London travel facts

Currency: ú GBP

Visas:
Generally tourists from Europe, USA and the Commonwealth do not require Visas for UK holidays. Check out: www.ukvisas.gov.uk
Getting there:
Flights into Heathrow and Gatwick are serviced by Express trains to the centre (Paddington & Victoria).
Getting around:
London Underground, "Tube". Buy a Day Travel Card which also valid for London buses.
Tipping:
10-15% is normal in cabs and restaurants (where a service charge is usually included in your bill).

What to see in London

London Eye
London Eye Tube: Waterloo and Westminster
Jubilee Gardens. Tel. 0870 5000 600
Originally an entry for the Millennium landmark competition, the London Eye took 6 years to turn into reality. It is now the most visited landmark in London.
Nearby Hotel: Park Plaza County Hall - Royal Horseguards
The Science Museum
The Science Museum Tube: South Kensington
Exhibition Rd. Tel. 0870 870 4868
The Science Museum offers all the ingredients for a perfect family day out. With seven floors of free galleries, an IMAX Cinema and special exhibitions, events and activities, they have all the mind-boggling fun you`ll need to keep your family entertained.
Nearby Hotels: The Kensington - The Regency
Tower of London
Tower of London Tube: Tower Hill
Tower Hill
The Tower of London has been the setting for many great events during its 900-year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, arsenal, mint, menagerie and jewel house.
Nearby Hotels: London Bridge Hotel - Guoman Tower
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace Tube: St James`s Park
The Mall. Tel. 0870 756 7070
Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British Monarchy. The Palace is a setting for state occasions and royal entertaining as well as being a major tourist attraction, with thousands of people watching the changing of the guard every year.
Nearby Hotels: The Grosvenor - In Victoria
British Museum
British Museum Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
The British Museum holds in trust for the nation and the world a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures. Housed in one of Britain`s architectural landmarks, the collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning two million years of human history. Access to the collection is free although some special exhibitions may have a charge.
Nearby Hotels: St Giles London - Doubletree West End
Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds Tube: Baker Street
Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR
Madam Tussauds features some of the World`s most famous faces under one roof and all immortalised in wax. After a million pound refurbishment the new World Stage area of Madame Tussauds opened with a glittering party. The new area has a fully interactive sportszone where you can putt a hole with Tiger Woods, umpire a tennis match with Boris Becker or take a virtual penalty watched over by a wealth of sporting heroes. The World Stage also showcases the Royal family and world leaders and has a fantastic new music zone where visitors will find Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Robbie Williams and Britney Spears!
Nearby Hotels: Danubias - Mandeville
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum Tube: South Kensington
Cromwell Road , London, SW7 5BD
The Natural History Museum first opened its doors to the public on Easter Monday in 1881, but its origins go back more than 250 years. Today the Natural History Museum promotes the discovery, understanding, enjoyment, and responsible use of the natural world. Visitors can explore the museums world-class collections, fantastic exhibitions which are all housed in a landmark building. Entry is free although there may be a charge for special exhibits.
Nearby Hotels: The Regency - Kensington Close
House of Parliament
Houses of Parliament Tube: Westminster
Whitehall
Parliament is open to all members of the UK public and overseas visitors. You can watch laws being made, attend debates and committees, tour the buildings, or climb the Clock Tower.
Nearby Hotels: Royal Horseguards - St Ermin`s
Tate Britain
Tate Britain Tube: Pimlico
Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
The Tate Britain has been the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day. As such, it is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world. Works in the permanent Tate collection, which may be on display at Tate Britain include: The Painter and his Pug by William Hogarth, Newton by William Blake and Sketch for Hadleigh Castle by John Constable. More recent artists include David Hockney, Peter Blake and Francis Bacon.
Nearby Hotels: Days Inn Westmister - Park Plaza Riverbank
Tate Modern
Tate Modern Tube: Southwark
Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
The Tate Modern is Britain`s national museum of international modern art and is housed in the former Bankside power station, which was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The Tate Collection is on display on levels three and five of the building, while level four houses large temporary exhibitions and a small exhibition space on level 2 houses work by contemporary artists. When the gallery opened in 2000, the collections were not displayed in chronological order but were rather arranged thematically into four broad groups: History/Memory/Society; Nude/Action/Body; Landscape/Matter/Environment; and Still Life/Object/Real Life. Entry to collection displays and some temporary exhibitions is free.
Nearby Hotels: London Bridge - Club Quarters St Pauls
London Zoo
London Zoo Tube: Camden Town
Outer Circle, Regent`s Park, London, NW1 4RY
London Zoo is the World`s oldest scientific zoo It was opened on April 27th, 1828 and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific discovery. It was eventually made open to the public in 1847 and today it houses a collection of 704 species of animals, with 16,802 individuals, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom.
Nearby Hotels: Danubius - Thistle Euston
Museum of London
Museum of London Tube: St Pauls
London wall, London EC2Y 5HN
The museum of London lies just north of St Pauls Cathedral and is the worlds largest Urban history museum with over 1 million objects of historical significance. Current exhibitions include Londons Burning, exploring the great fire of 1666, Londons changing faces and London before London, among many others top class exhibits. Free entry makes this a must see museum for tourists and locals alike.
Nearby Hotels: Club Q St Pauls - Club Q Gracechurch
Bank of England Museum
Bank of England Museum Tube: Bank or Monument
Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R8AH
The Bank of England museum tells the story of the bank from its foundations in 1964 to its current role today as the central bank of the United Kingdom. The historical displays include banknotes, coins and photographs along with a most impressive display of gold bars. Entrance is free of charge and includes a museum guide which is offered in various languages.
Nearby Hotels: Club Q St Pauls - Grange St Pauls
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Horniman Museum and Gardens Tube: Forest Hill
100 London Road,Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ
The Horniman Museum and Gardens are set in the heart of South London and offers a unique range of events & exhibitions which illustrate the natural and cultural world, Highlights being the displays of anthropology and natural history. The gardens are 16 acres of award winning landscapes and offer a real oasis within the bustle of the capital.
Nearby Hotels: Comfort Inn Vauxhall - Days Inn West