10 Must-Dos in London

10 Must-Dos in London
10 Must-Dos in London

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London: The London Pass

London: The London Pass

If you think you will be visiting a lot of London attractions, consider getting a London Pass – this is a one-fee pass that includes entry into many of London’s major attractions and tours, with over sixty to choose. It even includes a one-day hop-on, hop-off bus ticket on Golden Tours.

A large selection of attractions are currently included in the London Pass. Here are just a few of the most popular: Tower of London, Thames River Cruise, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and London Zoo.

Note that none of the Merlin Entertainment attractions are included in the London Pass (the London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium, Shrek’s Adventure and Madame Tussauds), and neither is The Shard.

Some attractions (such as Tower Bridge Exhibition) will grant you express entry with the London Pass.

How much does the London Pass cost?
Adult prices are £62 for one day, £85 for 2 days, £101 for 3 days, £139 for 6 days and £169 for 10 days. Child prices are about £20 cheaper. The longer passes provide the best value for money.

We advise against getting the Travelcard add-on as this works out more expensive than paying for transport yourself separately. Read our guide on the Oyster Card and full guide to London's transport.

Read other money saving tips, or look at our full London guide.


London: Save Money on Attractions with Train Travel 2-for-1 Vouchers

London: Save Money on Attractions with Train Travel 2-for-1 Vouchers

Here is one of our favourite tips – and a big secret. National Rail offers a “Days Out” promotion with 2 for 1 deals on a huge number of major London attractions. This involves you travelling by rail to London in order to get the discount.

If you are already in London, however, you can get around this. First of all, visit www.daysoutguide.co.uk and browse the offers available and print out vouchers for any attractions you wish to visit.

Then, simply visit any London National Rail Station (note: not the Underground stations, but National Rail) such as Waterloo, King’s Cross, St. Pancras, London Bridge, etc. Go to a ticket machine and purchase a cheap ticket from anywhere with London as the destination – get the cheapest ticket possible. Usually there will be one for a few pounds. Once you have your ticket, there is no need to use it but keep it safe.

Then, simply present your train ticket with your printed voucher at your chosen attraction’s entrance for 2 for 1 entry. This works on major attractions such as Tower of London, London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Thames Clippers, Hampton Court Palace, and many other attractions covered in this guide.


London: Save Money on Attractions and Museums

London: Save Money on Attractions and Museums

Many cultural attractions and museums have no admission cost in London - they are free - which is fantastic.

For paid attractions, pre-purchase your tickets online at a website such as AttractionTix which allows you to get all your tickets in one place without needing to register for each site individually. This can save you a substantial amount of money over the ‘on the day’ gate price. 

Be sure to check whether attractions have partnered with each other too, or whether they are part of the same company. Partnered attractions usually offer ticket combo deals where you purchase tickets for several attractions at once at a discount price. 

A good example is all the attractions in London operated by Merlin Entertainments such as the London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, and Shrek’s Adventure – you can get combination tickets for all of these and save up to 40%.

Read our other money saving tips here, or check out our full London guide here covering all aspects of your trip to the city.

London: Save Money with Vouchers

London: Save Money with Vouchers

Restaurants, attractions and even shops compete for your custom. Look out online for vouchers and coupons which can save you a bit of money. You may also find these in leaflets at hotels and tourist information centres. Whether it is a percentage off, or a set amount of money, it all adds up over your trip to London. 

Be sure to read a voucher's terms and conditions - there may be limitations on what you can buy, how big a saving you can get, and even where and when you can use them for money off your purchases.

Download VoucherCloud
We recommend downloading VoucherCloud, a smartphone app that eliminates having to carry around paper vouchers. At the time of writing, vouchers include:
  • 20% full priced jewellery at Goldsmiths
  • 50% off burgers at Frankie and Benny's
  • 2 for 1 on Mains at O'Neills Pub and Grill
  • £10 off food when you spend £25 at Hungry Horse
  • £20 off when you spend £40 in-store at The Body Shop
  • 25% off at Jack Wills
  • and many, many more.
As you can see from the brief selection of deals above, you can save yourself a considerable amount of money.

Pre-buy your tickets online
We recommend Attractiontix as a great way to save off London attractions.

Print and download attraction vouchers
Smartsave.com has a variety of vouchers for top London attractions - at the time of writing, these include:
  • 20% off Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • 20% off London Wetland Centre
  • 20% off City Cruises
  • 20% off Golden Tours Hop on Hop off
  • 20% off Florence Nightingale Museum
  • 20% off Chelsea Physic Garden
  • 20% off See London by Night
  • 20% off Wembley Stadium Tours
  • 20% off Benjamin Franklin House
  • 20% off Chelsea FC Stadium tour
  • 20% off Shakespeare's Globe Tour
  • 20% off ArceloMittal Orbit
This is just a small selection off everything on offer.

London: Save Money on Airport Transfers

London: Save Money on Airport Transfers

Once you have hopped off the plane, you need to make your way to your accommodation, do you need a taxi to get you there? Or will a train or bus be cheaper, and possibly even quicker? Pre-book your train tickets to save money too. For large groups, public transport may work out more expensive than the equivalent journey in a cab.

Take a look at all your different options to get to central London from the following airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, City Airport, Stansted and Luton - from trains to buses and car transfers, we cover it all.

If arriving by ship or train into one of the main ports or train stations, do check whether private or public transportation offers the best value for money for your group.

Read more money-saving tips for your London trip.

London: Save Money on Hotels and Flights

London: Save Money on Hotels and Flights

How to save money on flights to London
When making reservations for your flights, be sure to check both the official airline websites, as well as travel brokers. Websites like www.expedia.com, www.skyscanner.net and www.kayak.com search many flights sellers at once. Will having a stopover, for example, save you hundreds of pounds? Or changing your arrival or departure airport?

How to save money on London hotels
The place you stay will have a big effect on how much you spend on your trip to London, especially if your stay is longer than a few days. The following few questions are important: How central do you want to stay? What amenities do you realistically need? Are you loyal to a certain brand?

Once you have answered those, go on to a hotel comparison website such as www.hotels.com, www.expedia.com or www.booking.com. Use all of these, plus any others you know, to get the best deal. The same hotel will often be available through different websites for the different prices, and sometimes the savings can be substantial. If you have loyalty points to use, why not use those? 

Budget London hotel brands
Do you need a luxury hotel or will a budget chain like a TravelLodge, Holiday Inn, or EasyHotel do? If you can stay in a budget chain, the savings can be huge. Other affordable chains include Novotel, Ibis Budget and Premier Inn.

Stay in an apartment
Airbnb.com is another option for travelers, where you can rent out a room in someone’s house, or even an entire apartment. Although you are not necessarily going to pay less money overall, you may be able to find a nicer apartment that more closely mirrors London life for a similar price for a hotel room. If you are going to be touring for more than a week, this is a good option to stay in a more residential neighborhood, as opposed to only being amongst tourists. It also allows you to cook your own meals, saving a bit of money there too. You can save at least £25 on your Airbnb stay by signing up via our exclusive link - www.airbnb.co.uk/c/gdacosta16.

Other options
Lastly, there is couch surfing – a free, or minimal cost opportunity – orchestrated online to, quite literally, crash on someone’s couch. While this may be a viable option, one thing to note is that space is perceived very differently by Londoners than most other people. Londoners are used to less space than many people around the world. If you need a lot of privacy and quiet, this is probably not the best option.

Finally, get travel insurance before leaving home, so if you have a problem you will be covered. This may increase the cost of your trip by a little bit, but will save you a lot of money if something goes wrong.


London: Saving Money on your trip

London: Saving Money on your trip

Photo: William Warby
London is without a doubt one of the most expensive cities in the world, but your visit to the city does not have to leave a hole in your pocket. 

Here are our top tips on how to save money.

7. Save Money on Getting around London
8. Save Money on London Tours
9. Save money when shopping in London
10. Save on London Theatre Tickets


London: Affordable Dining

London: Affordable Dining

London is a melting point for people from all financial backgrounds. From the ultra-rich to the not so well off. While life in the city may not be getting any cheaper, people’s appetite for great value food has never been higher, and with the cost of travel and rent taking ever-growing chunks of people’s salaries, finding the city’s best budget restaurants is becoming more important than ever before. Here are some of our favourite, more affordable places to eat that are not fast-food chains.

1) Bar Bruno
(Piccadilly Circus Station; 101 Wardour Street, London W1F 0UG; 0207 734 3750)
Located in Soho, one of London’s most exclusive addresses, this place has been serving locals and visitors alike for decades. It serves delicious Italian food, as well as British classics, in large portions and may just be our favourite place for a budget meal in central London. £25 will easily get you a meal for two, with cash to spare. Open from 6:00 to 22:00 daily, there is always something delicious to eat here all times of the day.

2) Wong Kei
(Piccadilly Circus Station; 41-43 Wardour Street, London, W1D 6PY; 0207 437 8408; www.wongkeilondon.com)
Until recently Wong Kei was known for its waiters’ terrible attitudes – but this has gotten (slightly) better over recent years. It even became a bit of a tourist attraction in its own right because of its reputation. What is sure is that Wong Kei provides tasty Chinese dishes, huge portions and very low prices. A unique experience. Cash only.

3) 101 Thai Kitchen
(Stamford Brook Station; 352 King Street, London, W6 0RX; 0208 746 6888; www.101thaikitchen.com)
Located in Haggerston, this joint produces real dishes with origins emanating from northern Thailand. Their green beans, garlic, stir-fried with chili, beef pad grape and holy basil costs £6.95, while a bowl of tom yum soup goes for £4.95. A meal for two with drinks costs around £35.

There are a lot of other affordable places to eat in London and some of them include: Canton Diner in Chinatown, The Clutch in Haggerston, Regency Café in Kentish town, and Tonkotsue East in Soho.

Borough Market and Camden Market are the two definitive places to get fresh food from all around the world in minutes. The choice at both markets is huge and they are open for lunch year-round. Whether you fancy British, Portuguese, Indian, French, Jamaican or Chinese, there is something for everyone here.

If you fancy something a little fancy, take a look at some luxury restaurant options. Alternatively, why not explore all of our London dining section.

London: Best Restaurants and Luxury Dining

London: Best Restaurants and Luxury Dining

Photo: Alain Ducasse and The Dorcester Hotel
The busy streets of London are filled with bars and eateries, which serve all budgets. Some people prefer to keep to a budget set by the small pubs and market stalls, whereas others prefer to splash the cash. Here we look at the upper end of the scale as we delve into the luxurious world of wining and dining in London.

Whether you are celebrating something special like a birthday, an engagement, an anniversary or just want to spoil yourself, London offers incredible culinary wizardry.

The city is home to many impressive and innovative chefs and it has even been dubbed the culinary “Capital of the World”. 

What is the dinner dress code in London restaurants?
As with afternoon tea, a smart casual dress code applies. However, some locations do require that gentlemen wear dinner jackets to enter. Reservations are strongly recommended at most locations; in some places they are mandatory. 

How much do I tip at restaurants in London?
It is common practice for many high-end restaurants to add a 12.5% or 15% “discretionary” service charge to your bill. If you feel the service was not up to standard or you simply do not wish to pay it, you may ask for it to be removed as it is an optional extra.

Below are some of our favourite luxury dining locations in London.

1) Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester Hotel
(53 Park Lane, London, W1K 1QA; 0207 629 8866; www.alainducasse-dorchester.com)
This three Michelin star restaurant headed by Chef Christophe Moret, offers top notch French cuisine and is a bit like stepping across the channel into France. The three-course a la carte menu starts at £95, four courses are £115, and a seven course tasting menu is £135. The lunch hour menu provides fantastic value, with a three-course meal including two glasses of wine priced at £60.

2) sketch – Lecture Room and Library
(9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG; 0207 659 4500; www.sketch.london
A two Michelin star restaurant located in Mayfair, and partly owned by thirteen Michelin-starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire. Taster menus start from £81, while mains start at around £47. This is some of the most expensive food in London. The impressive wine list reaffirms the upscale nature of the restaurant, with wines prices all the way up to £17,000 a bottle.

3) L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
(13-15 West Street, London, WC2H 9NE; 0207 010 8600; www.joelrobuchon.co.uk)
This French restaurant, opened in 2006 by the renowned French chef Joël Robuchon, applies several French techniques to an affluent combination of ingredients from differing countries all over the world. This two Michelin star restaurant, offers meals that can easily top £200, as well as some more affordable options. 

The ‘Menu du Jour’ offered at Lunch and pre-theatre is priced reasonably at £38 for three courses, and £43 for four courses. On the a la Carte menu mains are priced at £25 to £51, with Japanese Wagyusirloin steak going up to £53 per 100g. The five-course taster menu starts at £95, with eight courses from £129.

4) Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
(68 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HP; 0207 352 4441; www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/restaurant-gordon-ramsay)
This is one of only a couple of restaurants in London that holds three Michelin stars. The restaurant offers some of the best culinary encounters in the country, and has been named the “Best Restaurant in the UK” on several occasions. A three course lunch menu is available for £65, with an all-day set menu available for £110. A seven-course Prestige Menu is £145.

5) Hibiscus
(29 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2PA; 0207 629 2999; www.hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk)
This two Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair has made it into the top ten spots of the United Kingdom Food guide. It is owned by Chef Claude Bosi and offers incredible delights.

The three-course set lunch menu is priced at £49.50. A ‘surprise’ tasting menu and a classics menu are both available for £135 a head. The restaurant sources indigenous British ingredients, including Cornish turbot and lamb from Somerset, through local suppliers.

Other luxury restaurants of note are Le Gavroche, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, The Greenhouse Restaurant, Marcus at The Berkeley, and Apsleys at The Lanesborough.

London: Affordable Afternoon Tea

London: Affordable Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea at London's National Portrait Gallery
As well as the more expensive, luxury afternoon tea locations, there are some more affordable, cheaper London afternoon tea locations for people who are on a budget. 

Places like the National Portrait Gallery Restaurant, offer great afternoon tea at the cost of £27.50, while the Great Court Restaurant in the British Museum goes for £19.50. Kettner’s in Soho, offers tea at the rate of £24.95 while the Millbank Lounge (at the DoubleTree by Hilton London Westminster) goes for £21.95 per person. 

Finally, two pubs in central London offer an affordable experience at about £11 in each – The Cambridge (93 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP; 0207 494 0338), and The Wellington in Covent Garden (351 Strand, London, WC2R 0HS; 0207 836 2789). 
For the pubs, do call ahead to make sure afternoon tea is being offered on your visit date.

What is Cream Tea?

If you don’t want the full afternoon tea experience, Cream Tea may be for you and offers a smaller portion size for a small price. Generally, Cream Tea omits the sandwiches included in the full afternoon tea experiences in favour of sweet bites such as scones. At the British Museum’s Great Court Restaurant, for example, Cream Tea costs just £8.50.

Afternoon tea is here to stay and this culture will only be passed down from generation to generation, and is a rare, casual delight in such a bustling city.


London: What's The Best Afternoon Tea?

London: What's The Best Afternoon Tea?

Where should I go for afternoon tea in London?

According to the 2013 Tea Guild Awards, the best London Afternoon Tea spot is the prestigious Goring Hotel in Victoria (Beeston Place, London, SW1W 0JW, 0207 396 9000, www.thegoring.com). Afternoon tea is served between 15:00 and 16:00 on weekdays, and 13:00 to 16:00 on Saturdays. Prices range from £42.50 to £62.50, depending on the package requested. Reservations are mandatory, and should be booked well in advance (usually up to 4 months) – even in low season you will find certain dates are fully booked.

Other notable and awarding-winning spots are: 
  • Claridge’s (Brook Street, London, W1K 4HR; 0207 629 8860; www.claridges.co.uk) in Mayfair is one of the most famous locations for afternoon tea in London, with many arguing it is the best. Afternoon tea starts at £58 per person.
  • The Ritz (150 Piccadilly, London, E1J 9BR; 0207 493 8181; www.theritzlondon.com) may well be known as the best location in London for afternoon tea, and was where The Queen Mother would come for hers. The quality, service and interiors of the building are simply stunning. Afternoon tea here begins at £52 per person.
  • Landmark Hotel in Marylebone (222 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 6JQ; 0207 631 8000; www.landmarklondon.co.uk), where the price for Afternoon tea starts at £45.
  • Corinthia Hotel by the Embankment and the river Thames (Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD; 0207 930 8181; www.corinthia.com) serves afternoon tea, starting at £50 per person.
  • Browns Hotel in Mayfair (33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, Greater London, W1S 4BP; 0207 493 6020; www.roccofortehotels.com) serves afternoon tea with prices starting at £47.50. A Gluten Free Afternoon Tea is available here.
  • Four Seasons Hotel just off Park Lane (Hamilton Place, London W1J 7D; 0207 499 0888; www.fourseasons.com) offers its afternoon tea from £39.
  • Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge (22-24 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1AT; 
  • 0207 589 5171; www.capitalhotel.co.uk), serves traditional afternoon tea for £29.50, with a glass of champagne available for an extra £10.
  • Bingham Hotel in Richmond Upon Thames (61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UT; 020 8940 0902; www.thebingham.co.uk), is a boutique hotel outside of central London with views over the river. Afternoon here is just £25. 

The Savoy, The Montague on the Gardens, The Langham, The Anthenaeum, The Lanesborough, and The Connaught are other notable locations that offer wonderful afternoon tea experiences.

If your budget doesn't quite stretch this far, take a look at our affordable and budget afternoon teas in London.

Do I need a reservation for afternoon tea in london?

For all the above locations, reservations are either mandatory or highly recommended. 

Is there a dress code for afternoon tea in London?

A smart casual dress code applies to all locations. That means no shorts, sportswear, or cut off tank top-style vests; for most places a jacket and tie are optional for men. Jeans are also controversial. Tea times vary between locations, but you can generally find afternoon tea served between 14:00 and 17:00 daily. The Ritz does specify a dinner jacket and tie as mandatory.

How did afternoon tea start and what is afternoon tea?

Afternoon tea, which is a common tradition today, owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. 

In the 1800s, at a time when it was normal to eat only early morning breakfast and late evening dinner daily, Anna, irritated by the hunger each day as a result of no lunch, decided to take time out to take tea and snack each afternoon. 

Her daily practice was first done alone but over time, friends, relatives, associates and acquaintances followed suit, and the practice has become a tradition among the middle class today.

Afternoon tea is a charming, relaxing, tradition but in reality most Londoners do not have the time for this. However, almost everywhere you look in central London will offer this traditional delight. 

The practice is so famous in London that a “Tea Guild” exists that gives awards to hotels and tea rooms that offer the best tea services in the capital. 


London: Restaurants and Dining

London: Restaurants and Dining

This on-boat cafe is a unique dining location in Little Venice
London, as a booming city, boasts of an ever-evolving food scene that always keeps things fresh and exciting. 

In London, top hotels put in their best effort year after year to outdo each other by offering the tastiest afternoon teas, restaurants come up with inventive concepts to attract customers, and new chefs and kitchen talents are constantly emerging from all corners of the city.

If our dining recommendations in the neighbourhood guides were not enough to satisfy your cravings, there are even more in this section. 

Here we cover afternoon tea, luxury dining experiences, and affordable places to eat, giving you even more choices of where to dine.


London: Wimbledon (Sport)

London: Wimbledon (Sport)

Photo: Matthias Rosenkranz
Nearest Stations: Southfields and Wimbledon Park
Address: Church Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5AE
Phone: 0208 946 6131

The best known and oldest Tennis tournament in the world, The Championships at Wimbledon should not be missed by any fans of the sport. Tickets for games are sold in advance through a ballot system whereby a computer randomly selects winners, and assigns them a game to watch. In 2016, The Championships ran from 27th June to 10th July inclusive.

Wimbledon also runs tours and has a museum. More information on this is available in the neighbourhood guides section of this book, under “further afield”.


London: Twickenham Stadium (Sport)

London: Twickenham Stadium (Sport)

Photo: Oatsy40
Nearest Station: Twickenham (National Rail)
Address: Whitton Road, Twickenham, TW2 7BA
Phone: 0871 222 2120
Website: www.englandrugby.com/twickenham/

Twickenham Stadium is the largest stadium in the world dedicated to rugby union, with a seating capacity of 82,000 people. Opened in 1909, it is mainly a rugby venue, but has also staged other events including mostly concerts from big names in the music industry like the Rolling Stones, The Police, Bon Jovi and Rihanna.

As well as rugby games themselves, tours are also offered at the stadium. Guided tours are priced at £20 per adult, £15 for concessions, £12 per child (5 to 15), and £50 for a family ticket. Included in the tour are a visit to the royal box, players’ tunnel, a view of the arena from the top of the stand, and a pitchside walk, as well as a visit to the England dressing room where you will learn about the match-day preparations and routines of international rugby players. Tours also include entry to the World Rugby Museum.
Museum-only tickets are £8 for adults, £7 for concessions, £6 for children, and £25 for a family ticket.

Stadium tours are not available on select dates due to matches and events at the stadium, so do check in advance before visiting. Museum entry on match days is only possible for match or event ticket holders. On Mondays, the museum is closed and tours do not run.


London: The Oval (Sport)

London: The Oval (Sport)

Photo: Ben Sutherland
Nearest Station: Oval
Address: The Oval, Kennington, London, SE11 5SS
Phone: 0844 375 1845
Website: www.kiaoval.com

The Oval Cricket Ground was built in 1845, and in 1880 hosted the first international test match between England and Australia. To this day, the final Test match of the English season is traditionally played here. The Oval has a seating capacity of 23,500.

The Oval was also the location of the first ever international football match in 1870 between England and Scotland.

Tours of the Oval are available. During the tour you will step foot in the players’ dressing rooms, see where the players train, enter the press box, and access the Corinthian roof terrace with its stunning views of London. Tours take place on Saturdays at 11:00 on non-match days. Additional mid-week tour dates are available around key international fixtures. A full ground tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are £15 per adult, £7.50 for children and concessions, with a family ticket costing £35. If booking in person, The Oval accepts cash only. Tickets may also be pre-booked online.


London: Stamford Bridge – Chelsea F.C. (Sport)

London: Stamford Bridge – Chelsea F.C. (Sport)

Photo: Ungry Young Man
Nearest Station: Fulham Broadway
Address: Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS
Phone: 0207 386 9373

Chelsea’s Stadium, also known as Stamford Bridge, has a 41,798-seat capacity and is located in the affluent area of Fulham in central London.

Stamford Bridge offers a fantastic behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium at £19 per adult and £13 per child. The guided one-hour tour takes you behind the scenes, visiting various stands in the stadium, the press room, Home & Away dressing rooms, the tunnel and more.

All tours also include entry to the Museum, giving you the chance to see how Chelsea has evolved on and off the pitch to become one of the greatest football clubs in the world. 
The tours run daily (but not on match days and other dates – check online), and leave every 30 minutes from 10:00 to 15:00.

Museum-only admission is £11 per adult and £9 per child. Platinum tours, and legends tours are also available at an additional cost.


London: Emirates Stadium – Arsenal F.C. (Sport)

London: Emirates Stadium – Arsenal F.C. (Sport)

Photo: Ungry Young Man

Nearest Station: Arsenal
Address: Hornsey Road, London, N7 7AJ
Phone: 0207 619 5003

The Emirates Stadium is the third biggest football stadium in England with a capacity of 60,272 seats, after Wembley and Old Trafford.Like many other sports locations, the Emirates Stadium is open to visitors year-round through tours, and even has a museum.

At the museum you can immerse yourself in the history of Arsenal F.C. by following the story of the club’s formation in 1886 right through to the present day. You can also see famous shirts and boots in the exhibition. Tickets are £8 for adults, and £5 for children (under 16) and concessions.

A self-guided audio tour is another option. Here you can let a host of Arsenal stars share their matchday experiences with you as you explore behind-the-scenes at Arsenal Football Club using audio visual guide handsets. You will explore areas such as the Director’s Box, Home and Away Changing Rooms, Players’ Tunnel, Pitchside and more. 

All visits include FREE entry to the Arsenal Museum, branded Arsenal headphones and a tour certificate. 

Tickets are £20 per adult, £10 for children (under 16), with family tickets costing £50. Matchday tours and Legend Tours (held by ex-Arsenal players) are other options. 


London: Lord’s Cricket Ground (Sport)

London: Lord’s Cricket Ground (Sport)

Source: Mark Hillary
Nearest Station: St. John’s Wood
Address: St John's Wood Road, London, NW8 8QN
Phone: 0207 616 8500
Website: www.lords.org

Lord’s Cricket Ground is the definitive home of cricket in London, and is situated in St. John’s Wood.

Established in 1814, this 28,000-seater venue hosts international test matches and major local competitions. Lord’s is also where the oldest sports museum is, the MCC Museum contains the precious Ashes urn from 1882. 2014 marked its 200-year anniversary. The present Lord’s is the third incarnation.

If you are not visiting for a sporting event, you can still tour the cricket ground year-round. Tickets to the tour include entry to the MCC Museum. Tours last 100 minutes and run 7 days a week. You will see the Honours Board, sit in the dressing rooms, enter the Long Room, and of course see the Ashes Urn.

The Lord’s Tour is very popular, especially during the summer months, and tours are often fully booked in advance. Prices are £20 for adults, £15 for over 60s, £12 for children (5 to 15) and students, and £49 for a family. Tours do not run on major match days.

The MCC Museum is open on all match days for visitors with a ticket for that day’s play.

London: Wembley Stadium (Sport)

London: Wembley Stadium (Sport)

Photo: Herry Lawford
Nearest Station: Wembley Park
Address: Wembley, London, HA9 0WS
Phone: 0844 980 8001

Wembley Stadium is a 90,000-seater football stadium in north-west London. It is the largest stadium in the UK, the second largest in Europe, and opened in 2007, replacing the old stadium. 

Wembley hosts the FA Cup Final, the England national football team, and other big football matches like the UEFA League.

Be sure to look out for the bronze statue of Bobby Moore at the stadium entrance, which commemorates England’s 1966 World Cup win. The stadium is located about 30 minutes from central London by tube or car.

As well as sports events, the stadium has also staged music performances from renowned artists such as Oasis, U2 and Coldplay.

Aside from the matches played here, you can tour the inside of the stadium year-round, except on Wembley event days. 

Experience the awesome behind-the-scenes feel and action as your tour guide leads you to the changing rooms, the press conference room, the VIP club for a spectacular panorama of the stadium, the royal box, the exhibitions, and the stadium store. 

A VIP tour option is also available. Tours last 75 minutes and depart hourly from 10:00 to 15:00 and are priced at £19 per adult, £11 per child (under 16), with concessions paying £11. A family ticket is £45.


London: Sport

London: Sport

Source: Sean McEntree
What better way to round your trip off in London than with a bit of live sport? London has plenty of choice with sporting arenas dedicated to football, tennis, rugby and cricket, as well as multi-use venues.

The best place to get tickets for any sport is to check online at the official stadium websites, which will link to authorised sellers. Not using the official sales channels, and visiting ticket resellers, may either mean paying too much, getting fake tickets, or both. Many locations also sell tickets directly at the box office on-site.

For tours of the locations featured below you can either pre-purchase tickets online, or buy them on the day of your visit. Tickets will generally be cheaper in advance, and you can avoid the disappointment of turning up and finding that tours are all sold out. Stadium tours selling out is common, particularly during summer months and school holidays.

We cover the following sporting locations:


London: Nightlife - Best Bars, Clubs and Pubs

London: Nightlife - Best Bars, Clubs and Pubs

London does indeed have a nightlife scene – and a roaring one! From relaxing bars, to pubs to spend a few hours, to the pounding music from the club nights, London’s character changes after the sun sets, and the partying goes on into the early hours of the morning in many locations.


Photo: Evening Standard

1. Opium

Nearest Station: Leicester Square
Address: 16 Gerrard Street, London, W1D 6JE
Phone: 0207 734 7276

Pop in for the best dim sum in town, and creative cocktails with Asian-inspired ingredients. Expect to pay £11 to £15 for a cocktail here and £5 to £6 for a beer.

2. Vista at The Trafalgar

Nearest Station: Charing Cross
Address: 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TS
Phone: 0207 870 2900
The name says it all here: Vista. It is the view you come for when visiting this rooftop bar overlooking Trafalgar Square. This is a seasonal venue that operates during Spring and Summer, and serves light food. 

It is also usually open on the 31st December to ring in the New Year and see the fireworks. There is a £5 cover charge for this venue, and a minimum spend.

3. Cahoots

Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus
Address: 13 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PG
Phone: 0207 352 6200

Cahoots is one of our favourite themed bars with the interiors resembling an old Underground train – even the staff are in character. There are a wide variety of cocktails on offer, which are all fantastic, and they usually host live music acts. This is a popular location and table reservations (for a 2-hour slot) are a must.


1. Koko

Nearest Station: Mornington Crescent
Address: 1a Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE
Website: www.koko.uk.com

This Camden club is popular because of its affordable entry prices, large selection of acts, and interesting layout inside. It was once a theatre and you can tell as soon as you step in the venue. We are not huge fans of the prices charged for drinks, however!

The venue hosts regular events other than standard club nights, such as concerts throughout the week. There are very few places to rest, though, so be prepared to stand for a while. If you do need to sit down, look out for the leather sofas at the back of the main room.

2. The Electric Ballroom

Nearest Station: Camden Town
Address: 184 Camden High Street, London, NW1 8QP
Phone: 0207 485 9006

A well-known venue in London, The Electric Ballroom provides well priced drinks, a fantastic ambiance, and regular national and international acts. It comes highly recommended for a night out and has a good balance between a club and music venue. The top area has seats for those needing to chill out for a bit.

3. Fabric

Nearest Station: Farringdon and Barbican
Address: 77a Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HJ
Phone: 0207 336 8898

Fabric is a well-known nightclub in London, and is extremely popular so get there early. This is a place for people who really like their music and will appreciate the fantastic sound system. Expect to pay at least £20 for entry – sometimes closer to £30, but they regularly get big name DJs. Book your tickets in advance, if you can, to reduce your wait getting in.


1. The Lock Tavern

Nearest Station: Chalk Farm and Camden Town
Address: 35 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London
Phone: 0207 482 7163

This pub is well-sized, with a large beer garden and roof terrace, which makes it perfect for a sunny day. Food is generally good, and drink prices are acceptable for the location. There are occasional live music acts too, which also add to the ambiance.

2. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Nearest Station: Chancery Lane and St. Paul’s 
Address: 145 Fleet Street, London, EC4A 2BU
Phone: 0207 353 6170

If you want history, there is no better pub to pay a visit to in The City. This pub was rebuilt in 1667 and stepping foot inside is like going back 350 years. 
Go downstairs into the authentic drinking areas deep underground and be reminded how much shorter people were as you duck down the steps. 

We love the ambiance inside, and the food and drink are decent too! Even Samuel Johnson used to drink here!

3. The Cross Keys

Nearest Station: Covent Garden
Address: 31 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9BA
Phone: 0207 836 5185

An absolutely tiny, intimate location that is very pretty inside (and outside). Beer and food are good, but get there early for a table or seat. It is also conveniently located in the West End if you would like to carry on your night in one of the many bars or clubs in the area.

Getting back after a night out

Be aware that most of London’s Underground system stops running from the city centre around midnight, with night buses and taxis being the main ways to get around after that. Alternatively, you could party away into the night until the first trains reach the centre of London around 6:00. 

On Friday and Saturday nights there are services in a large part of the Central, Northern (Charing Cross Branch), Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines, with trains running at 10-20 minute intervals throughout the night.

If you are returning home on a night out in a taxi, either hail a black cab or book a mini-cabs (by calling or via an app) – hopping into a mini-cab in the spur of the moment is illegal and unsafe. Remember if your minicab is not pre-booked, there is no trace of your journey should anything go wrong. 

London: Live Music and Arts

London: Live Music and Arts

1. The O2 Arena

Nearest Station: North Greenwich
Address: Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX
Phone: 0208 463 2000
Website: www.theo2.co.uk 
Book: Book tickets in advance here.

Initially called the Millennium Dome at opening – and home to a major exhibition – The O2 is now a dining venue with a cinema, and crucially an arena with a seating capacity of 20,000. It is one of the main music venues in London, and has the second highest capacity in the UK, after The Manchester Arena. It is the world’s busiest arena by a large margin, with 1.8 million ticket sales in 2014.

The easiest way to reach the venue is by tube (North Greenwich station) on the Jubilee Line, with a travel time of only 15 minutes from Central London. Another popular transportation option is the Thames Clippers River Express from major piers in Central London every 20 minutes.

2. SSE Wembley Arena

Nearest Station: Wembley Park
Address: Arena Square, Engineers Way, London HA9 0AA
Phone: 0208 782 5566
Book: Book tickets to the SSE Wembley Arena events in advance here.

Once a swimming pool, Wembley Arena is now a premiere music venue located right next to the behemoth Wembley Stadium. It is the second largest indoor arena in London, after the O2, with 12,500 seats.

With good transport links, and being located only half an hour from central London, Wembley Arena is a solid choice for bands playing in the city.

3. Royal Albert Hall

Nearest Stations: South Kensington, Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington
Address: Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP
Phone: 0207 589 8212

The Royal Albert Hall is a multi-purpose concert hall in South Kensington. The Hall has a seating capacity of almost 5,300 for performances by rock bands or pop stars, ballets or operas. The building dates from 1871, when Queen Victoria and Prince Edward opened it.

It has been the residence concert venue for The BBC Proms every summer since 1941; these are daily classical music performances, usually at affordable prices.
Dubbed “The Nation’s Village Hall”, the Royal Albert Hall is one of UK’s most important and most treasured buildings.

As well as the large, paid events in the main hall, there are also Free Music Fridays. These take place in Verdi, the Italian restaurant within the building – a different artist, or series of artists, plays every week. 

Tours of the building are also available; more information on this is available in the neighbourhood guide section of this book.

4. Barbican Centre

Nearest Stations: Barbican
Address: Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Phone: 0207 638 4141

The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the City of London, and the largest of its kind in Europe. The Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. The Barbican Hall is home to the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Personally, we are not fans of the building’s layout or architecture but it is a Grade II listed building meaning it may not be demolished, extended, or altered without special permission from the local planning authority. That ensures that the Barbican is set to stick around for quite a while.

The interiors are pleasant and there is always something different going on, but be sure to check what is showing in advance before visiting to avoid disappointment.

5. Southbank Centre

Nearest Stations: Waterloo
Address: Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Phone: 0207 960 4200

The Southbank Centre is one of Britain’s top arts institutions and a large arts complex. 
The 21-acre estate runs from County Hall to Waterloo Bridge, and is Europe’s largest center for the arts, averaging 3 million visitors per year. 

Southbank Centre consists of three main buildings: the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room.

Also in the complex are the Hayward Gallery, Jubilee Gardens, the Saison Poetry Library and the Queen’s Walk.

With a seating capacity of 2,500, the Royal Festival Hall was officially unveiled in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain. Today it is a world-renowned concert hall for music, dance and literature.

The Hayward Gallery features visual arts across all periods and has a very diverse set of exhibitions. Past shows featured works of Leonardo da Vinci, Eduard Munch and French Impressionists.

The Southbank Centre welcomes a wide range of creativity and culture – music, arts, classical, rock, pop, jazz, dance, yoga, performances, spoken word, poetry, visual arts, painting, sculpture, architecture, and more. Not only a live music venue, it is also a solid teaching and training ground.

The Southbank Centre has four resident orchestras: the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the London Sinfonietta.

The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery closed in September 2015 for essential repair and maintenance. They are due to open in 2018.

6. The British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank

Nearest Stations: Waterloo
Address: South Block, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XT
Phone: 0207 928 3232
Website: www.bfi.org.uk

A four-screen cinema venue showing over 2,000 classic and contemporary films each year, with film seasons, director and actor retrospectives, and extended runs of cinema classics. 

View over 1000 hours of free film and TV in the Mediatheque, visit the library and film shop, and enjoy two of the Southbank’s best restaurant bars.

Founded in 1933, BFI cares for the BFI National Archive, the largest film archive in the world containing 50,000 fiction movies, over 100,000 non-fiction ones and around 625,000 television programs. This library of moving pictures is not exclusively British. 
The British Film Institute aims to celebrate British and international filmmaking success through exhibitions, publishing, DVD releases, festivals, and education.

Pricing is: Adults –  £10.65, Concessions – £8.35, Children (Under 16) – £6. If you are 25 or under and register online, you can get tickets for any showing for just £3 with valid ID, subject to conditions.

London: Dance, Opera and Other Performances

London: Dance, Opera and Other Performances

1. Shakespeare Globe Theatre

Nearest Stations: London Bridge and Southwark
Address: 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT
Phone: 0207 902 1400

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a recreation of the magnificent, original Globe Theatre. 
The current building stands around 230 metres from the original structure. Ever since it was reopened in 1997, the Shakespeare Globe Theatre has staged plays every summer. Tours of the building are also available.

2. London Coliseum (English National Opera)

Nearest Station: Leicester Square
Address: St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Phone: 020 7836 0111
Website: www.eno.org

The London Coliseum is a theatre situated at St. Martin’s Lane in Central London. It was constructed as one of the most luxurious and largest variety theatres in London, and opened in December 1904. Today it is primarily used for opera, as well as being the London home of the English National Opera.

3. Royal Opera House

Nearest Station: Covent Garden
Address: Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD
Phone: 0207 240 1200
Website: www.roh.org.uk

Situated in Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House is a venue used for various types of performing arts. It houses several groups like The Royal Ballet, The Orchestra and The Royal Opera. It was originally called the Theatre Royal and served as a playhouse for the first century of its history. Tours are available.

4. The Peacock Theatre

Nearest Stations: Holborn and Covent Garden
Address: Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT
Phone: 0207 863 8000

Situated in Westminster near Aldwych, the Peacock Theatre has a capacity of 999-seats. 
It is owned by the London School of Economics and Political Science, and forms an integral part of its campus.

The theatre is used for public talks, political speeches, conferences, open days and lectures. It is also often used to host ballet, dance performances, award ceremonies, pop concerts and conferences.

5. The Roundhouse

Nearest Station: Chalk Farm
Address: Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
Phone: 0300 678 9222

The Roundhouse is an old railway engine shed located in Chalk Farm. Just before World War II, the building fell into a state of disuse. In 1964, it was reopened as a venue for performing arts. 

After being empty for years, performing arts returned to this building after it was purchased by a local businessman in 1996. It is now one of the most unique venues in London with a capacity of 1,700 people.

London: Plays and Dramas

London: Plays and Drama

1. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Playing at: Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London, W1D 5AY
Run time: Part 1 is 2h 45m, Part 2 is 2h 35m - shown as separate performances.
The most difficult play to get tickets to - this is a masterpiece, with great acting, a fantastic storyline, incredible sets and magical special effects, Potter fans should not miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to see what happened to ‘The Boy Who Lived’ after the films. The story is split into 2 separate performances. Tickets are mostly sold out except very premium seats.

2. The Woman in Black

Playing at: Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
Run time: 2 hours with one intermission

The Woman in Black is a horror stage play performed by only two actors. The play follows the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black. He engages a young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise his fear. As they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.

Get ready to be creeped out, as the small theatre adds to tense atmosphere. Having been in London for over 25 years, this is one show that is here to stick around, terrifying audiences for years to come.

3. The Mousetrap

Playing at: St. Martin’s Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9NZ
Run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with a 15-minute intermission

The Mousetrap, written by Agatha Christie, first opened in 1952 and has been consistently running since then. With over 25,000 performances, and a run time of 65 years, it is the longest running modern play anywhere in the world. In typical Agatha Christie style, this is a case of trying to guess “whodunit”. 

Theatre-goers are asked not to reveal the ending before leaving the theatre in order to keep the enjoyment for future audiences.

4. The Play that Goes Wrong

Playing at: Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA
Run time: 2 hours and 5 minutes, with a 20-minute intermission

The Play That Goes Wrong is based on the antics of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society who is trying to stage a 1920s murder mystery, and everything that can go wrong, does. With many genuine laugh out loud moments, it is no wonder that the play won ‘Best New Comedy’ at the 2015 Olivier awards.


London: Musicals

London: Musicals

This is not a comprehensive list of all London's musicals and simply includes some of our favourites in no particular order.

1. The Phantom of the Opera

Playing at: Her Majesty's Theatre, 57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

An Andrew Lloyd Webber production that tells the tale of a fascinating love story, unlike anything you have ever seen before. With incredible scriptwriting, memorable songs and incredible set changes, it is no wonder that this show has now been performing for over 30 years at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

2. Book of Mormon 

Playing at: Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS
Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

The Book of Mormon is a satirical musical based on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The story follows two Mormon missionaries to Uganda and the struggles they face as AIDS, poverty, war and famine impede their activities. The musical is hilarious, with clever lyrics, and won four Olivier awards in 2014.

3. Les Miserables

Playing at: Queens Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
Run time: 2 hours and 50 minutes with a 20-minute intermission
Website: www.lesmis.com 
Book: Get your tickets here.

Les Miserables, also widely known as Les Mis, is based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. The musical is set in France during the 19th century and recounts the tale of a French peasant named Jean Valiean who seeks salvation after spending nineteen years behind bars. The musical was originally unveiled in French, with its English lyrics later being composed by Herbert Kretzner.

4. Aladdin

Playing at: Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, London, W1D 4HS
Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes with one intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

Disney brings its classic film story to life in London with Aladdin, featuring an incredibly funny Genie and all the songs from the film. The sets, decor and costumes are incredible and the special effects have to be seen the believed.

5. Matilda: The Musical

Playing at: Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London, WC2 9HU
Run time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

Matilda: The Musical is based on Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. Matilda has already been turned into a famous film, and now it is a wildly successful musical too. 
Matilda on Broadway won seven Olivier awards in 2012; in London this popularity continues. 

It is easy to see why: with catchy songs, great decors and a story we can all relate to in some way or another, Matilda captures the hearts of theatregoers each and every night. A must-watch!

6. Stomp

Playing at: Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Book: Get your tickets here.

Stomp is a percussion group with roots in Brighton. The group use everyday objects and their bodies to make music. The original Stomp has been performing since 1991, and you too can go along and join in the fun.

7. Thriller Live!

Playing at: Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes with a 20-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

Thriller Live! is a concert-style experience that celebrates Michael Jackson, and the music of The Jackson 5. In 1988, the show started as a fan club based in Britain. The huge following of the show led to an annual tribute concert for Michael Jackson. Now, this is the closest thing to the real deal. There is no acting, it is just song after song. 
Though the idea of being seated may seem odd for a concert, by the end of the show you will be up and dancing.

8. Mamma Mia!

Playing at: Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD
Run time: 2 hours and 35 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

Mamma Mia is another West End favourite, and retells the story of a bride-to-be who tries to find which of three men is her real father. Of course, all this is just an excuse to get as many ABBA songs into one musical as possible. Those tracks include: Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Take a Chance on Me, The Winner Takes It All, SOS, and a host of others.

9. The Lion King 

Playing at: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7DA
Run time: 2 hours and 40 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

The Lion King is one of the most popular animated movies of all time, and Disney has taken the opportunity to turn it into a musical. First premiered in 1997 on Broadway, the musical made its way to the West End in 1997. Instead of having people dress up as the film’s characters, intricate marionettes and puppets are used to retell the story in a way never seen before.

10. Wicked 

Playing at: Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
Run time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
Book: Get your tickets here.

The Lion King is one of the most popular animated movies of all time, and Disney has taken the opportunity to turn it into a musical. First premiered in 1997 on Broadway, the musical made its way to the West End in 1997. 
Instead of having people dress up as the film’s characters, intricate marionettes and puppets are used to retell the story in a way never seen before.


London: Music, Theatre and Arts

London: Music, Theatre and Arts

As well as shopping and museums, culture buffs have no shortage of things to do in London either. The West End is the heart of the theatre district with musicals, comedies and dramas galore. If live music is more your scene, that is catered for too.

The following sections are being added progressively.


Musicals have been a staple in London for years and there is a wide array to choose from.

See our coverage of musicals here, including: Phantom of the Opera, Book of Mormon, Les Miserables, Aladdin, Matilda: The Musical, Stomp, Thriller Live!, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King, Wicked and Hamilton (Coming soon)

Plays - Drama

London’s theatre scene isn’t all singing and dancing…

See of coverage of plays including comedies and dramas here, including: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Woman in Black, The Mousetrap and The Play that Goes Wrong.

Dance, Opera and Other Performances

Whether you fancy a bit of ballet, contemporary dance or opera, London’s performance scene is thriving.

See our coverage here, including Shakespeare Globe Theatre, London Coliseum (English National Opera), Royal Opera House (Ballet), The Peacock Theatre and The Roundhouse.

Live Music and Arts

See our coverage of Live Music and Arts venues here, including The O2 Arena, Wembley Arena, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre and the British Film Institute (BFI).


London: Bicester Village Outlet (Shopping)

London: Bicester Village Outlet (Shopping)

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 19:00. Saturday from 9:00 to 20:00. Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00, with select shops open from 12:00 to 18:00 only due to Sunday Trading Laws.
Nearest Station: Bicester Village (National Rail)

This shopping outlet is actually located in Oxfordshire, outside of London. Access can be obtained by taking a train from London Marylebone station to Bicester Village station. The journey takes 46 minutes on the train, with return train tickets priced at £25.

Bicester Village (pronounced “bister”) houses 131 stores including several of the world’s leading fashion brands like Bally, DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Salvatore Ferragamo, Mathew Williamson, Smythson, Anya Hindmarch, Hugo Boss, Church’s and many other brands. There are also dining establishments to take a break between all the shopping. 

This is a popular destination and hosts over 6 million shoppers every year. The outlets are open year-round, and are particularly popular on bank holidays.

London: Brick Lane (Shopping and Dining)

London: Brick Lane (Shopping and Dining)

Opening Hours: Shops open daily from 9:00 to 19:00. The main market takes place on Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00.
Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street (Overground) and Aldgate East (Underground)

Brick Lane is a fashionable, up-and-coming destination in Central-East London, and the heart of the British Bangladeshi community. Many people call it Banglatown, and it is widely known for its curry houses.

The street was formerly known as Whitechapel Lane, however it got its new name - Brick Lane - from the manufacturing of brick and tile during the 15th century.

Brick Lane is filled with fashionable shops which are open daily, as well as an incredible amount of street art including works from Banksy and D*Face. It is also well-known for its nightlife scene.

The area around Brick Lane also houses many religious institutions, including Christ Church and Brick Lane’s Great Mosque.

Brick Lane Market is a popular destination on Sundays and specialises in second-hand goods, including clothes, furniture, books, and much more. Trading here takes place on Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00.