Visiting London

London is the best city in the world to visit. World-class museums, galleries, attractions; the best food and drink, culture and so much more. Here's our guide to make the most of your trip to London:

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

FAMILY DAYS OUT: Bored of trudging round the same old museums and parks? Try one of these seven alternative family days out in London, featuring caves, windmills and more. Or visit a budget-friendly alternative to the big attractions. Take a look a our map of where you can see animals in London — whatever the weather.

HIGH ENERGY: Looking for indoor energy burners, ideal for rainy and chilly days?  There's an indoor trampoline park in West Acton.

WHERE TO EAT: Finding somewhere to eat out with kids can be tricky, but these child-friendly restaurants in London offer more options that just pizza and chips. The pub may seem like an inappropriate suggestion, but bear with us — we've rounded up the best family-friendly pubs in London. See if your local made the list. Alternatively, try out these restaurants where kids eat for free.

CULTURE VULTURES: You may think art galleries and theatres are a no-go when you’ve got little ones in tow, but these London theatres are great for kids’ shows, and these family-friendly art galleries will keep children happy — and have plenty for mum and dad too.

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.

As of July last year, 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