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London offers several ways to get around the city. The underground has huge reach across the city, while overland rail links are fairly comprehensive, too. Taxis are easy to find and buses are also plentiful.

Taxis

Iconic black cabs make a great way to see the city. However, they can be very expensive, so are best taken for short journeys only. Unlicensed taxi drivers will approach you regularly – especially when clubs shut in the mornings. They rely on people looking to save a little cash and get home quickly in order to fund their illegal trade. Be warned; if you take an unlicensed cab, you're essentially getting into a stranger's car.

The Underground

The underground is, on the whole, a fast way to get around the city. The system is relatively easy to use and coverage is excellent; you never need to walk very far in London before you find a tube stop. But, prices are expensive, and the trains can be overcrowded. Some may also find them intimidating late at night.

Night buses

London's night buses are the best way to travel on a budget after the underground closes around midnight. Full of every kind of person you can imagine, they can often be entertaining rides home. However, coverage isn't always that great and you may find yourself having to change buses several times, and wait periodically. It's not uncommon for these trips to take hours. To find out the best journey home, Transport for London (TFL) has a phone line you can call and apps you can download.

Shows

A trip to London really isn't complete without a trip to a West End show. The Lion King, Les Miserables, Chicago and Wicked are just some of the most popular on-going shows.

Jack the Ripper Tour

If you love your horrible history, the Jack the Ripper tour shouldn't be missed. The identity of the murderer has remained a mystery since the 1800s, but the streets in which he preyed on and murdered young women are well documented. Follow this tour through the streets of Whitechapel; a gruesome but fascinating slice of London's history.

Tower of London

The beefeaters, the ravens, the horrible history and the crown jewels make the Tower of London one of the most famous tourist spots in town. Tours detail the spots were executions were held, where prisoners were kept and a glimpse of the world's most famous gems.

London Eye

From this spot on London's South Bank, you can see a staggering amount, from the nearby spires of Westminster to the distant heights of Canary Wharf. A treat day or night, London Eye is a giant, slow moving ferris wheel made up of transparent 'pods' from which passengers can view the city for 30 minutes before 'landing'.

DAY 1

Make your first stop to Covent Garden for a spot of retail therapy within the market area and the nearby boutiques of Seven Dials. You can also enjoy some excellent street performances and a huge selection of restaurants and bars. In the evening, head to a nearby theatre to take in one of London's West End shows.

DAY 3

Treat yourself to some retail therapy. Shopping in Harrods is a rite of passage for any London tourist. Once you've got one of its sought-after paper bags, head to Oxford Street, one of the most bustling high streets in the world. Or, if you're feeling a little more alternative, head to nearby Carnaby Street, where mid-range boutiques and quirky bars and restaurants give the area a little more street cred. Finish your night with more cool capers, in London's trendy Shoreditch, where low-key bars and asymmetrical hair are de rigueur.

DAY 2

Enjoy a spot of sightseeing; take a black cab, for novelty value, to the Tower of London. Here you'll find the crown jewels, the tower's famous ravens and get a taste for some of the unpleasant history of the city during medieval times. Take a boat cruise westbound and continue the historical theme with a visit to Westminster, where some of London's most famous sights – including Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace can be found.

DAY 4

Enjoy a morning of art at the Tate Modern, where some of the world's finest modern artists and installations can be found. Afterwards, take a stroll along the South Bank and spend a lazy afternoon by the river in one of London's pubs where you can munch on traditional British fare and sip on fine ales.

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