London Tourist Traps

  • Tourists Crowds at Sherlock Holmes Museum
    Tourists Crowds at Sherlock Holmes...
    by spidermiss
  • Tourist Traps
    by lotharscheer
  • Tourist Traps
    by lotharscheer

Most Viewed Tourist Traps in London

  • 1. Tour buses

    The hop-on, hop-off bus is the best way to see London because it covers every possible place you might want to see in the city. We have a wonderful stay in London and found the people very friendly,...

    more
  • 2. London Eye

    The London Eye is a huge ferris wheel, at one time the world's largest, with enclosed capsules. It moves so slowly that you can barely tell that it is moving, it takes 30 minutes to do a full...

    more
  • 3. Money and Money Exchange

    Avoid the post office, M&S, travelex, and banks.. To get the best rate for your currency you should go to to Thomas Exchange, their rates are much better than the Post Office, M&S, Travelex,...

    more
  • 4. Madame Tussauds and Planetarium

    I've been to Madame Tussaud Waxworks a few times now and have had mixed experiences. It was a curiosity to see the waxworks but at the same time I feel it's overrated for what it's worth. The off...

    more
  • 5. Soho and the West End

    The Christmas illuminations in Oxford Street and Regent Street are disappointing. The 2009 lights were based on the Disney movie A Christmas Carol but as the photo shows this was more or less all...

    more
  • 6. London Dungeon

    FOR KIDS and FOR KIDS ONLY!!! One of London's biggest tourist attractions apparently. Features Jack the Ripper stuff and other subjects related to murder, blood and gore. This tourist attraction...

    more
  • 7. London Zoo

    The London Eye takes you to new heights and offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city. I was fortunate to go on a clear and sunny summer day, so the views were quite spectacular. I can't really...

    more
  • 8. Restaurants

    It has been a long time, but I'll try to tell you what this restaurant is like. This restaurant at 43 Whitehall, near Trafalgar Square, next to the McDonald's, called S.P.Q.R., is a tourist trap scam....

    more
  • 9. Theatre and Shows (including tickets)

    I've certainly seen better acting, better sets, better costumes, and better plays but so what. The Mousetrap is an institution and quite honestly I'm glad I can say I've seen it. It's been playing for...

    more
  • 10. Pubs and Bars

    I was very much in two minds as to whether to include this as a general tip or a tourist trap - it's the Prospect of Whitby pub in Wapping. Certainly, it has a very long a interesting history, the...

    more
  • 11. Leicester Square

    Many visitors to London head for London's Leicester Square because they've heard so much about it. This is where the film premieres are held, but be warned, that doesn't make it a classy area. The A...

    more
  • 12. Piccadilly

    Unless you call usual tourist junk you can get in all touristic places a trap. London is only city with no tourist traps. But if you are a Londoner god help you.. By mistake you may get over...

    more
  • 13. Taxis

    London like any other city in the world has it's fair share of unlicensed taxi drivers.these drivers are not real taxi drivers, they will charge you silly amounts. they will probably not even know...

    more
  • 14. Hotels and accomodations

    If you want to sleep and have breakfast cheap, I'm sure there's no better offer than clink 78. Me and 8 friends paid only 25£ each for 2 clean rooms with comfortable double-beds. The breakfast was...

    more
  • 15. Pickpockets, Beggars and and Street Scams

    Beware of pick pocket wherever you go in London, either inside the shops, tube, bus, walking and waiting for bus or friends. Just keep an eye for your own stuff right in front of your eyes or where...

    more
  • 16. Britain at War Experience

    I visited the Britain at War Experience on 27/03/12 and was very disappointed. A steep admission price (something close to £12.95) for very little content and a near to bland experience. In my view,...

    more
  • 17. Luggage Storage Paddington Station

    Unfortunately we had to use the luggage station in Paddington Station near platform 12, but this is a real rip-off. They charge 10 GBP for any piece of luggage...

    more
  • 18. Sherlock Holmes Museum

    After visiting Regent's Park whilst finding somewhere to eat I saw the long queue at Sherlock Holmes Museum! I found the queue off putting for visiting 'The...

    more
  • 19. The London Pass

    The pass is quite expensive and before we moved to London we used it once. What we didn't realise it that many of the "free entries" on the pass are actually in...

    more
  • 20. Visitor Oyster Card

    On of the options for transport in London is a Visitor's Oyster Card. There's no benefit to the Visitor Oyster Card except for those people who MUST have things...

    more
  • 21. The British Museum

    Es un museo muy bello, muy importante, pero MUY GRANDE, muy concurrido, lo cual hace lento el caminar por el museo. Al entrar es muy importante tomar un mapa...

    more
  • 22. All the Squares and Circus

    All of London can be a tourist trap, but a fun one with many choices. You just have to pick and choose the activities you want to part take in, because there...

    more
  • 23. Tower of London

    To see the Tower of London, you have to queue up to buy a ticket for at least 30 min, if you haven't booked in advance. This probably applies to many other...

    more
  • 24. New attraction - same old greed.

    I almost never write tips about things I have not experienced myself as I think it is totally contrary to what VT is about but I am going to make an exception...

    more
  • 25. Good news and bad news.

    As the title suggests, there is good news and bad news with this tip. The good news is that this "attraction" is only oging to be here until the end of this...

    more
  • London Hotels

    1582 Hotels in London

    1 Reviews

  • Ask a Question

    Got a question about London? Get an answer from our Location locals and frequent travelers

Instant Answers: London

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

112 travelers online now

Comments

London Tourist Traps

planxty's Profile Photo

London is a great place to visit but, like anywhere else, where you get tourists you will get tourist traps and this city is no exception.

Of course, what constitutes a tourist trap is a...

View all London hotels

London Members Meetings

Sep 19, 2014 
VT Treasure Hunt - pre-meet dinner
Sep 20, 2014 
Treasure Hunt
Sep 20, 2014 
Post VT Treasure Hunt - prizes and celebrations

see all London member meetings