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    London Travel Guide

    Popular Attractions in London

    The best way to utilize your limited time in London would be to create a comprehensive list of attractions and things you'd like to do while traveling in London. Auto Europe has over 60 years' experience in the travel industry, assisting a wide variety of clients plan the perfect travel itinerary for their upcoming self-guided tour of the UK. Take advantage of Auto Europe's extensive travel resources and suggestions for things to do in London with your British rental car. As you plan for your upcoming excursion, utilize our resources found in this guide and elsewhere on our website, and if you have any questions or concerns that aren't answered in these resources, don't hesitate to contact one of our travel experts toll-free at 1-888-223-5555, they're standing by 24/7 to field any questions or concerns you may have about renting a car.

    Tour Tate Modern and Cross the Millenium Bridge

    Tour Tate Modern and Cross the Millenium Bridge - The Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London, and is the most visited modern art gallery in the world, with nearly 5 million visitors per year. The Tate Modern holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to present day, as well as an impressive collection of international modern and contemporary art. After spending several hours exploring Tate Modern, cross the Millennium Bridge (as seen in Harry Potter 6) to the outskirts of historic London City.

    Things to Do in London: Visit Kew Gardens

    Visit Kew Gardens - Founded in 1839 by expanding the exotic garden at Kew Park, the Kew Gardens, located in the borough of Richmond, is the largest living collection of plants in the world, with over 30,000 different types of plants, while the herbarium has over seven million preserved plant individuals. In 2003, the gardens were put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, and ever since, the gardens have become one of London's most popular tourist attractions.

    Things to Do in London: Hang Out in Hyde Park

    Hang Out in Hyde Park - Hyde Park is one of London's largest parks and most popular relaxation destinations in the city. Originally founded as the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the park has since become a traditional location for protests and demonstration as well as London's most visited park along with adjacent Kensington Gardens.

    Albert and Victoria Museum

    Peruse the Victoria and Albert Museum - The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's largest museum dedicated to decorative arts and design, and houses a permanent collection of over 4.5 million artifacts and objects. Named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the museum was founded during the early years of their reign in the area known as "Albertopolis", where the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum can also be found.

    Things to Do in London: Shop: Primark and Harrods

    Shop: Primark and Harrods - Here at Auto Europe highly recommend shopping at Primark and Harrods, two very high quality department stores that offer home wares, clothing, and cosmetics at excellent prices for the value you're receiving. The Primark can be found on Oxford Street, while Harrods is just sought of Hyde Park, at the Knightsbridge tube stop.

    Things to Do in London: Attend Church

    Attend "Church" - The Church, located in Brixton, is one of London's hottest party spots. The Church is among the most popular spots for students, backpackers, and young adventurers seeking a crazy time in London, and is essentially a giant frat party that begins at noon on Sundays, and ends at 4 PM.

    Things to Do in London: Chunnel to Paris or Brussels

    Chunnel to Paris or Brussels - If you're in London and you were envisioning a day trip (or longer) to the mainland, the Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel" is arguably the most convenient and affordable way to do so. The Chunnel is less than a three hour train ride to Paris, and makes an excellent weekend trip for travelers looking to explore the rest of Europe.

    Touring London England

    Things to Do in London

    London is home to dozens of noteworthy historical attractions, such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, while also sporting contemporary architectural marvels, such as Wembley Stadium and the Olympic Stadiums. Regardless of your plans or the season you intend to travel to London, there are tons of opportunities for tours and self-guided expeditions to these popular attractions.

    Buckingham Palace - Buckingham Palace is the principal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II and the British monarchy, and has served as the seat of the monarchy since 1837. Renovated in the 18th century to accommodate Queen Victoria and other members of the British Court, Buckingham Palace is arguably London (and the UK's) most well-known monument, despite being considerably damaged and once again, renovated after severe bomb damage courtesy of World War II.

    London City and the Tower of London - London City composes the historic city center from which the rest of metropolitan London has emerged, and the castle compound surrounding the Tower of London. With almost 2.5 million visitors in 2013, the Tower of London and its surrounding areas compose one of the most population tourist attractions in all of the United Kingdom.

    Olympic Stadium - The stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Part was constructed to serve as the host stadium for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Despite being about 11 kilometers away from central London, the stadium is conveniently accessed via rental car or by public transportation.

    Natural History Museum - The Natural History Museum is noteworthy for being home to over 80 million specimens within five major departments of botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology. The Natural History Museum, like other publicly funded museums in the UK, does not charge an admission fee, and given the massive collection of specimens and the age of the institution, a tour through the Natural History Museum is an excellent way to spend a day.

    The London Eye - The London Eye is a massive Ferris wheel located on the south bank of the River Thames. The London Eye is currently Europe's largest Ferris wheel, and is the second tallest public viewing point of London. With over 3.5 million annual visitors, the London Eye is the United Kingdom's most popular paid tourist attraction.

    Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral - The Cathedral is among the most recognizable and famous structures in London, which dominated the city's skyline for over 300 years and sports the most elevated domed structure in the world. St. Paul's Cathedral is impressive because it also remains as a working Church, with hourly prayer and daily services. Westminster Abbey is also an essential structure that characterizes British medieval history, having been constructed in the 10th century, there have been 16 royal weddings at the Abbey and countless coronations.

    Weather in London

    What to Expect from the Weather in London

    London has a reputation for being foggy, rainy, and let's be honest, just not having the best weather found on Earth. That being said, London is a great vacation destination regardless of season, you just need to know what to expect for weather and climate so you can plan your travel itinerary accordingly and pack the correct clothes for the weather you're likely to encounter. Knowing what type of weather to expect when you visit and how climate changes over the course of the year will offer you insight into what activities can be best enjoyed during what season. London has a temperature oceanic climate, meaning temperatures do not fluctuate by season nearly as drastically and continental cities or climates. Although London has a reputation for being a wet and rainy city, in reality it receives less average precipitation than Rome, Naples, or Bordeaux. London has a relatively average level of precipitation for cities in a continental climate, but it suffers from small drizzles and cloudy days which give the perception of constant wetness. This section of our comprehensive UK travel guide will advise you on what type of weather to expect during the season you may be traveling in and how you can prepare for your upcoming self-guided tour with the best time to visit London.

    Summer in London - The summer in London and the rest of the United Kingdom can change at a moment's notice, for nearly any reason. In theory, London should be hot and dry during the summertime, but practically, it still rains quite a bit and is generally rather damp.

    Average Temperature: 17 Degrees C

    Fall in London - Autumn weather in London is very comparable to early spring. Don't be surprised to encounter moist, rainy weather with plenty of wind and constantly changing temperatures. September and early October are relatively mild, with temperatures hovering between 45 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Average Temperature: 13 Degrees C

    Spring in London - London experiences one of the most powerful urban heat island effects in the world, and temperatures can sometimes be up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in the city center as opposed to the outskirts. For this reason, London might be the warmest part of the United Kingdom whenever you choose to visit, making March, April, and May ideal months for exploring the city as it is neither too hot not too cold.

    Average Temperature: 11 Degrees C

    Winter in London - London in winter is like any other time of year, although the temperature will certainly be colder on average, the possibility for a warm, sunny day with temperatures in the 50's is not unheard of by any means. Londoners are not used to dealing with snow on a regular basis, although snow does fall, it rarely accumulates and thus is rarely an issue for drivers seeking to navigate London in winter.

    Average Temperature: 6 Degrees C

    Any Time is a Great Time to Visit London

    Ultimately, there is no wrong time of the year to visit London, it completely depends on your travel plans and the things you want to do in London. If you want to see sunshine and explore the city during warmer weather, you're best bet is to visit in late spring or early summer, when rainfall is at its lowest and sunshine is at its highest. If you want to play around in a winter wonderland and spend considerable time visiting indoor attractions, the city is considerably less crowded (with tourists) in wintertime, allowing you to conveniently tour the many attractions and sights of the city without waiting in extended lines.