Europe’s biggest city is cosmopolitan, cultured and colossal – and no two visits will ever be the same.

London’s unique allure is impossible to define. From the dizzying wealth of Belgravia to the urban markets of Camden Town, every neighbourhood has its own unique character. Explore the world-class museums, like the National Gallery and British Museum, or the vast array of shopping options.

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Things to do in London

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben


If your doorbell chimed this loud, it’s safe to say that your neighbours would have moved out long ago. For miles around, you’ll hear Big Ben’s legendary melody from the bell tower in the Houses of Parliament. The latter was once an 11th-century palace, repurposed centuries ago as the seat of Britain’s parliament.

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Westminster Abbey


Westminster Abbey’s guest register reads like a book on British History. The Abbey has hosted royal coronation ceremonies since 1066, while many notable Brits (and a few naughty ones) are buried here – you can see some of their effigies on the elaborate sarcophagi. The Abbey also hosts royal weddings, including that of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.

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  • 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA
  • Open Monday–Tuesday 09:30–15:30, Wednesday 09:30–18:00, Thursday 09:30–15:30, Friday 09:30–15:30, Saturday 09:30–18:00.
London Eye


I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ... L. Get a god’s-eye view of London atop this giant Ferris Wheel on the South Bank. The glass pods hold up to twenty-five people per pod and were designed to represent each of London's 32 boroughs. Infinitely popular, it does exactly as it claims – it takes you up, then it takes you down!

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Buckingham Palace


The Crown Jewels lie in the Tower of London, but the Queen’s Guard watches over the head that wears them. Although the role of the red-coated guards is purely ceremonial, join the hordes trying to break their legendary stare – or simply enjoy the pomp and ceremony of the daily Changing of the Guard. In summer, take a tour of the palace’s treasure-filled rooms.

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British Museum


As Great Britain’s Empire expanded, so did its cache of material treasures – many of which are on display in this world-class museum. Among its eight million exhibits, you'll find the stunning Elgin Marbles from Greece, the Benin Bronzes and the legendary Rosetta Stone. The Reading Room stands at its heart and is spectacular in size and scope.

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  • Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
  • Open Monday–Thursday 10:00–17:30, Friday 10:00–20:30, Saturday–Sunday 10:00–17:30.
St Paul's Cathedral


This icon of Christendom has opened its doors for everyone from princes to paupers. Completed in 1710, the cathedral continues to be used for church services, but has also hosted important ceremonial events like the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. Give your hamstrings a workout on the 111-metre stairway to the top of the dome.

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Hyde Park


Take a turn around the primrose paths of London's largest Royal Garden. There are plenty of breathlessly romantic covered areas, rose gardens and fountains to discover over its 350 acres, not to mention the Serpentine Lake and the famous Speaker's Corner. Hyde Park is particularly fine for lazing about with a book on a humid summer’s day.

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Tower of London


The Tower of London has hosted feast and folly for centuries. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, every tower has its own (often bloody) history. Henry VIII and some of his tragic wives, Lady Jane Grey and Colonel Blood were among its famous residents. Search for their ghostly spectres that allegedly haunt the grounds, or play it safe by viewing the 23,000 Crown Jewels.

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Natural History Museum London


If you can't identify an Irritator from an Anchisaurus, it’s worth brushing up on your natural history at this impressive museum. Look up at the 32-metre Diplodocus skeleton and grab your magnifying glass to zoom in on 70 million different specimens. When you're done, satisfy your inner scientist at the adjacent Darwin Centre and Geological Centre.

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Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge is one of the world’s most iconic bridges and an enduring symbol of London. Identifiable by its two towers, this enormous drawbridge took eight years to build and has been in continuous use since 1894. The main entrance of Tower Bridge Exhibition is located at the North West Tower, where visitors can learn more about its construction.

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Accommodation and hotels in London

The Cumberland - A Guoman Hotel

7.8 Good

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  • Great Cumberland Place, Westminster, London
Millennium Hotel London Mayfair

7.8 Good

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  • 44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London
Amba Hotel Marble Arch

8.2 Very good

Score from 2036 ratings.


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  • Bryanston Street, Marble Arch, Westminster, London
Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London

7.9 Good

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  • 22 Portman Square, Westminster, London
The Montcalm

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 1693 ratings.


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  • 34, Great Cumberland Place, Westminster, London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

8.7 Fabulous

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  • Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London
Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

9.2 Superb

Score from 300 ratings.


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  • Hamilton Place, Park Lane, Mayfair, London
The May Fair Hotel

8.4 Very good

Score from 940 ratings.


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  • Stratton Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London
The Park Tower Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel

8 Very good

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  • 101 Knightsbridge, Westminster, London
Discover London

Popular neighbourhoods in London


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Westminster, home to some of London's best-known landmarks and the seat of government. Slip through the shadows of history at The Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square with the bells of Big Ben marking the passage of time. Stroll past Whitehall to Downing Street (the Prime Minister's official home and office) and on to Buckingham Palace.

Kensington and Chelsea

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Ultra-chic Kensington and Chelsea are the stomping ground of London's elite, who occupy this resplendent enclave of whitewashed villas, trendy boutiques, chic cafés and high-end restaurants. In Kensington, you’ll find some of the capital’s most famous museums, including the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


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Hip, punkish Camden is littered with cool bars, clubs – and one famous market. The market runs all the way down Camden High Street. Take in a concert at the Roundhouse, or visit Primrose Hill to photograph celebrities in their natural habitat. Wander to Regent’s Park or London Zoo, or to Hampstead Heath with views over central London below.

West End

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London’s glitzy West End has many of the capital’s most famous attractions, including Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, West-End theatres and the shops of Oxford Street and Carnaby Street. Starting at Seven Dials, head to Covent Garden with its performance artists, markets and classic English pubs.


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Kensington is a mix of residential and commercial areas that ooze class. Stretching from Old Brompton Road to Kensington High Street, you’ll find bistros, cafés and boutiques galore. Stop to admire Kensington Palace, or visit the nearby Victoria and Albert and Natural History Museums. The streets around Holland Park are perfect for walking.

Hyde Park

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The largest of London's eight Royal Parks, Hyde Park is 350 acres of greenery, with delightful markets and a fairground in the lead-up to Christmas. Walk along its tree-lined promenades, or rent a boat, bike or horse. Head east for the upscale hotels and posh restaurants of Park Lane, or south to Knightsbridge for Harrods and Harvey Nichols.


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Paddington Station is at the heart of this district, within easy reach of Hyde Park and Marble Arch. Regent's Canal passes through bohemian Little Venice with its barges, bars and cafés. Hop on a boat to Camden Lock or London Zoo, or explore the Edgware Road’s ethnic restaurants and trendy nightclubs.

South Kensington

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Affluent South Kensington has three spectacular museums, all within walking distance. Family friendly Natural History and Science Museums are ripe for exploration, and the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibits cover three thousand years of history. The Royal Albert Hall is a bastion of English culture, with concerts and productions year-round.


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The stucco-fronted terrace houses of Bayswater are a stone's throw from Portobello Market. There's a mix of swanky hotels and garden squares in this area, but the real star is further down the road – Notting Hill is full of shops and restaurants and even inspired a Hollywood film! The area around Queensway is bustling and eclectic.


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The nucleus of London's intellectual life, students pass through on their way to the University of London and RADA. The British Museum’s vast collection spans continents and several millennia and has a dazzling reading room inspired by the Roman Pantheon – an absolute must-see. Explore the old bookshops and leafy streets.


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Bearing the namesake of England's famous monarch, Victoria is home to a large railway station and transport hub at Victoria Station. By day, explore the Regency style architecture and squares around Pimlico Station. At night, the Victoria Palace Theatre often features notable West-End productions.

Kings Cross St Pancras

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King’s Cross – busy by day, boisterous by night. Starting at the recently renovated train station, visit St Pancras Old Church (founded in AD 314) or explore the area’s industrial heritage with a free walking tour departing from the Visitor Centre on Stable Street. It's a stone's throw to Bloomsbury’s leafy squares or Camden’s massive market.

Earls Court

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Earls Court is a curious collision of upmarket chic and downtown living. It’s primarily known for its famous concert and event venues, including Earls Court Arena. The neighbourhood itself is filled with charming Victorian architecture and residential garden squares, while the vibrant mix of restaurants represents every cuisine imaginable.


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Lined with beautiful Victorian terraces, the traditional streets of Marylebone contain acres of parks and garden. Amateur sleuths shouldn’t miss Sherlock Holmes’ legendary residence at 221b Baker Street. You’ll spot the beautiful, circular All Souls Church with its striking conical tower. From here, wander towards Bond Street’s upmarket shopd.

City of London

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Beyond London’s financial “square mile” you’ll find a host of important landmarks. The Guildhall is London's historic town hall, while the nearby Leadenhall Market on Gracechurch Street is historically important. Shoreditch and Spitalfields are perfect for edgy bars, restaurants and shopping. By night, dine in elegance at the “Gherkin”.

Oxford Street

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Europe's busiest shopping street is usually packed. The 2.5-kilometre stretch from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road is an A–Z of high-street brands and department stores, including Selfridges (the UK's second-oldest department store) and John Lewis (a staple of English living). Explore the side streets towards Bond Street for sophisticated boutiques.


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The brightly lit signs of Theatreland are ablaze year-round, bearing the names of celebrated actors, directors and playwrights. Take your pick from Victorian and Edwardian venues, including the Theatre Royal, the Haymarket Theatre, the Criterion, Noël Coward and the Adelphi. There are plays, musicals, operas and theatrical performances daily to suit every taste.

St James

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St James's is a sophisticated neighbourhood filled with mature parks, galleries and high-end restaurants. Edged by Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, St James's plays host to a range of cultural and artistic events throughout the year including London Fashion Week. Head to Jermyn Street for luxury shopping.


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The glamorous residents of Mayfair have money to burn. Come and ogle at their sprawling mansions, exclusive shops, auction houses and rarefied art galleries. If a bespoke suit from Savile Row doesn't tempt you, survey the fine Victorian architecture around the garden squares or the intricate design of the Royal Arcade.


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This is one of the world's most elegant - and wealthy - residential neighbourhoods. Belgravia’s palatial Georgian-style houses are peppered with delightful garden squares, including Belgrave Square and Eaton Square. Elizabeth Street holds a number of quirky delights, like stationers, luxury chocolatiers, bakeries and antique shops.

Covent Garden

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The ornamental pineapples adorning the market’s lamps are a reminder of the fruit and vegetable stalls that once occupied Covent Garden, an important centre for London’s vibrant creative arts scene. See the 17th-century St Paul’s Church or explore the boutiques that line the alleys. Parisian-style cafés with terraces adorn the street corners.

The Strand

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This kilometre-long strip hotel strip has some of the best sleeping quarters in the city. You'll find chocolate-on-the-pillow hotels and a medley of steak restaurants, traditional pubs and historic buildings, including the 18th-century Twining’s Shop and Museum at number 216.


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The late Victorian and Edwardian architecture lends an air of majesty to this otherwise commercial street. Admire the Shaftesbury Monument Memorial Fountain at Piccadilly Circus, the legendary junction overlooked by illuminated billboards. For shopping, head to Piccadilly Arcade and Princes Arcade – built in 1909, they’re home to bespoke tailors and jewellers.


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Knightsbridge is a honeypot for wealthy shoppers - and the postcode of choice for the even wealthier. Harrods is the centrepiece, a unique department store with five acres of shopping. The nearby Harvey Nichols food court is legendary for its gourmet delights. The park behind The Brompton Oratory provides an oasis among the stucco-fronted edifices.


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A dazzling mix of bars, music venues and trendy restaurants, this entertainment district in the West End has a sparkling history and is a known for its diversity and tolerance. In nearby Chinatown, you’ll find authentic Asian cuisine, while Carnaby Street’s vintage and designer labels would make The Beatles proud.


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Walk across Westminster Bridge to stand in the shadows of the Big Ben tower and the Houses of Parliament, or head east along the riverside to Tower Bridge. The South Bank Centre's popular restaurants and cafés look out onto the Thames, while the glass pods of the London Eye take you sky high for a full-scale panorama of the city.

Local tips for London

Wilton's Music Hall
by Sam

Sam is originally from West Yorkshire and has lived in London for 4 years.

The world’s oldest surviving “Grand Music Hall”, Wilton’s has been entertaining East London audiences for over 150 years. Nowadays hosting theatre, comedy and cabaret shows, guests can revel in a unique look at London’s past at one of the city’s most intriguing venues.

  • 1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB
  • Open Monday-Friday 12:00–23:00, Saturday 17:00–23:00.
Riverside walk
by Ben

Ben has lived in London for 22 years and is a big fan of Italian cooking.

Start at the London Eye and follow the route along the Thames. There’s loads of street artists, the BFI Southbank film centre and the Tate Modern gallery a bit further down. There’s also a really nice food market.

Nightjar Bar (Speakeasy Bar)
by Jack

Jack moved to London a year ago and loves finding its best kept secrets.

A Prohibition-themed speakeasy bar, Nightjar is a quirky venue located near Old Street. Accessed by an easy-to-miss doorway, it has décor reminscent of the era and serves unusual blends of cocktails in funky glasses. There's often live jazz music.

  • The Nightjar 129 City Road, London, EC1V 1JB
  • Open Sunday-Wednesday 18:00–01:00, Thursday 18:00–02:00, Friday-Saturday 18:00–03:00.
Broadway Market/Regents Canal
by Sylvie

Sylvie just returned to London from abroad and is always discovering new things.

I love visiting Broadway Market in Hackney on a Saturday - it's full of amazing food stalls with dishes from loads of different countries. I recommend taking the Tube to Angel (Northern Line) and strolling up to Regents Canal to reach the market.

Vertigo, Tower 42,
by Patricia

Patricia moved to London from Barcelona 5 years ago - and stayed put!

An alternative to the London Eye, this bar is on the top floor of Tower 42. It's a lesser-known venue so not as busy as other London viewing points - and you can enjoy a drink when you're there!

  • Level 42 Tower 42 25 Old Broad Street London EC2N 1HQ
  • Open Monday-Friday 12:00–16:30 and 17:00–23:00, Saturday 17:00–23:00.
Dans le Noir Restaurant
by Louise

Louise is from Cambridge but often pops into London for work and leisure.

Dans Le Noir restaurants are good and offer a really unique experience. You are served by blind waiters in total darkness. Plus, you don’t know what you’re eating if you order a surprise menu. You end up eating things like crocodile meat, steak tartar, and fruity cocktails!

Crystal Palace Park
by Aleks

Aleks has lived in London for 6 years and loves sports, especially vollyball.

Crystal Palace Park is home to the National Sport Centre, containing many facilities but most of all – a beach volleyball court! Crystal Palace Park has also been famous for organizing a number of concerts and film sessions.

Madison Restaurant and Bar
by Susie

After 2.5 years in London, Susie still loves discovering quirky and cool cocktail bars and restaurants.

My favourite bar is Madison Restaurant, Tapas & Cocktail Bar which overlooks the stunning St Pauls Cathedral. It is located in the heart of the City and it is best to go to on Thursday or Friday nights which draws in the local 20/30-something professionals.

  • Rooftop Terrace 1 New Change, St Pauls London EC4M 9AF
  • Open Monday-Saturday 10:00–00:00, Sunday 10:00–21:00.
Brixton Station Road Market
by Fabio

Fabio spends most of his time on the South Bank and loves walking through the city.

Visit a real British Market in Brixton Village. The people who frequent this place are trendy, open minded and young professionals, aged from middle 20s to 30s. Various options of food from pizzas, curry, Colombian to local British pub grub.

by Ana

Ana has lived in London for 19 years and loves Brazilian cuisine.

I love this bright funky restuarant. It serves homemade Brazilian food with more than 30 flavours of pastel as well authentic dishes such as Feijoada and Picanha. You can also buy Brazilian groceries, meals, snacks, juices and beers.

  • Unit 9, The Long Shop, Watermill Way, Merton Abbey Mills, Colliers Wood SW19 2RD
  • Open Sunday-Wednesday 12:00–19:00, Thursday-Friday 12:00–21:00, Saturday 12:00–22:00.

Walk for ten minutes in pretty much any direction, and you'll see a stand advertising tickets for tour buses. The tickets will set you back on average £30 per person, but they're valid for 24 hours and the majority are "hop-on-hop-off- services. The routes are designed to go by every single tourist attraction (Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge etc.) so you hop on the bus wherever you want, hop off it when you reach an attraction you'd like to see, and hop back on the next bus to come past (hence the "hop-on-hop-off") Some of the buses have audio guides and tell you the history of London. They're great.

We visited the Globe for the second time and despite the heat and less than comfy seats, we thoroughly enjoyed the play which was magnificently acted. We noticed an actor from one of our favorite PBS shows was in the cast so it was great to see him in another role.

Whatever kind of shopping you like; London is the place for you. It has everything. From the Luxury stores like Harrods to Gothic boutiques and vintage clothing stores, to market stalls.

If you've even heard of Dickens, Chaucer, Shakespeare, the royal family, Churchill, the world wars - just walking along the streets they walked on is enough to make them and their experiences jump out at you. The fact that most of the tourist attractions' tours (eg: Royal Albert Hall, Churchill War Rooms, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, London Bridge Experience, Westminster Abbey) are all accompanied by audio and include re-enactments mean that your completely drawn in to the experience.

Always! If you have the time or actually the type to look for this kind of things, you can find treasured little shops in small side streets and other kind of shopping at the local markets like Borough Market.

Covent Garden had brilliant entertainers on all day. We sat in Bar 21 all afternoon watching them and had a great time.

The Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich is part of a larger complex which is of the same standard as the better known Natural History/Science Museums but much quieter. Well worth making the trip to visit.

National Gallery should be your number one as the guidebook said and then start off into all the castles if you are into classical arts. The Tate Modern is one of the world's best abstract and creative art museum. They shouldn't be missed.

Tube is reasonably cheap with an Oyster card. If you're going to catch it more than a couple of times it's cheaper to buy an Oyster. Buses are the cheapest though, but avoid rush hour. If going north/south within central London on the tube don't catch the circle line. You don't have to change, but it's much slower. If you want to get a seat on the tube in central London make sure you're travelling away from the big main line stations (KGX, PAD etc.) in the early evening and towards them in the early morning as most people will be going in the opposite direction.


London transport

Air - Heathrow Airport

There are three ways out of Heathrow. The Heathrow Express train to Paddington costs £26, takes 15–21 minutes and departs every 15 minutes between about 05:00 and 00:00 daily. The London Underground has three Airport stations, with trains leaving every five minutes for the 45-minute trip to the centre. Tickets cost around £6. Taxis cost from £45 to £70 for the hour-long journey. If you’re in town for a while, an Oyster Travel Card offers significant savings.

Air - Gatwick Airport

The most convenient connection to Central London is with the Gatwick Express to London Victoria – it takes 45 minutes and costs around £30 return. Faster is the train to London Bridge, with links to the Northern and Jubilee lines, which takes 30 minutes and costs £10 one way. If you're in a rush, try Gatwick Airport Travel Taxis – they take 45 minutes and cost around £22.50 per person. Gatwick has desks for all major car rental companies.


The London Underground is the best option for travel within London. For travel to other cities, the main stations are Paddington (which connects to the North-West and Wales), King’s Cross (to the North-East and Scotland) and Victoria (to the South). Tickets can be purchased at machines or service desks and train times are clearly displayed on overhead boards in the main terminal. All stations are well-appointed with restaurants and shops.

London Underground

The “Tube” connects inner and outer London. “Underground” stops are clearly marked with a blue bar dissecting a red ring. London’s 11 tube lines operate between 05:00 and 00:30, Monday to Saturday and from 07:00–00:00 on Sundays. Buy tickets from machines inside the station or at service desks. Prices vary depending on what zone (from 1 to 5) you want to go to. Rush-hour travel can be uncomfortable and overcrowded.


London’s iconic red double-decker buses are a cheap and convenient way to see the city. Bus stops show a white circle on a red background. Signal to drivers that you want to get on by waving your hand to stop the bus. Buy tickets on board for £2.40 for a single journey, or £1.45 with an Oyster Travel Card. To alight, press the button. After midnight, night buses depart from Trafalgar Square – they don’t stop everywhere, so signal clearly when you want to get off.


London's black cabs can be seen everywhere in the city. There's no need to book in advance, simply hail one from the street or stop by a taxi rank. Opt for one of the official black cabs, rather than an unmarked car. Taxis are available if the yellow sign on the front of the car is illuminated. Taxis are moderately priced, depending on how far you travel. Fares start at £2.40 which increases by 60-90p at night. Book taxis via Twitter, Email or smartphone App.


London is a busy city day and night and driving here is not for the faint of heart. There are many “congestion charge zones” that apply to drivers of most vehicles in Central London between 07:00 and 18:00 on weekdays. Charging zones are clearly marked by traffic signs and road markings, and motorcycles and electric cars are usually exempt. Please remember that you must drive on the left!


Bright blue pay-as-you-go rental bikes can be picked up at stations across the city. Pay at the docking station with credit or debit card. The first 30 minutes are free and you can rent up to four bikes at a time. There are some cycle paths and leisure routes in the city, but they are not everywhere: you must be careful in traffic. Rental costs are very reasonable – check the website for details.

Food in London

Top restaurants in London

High-end dining
Blue Boar Smokehouse

Inspired by classic American barbeque techniques, the Blue Boar Smokehouse boasts mouth-watering meats that have been slowly smoked to perfection and seasoned with the unique in-house rub. Featuring stylish interiors, you can admire modern artwork while feasting on extravagant cuts of meat, pulled pork and gourmet burgers.

  • 45 Tothill St, Westminster, London, SW1H 9LQ
  • Open weekdays 06:30–10:30 and 12:00–14:30 and 18:00–22:30, Saturday 07:00–11:00 and 18:00–10:30, Sunday 07–11:00 and 12:30–15:30
Good value
Cinnamon Club

Set in the historic Grade II listed former Westminster Library, Cinnamon Club serves up innovative dishes with a carefully matched wine list. The constantly evolving menu always ensures a surprise, and after your meal, you can take in the lovely surroundings and enjoy a drink in one of the two bars.

  • The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU
  • Open weekdays 07:30–09:30 and 12:00–14:45, Saturday 12:00–14:45 and 18:00–22:30
Cheap 'n' tasty
Inn the Park

This lovely lakeside restaurant offers beautiful park views and stunning wooden interiors. Dine outside on the terrace, which transforms into BBQ heaven on a summer's night. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a menu of modern British meals like whole lemon sole and beer battered Cornish cod.

  • St James's Park, London SW1A 2BJ
  • Open weekdays 08:00–11:00 and 12:00–16:00, weekends 09:00–11:00 and 12:00–16:00
High-end dining
One Twenty One

Set within the Royal Horseguards Hotel, One Twenty One Two is an award-winning restaurant with exquisite cuisine, fine wines and outstanding service. For starters, try the scallops, pork belly or Scottish salmon, and choose from a selection of main courses combining the finest British produce with European flavours.

  • 2 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EJ
  • Open weekdays 06:30–10:00 and 12:00–14:30 and 17:30–18:30, weekends 07:00–11:00 and 12:00–14:30 and 17:30–21:30
High-end dining
Gillray's Steakhouse

Drink in the views of Big Ben and the Thames at Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar. The venue features elegant design and décor inspired by the caricaturist, James Gillray. The dish of the day here is always the aged Aberdeen Angus steak. Then there's the Sunday roast, always popular with those looking for a relaxed riverside lunch.

  • London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
  • Open weekdays 06:30–22:30, weekends 07:00–22:30
Cheap 'n' tasty
The Bakery County Hall

Resembling a Parisian patisserie, the Bakery County Hall's window is filled with exquisite creations. The cute surroundings make this a fancy spot for afternoon tea. The menu features everything from croissants and brioche, to pastries and tarts. Perfect if you have a sweet tooth!

  • Belvedere Road, London SE1 7PB
  • Open Monday to Saturday 07:00–19:00, Sunday 08:00–19:00
Good value
Walkers of Whitehall

Located next to Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, this family run venue offers a gastro-pub feel mixed with a traditional English bar. A great spot to grab lunch or dinner after some sightseeing, Walkers of Whitehall serves homemade British cuisine including share plates, burgers and sandwiches.

  • 15 Craig's Court, Whitehall, London SW1A 2DD
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:00–23:00
Cheap 'n' tasty
Adam and Eve

This old Westminster pub has been a local drinking hole for politicians and writers since the 1700's. After a day of exploring, you can relax in this very traditional London pub setting, and chow down on platters and roasts. Wash it down with a reasonably priced pint and you'll be one happy customer!

  • 81 Petty France, London, Greater London, SW1H 9EX
  • Open weekdays 12:00–22:00
Good value
Blanche Eatery

This stylish venue has a focus on fresh, healthy food packed with top-notch ingredients. If you're looking for an affordable lunch made from fresh, organic produce, then you can't go past Blanche Eatery. The people at Blanche know that you sometimes need a sweet treat, so go on and indulge in the selection of pastries and desserts!

  • 29 Strutton Ground, London SW1P 2HY
  • Open weekdays 07:00–19:00, weekends 07:30–17:00
Cheap 'n' tasty
Ichi Riki Sushi House

If you're after traditional Japanese food in a cosy, relaxed setting, then ICHIRIKI Sushi House is the place for you! Set in an old-fashioned basement, the restaurant serves up tasty selection of sushi, sashimi, rolls and maki . Enjoy eat in, takeaway or home delivery dining options.

  • 17 Strutton Ground, London SW1P 2HY
  • Open weekdays 12:00–15:00 and 18:30–22:30, Saturday 18:30–22:30
Cheap 'n' tasty
Laughing Halibut

Enjoy proper fish and chips at The Laughing Halibut, a simple venue popular with the locals. There's a huge variety of fish and chips options as well as pies, pasties and chicken. Swing by in the morning for a full English breakfast. You can choose to dine in or take away.

  • 38 Strutton Ground, Westminster, Greater London, SW1P 2HR
  • Open weekdays 11:15–20:00, Saturday 11:15–16:00
High-end dining

Massimo is a sophisticated fish restaurant and oyster bar, boasting fresh Italian flavours and stylish décor. It's beautiful interiors include Corinthian columns and Victorian style design. Enjoy apertivo, oysters and crudo, and splash out with a glass of the best Champagne and wines from France and Italy.

  • 10 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AE
  • Open every day 12:00–15:00 and 18:00–23:00. Check website for details.
Cheap 'n' tasty
Stiles Bakery

Hidden in a little alleyway, this popular bakery packs a punch with their tasty filled baguettes, and for a great price! Don't let the queue put you off; it moves quickly, and you will be soon on your way to lunch heaven! For a sweet treat, try a Danish pastry or a huge slice of cheesecake.

  • 6 Strutton Ground, London SW1P 2HP
  • Open every day 07:00–18:00
High-end dining
The Northall

The Northall offers an elegant dining experience, featuring a chandelier-adorned bar, leather furnishings and mirrored walls. The wide-ranging menu features seasonal produce supplied by artisanal producers, including seafood and meats from the grill. Enjoy Sunday brunch or be entertained on weekdays with live jazz from 12pm to 4pm.

  • 10A Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AE
  • Open weekdays 06:30–10:30 and 12:00–15:00 and 17:30–23:00, weekends 07:00–11:00 and 12:00–15:00 and 17:30–23:00
Good value
ichi Sushi and Sashimi

Enjoy stunning views of Big Ben as you dine in the contemporary and Tokyo inspired sushi bar. Ichi Sushi and Sashimi Bar is the perfect sightseeing pit-stop, where you can refuel with a fresh selection of the finest sushi and sashimi. You can even sit at the bar and watch the chefs create and cook.

  • Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London SE1 7UT
  • Open Sunday–Thursday 12:00–15:00 and 17:30–22:30, Friday–Saturday 12:00–15:00 and 17:30–23:00
Good value
All Bar One

Whether you're looking for a place to meet with friends or unwind after a day of sightseeing, All Bar One wine bar is a stylish venue with excellent meals. Located on Villier Street, you can soak in the bustling atmosphere whilst enjoying modern dishes with European flavours.

  • 6 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NQ
  • Open Monday to Wednesday 10:00–23:30, Thursday to Saturday 10:00–00:00, Sunday 10:00–23:00
Cheap 'n' tasty
Royal Quarter Café

Located at Buckingham Gate, the Royal Quarter Café serves delicious homemade produce in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy all-day breakfast or share mix platters with a group of friends. They even serve a traditional British high tea, or if you're on the go, you can pop in for a quick coffee and pastry.

  • 72-72 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AL
  • Open Monday to Saturday 07:30–19:00, Sunday 08:00–19:00
High-end dining

Bank is an elegant venue featuring luxury dining and a conservatory that overlooks an impressive courtyard and fountain. Charm and character aren't the only things on the menu here; there's also an impressive range of British cuisine. Think locally-sourced beef, fish and chips, cuts from the grill and tandoori meats.

  • 45 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6BS
  • Open weekdays 12:00–23:00, Saturday 17:30–23:00
High-end dining

This smart Michelin-starred restaurant, specialises in south-west coastal Indian cuisine. The menu embodies both traditional and progressive dishes with a healthy focus, centred mainly on seafood. Enjoy simple, modern interiors and a vibe where the passion is solely for the food at Quilon.

  • 41 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6A
  • Open weekdays 12:00–14:00 and 18:00–22:30, Saturday 12:30–15:00 and 18:00–22:30, Sunday 12:30–15:00 and 18:00–22:00
Good value
Thai Square Trafalgar Square

Looking over Trafalgar Square, this flagship restaurant offers healthy Thai cuisine. Boasting unique design, Thai Square features an original stone-carved façade and traditional Thai décor. Enjoy a dinner of your favourite Thai dishes, then head downstairs to dance the night away at the nightclub.

  • 21-24 Cockspur St, Trafalgar Square, London SW1Y 5BN
  • Open weekdays 12:00–15:00 and 17:30–23:30, Saturday 12:00–15:00 and 17:30–01:00, Sunday 12:00–15:00 and 17:30–22:30
Cheap 'n' tasty

Wagamama's delicious Japanese dishes have proven to be popular with residents and tourists of all ages along the South Bank. Dine in minimalist, modern surrounds, and enjoy a range of reasonably-priced dishes. There's a range of noodles, curries and teppan-yaki style dishes, and take away is available.

  • Riverside Level, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX
  • Open Monday to Saturday 11:00–23:00, Sunday 11:00–22:00
High-end dining
Bistro 51

Set within the elegant St James Court Hotel, Bistro 51 offers a dining venue close to Buckingham Palace. Dine in elegant surroundings and prepare to be impressed with the sophisticated menu. The bistro emphasises unique presentation and flavours created through the use of fresh, local produce.

  • St James Court Hotel, 51 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6A
  • Open weekdays 06:00–11:00 and 12:00–15:00 and 18:00–23:00, weekends 06:00–11:30 and 12:00–15:00 and 18:00–23:00
Cheap 'n' tasty
Herman ze German

Be greeted with open arms and a festival spirit when you head to Herman ze German. This quirky eatery is run by a German couple, a pumps out a selection of traditional delicacies including Currywurst and Bratwurst. Break up the sausage fest with classic sides including Sauerkraut, potato salad and fresh-baked Brezel bread.

  • 19 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE
  • Open weekdays 07:00–23:00, Saturday 10:00–23:00, Sunday 11:00–20:00
Good value
Il Vicolo

Tucked away down Crown Passage, Il Vicola is a modern and attractive Italian restaurant. Reasonably priced, the menu features a variety of Italian classics with plenty of pasta, fish, meats and salads. Signature dishes include the crab salad and fresh mussels sautéed in garlic.

  • 3 - 4 Crown Passage, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5PP
  • Open weekdays 12:00–14:30 and 18:00–22:00, Saturday 17:45–22:00
High-end dining
Villandry St James

Housed in a 1913 Edwardian style Baroque building, Villandry boasts views of Big Ben. The venue's stunning architecture is complemented by fine French-Mediterranean style menu. The emphasis is on seasonal, artisan-made produce including cheeses, wines and meats from across the continent.

  • 12 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AU
  • Open weekdays 07:00–23:00, Saturday 09:00–23:00, Sunday 09:00–18:00
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