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Kimberly Thomson, 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

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.


The London shopping experience is one of excess. Here you will find luxury shops such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols, 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 and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of London hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

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.