The Londonist Visitor Guide To London

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 63 months ago
The Londonist Visitor Guide To London

New to London? Visiting for the first time? We've put together this guide for newbies to the city — everything from what to do and where to eat, to how to get around.

How to act like a Londoner

Get to grips with London etiquette, from using the tube to standing on escalators. Photo: Pallab Seth

How to do the attractions

Use this chart to find different, or less busy, attractions to visit, based on what you want to see

How to do London with children

Yep, London has windmills. Find some more alternative family days out in London including caves and a lighthouse

Other things to do

Whichever borough of London you find yourself in, find out the top 10 things to do there (or see London's cultural gems, divided by area),

Feeling sporty? Pick from the following activities, to find out where and how to do it in London:

Want to go shopping? London's got several famous markets. Find them (or the lesser-known ones) on this map of London markets.

Where to eat and drink

If you're looking for somewhere decent to eat or drink, take a look at our best food and drink in London page for suggestions on whatever you fancy.

If it's a traditional British pub you're after, our pub guide lets you search by area, or by facility (such as beer garden pool table, dog friendly, real ale). We've tried them all ourselves, so we know they're worth a visit.

If you're struggling to find vegetarian or gluten-free food, or somewhere to eat with children, or eat on a budget, we've got it all covered.

It's hard to find a properly good Sunday roast but we found 20 of them. And if caffeine is what you seek, give these independent coffee shops a try.  

How to get around

Photo: Gábor Hernádi

So many options for getting around London: tubes, buses, trains, taxis, the London Overground, the DLR (where you can sit in the driver's seat... sort of). Even the cable car isn't that bad. Whichever method you choose, there are things you should know.

London buses no longer take cash payment, so make you sure you have an Oyster card or contactless card handy when boarding a bus.

The tube is usually the quickest way to get across London. It can get busy, but there are ways to guarantee yourself a seat on the tube (and if you're wondering about tube arm rest etiquette, we've got that covered too). Just make sure you stand clear of the doors.

Before you visit

Last Updated 18 October 2016