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Visiting London

Royalty, palaces, and monuments mix with world-leading fashion, music, and theater, ensuring you’ll never run out of things to do in this illustrious capital.

Read all you need to know about Icelandair flights to London, including the latest entry requirements and practical information.

Things to do in London: shop like the royals

Take a trip to Harrods to shop like the Queen or head over to Selfridges to spot an off-duty soccer player. London is world-renowned for its shopping. With a spot of luxury in Bond Street, the latest trends in Oxford Street and vintage treasures on Portobello Road, you’ll find an abundance of shops to suit any style.

Trendy shops sit alongside prestigious stores carrying royal warrants - these have been awarded to firms supplying the royal household with goods and services since Henry II's reign in 1155. Theaters present plays by Sophocles, Shakespeare, Dickens, Ibsen, Hart/Kaufman, Albee, Shaffer, Lloyd Webber – the list goes on and on. World-class museums feature not only art but also toys, transportation, medicine, fashion, Florence Nightingale and even Sherlock Holmes!

A city of history

A visit to London is like a tour through a history book. It’s hard to resist watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or checking your watch with Big Ben, but there’s much more to London than its old buildings. London has a huge variety of museums and art galleries, with most of the big ones offering free entry.

Take a glimpse at the world-famous Magna Carta in the British Museum, iconic outfits throughout history in the V&A, and even ancient dinosaur bones in the Natural History museum, all without spending a single penny!

Join the pub culture... responsibly!

There is a very special English pub culture: simple food and an amenable atmosphere are the trademarks of a typical neighborhood pub, even in the heart of the city. Enjoy a pint or two along with a chat about the latest soccer match - the locals call it football, so be sure to do the same.

If you’re lucky enough to get tickets, London’s Premier League teams, such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace or Tottenham, will provide thrilling and truly British memories. There simply is no end to the familiar – and the secret. London simply has everything!

FAQs about travel to London

Helpful information for travelers to London

Do they use Euros in London?

No, the currency used in London is Pound sterling.

Will my cell phone work in London?

If your cell phone is locked to your home network it won't work in the UK. There are, however, free Wi-Fi spots throughout the city as well as at cafes, restaurants, hotels and stores, so you should have no trouble getting connected during your stay.

Should I hire a car to get around London?

The London transport system is world-renowned. Its buses, trams and both the underground and over-ground rail networks all work together to get you around safely, so hiring a car shouldn’t be necessary. If you want to explore further afield than the Big Smoke, you may wish to hire a car, but the national rail network in the UK will usually get you where you need to go.

What is an Oyster card?

An Oyster card is a pay-as-you-go travel card that you can use on all London public transport. London is separated into travel zones 1-6, and each zone has its own pricing system, so be sure to check before you travel.

How long can I stay in London as a tourist?

US travelers do not need a visa to visit the UK for a period of less than six months, so you’ll be fine for your vacation.