10 Easy Ways to See London's Top Sights

If you're short on time, or simply don't have time to plan, these top London package tours are for you.

What's the easiest way to see all London's big-ticket sights and attractions? Combine, combine, combine! Whether you have limited time in the UK capital, you love efficient sightseeing or you just want to squeeze in as much as possible, these great package tours are for you. Choose one or several to maximise your time as a tourist in London.

1. London in 48 hours

If time is tight, a great way to see all of London's top sights and attractions is with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. With almost 100 stops and six different routes, you can tick off Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and much more! Your ticket includes a Thames boat ride, a free walking tour and audio guide. Buy a 24 hour ticket and get an extra 24 hours free. 

2. London After Dark

Sightseeing is not just for daytime. This twilight tour offers a unique perspective on London's famous attractions. In an open-top bus, you'll cruise past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the Coca-Cola London Eye and Buckingham Palace in all their floodlit splendour. Tour is 1 hour 45 minutes and finishes in Victoria.

3. London Old and New

See two sides of London with this great package. Enjoy afternoon tea at The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe theatre to experience what life was like in the city of old. Then travel up Europe's tallest building to view modern London from above with a 6pm entry to The View from the Shard. Your ticket also includes 24-hour access to a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.

4. Get Inside London's Attractions

The Total London Experience is a packed day tour where you'll go inside St Paul's Cathedral, watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, view the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London and ride the Coca-Cola London Eye. The tour bus also takes you past iconic locations including Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Don't forget your camera!     

5. A Day at Downton Abbey

Fans of Downton Abbey should not leave the UK without visiting the "Downton" village and other immediately recognisable locations from the hit TV show. This tour takes you through the magnificent state rooms and gardens of Blenheim Palace, then to the local village of Bampton – where you'll see the buildings used for Downton College Hospital, Downton Church, the post office and the Grantham Arms.

6. Afternoon Tea on the Thames

Double up on two London traditions by having afternoon tea while floating down the river Thames. These two cruises both offer a delicious British afternoon tea with all the trappings – scones, jam and clotted cream, freshly made sandwiches, cakes and tea or coffee. Plus you'll cruise past the Coca-Cola London Eye, Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Tours with City Cruises and Bateaux London are both 1.5 hours.



7. Beyond London: Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath or Oxford

Keen to add some big-ticket English attractions to your London trip? These fantastic one-day bus tours take in Windsor Castle (the Queen's weekend residence), and the ancient mysteries of Stonehenge. Finally, you’ll enjoy either Bath's Regency splendour and Roman remains or the stunning scholarly history and architecture of Oxford. Find prices for a Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge tour, or a Windsor, Oxford and Stonehenge tour.

8. Dinner and Show Packages

Most people's London trip would not be complete without seeing a West End show. With our fabulous dinner and show packages, you'll get the full experience. Enjoy a pre-theatre meal in your choice of several London restaurants plus great seats for a big-name musical or play such as Wicked, The Woman in Black, Mamma Mia or Les Mis, all for a competitive, fixed price.

9. BritRail London Plus Pass

This is another excellent way to see more of the UK while you're here. Famous towns such as Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, Bath, Salisbury, Stratford-upon-Avon and Canterbury are all easily accessible by train from London. The BritRail London Plus pass gives you three, four or eight days of UK train travel within a month. Only available to overseas residents before arrival in the UK.

10. Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter

Love Harry Potter? Don't miss your chance to stand in Hogwart's Great Hall, walk down Diagon Alley and see Harry's Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid's motorcycle. This one-day tour includes transport to and from Central London and is suitable for wizards and muggles alike.

More Ideas

Other pre-booking offers and package deals that could make your London trip that bit easier include:

Airport Transfer: Pre-book a private airport transfer with personal meet-and-greet and transport for up to eight passengers.
National Express Coaches: Pre-book your National Express Coach Transfer from London's major airports.
The London Pass: This great-value pass gives you free entry to 60+ top London attractions, often with fast-track entry, and additional public transport options.
Visitor Oyster Card: Buy your London public transport ticket (Oyster card) before you travel so you can hit the ground running and jump on a Tube, bus or train as soon as you arrive in London.