London tourist city guide

National GalleryBig Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Plan your holiday with our city guide. Find the best family days out, the best things to do for free, enjoy a daily parade, and discover the must-see London landmarks that every tourist should see

London Top 10 lists

Trafalgar SquareBritish Museum

Start with our London bucket list and Top 10 most visited attractions and then see which places we’ve rated as the ten best landmarks, ten best free attractions and ten best places for kids

London buses and trains

  Oyster cards – where to buy an Oyster card and how to use it when travelling   Visitor Oyster – a popular option for tourists who want to use the buses and trains
  Travelcards – one day, weekly and monthly travelcards are very easy to use   Contactless cards – now you can use your bank card to pay bus and train fares in London
London visitor guide to using the trains London guide to using to buses

Adult train fares and adult bus fares for zones 1-9 to help you work out your holiday budget. We also have all the child train fares and child bus fares

London tourist guide to using taxis Guide to using London boats

Advice for visitors travelling by taxi or minicab, or catching one of London’s sightseeing boats

Popular tourist attractions

Changing the Guard – No London holiday is complete without seeing the soldiers outside the palace
Evensong service – Attend an Evensong service inside Westminster Abbey, and listen to the Abbey choir
House of Commons – It’s totally free to listen to the MPs debating inside the Houses of Parliament
Dismounting Ceremony – See the famous 4 O’Clock Parade takes place every day at Horse Guards

Plan your holiday in London

Discover the best things to do in one day, two days, three days, four days, five days, six days and one week. We also have useful advice about taking your kids to London for one day and two days

Upcoming events in London

Trooping the ColourO2 Arena

See what’s playing in London over the coming months with our calendar of the best events

What’s on today · What’s on tomorrow

October events · November events · December events · January events · February events

Halloween in London · Fireworks in London · Christmas in London

Theatre shows in London

Upcoming theatre shows include Ghost Stories, The Inheritance, Foxfinder, Anton And Erin and Robinson Crusoe

Music concerts in London

Music concerts coming soon include Simon And Garfunkel Story, Michael Ball, Olafur Arnalds, Roger Taylors Queen Extravaganza

Comedy gigs in London

Some of the comedians performing in London are Dara O Briain, David O Doherty, Nish Kumar, James Acaster and Michael Mcintyre

Children’s events in London

How about taking your kids to see Peppa Pigs Adventure, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Arsenal FC Guided Tour, Nativity The Musical or Snowman

Classical music in London

Art exhibitions · Museum exhibitions

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  • Money saving tips – cheap days out and the best events for free
  • Practical advice with suggested itineraries, Top 10 lists, and a guide to using the buses, taxis and trains
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