Special offers and discounts in and around London

Index to sightseeing options in & out of London

Identification of the main sights in and around London and how best to see them

Quick Links to Index Sections

Tours in & around London

Sightseeing in London

Sightseeing outside London

Tours in & around London

London hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses

The hop-on hop-off double-decker tour buses are now found in most cities throughout the world. There are 3 main competing services. Enormously popular, this is the way to get orientated with London on your first day.

Guided London Tours

A range of guided tours from the classic touring coach and Blue Badge Guide to amphibious tours, to niche interest Rock Music, River or perhaps Black Taxi Tours.

Day Tours from London to Stonehenge, Oxford, Bath...

A stream of tour buses leave London daily to places like Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath, Glastonbury, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Warwick Castle, Avebury, Cotswolds, Hampton Court, Leeds Castle...

Private Day Tours from London

It is quite simple to put your own tour together going to the places you want to go at the pace you want. Private customised tours can be arranged for couples but become very attractive for groups.

Sightseeing outside London


World famous monument west of London. Every day of the year, even on Christmas Day there are coach tours to Stonehenge, most combining with another place like Windsor, Bath....

Stonehenge Special Access tours

Experience Stonehenge as few do: select dates each month offering special access to Stonehenge at sunrise or sunset. Go behind the ropes and get much closer to the legendary stones!


On the western edge of London, very close to Heathrow Airport. A full day out can be had. Main draws are Windsor Castle and Eton College. Boat trips, theme park and much else. Great walks available.


A couple of hours west of London by train or coach. The main draw and "must do" are the Roman Baths but there is also a multitude of museums, galleries and other attractions of Georgian Bath.


Famous for its university and nearby Blenheim Palace, a world heritage site, home of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Oxford is just an hour or two by coach or train north-west of London.


Home of Shakespeare and on the edge of the Cotswolds, a picture perfect district of English villages. Stratford is situated about 80 miles north-west of central London.


Canterbury Cathedral is the major attraction for visitors from London, but there is much more that for the independent traveler will easily fill up a day here. Just 90 minutes by train or take a tour.


The main visitor attraction is Salisbury Cathedral, one of the finest cathedrals in England and housing one of the original copies of the Magna Carta in the Chapter House.

The Cotswolds

The quintessential English countryside of thatched cottages and green fields. The area is characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a type of limestone). Tours also stop at the popular National Trust village of Lacock on the southern border and Warwick on the northern border.


Fascinating town to visit, with its mystic origins, and for those captivated by the legend of King Arthur and Avalon. A long way from London but this quirky, relatively uncommercialised town is a unique place to visit.


Only 20 miles from Stonehenge, this is another henge and Saxon village. Unlike Stonehenge there is totally free access, you can walk among and touch the stones at all times.


Paris is just over 2 hours from London by train. You can, and many do, take a day tour. To get a better experience of Paris, 2 and 3 day short breaks are also available.


Edinburgh is just a few hours from London by train and is a good base from exploring further afield to the Highlands or if you prefer there is more than enough to occupy anyone in Edinburgh.

Special interest tours from London

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London + film locations in London

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - the Making of Harry Potter is just one hour from London. A selection of tour operators will take you in a Harry Potter themed bus. We also offer a choice of Harry Potter walking tours or black cab tours for the London film locations.

Highclere/ Blenheim Palace

Combine Highclere Castle (from the Downton Abbey tv series) with a day trip to Oxford and the Downton village of Bampton, or alternatively with the Downton filming locations in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

Stonehenge Special Access tours

Experience Stonehenge as few do: select dates each month offering special access to Stonehenge at sunrise or sunset. Go behind the ropes and get much closer to the legendary stones!

Sightseeing and attractions in London

London's Museums

London has a lot of world class museums and best of all the vast majority have free entry. There really is something for everyone. If you have an interest is the subject matter then a day may not be long enough.

London's Art Galleries

Like London's museums, most of the big art galleries are free to enter, though you may be leant on for a voluntary contribution. If you're into art there are a long list of galleries available.

London's Castles & Palaces

Royalty and history intertwine at many of London's major attractions. Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace are near the top of many people's to do list.

London's Cathedrals & Abbeys

Royalty and history also have a heavy input of religion. With most of the royals having been coronated, married or buried in either of the main religious draws in London: Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.

London Eye

Built for the year 2000 celebrations, the Eye has become a permanent and popular fixture sited at County Hall opposite Big Ben. This is the original Eye, now being copied globally.

Royal Parks

Millions of Londoners and tourists visit the Royal Parks for free each year, nearly all visitors at least visit one of them. Regent's Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St James's Park are the major ones.


Hard to define this sector. Entertaining museum, kind of theme park mainly designed for the kids. Madame Tussauds is the most famous but there are many others including the London Dungeon and Harry Potter!

London Music Tours

London is very well known for its music and creative arts, so there is literally something for everyone looking to experience London through the history of music. We cover guided tours and places of interest you can visit on your own.

London's Shopping

Some people come to London and do nothing but shop. We identify the main shopping streets you've heard of like Oxford Street and Harrods department store and identify the niche districts which maybe you have not heard of yet.

London's Markets

There are small markets all over London but at the moment the most popular markets are at Camden Lock, Portobello Road and Borough. Youngsters particularly go for Camden.

London's West End Theatre

London's West End theatre is dominated by the commercial musicals, but there is a wide variety of theatre from Shakespeare to comedy clubs. Some tips on getting access to the theatre you want to see.

Special Offer Day Tours From London
Every effort is made to keep all our information correct and the advertised prices up to date. We endeavour to be as accurate a source of information as possible but Travellers Toolkits cannot be held responsible for any price differential between our stated prices and those of the companies supplying the product or accuracy of information provided on our sites.