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London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities. With so much to do, it’s hard to narrow down the long list of reasons to visit, but here are just a few of our favourites to give you the flavour of this fascinating, vibrant city.

You can’t fail to be excited by London’s amazing attractions. See the city from above on the London Eye or meet a celebrity at Madame Tussauds. Examine some of the best museums and galleries in the world many of which are free. Spend a few hours in the British Museum, National Gallery or Tate Modern. Come face-to-face with dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum or explore the stunning Science Museum.

London has the best theatre scene in the world. It attracts the best in acting talent so don’t be surprised to see a few famous faces on the London stage. Take your pick from long-running musicals, classic plays, or brand new works making their West End debuts.

There’s accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes in London. The city has many famous luxury hotels, but there are plenty of cheaper options too. Meet other travellers at hostels or enjoy the comfort of a friendly B&B.

Take a culinary journey around the world with London’s diverse restaurants, ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants, to gastropubs, traditional British restaurants and afternoon tea. London’s bar scene is equally varied, so check out rooftop bars, riverside pubs and champagne bars.

London’s famous skyline continues to evolve. There are plenty of places to view the iconic skyline along the river, but make sure you take in a panoramic view of London from up high at locations such as the View from The Shard.

You’re spoilt for choice when shopping in London; from the flagship stores on Oxford Street, to gifts and bric-a-brac at London’s markets. Shop in Europe’s largest urban shopping centre at Westfield Stratford, or visit an iconic department store such as Harrods.

London attracts the biggest sporting events in the world. See a football match in London or take a tour of the capital’s spectacular sporting venues, from the home of the English football team Wembley Stadium, to Lord’s Cricket Ground or Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

You don’t need to travel far to find green space in London. The capital is home to eight beautiful Royal Parks, including Hyde Park and Richmond Park, ideal for a picnic. There’s also Hampstead Heath, with amazing views over the city. Alternatively, visit one of London’s peaceful outdoor places such as Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

The River Thames provides a stunning backdrop to many of the city’s top tourist attractions. River bus services and river tours are great ways to beat the traffic and enjoy wonderful views. Don’t forget London’s canals as well, including Regent’s Canal and Little Venice.

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