Tourist Information
Getting Here | Getting around London - Travel Information | Consulates & Embassies | Shopping |

Eat Out Guide
| Theatre Guide | Family Day out with Kids | Local Attractions

London's primary Tourist Information Centre is:
Britain and London Visitor Centre (BLVC).
1 Lower Regent St, SW1 4XT
London Underground Tube Station: Piccadilly Circus
Tel: +44 (0)8701 566 366 (08701 LONDON)


Download BLVC information sheet

Getting Here

By Bus/ Coach

You may arrive in London by bus from elsewhere in Great Britain (take a look at the National Express website for fare and timetable details) or from Europe with companies such as Eurolines.

The main coach station in London is Victoria Coach Station (close to Victoria train station).Our Hotel is 3-4 minutes walk from the Station.

By Train

London has six main rail termini to which you may well arrive - Euston, King's Cross St Pancras, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo. Euston and King's Cross will probably be your arrival stations if arriving from north England; Liverpool Street from east England; Paddington from western England and Victoria and Waterloo from south England.

If you're arriving from Europe on the Eurostar, you will arrive at the lovely new train station at King's Cross St Pancras.

You can purchase train tickets for journeys within England online from websites such as QJump and The Train Line, and also check fares and timetables to help plan your journey.

 

 

By Plane

If arriving from Europe, the best tip is to fly in with one of the low-cost airlines. There are many, many of these airlines offering routes between various European cities and London: Ryanair and Easyjet are probably the most well-known, and they have flights from all over Europe to London. Which Budget is a good website for tracking what budget airlines fly where.

If travelling from further afield, your best bet is to take a look on some of the travel websites such as Expedia, Opodo, Priceline and so on - it is probably best to check flights and travel websites such as these for your own country. These, of course, can also help with accommodation in London and things such as car rental!

London has five airports - Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton Airport and London City Airport. If you're a long-haul traveller you will almost certainly land at either Heathrow or Gatwick. Many of the low-cost airlines operate from Stansted Airport, whilst some, such as Easyjet, run their flights from Luton Airport. The airport websites have full details about travel options from the airports to London, but here we'll present some of the best options.

Getting to London from Heathrow Airport

The most cost-effective way is by Underground. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 share a station, whilst Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 have separate stations. All three of these stations are on the Piccadilly Line and your journey to central London will take approximately an hour.

Coaches take about an hour from Heathrow to Victoria Coach station. See the National Express website for timetables and fares.

You can also take a Heathrow Express train to Paddington station. Trains run every 15 minutes between 5am to midnight.

Getting to London from Gatwick Airport

Probably the easiest way of doing this is by taking the Gatwick Express train to Victoria Station. Trains run every 15 minutes between approximately 5.20am to 1am.

There are also (less frequent) coaches from both Gatwick terminals to Victoria Coach station in London. Coaches leave about every hour and take about 1 hour 30 minutes. See the National Express website for timings.

Getting to London from Luton Airport

Trains run from Luton Airport Parkway station (there's a free shuttle bus to there from the airport) to King's Cross St. Pancras station.

Getting to London from Stansted Airport

The easiest option is to take the Stansted Express train from the airport to either Tottenham Hale station or Liverpool Street station. Trains run from 5.30am to 12.30am, with a frequency of 15 minutes (30 minutes early in the morning and late at night). Taking the train all the way to Liverpool Street station will land you directly in London; it might be more convenient to take a train only to Tottenham Hale station and change here for the Underground (Victoria Line) if this helps you reach your final destination.

You can also take a coach from Stansted Airport to Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes 1 hour 30 mins (1 hour 45 mins during peak times). The coach makes some stops (such as at Liverpool Street station, Marble Arch and Hyde Park corner) along the way which may be more suitable for you. The best idea is to look at the National Express website for full timetable details.

Getting to London from London City Airport
London City Airport has its own DLR station which is next door to the actual airport terminal.

Getting around London - Travel Information

For detailed information on the Tube, buses, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), trams or local trains within London visit the Transport for London website or phone the 24 hour Travel Information Service on +44 (0)20 7222 1234, email travinfo@tfl.gov.uk

Plan your route online with Transport for London's Journey Planner

Transport for London – London Underground (Tube) Map

A design classic, the Tube map makes navigating London's Tube network simple. This easy-to-use map includes a key to all the stations featured as well as the six fare Zones.


Download Transport for London's Tube Map [PDF 319KB]

Transport for London – A Visitor's Guide to Travelling Around London - Your Bus, Tube and Rail Map

The easiest way to get around London is by public transport. This leaflet provides brief information about the various transport options available to you, including useful maps to guide you around the city. It includes Tube, bus and rail maps and highlights London's major attractions.

Transport for London: A Visitor's Guide to Travelling Around London [PDF 1.7MB]

Transport for London – Getting around London
If you have ever found it difficult to use public transport, then this guide is for you. It shows you how much easier it is becoming to get around London, and encourages you to make use of the many forms of public transport available, including assisted public transport.

Download Getting around London - Your guide to accessibility [3.2MB]

London's transport map is divided into six concentric zones with Zones 1 and 2 in Central London and Zone 6 covering the outer edge of the capital. You should consider an Oyster card and/or a Travelcard to get the best fares and beat the queues. If you're caught on the Tube without a valid ticket you're liable for an on-the-spot fine.

Cheaper by Oyster

Oyster card prices are always cheaper than paper tickets for the Tube. The cash single fare for all journeys via Zone 1 are more than the Oyster fare.

Concessions

Various discounts and free travel are available for children, students, the elderly and disabled travellers. See the Travelcard page for details

TAXIS

London's famous taxis (black cabs) can either be booked in advance or hailed on the street or from designated taxi ranks. Vist www.londonblacktaxis.net for more details.

Consulates & Embassies

A complete directory of all consulates and embassies in London with addresses and nearest tube station.

Shopping

Covent Garden is one of the top shopping and entertainment areas in London. Filled with exquisite restaurants and big fashion labels, it has become a popular venue for tourists to visit. It is also the home for the Royal Opera House and the London Transport Museum

Nearest Tube Station - Covent Garden (Picadilly Line)

Hamley’s is one of the largest and most famous toy shops in the world. Situated on one of London’s busiest shopping areas, Regent Street, the giant emporium occupies six huge floors packed full of toys and games, is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming in excess of five million visitors each year.

Nearest Tube Station - Regent Street(Bakerloo Line)

Spread over seven floors and encompassing an estimated five acres of floorspace, Harrods is one of the world’s most famous department stores and for a long time enjoyed a reputation for both quantity and quality, selling everything under the Sun from exotic foods to exclusive designer clothing. Harrods’ motto reflects this: "Omnia Omnibus Ubique", which means "All Things, For All People, Everywhere".

Nearest Tube Station
- KnightsBridge (Picadilly Line)

In the heart of central London’s busiest shopping district lies Oxford Street, which runs from Marble Arch to St Giles’ Circus, crossing Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road on the way.

Nearest Tube Station - Oxford Circus(Central & BakerLoo Line)

Tottenham Court Road divides neatly into electronics shops in the southern half (Oxford Street end), and home furnishing stores in the northern half (Warren Street end). Nearby Charlotte Street is popular for its good collection of restaurants.

Nearest Tube Station
- Tottenham Court Road (Central & Northern Line)

Eat Out Guide

List of Best Restaurants in Victoria Area.

Comprehensive Directory of Cafe's, Baker's, Takeaway's, Super Markets & Convenience Store & Chocolatiers near Victoria Station and our Hotel.

Theatre Guide

Official London Theatre Guide -Latest London Theatre News, Updates on Shows and Buy Tickets.

All About Theatre - News , Updates on Shows, Buy Tickets

Family Day out with Kids

The Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, next to Kensington Palace, the former home of Diana Princess of Wales, is a fabulous children's playground for kids up to 12 years. There's loads for kids to do in the Diana Memorial Playground including playing on the enormous wooden pirate ship.

National Army Museum - Kid's Zone is a fantastic play area for children under ten years old, within the National Army Museum. This place is cool! It's all about discovery and the kids can go wild in a safe environment

Kew Garden - The best news is children under 17 go free to Kew Gardens! The Gardens are 300 acres. To get an idea of walking times between landmarks see the strolling map. If you are visiting with small children be prepared to double these times.

Climbers and Creepers is Kew's interactive play area for 3-9 year olds. Explore the Gardens first as once the kids get here they won't want to leave!

Legoland Windsor - One of the best theme park where creativity meets fun! Discover kid-powered rides, cool building challenges, a unique mix of interactive attractions

London Dungeons - Be warned....at the London Dungeon you are more than a mere spectator.

London Zoo - One of the most famous zoo in the world.

London Sea Life Aquarium - Enjoy hours of fascinating fishy fun when you enter the wonderful world of underwater discovery.

Local Attractions
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Albert Memorial (3.2km NW)

 

Apollo Theatre (0.3km N)

 

Big Ben (1.6km E)

 

British Museum (6.4km N)

 

Buckingham Palace (0.8km N)

 

Chinatown (4.8km N)

 

Globe Theatre (7.2km NE)

 

Houses of Parliament (1.6km E)

 

Hyde Park (1.6km NW)

 

Kensington Palace (4.0km NW)

 

Leicester Square (4.8km N)

 

London Bridge (9.7km NE)

 

London Eye (2.1km E)

 

National Gallery (6.4km NE)

 

Royal Albert Hall (3.2km NW)

 

Soho (4.8km N)

 

St. James Park (1.6km N)

 

St. Paul's Cathedral (8.0km NE)

 

Tate Gallery (1.6km E)

 

Tate Modern (6.4km NE)

 

Tower of London (9.7km NE)

 

Trafalgar Square (2.4km NE)

 

Victoria Shopping Centre (0.2km N)

 

Westminster Abbey (1.6km E)

 

Westminster Cathedral (0.8km E)

 

Abbots Manor Estate (1.6km SW)

 

Blue Cross Animal Hospital (0.2km E)

 

Chelsea Barracks (2.4km SW)

 

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (4.8km SW)

 

Ebury Bridge Estate (1.6km SW)

 

Home Office (1.6km NE)

 

Imperial College (3.2km NW)

 

Lister Hospital (2.4km SW)

 

New Covent Garden Market (3.2km S)

 

New Scotland yard (1.6km N)

 

Queen Elizabeth Centre (1.6km E)

 

Royal College of Music (3.2km NW)

 

Royal Hospital Chelsea (2.4km SW)

 

Royal Marsden Hospital (2.4km W)

 

St. Mary's Hospital (8.0km W)

 

St. Thomas Hospital (3.2km E)

 

UK Passport Office (0.2km NE)

 

Wellington Barracks (1.6km NE)

 

Westminster Town Hall (1.6km E)

 

Whitehall (Government offices) (1.6km NE)

 

10 Downing Street (1.9km E)

 
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