London Travel

London Travel Planning

Thinking of planning a trip to London? When you book your London travel with Virgin Vacations, you’ve got a home-field advantage. We know London inside and out, and we absolutely love welcoming you to our favorite city! Whether you’re joining an escorted tour, planning a group travel experience, or coming on an independent vacation, you can trust your London travel plans will be in good hands with us! From flights and transfers to hotels and attractions, we can build your ideal London vacation package.

What to See in London

London is a modern, cosmopolitan city brimming over with new ideas, but its history goes deep – all the way back to the Roman empire, in fact. That many millennia gives a city a knack for grand architecture, and London delivers all the European goodness you’ve come to expect from the storybooks: grand boulevards, cherub-studded palaces, marble arches, stone fortresses, and beautiful bridges. Your London travel plans must include at least a stroll past the stars: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower Bridge.

Add to that all the tremendous museums, with some of the world’s best collections of art, design and natural history. See mummies and the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum, dinosaurs in an incredibly grand setting at the Natural History Museum, European masterpieces of art at the National Gallery, and modern art from 20th-century masters like Matisse to incredible new installations at the Tate Modern. Plus museums for film, for maritime heritage, for transportation, and more. If you have an interest, there’s probably a museum for it somewhere in London.

That’s plenty for one vacation, right? Oh, but we haven’t talked about the theatre yet. London’s West End theatres shouldn’t be missed—it’s the largest theatre district in the world. Theatre is such an important part of London travel, we even have a vacation package designed just for theatre lovers, Virgin’s London Culture & Theatre Tour.

And how about literary history? From Shakespeare to Harry Potter, there’s no lack of literary landmarks in the city. Visit Shakespeare’s Globe, a recreated Globe Theatre with daily performances of Shakespeare classics in its outdoor playing space, plus spoken-word, music and other performances in its other venues.

As for Harry Potter, there’s a vacation package for that! Try Virgin’s London with Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter for a work of wizardry you’ll never forget (even if you haven’t gotten your Hogwarts letter yet).

And of course there’s incredible shopping for everything from vintage clothes to designer labels, royal events like the Changing of the Guard and the Horse Guards Parade, sightseeing in historic districts and sails on the River Thames, amazing multi-cultural dining and traditional English pubs, even day-trips to see Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and the beautiful historic spa city of Bath!

How to Plan

Starting to wonder how you’re going to fit it all in? Well, that’s where we can help. If you’re booking an independent vacation package, you can easily add on tours, attraction passes and even day-trips to make your London travel plans streamlined and simple. From flexible hop-on/hop-off bus passes to fully-escorted excursions to the city’s best landmarks, or just a Fast Track entry to the London Eye, you can add options to your vacation package while booking online, or by calling one of our expert travel planners for assistance.

If you’re really looking to take an in-depth exploration of London and beyond, consider an escorted tour. Our escorted tour options include diverse itineraries with expert tour guides. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of leisure time to get out on your own and explore! Escorted tours are also a fun way to get to know fellow travelers with similar interests to yours. If you’re the only Shakespeare fan in the family, think how great it would be to visit Stratford-upon-Avon with some new friends who share your ability to quote yards of Romeo & Juliet!

When you’re weighing your London travel options, you’ll find Virgin Vacations offers everything you need, with accommodations, tours and even flights for every budget. Independent travel with a host of options, including multi-city trips by rail or by air; escorted tours with a professional tour manager to make sure you get the most out of your vacation, and exclusive packages including special itineraries and flights with Virgin Atlantic.

Are you ready to start planning your London vacation? View our London vacation packages at the link below and book online, or call our destination specialist team at 1-888-937-8474 for expert planning assistance.

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