Changing the Guard | London | Attractions / Things To Do

Imaginative, surprising, free or paid there are thousands of attractions and things to do on a trip to London!

With some of the best art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and history in the world waiting for you, it is impossible to be bored in London.

From soaring over the city skyline, on the very modern London Eye, to the learning the secrets of the 900 year old Tower of London from a Beefeater, London has something for everyone to do and see .

Plan ahead to get the best deals, book tickets in advance to avoid spending your time in long queues for popular attractions.

Things To Do

Things to see and do in London

Free Attractions

Lord Mayor's Gold Coach

Getting Around London

London Bus

 

The London Pass gives free acces to 60+ London attractions

 

Visiting London

Best Time To Visit

London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, all year round.

Spring is a popular time. to visit London, the weather is cool, but not cold, the flowers are blooming in the parks, and the summer crowds have not yet arrived.

June is the time to be in London if you want to see the highlights of the ceremonial calendar with both The Queen's Birthday Parade and Beating Retreat taking place.

Summer, July and August the warmest months, tend to be extra crowded and expensive due to the school holidays.

Autumn, or Fall for our American friends, sees London go from very crowded to just crowded.

Winter, with average temperatures of between 2 and 6?C rewards those who wrap up warm with smaller crowds and queues and some great deals on airfare and hotel rates.

Winter highlights include the Lord Mayors Show in November, December has the added bonus of the Christmas lights, decorations and New Year?s Eve and for shopaholics the January sales, which start straight after Christmas are a must.

It?s always time to visit London, yes it rains, but nowhere nearly as much as some would have you believe.

London Weather

Average temperatures and rainfall.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temp
?C
5 7 9 11 14 16 19 19 17 13 10 7
Rain
(mm)
52 39 35 43 50 43 41 48 49 71 63 5
Sunshine (hours) 1 2 4 5 6 7 6 6 5 3 2 1

 

 

What to do in an emergency

Dial 999 to reach the?police, fire or ambulance service in case of an emergency.?

Emergency Calls are free from any public or private phone, but should only be made for real emergencies.

The Police

Police officers walking their beat is still a common sight in the UK.

Policemen or women are courteous, approachable, helpful and always ready to help with directions.

For non-emergencies the police can be contacted by calling 101.

Public Transport in London

London has an extensive public transport system which includes buses, suburban trains, the Underground,(also called the Tube), the Docklands Light Railway, iconic black cabs, cycle hire, trams, river buses and even a cable car system to help you get around easily.

Bus and rail travel is divided into zones; the further the zone is from central London, the more expensive it will be to get there.

You can pay for journeys on London Underground with cash, a Travelcard or Visitor Oyster Card. Paying with cash is much more expensive than paying with a Travelcard or Oyster card.

You can pay for journeys on London buses with a Travelcard or Visitor Oyster card. Cash is not accepted.

Taxis can be used all over London: for people travelling together, using an iconic black cab will often be cheaper than buying single-journey tube tickets.

Electricity Supply

The voltage in the UK is 220/240 AC, 50 Hz.

UK plug sockets are rectangular 3-pin for which European and US visitors will need adaptors.

 

Why Shop Online With Us

Attraction tickets, sightseeing tours, London Transport tickets, and airport transfers on this site are provided through VisitBritain the official online shop of the British Tourist Authority.

Save money: many products and attractions are more expensive if you wait to buy them on the day of visiting. Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon and London Aquarium tickets, for example, are up to 20% more expensive if you buy them on the day. Similarly you save £5 if you book Heathrow Express tickets online prior to boarding a train.

Delivery options: VisitBritain offer a range of delivery choices, so you can select the option that?s best for you. What's more, many of the products are sent by e-voucher so there's no waiting for delivery at all.

Jump the queue: many of our tickets are priority tickets so you don't have to wait in line, less time queuing means more time enjoying your trip!

Relax: have everything you need for your trip to Britain before you arrive.

Shop safely: The Vist Britain shop, where you make your online purchase, hold a Digicert EV SSL Secure certificate to ensure your transactions are protected.

Customer service: VisitBriatin offer customer service in 7 languages (French, German, Dutch, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and English)

Why we chose VisitBritain: being proud of our reputation we wanted a supplier who could deliver world-wide and provide our website visitors with excellent customer service.

VisitBritain as the official online shop of the Briish Tourism Authority met this need and even offer a range of products available only to international visitors, such as BritRail Passes which are much cheaper for an overseas tourist, but not readily available once you are in the UK.

Combine this with great discounts, exclusive special offers, customer service in 7 languages, and you will see why we chose VisitBritain.

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