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Guides and tips for visiting the United Kingdom.

Bucket List London (And What to Do Instead)

London is the ultimate cosmopolitan capital. Its centuries of history, massive political power, and far-reaching culture often make it a prime destination for first-time travelers. It’s easy to pack a whirlwind itinerary of double decker bus tours, snap a few selfies with Big Ben and the Trafalgar Square lions, and call it a holiday. London is so chock full of things to do, you could spend years here and never see it all. But that’s just why you should make an effort to go beyond the top bucket list attractions of the city and see more.

Say cheerio to the heaviest crowds, save a few quid, and enjoy modern sights instead of suffering through ‘must-sees’ that don’t really interest you. Below, you’ll find your guide to bucket list London and the less iconic sights you should add to your itinerary.

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RTW Budget: London

Budget London? Isn’t that an oxymoron? The British capital isn’t exactly known as a cheap destination. When I determined Istanbul probably wasn’t the best place for me to spend the month of October, I was afraid switching gears to London would completely kill my RTW budget. I did wind up spending about $200 more than planned. But that was about the¬†difference in the cost of my Airbnb rental from city to city – everything else pretty much evened out. Read on to see exactly what I spent on a month in London.

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The Creative Professional’s Guide to London

For centuries, people from all walks of life have flocked to London. Henry VIII even believed it to be the literal center of the universe! The city is notoriously pricey in terms of accommodations, but if you can afford to get here, free museums and cheap eats in Chinatown can balance your budget. More importantly, the long history of supporting arts and culture and the wealth of working cafes make it an ideal base for traveling creative professionals. Read on for a digital nomad-friendly guide to London.

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5 Unique London Day Tours to See the City in a Different Light

The typical hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus is a great way to spend the day on your first trip to London. The ‘Old Smoke’ is such a large city, you can get your bearings and tick off some of the famous sights you feel you can’t miss. But London’s size also means that there is so much dwelling beneath that tourist-friendly surface. As Samuel Johnson rightly said, ‘He who is tired of London is tired of life,’ and you could honestly spend years in the British capital and still never run out of new things to see and do. So once you’ve satisfied your tourist tooth, try one of these more unique London day tours on for size.

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