15% with Time Out

Harry Potter Studio Tour
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Harry Potter Studio Tour

Harry and Hogwarts await. £52 - £55

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SEA LIFE London Aquarium
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SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Sharks and fish, basically. From £13.50

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London bus tours
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London bus tours

Hop on and hop off – here's some of the best of the capital's bus tours 

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London's hidden attractions

14 weird but wonderful museums
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14 weird but wonderful museums

Beautiful buildings, curious curators and extraordinary exhibits to discover

London's hidden gardens
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London's hidden gardens

We reveal the prettiest places to spend a sunny day in London

Secret London
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Secret London

Explore life off the beaten track with our guide to secret London attractions and more

Unsung museums and libraries in London
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Unsung museums and libraries in London

The enclaves of curios in the capital

London tours

The best Buckingham Palace tours
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The best Buckingham Palace tours

Bike tours in London
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Bike tours in London

London bus tours
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London bus tours

London walking tours
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London walking tours

London photography tours
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London photography tours

London's biggest attractions

London Eye
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London Eye

Originally constructed to mark the Millennium, the slowly circling wheel that looms over the Thames continues to be one of the city’s most-loved icons and a firm favourite with snap-happy tourists. From the 32 glass-walled pods (said to represent each of the 32 London boroughs) everyone (with a head for heights) can drink in those expansive views to the north, south, east and west, making this a brilliant way to get the measure of London. And each visit now starts with a fun, 4D short film before you board.

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Up at The O2
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Up at The O2

Have you ever been curious as to what London looks like from more than 50 metres up above North Greenwich? If you're hardy enough to get kitted out in safety gear and traipse your way up the dome's roof for 90 minutes, you can find out. Whatever ticket you choose, it’s the ultimate AAA pass, offering 360-degree views of the city. From there you’ll be able to see across the capital, spotting famous sites like the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, The Shard and Canary Wharf. Plus you can climb your way up at sunset, at twilight or during the day, with each offering a different take on the capital's skyline. 

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ArcelorMittal Orbit and slide
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ArcelorMittal Orbit and slide

The curly-wurly red scaffolding tower lords it over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from its position right alongside the Olympic Stadium. Designed by the artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond, it stands 114.5m (376ft) tall and has lifts (and a 455-step staircase) up to two platforms from which you take in the spectacular view. The fun bit is getting down – you can whoosh down the 12-loop slide, designed by Belgian-born German artist Carsten Höller or abseil down – both require a head for heights and a strong stomach. 

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Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s pad sure lives up to its pretty picture-postcard image. All year round you‘re welcome to take a gander at the stunning Royal Collection of artworks, which are housed in The Queen’s Gallery. From February to November the Royal Mews throws open its doors to anyone wishing to eyeball the Queen’s horses and elegant carriages, and the State Rooms are open throughout August and September (as well as for one-off tours during the year when the Queen isn’t home).

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Hampton Court Palace
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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court’s resplendent palace and plush grounds will pomp up any trip to London. From the Tudor indoor tennis court to the Royal Maze, from the King’s private loo to the brand new Magic Garden adventure playground, there’s something here for all ages. History buffs and art enthusiasts should purchase the ticket for the Palace and the Gardens, or those with little ones in tow will appreciate the Magic Garden and Maze ticket. 

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Westminster Abbey
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Westminster Abbey

To see Gothic grandeur at its most glorious hop across the road to this royally-approved abbey. Westminster Abbey has been home to elaborate 16 royal weddings, a lot of funerals and every coronation since 1066. However, as Westminster Abbey is still a fully functioning church, the visiting times often vary. Looking for some spiritual respite after a long day sightseeing? Check out a Wednesday Late, where you dine like a monk in the ancient cellars. 

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Tower of London
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Tower of London

Experience London’s multifarious history, from the flamboyant to the frightful, with a nosey around this eleventh-century fortress.

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Kew Gardens
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Kew Gardens

Exotic flowers, wild meadows and a walk among the treetops in leafy west London.

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Kidzania
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Kidzania

If the name didn’t give it away, allow us. Kidzania is every child’s dream: an indoor city entirely run by (you guessed it) kids.

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Thames RIB Experience
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Thames RIB Experience

Step aboard the RIB ride, which will send you hurtling down the river with its 740 horse power and ‘V8’ twin turbo thrust. 

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St Paul's Cathedral
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St Paul's Cathedral

Christopher Wren’s masterpiece is an architectural marvel. Come and test your hearing in the Whispering Gallery and stay for evensong.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not!
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Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Take a walk on the weird side with Ripley’s gallery of curious artworks, amazing facts and mind-boggling challenges.

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20 alternative London attractions
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20 alternative London attractions

UK theme parks
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UK theme parks

Best London cookery classes
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Best London cookery classes

London wine tasting
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London wine tasting

Skip the line at London attractions
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Skip the line at London attractions

Days out in London
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Days out in London