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With some of the world’s best museums, attractions, music venues, restaurants and shopping, it’s impossible to be bored in London. Whether you’ve just arrived in the City or lived here all your life, there’s so much to see and do. Our handy guides will help you discover the very best of London from tourist hot-spots, to less well-known local secrets so when you’re looking for things to do in London, there really is something for everyone.

#1 Buckingham Palace

Palace in Westminster, London

One of the top things that tourists love to do in London, is to visit Buckingham Palace. It’s a great way to find out just how many bathrooms there are or where the Queen exercises her Corgis. If you want to really learn about London, start than right at the top with the Royals themselves!

#2 camden market experience

Eclectic market in London

Looking for things to do in London for free? Have a wander around one of London’s most iconic markets and browse eclectic handmade jewellery, printed t-shirts, vintage homeware and more. The market is renowned for its street food stalls selling everything from vegan curries to waffles.

#3 Big Ben sightseeing tour

Clock tower in London

You may be surprised to learn that Big Ben is the nickname for the bell inside, not the tower-which is officially titled The Elizabeth Tower. But how did it get this name and when was it built? If you’re looking for things to do in London, there’s still plenty to discover and visiting Big Ben makes a great day out.

#4 london zoo

World's oldest scientific zoo 

If you’re looking for something different to do in London, escape from the hustle and bustle of the city by getting hands on with nature at London Zoo. Built in the centre of the beautiful Regents Park, this is a great place for a family day out. With over 700 species, there’s something for everyone.

#5 madame tussauds

Wax museum in London

Where else would you be able to spend the day rubbing shoulders with the likes of Tom Hardy, E.T, Ed Sheeran, Dame Helen Mirren, The Incredible Hulk and Usain Bolt? Oh, and you’ll probably see the Queen too. Madame Tussauds is the place to visit in London where you’re guaranteed to bump into celebs.

#6 London Eye

Ferris wheel in London

Where can you go to get a one-off, birds-eye view of London? Also known as the Millenium Wheel, the London Eye is 135 metres tall and overlooks the whole of the city. Being Europe's tallest Ferris wheel, the London Eye is the perfect thing to cross off your ‘London bucket-list’.

#7 tower bridge

Iconic Victorian bascule bridge in London

One of the most famous bridges in the world, London’s Tower Bridge is a ‘must-see’ when visiting the city. Built between 1886 and 1894, it’s steeped in history. Find out why the bridge had a facelift for the Queen’s Jubilee and how an aircraft pilot flew straight down the Thames through the middle of the bridge.

#8 HYDE PARK

Large green space in London

When visiting all the sights of London, it’s easy to think about its iconic buildings but London is also famous for its beautiful green spaces. Hyde Park is the largest of all the parks, covering 350 acres and is the perfect place to go to get away from the noise and bustle of the city.

#9 stonehenge

Neolithic monument near London

If you’re looking to get away from the usual tourist attractions, visit Stonehenge’s ancient stone circle. Built 5,0000 years ago, it’s still not understood what the circle was built for or how the stones were moved. But it makes for a fascinating day trip, within easy reach of London.

#10 JACK THE RIPPER game

Adventure city game in London

Wondering what to do in London this weekend? How about an unusual sightseeing tour following the story of Jack the Ripper? Learn all about one of London’s most grisly figures by visiting where he committed his crimes, how many victims he had and what his motives were.

#11 river thames boat tour

The longest river in England

If you’re looking to visit the very best of what London has to offer, where else would you start but the very heart of the City, the River Thames. London’s most famous waterway is 215 miles long and is home to some of the capital cities best attractions within walking distance.

#12 the view from the shard

306m-high skyscraper in London

How quickly can you get 95 floors above London street level? At London’s Shard you can race to the top in an elevator in just under a minute. The Shard is a glass skyscraper that towers above London City and earns its place as the tallest building in Western Europe.

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Making the most of London with Groupon

As one of the world’s biggest and busiest cities, there’s no end to what London has to offer, and with exclusive deals and discounts from Groupon there is no limit to what you can get up to.

Make sure to keep an eye on our deals and soon you could be doing something exciting such as:

With so many ways to enjoy your time in London, here are a few tips to point you in the right direction.

The city’s many museums can be a fantastic way to learn whilst spending time together as a family, with plenty of exhibits to keep kids fascinated. Just wait to see the expressions on the faces of children when they see the animatronic dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum). Keep an eye out for deals on this page to enjoy exciting trips such as watching the cheeky meerkats at the Zoo or the awe-inspiring acrobatics of the circus.

The massive o2 Arena regularly hosts everyone’s favourite bands and stand-up comedians, while the historic Globe Theatre has performances of both Shakespeare’s classics and modern theatre. There are also lots of great smaller venues throughout the city where you can enjoy more intimate performances like those found in the Brixton area.

With lots of food choices to pick from it’s easy to support local restaurants and you can’t really go wrong when heading out for a top-notch meal. Brick Lane  is renowned for it’s curry housesand if you’re in the mood for a fancy meal, whilst saving with Groupon, the Kensington area will have what you’re looking for. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you could even try the traditional London delicacy (an acquired taste!) of jellied eels and chips.

When it comes to relaxation there is a huge variety of options to choose from. We’d recommend trying the special steam rooms, cool pools and massages of a Turkish bath, or Hammam, for something a bit different.

Using public transport and gearing up for a long walk can help you get pretty much everywhere you need to go. A visit to Big Ben could quickly lead you to the beautiful St James’s Park or Buckingham Palace with just a short walk or a hop on the Tube. A daily or weekly travelcard is a great investment and will let you jump on and off all the local transit services, including the Tube, so you can enjoy everything the city has to offer whilst getting around with ease.

Be sure to check out the deals on this page which are updated daily and use the handy map to plan out your time around London.

With so many things to do in London, you'll always be able to find another way to save with Groupon and rediscover everything this city has to offer.