London.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. London has been a major settlement for two millennia. *Londinium was founded by the Romans. In city of London has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken in the region.

London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London (map); Kew Gardens (map); the site comprising the Palace of Westminster (map), Westminster Abbey (map), and St Margaret’s Church (map); and the historic settlement in *Greenwich (map) where the Royal Observatory (map) defines the Prime Meridian (0° longitude) and Greenwich Mean Time.

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Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace (map), the London Eye (map), *Piccadilly Circus (map), St Paul’s Cathedral (map), Tower Bridge (map), Trafalgar Square (map) and The Shard (map).

London has numerous museums, galleries, libraries and sporting events. These include the British Museum (map), National Gallery (map), Natural History Museum (map), Tate Modern (map), British Library (map), Victoria and Albert Museum (map) and *West End theatres. The majority of the museums have no entrance charges, allowing visitors to make multiple visits with ease. ⇒ Museum of London

St Paul’s Cathedral (map), also in the City, is Sir Christopher Wren’s great accomplishment, built after the 1666 Great Fire of London – the great dome is still seated in majesty over The City.  There is also a viewing area that offers views of the surrounding area including the Millennium Bridge (map) that lies nearby.

Piccadilly Circus (map) is one of the most photographed sights in city. The Shaftesbury Memorial, topped by the statue of Anteros (now popularly identified as Eros), stands proudly in the middle of Piccadilly Circus while the north eastern side is dominated by a huge, iconic neon advertising hoarding.

Chinatown (map) is centrally located in the West End, along and around Gerrard Street off Leicester Square. It spreads into Wardour Street at one end and Newport Place at the other. London’s Chinatown may not be quite as large as those in San Francisco or Vancouver but it is still a great place to dine out in the evening.

Insider London – deliver a range of unique alternative walking tours. Hidden London – a series of tours run by the London Transport Museum exploring the hidden depths of the Underground, including abandoned stations and tunnels.

Borough Market is a great (map) food market, offering fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, meat, fish, and so on, much of it organic. The market opens Th-Sa. Many stalls offer freshly made fast food on the spot for lunch; from ostrich burgers to falafel, most tastes are catered for.

 

Public transport.

Guide to traveling to and getting around in Great Britain.

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON – is a government organisation responsible for all public transport. Their website contains maps plus an excellent journey planner. The Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. (+ Connections map)

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BUS: National Express. By far the largest domestic coach operator and operates services throughout Great Britain. London’s coach hub is Victoria Coach Station (map), an Art Deco building opened in 1932.

TRAIN: National Rail network, with 70 per cent of rail journeys starting or ending in London. + Train – Planning trip.

AIRPORT: Heathrow Airport, in Hillingdon, was for many years the busiest airport in the world for international traffic. Gatwick Airport is second airport, also serving a large spectrum of places world-wide. ⇒ airportguides.co.uk – list of airports.

FERRY: River boat services on the Thames known as Thames Clippers, which offers both commuter and tourist boat services. + River Transport Services.

Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.

Let’s Do London: top things to do late in London.

It’s time to enjoy London Lates, a season of events and activities celebrating all that we love about London at night. Our night-time offering is the envy of the world and has been sorely missed over the past 18 months.

So, whether you’re a partygoer, art lover, foodie, opera fan or looking for a late-night adventure, there’s something for everyone. And with London’s world-class diverse food and drink offer, there are plenty of late-night bars and eateries to satisfy all taste buds.

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Ways to visit the UK. Visit for tourism, business or a short stay (up to 6 months), airport transit visas. + Visa & Entry (visitbritain.com)

Visit London.

Our article about the city of London. Information about the city’s attractions, culture, events, and activities. Public transport.

TRAVELINE.

We can help you making your journey using the most up to date information from around the UK for all transport companies.

London Walks: A website where you can book walking tours in London, led by knowledgeable guides who can show you the city’s hidden gems.

Time Out London: A comprehensive guide to events, attractions, restaurants, and bars in London, as well as reviews and recommendations.

Culture Whisper: A website that covers the best cultural events in London, from art exhibitions to theater productions and concerts.

The London Pass: A website where you can buy a pass that gives you access to over 80 attractions in London, as well as discounts and special offers.

OpenTable: A website where you can book restaurants in London, read reviews, and find special offers.

NationalTrust.org.uk: The National Trust is a conservation organization that protects historic buildings, gardens, and natural landscapes in the UK. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

EnglishHeritage.org.uk: English Heritage is another conservation organization that protects historic buildings and sites in England. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: England, Wales and Northern Ireland has 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 18% of the countryside, over a fifth of the English coast, and including 12,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways.