London tourist city guide

Tower of LondonBig Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Plan your holiday with our city guide. Discover the best family days out, the best things to do for free, and which art galleries and museums are worth a visit. Enjoy a daily parade or one of the must-see London landmarks that every tourist should see

London Top 10 lists

Natural History MuseumBuckingham Palace

Start with our London bucket list and the Top 10 most visited attractions and then discover which places we’ve rated as the ten best landmarks, ten best free attractions and ten best for kids. We’ve also recommended some popular day trips

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

Ceremony of the Keys – See the 700 year old ceremony where they lock up the Tower of London
House of Commons – It’s totally free to listen to the MPs debating inside the Houses of Parliament
The Shard – The highest viewing platform in London can be found at the top of The Shard skyscraper
Yeoman Warder tour – Our visitors guide has information about the Tower’s Yeoman Warder tour

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 ColourLondon theatre

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

What’s on today · Tomorrow · This weekend

Events in August · Events in September · Events in October · Events in November

Theatre shows in London

Upcoming theatre shows include Matilda, Company, King Lear, Nativity The Musical and Young Frankenstein

Music concerts in London

Music concerts coming soon include Deacon Blue, Tash Sultana, Garbage, Human League and Shame

Comedy gigs in London

Some of the comedians performing in London are Sarah Millican, Dara O Briain, Kevin Bridges,

Children’s events in London

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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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