The history of London is the history of the world. Once a worldwide empire, the United Kingdom’s notoriety is now more cultural than military. At the British Museum, you can see relics from all over the world.

But London’s allure is not all in the past: attractions like Europe’s largest ferris wheel, the London Eye, and the Tower Bridge draw millions of people every year. Take a cruise on the River Thames to admire the city’s busy waterfront, or climb onto one of London’s iconic double-decker buses to check out the city’s many sights, from Big Ben to the Buckingham Palace.

The city is also popular for shopping: no visit to the British capital would be complete without a visit to the shops on Oxford and Regent Streets.

Meet your guide to London

Sure, you know London’s iconic sights, but what about its hidden bars, pristine parks, and traditional dishes? To find some local favorites, we chatted with Will Johnson, an Undiscovered London tour guide, about his favorite spots across the UK’s capital. 

So, Will, when’s the best time to visit London?
London is beautiful all year round, but something strange happens in the summer. There’s an infectious energy in the air that makes everything you do feel really special and memorable.


Take a wander along Regent’s Canal

What’s your favorite place in London that tourists rarely visit?
It’s hard to beat Regent’s Canal, which is a beautiful waterway running through the heart of the city. It’s populated with bars, restaurants, and boats, and I’m always baffled it’s not busier.

What’s your favorite pub that only locals visit?
There’s a great little cockney pub just off Brick Lane called The Pride of Spitalfields. You get the feeling that people were paying in shillings the last time the place saw a lick of paint.

Where’s the best place to see the sunset in London?
I would go for Primrose Hill, which is gorgeous in the summer. Located just north of Regent’s Park, this is a prime place for a picnic and offers a great view of the London skyline. Plus there are plenty of good pubs nearby.


Explore the British Museum for free

What is the best activity to do on a rainy day?
I wouldn’t really know, as it hardly ever rains in London… but on the rare occasion that it does, it’s hard to beat a trip around the British Museum and a couple of pints in the beautiful Princess Louise pub afterwards.

What dishes do visitors have to eat in London?
Black pudding in a cooked English breakfast. No two ways about it. Black pudding is famous for having some fairly gory ingredients, but it’s a vital part of a fry-up. Also, be sure to try some proper British ale, and don’t bother complaining to the barman when it’s not ice-cold – that’s how it’s been served for centuries.

What’s your favorite thing about being a tour guide?
I love meeting new people, discussing traveling and giving them advice on what to do and see in London. It means that I’m always on the lookout for new bars, quirky museums, and pop-ups so I can pass the secrets on to tourists.

What can people expect from your tours?
The Royal Free Tour is a great opportunity to pack 2000 years of British history into one short, free, informative walkabout. Expect bloody history, salacious tales of infidelity and plenty of plots to overthrow the government. The British Museum Tour takes you on a journey through human history, using the most fascinating and historically important objects from the collection to discuss the great issues of our lives, like money, religion, and war. The Camden Pub Crawl is our way of blowing off steam after a long day of touring about in the ‘unique’ London weather. Join the group and learn how to say “cheers” in heaps of languages as we get merry in London’s rock & roll heartland.

The Top 10 Castles to Visit Worldwide

The world is swarming with stunning castles that were once inhabited by the rich and famous or royalty. Nowadays, the gates are opened for us tourists, granting us a fascinating peek into a lifestyle we can hardly imagine for ourselves. We put together a list of the top 10 castles worldwide based on visitor count with links to fun activities for each so you can get the royal treatment when you visit!

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Get Your London Sightseeing Map

Want to know how to make the most of your trip to London?

It can be quite confusing to get around in an unknown city…we have collected all of London’s must-see sights on a metro map for your perfect stay in the UK’s exciting capital!

Where to go? Which subway to take? The coolest attractions? It’s all in here! Download your London Sightseeing Map, take it with you to London, and become an insider!

Download your London Sightseeing Map here: in pdf

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The Best UK City Breaks

There are so many great cities to visit in the UK. The Sainsbury’s Bank has created a guide that looks at the most popular destinations and what to do when you get there! Find all the best UK city-breaks! 

Do you know the average cost of 3 and 5 star hotels in London, Leeds or Liverpool? How about the cost of a taxi ride in Edinburgh or a cappuccino in Cardiff?

Check out their infographic below to find out the costs of visiting the UK’s most popular cities and ideas for fun things to do

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