Welcome to our London Travel Guide. London is one of the most popular cities for visitors in the world. Every year an estimated 18 million people flock to sample the culture and history which make it so special.
Nearly 9 million people call London home and it is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
It is also where you will find some of the world’s most iconic buildings – Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London as well as 170 museums, numerous parks, restaurants and shops.
With so much to see and do what are you waiting for?
Below you will find links to all the information you need to plan your visit to London.
- Let’s start planning your trip to London!
- What to see – London sights, landmarks & attractions
- How to see it – London Itineraries
- Best Things to do in London
- London tip sheets & FAQs
- Best places to visit near London (day trips & tours)
- How to get from London to various destinations around the UK
- Where to stay in London? Accommodation & area guides
- 💂♀️ How to get around London -Transport Guide
- Recommended tours London
- What to pack for London
- Travel Books for London
- FAQ’s about planning a trip to London
Let’s start planning your trip to London!
What to see – London sights, landmarks & attractions
There are many must-see sights, landmarks, and attractions in London, which can make choosing which ones to add to your itinerary feel a little overwhelming.
To help you decide which to add to your itinerary read my guide to the very best 21 London sights, landmarks, and attractions (which also includes practical information and tips about each) and my London bucket list post.
- 22 famous London landmarks, sights and attractions (Absolute best places to visit for first-time visitors)
How to see it – London Itineraries
Check out our popular 3 day London itinerary below. In it, you will find everything to plan your 3 days in London – perfect for first-time visitors to the UK capital.
Best Things to do in London
Read – Best Tours in London 2022/3
London in winter
Things to do in London when it rains
WHAT’S ON? Things to do in London in Spring
WHAT’S ON? London in Autumn (Fall)
WHAT’S ON? London in Summer
Where to find the best views in London
For Harry Potter fans
For music, TV and movie fans
London tip sheets & FAQs
How to get from London to various destinations around the UK
Where to stay in London? Accommodation & area guides
Deciding where to stay in London can be tricky, especially for first-time visitors.
My recommendation is to stay in the centre of London. While it may be slightly less expensive to book a hotel outside the centre it is not worth the hassle of a daily commute.
If you plan to book a hotel or apartment during your London stay I recommend using booking.com.
I personally use them for all my hotel bookings wherever I am in the world. They have a wide selection to suit all budgets and many come with free cancellation up to 24 hours before (invaluable if your plans change unexpectedly)
Read – London Accommodation Guide
💂♀️ How to get around London -Transport Guide
The public transport system in London is excellent with a choice of using the underground (the Tube, trains, buses, boats and even bicycles).
We recommend buying an Oyster card if you are planning to use public transport in London.
Recommended tours London
There are lots of great tours available to take in London including sightseeing walking tours and even themed walking tours.
Get Your Guide offer a HUGE variety of tours and are also worth checking for inspiration when planning your visit.
Tours of London from Get Your Guide
Tours of London from Take Walks
Take Walks (formerly Walks of Italy) offer a selection of small group tours in London including the following:
Travel Books for London
FAQ’s about planning a trip to London
Below you will find the answers to frequently asked questions about planning your London trip.
When is the best time to visit London?
London is busy pretty much all year round so deciding when to visit can be tricky if you are hoping to avoid the crowds!
London is particularly busy in July and August during the UK summer school holidays and again in December during the festive season.
To help you plan your visit to London read my guide to “When is the best time of year to visit the UK?” which looks at every season as well as detailing a month by month guide to events and festivals occurring throughout the year in London and the UK.
How much time do I need in London?
I recommend planning to spend at least 3 to 4 days in London to see some of the main sights and attractions.
Tip – If you are jet lagged on day one why not take a hop-on hop-off bus tour to get your bearings of the city.
Don’t underestimate how tiring visiting London can be especially if you pack a lot of attractions into a short period of time.
How can I get around London?
Public transportation is excellent in London with a choice of the Tube, buses, trains, riverboats, trams and even bicycles to get around.
The cheapest way to get around London is with an Oyster Card which allows you to travel between all parts of London using public transport.
Read more about London transportation in our guide.
How can I get from the airport to my hotel?
There are various options to travel from Heathrow into London including the Tube, cab, bus or Heathrow Express train.
You can read more in our guide which details the various options including costs, time and availability.
How much money should I budget for London?
Plan at least £120 per day per person in London. This will cover food, transportation, and accommodation costs. Consider the time of year that you plan to visit as prices for accommodation will be substantially higher during those times.
Whilst London is not a cheap city to visit there are ways to save money including purchasing an Oyster Card, visiting free attractions, and buying lunch from supermarkets. Read my guide to visiting London on a budget.
What should I pack for London?
Pack layers! Even in winter it can be hot in shops and on the Tube so take clothes that you can layer off and on.
An absolute must are comfortable shoes. London is a walkable city so be prepared with sneakers or boots. Don’t wear heels!
Assume it will rain whatever time of year you are visiting and pack a waterproof.