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Stephanie North, City Break Specialist

"Spend an afternoon with some of the rarest animals in the world at the Natural History Museum, then head over to Tate Modern to explore the latest in modern art. Grab dinner at the gallery’s restaurant for great views over the city, then head south west along the Thames for an inspiring night time view of Big Ben and the House of Commons."

London at a glance

Despite being two millennia old, London possesses a fresh, on the cusp of the future appeal. Both quintessentially British and culturally diverse, it is a city of paradox where historic sites rest beside modern innovation. A cosmopolitan city that is grand in every distinction, from its iconic landmarks and museums to its galleries, theatres and cultural attractions – a short break in London offers unlimited possibilities.

London’s past is perhaps best recognised by its historic architecture. Everywhere there are reminders of this city’s seemingly larger-than-life past. Some sites such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London are lasting remnants of a medieval London, while other landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral stand as testimony to the city’s resilience, having been rebuilt many times over following the destruction of the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz of World War II.

Always the pioneer, London is inventive, fresh and on the cutting edge of art and culture. A creative rush is alive in its venues, celebrating the best and brightest of art, music, theatre, fashion and design in all its forms. Whether you are looking to attend a live performance, peruse an impressive collection of fine art or shop for the latest trends in fashion, London has something to suit every taste.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • A bustling city break
  • Art and culture
  • Iconic sights

Theatre Breaks

Fancy singing the night away to Dolly Parton with her 9 to 5 Musical in the West End of or watching the magic unfold in the Land of Oz with Wicked? Click here to find out more about our UK theatre breaks. 

Getting around

The London Underground is an excellent way to see the sights. This fast, underground network stops at most of the main attractions and is fairly easy to navigate. If you plan to use the Tube more than a time or two, buy an Oyster card which works like a credit card and can be topped up as needed.

Shopping

The London shopping experience is one of excess. Here you will find luxury shops such as Harrods and Selfridges, well-known high street stores, markets selling bargain books, flowers and food items and don’t forget the souvenir shops – the city is filled with them!

Dining in London

The city’s cultural and international diversity, as well as its flair for the innovative and unique, is mirrored in its cuisine. One thing is certain - London is passionate about food. Whether you are looking for an exorbitant West End experience, a no fuss meal at a gastropub or an authentic dish from one of the many ethnic districts of the city, the selection of cuisine and dining atmospheres in London will spoil you beyond measure.

Top Tip: You can not visit London without visiting a food market, London boasts a range of different food markets with international street food favourites. We recommend the Southbank Centre Food Market and the Maltby Street Market.

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to London designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel on the days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of London hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
  • Any show, theatre or attraction tickets 

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 7,619,800
Languages English
Currency Pounds Sterling
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

Enter the dazzling world of West End musicals; London is home to some of the world's top shows, so book your seat now!

Distance from airports
London Heathrow
London Gatwick
London City
Railway stations
King's Cross St Pancras
London Euston
London Victoria

Things to do in London

  • London Eye: Intended as a temporary structure, its now a popular landmark offering superb views.
  • Madame Tussauds: Have your picture taken with the rich and famous - in waxwork form!
  • The Houses of Parliament: Pugin’s gothic masterpiece.
  • The Tower of London: Home to the crown jewels and one of London's most famous landmarks.
  • Buckingham Palace: The Queen’s London residence and now a popular summer visitor attraction.
  • Olympic Park: Now a London landmark after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Tours, Excursions and Attractions

West End Shows

Plan the perfect London theatre break with Osprey Holidays. We can include tickets for West End shows with any hotel booking. The Lion King, Wicked, 9 to 5 and Matilda are just a few of the shows running for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Your short break specialist can help you find your perfect tickets!

Harry Potter Studio

Step into the magical world of Harry Potter with behind the scenes access to iconic sets such as the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾. See the costumes worn by the main characters and learn how visual effects were created as well as getting up close to the original Hogwarts Express. Return bus transfers from central London are included. 

London Rock Music Tours

Discover London’s most famous rock n roll landmarks with your knowledgeable local guide. Morning tours focus on sites related to Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Clash, Amy Winehouse and 90s Britpop with visits to Soho Clubs and Abbey Road, while the afternoon is dedicated to The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Beatles and the swingin’ 60s. For a comprehensive day tour the morning and afternoon tours can be combined.

Royal Observatory & Thames River Cruise

Hop on and off your river Thames sightseeing cruise, passing by famous landmarks including Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. On arrival in Greenwich make your way to the Royal Observatory to discover the secrets of the cosmos, stand on the Meridian Line and enjoy spectacular views over the city.

Tower of London & Tower Bridge

On this fully guided tour you will access the Tower of London at opening time to see the Beefeaters conducting the daily opening ceremony and be one of the first to view the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive. Then make your way to Tower Bridge, climb the tower to see the exhibition and enjoy spectacular views from the high-level walkways and glass floor.

London Eye Fast-Track Tickets

Skip the line at one of London’s top attractions and enjoy spectacular vistas over the River Thames to Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and even Windsor Castle on a clear day. Each capsule holds 25 people, they are fully air conditioned and rotate slowly to maximise the panoramic views.

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.