Please note that due to the London Marathon we will not be able to access some of our usual stops during the Free Tour on Sunday 22 April. Thank you for your understanding.

About London

London was founded by the romans in AD 43 and is now the capital of the UK and one of the leading global cities. Considered a "mega-city", more than 300 languages are spoken here. Discover the must-see parts of central London including the royal and political epicentres of Great Britain. Get acquainted with the city and its sprawling urban hustle and bustle. Explore the maze of walkways that make up the old town or navigate your way through the city of Westminster, home of the Houses of Parliament, "Big Ben" and Westminster Abbey.

Ready to experience London? Start off with the FREE Tour of London, which gives you an overview of the city's history and main attractions.
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Good to know

Airport Transfer

There are excellent direct transport options from all of the London airports; the buses tend to be cheaper, but the trains are often quicker. If you are traveling by train, main stations such as Paddington, St Pancras and King's Cross are the easiest connection options. Prices vary. Usually best to book online ahead of time.

Currency

No sterling/pounds (£) in your wallet? No problem. London airports have currency exchange shops, as well as ATMs.

Public Transportation

Transport tickets can be used on the bus, train, and tram. London's public transport system is extensive and we recommend you stay on the tube rather than the buses as it is much easier to navigate. An Oyster card (refundable £5 deposit) is a good ticket option to top up as needed, or you can get a day travelcard for unlimited travel.

Tech & WiFi

Remember to pack or buy a standard UK power adaptor to keep your technology powered up! Free WiFi can be found around the city.

Weather

There exists a perception that London has eternally grim and grey weather. While unpredictable, the weather is generally quite pleasant. Rarely too cold or hot. However, be sure to pack a waterproof jacket, fleece and shorts if arriving in the summer.

Safety

At the time of writing, there are several safety measures in place in light of recent terror attacks across mainland Europe. Download the free CitizenAid app on Android or Apple, which gives advice on immediate actions in case of an incident. While we advise you to remain vigilant, most guests enjoy the city without incident. Lastly, take extra care when crossing roads if you are not used to cars driving on the left.

Tipping

Generally, it is customary to leave anywhere between 10-15% of the bill when eating out in London’s restaurants. Take care to check your bill as some places add on a service charge (usually 12.5%), especially if you're in a large group.

Emergency number

999

London's Top Attractions

1. The British Museum
Containing more than 8 million works, the British Museum is one of the most famous in the world. From the iconic Parthenon sculptures to the Rosetta Stone, this is a must-see attraction. Free entry.
 
2. The National Gallery
Situated in Trafalgar Square in the heart of London, the National Gallery contains more than 2000 paintings and is one of the most visited in the world.
 
3. Tower of London
Built by William the Conqueror around 1078 the Tower of London has played a prominent role in the history of England. Once a Royal residence, feared prison and now considered one of the most haunted places on earth! Don’t miss this iconic museum.
 
4. Borough Market
Thought to be 1000 years old, this food market is one of the absolute best in Europe. It is open on Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat. Sample the delights of a massive array of some of the finest street foods available.
 
5. The London Eye
Stand atop Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel for amazing panoramic views of the London sky line. Get there early as this is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK!
 
6. St Paul's Cathedral
Designed by the architect Sir Christopher Wren, the dome of St Pauls is one of the most recognisable and iconic in London and is considered a masterpiece. Marvel at the sheer scale, and take in the views from the dome (no elevators here!) Buy tickets online to save.
 
7. West-end Theatre
Come and catch a glimpse of a famous screen actor in "Theatre Land". Along with New York's Broadway, the West End provides the highest level of theatrical performances in the world. There are countless shows to choose from. Find ticket deals at TKTS, in the middle of Leicester Square.

5 cool hostels for backpackers in London

Clink 78
This energetic and vibrant hostel located in King's Cross was once a court house. Why not reserve a prison cell? Within walking distance of all the action.

Palmer’s Lodge Swiss Cottage
Try this historic and charming luxury hostel located in North London. Voted London’s most popular hostel by Hostelworld in 2011, 2012 and 2014!

St Christopher’s Village
Located at London Bridge, St Christopher’s village is just a two-minute walk from the world-famous Borough Market. This is without a doubt one of the most famous party hostels in the world.

Safestay
A South London hostel with bags of contemporary character. Housed in an 18th century Victorian building, their licensed lounge bar serves snacks and light refreshments and is a great place to unwind after a day's sightseeing.

Meininger
Found by Hyde park and some of the most famous museums in London, this hostel has even received a visit from the Queen!