Explore London your way

All you need to know about independent travel to London

London Toolkit helps like-minded travellers looking to explore London independently. Discover our detailed and far reaching guides on all types of hotels, airport and cruise port transfers, public transport in London, memorable attractions, iconic landmarks, unique day tours and the best short breaks in and around the city.

Things to see and do in London

Things to do in London

Discover iconic attractions in central London and tours to must-see sights outside London, plus ticket and pass offers.

Hotels in London

Where to stay in London

Guide to all hotel areas, helping you choose the best location for your budget. All grades of accommodation covered.

Central London transfers from airports and cruise ports

London transfers

Find the best London airport and cruise port transfers. Discover amazing transfer tours before your late flight.

London public transport

London public transport

Practical information to help you master getting around in London. All options covered from the tube to river services.

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paddington bear experience

Paddington Bear Experience

BRAND NEW family attraction in London. Interactive storybook adventure of London's lovable bear.

london eye tickets

London Eye Tickets

Book your tickets for the iconic London Eye and one of the best views of the city.

highclere castle

Downton Abbey Tours

Guided tours to stunning Highclere Castle in the Cotswolds, home of Downton Abbey.

Things to do in London and surroundings

There is so much to see and do in and around London. Follow our links below to discover the best days out in London, landmarks and attraction details, London tours, London attraction tickets and trips from London to the rest of the UK and beyond. We offer some of the best speciality tours to Warner Bros. Studios for Harry Potter, Highclere Castle for Downton Abbey and Stonehenge, the most popular attraction outside London.

Most popular attractions in London

London attractions and ticket deals

Must-see tourist attractions in London with ticket and pass options compared.

Central London tours including the popular open top hop on hop off bus tours

Central London tours

Guided and independent tours to discover London including the famous open top hop-on-hop-off bus tours.

Day tours from London, including the popular Stonehenge

Day trips from London

Tours from London visiting the nearby sights within 2-hours' distance, including the world-famous Stonehenge.

2-3-day tours from London, including Paris, France

2-3-day tours from London

Short breaks within the UK and Ireland or Paris for 2-3-nights.

Where to stay in London? Find best London hotels

London has many amazing attractions spread out across the city, meaning that there is no single best place to stay. One of the best things about getting around in London is that you can travel almost anywhere within around 20-mins using public transport. Your choice of location then becomes a decision between ease of transfer options, price, being centrally located near shopping, landmarks, theatres or perhaps the River Thames. We feature well-known global hotel chains in London as well as independent hotels. Use our guides below to find the area and type of accommodation that suits your needs and budget best.

London's hotel neighborhoods

London's hotel areas

Explore our detailed guide to all areas of London, price ranges, their location in relation to places of interest and transport links to airports, cruise ports, mainline railway stations and the rest of London.

Explore London's hotel neighbourhoods

Accommodation types in London

Types of accommodation

From bed & breakfast, mid-range and luxury hotels to backpacker hostels and apartments, we cover and explain all types of accommodation in London with their benefits and average prices discussed.

Discover accommodation types in London

London transfers between hotels, airports and cruise ports

We have a wide range of options that cover travelling to your hotel from the airport, cruise port and train station you arrive and vice versa. There are Underground, rail, coach, bus, taxi and private & group transfer alternatives available at all the major arrival points in the UK. If you have a late flight but an early check-out from your hotel or cruise ship, we offer transfer tours - a chance to turn the last day of your holiday into a sightseeing experience.

London airport transfers and transfer tours


We have created a definitive guide for each London airport, detailing transfer options and nearby hotels.

Heathrow airport
Gatwick airport
Luton airport
Stansted airport
London City airport
London Southend airport

London cruise port transfers and transfer tours

Cruise ports

Southampton and Dover are the two main cruise ports near London, as well as Harwich, although less popular. Rail, coach, private transfers and transfer tours are all included in our definitive guide as well as nearby hotels.

Southampton cruise port
Dover cruise and ferry port
Harwich cruise port

Early check-out and late flight - what to do? Discover transfer tours

London isn't particularly known for its late check-out hotels. Transfer tours make brilliant use of time that is normally spent waiting for flights. With a transfer tour you can visit attractions on the way to your airport and spend your precious time doing the things you enjoy - all without worrying about where to store your luggage. If you have an early check-out from your hotel or cruise ship and a late flight, discover our transfer tours for a memorable experience.

Transfer tour of Windsor Castle between London hotels and Heathrow or Gatwick airports.

Heathrow & Gatwick late flights

Instead of waiting at the airport after an early check-out, take our Windsor tour and discover the delights of Windsor in your own time. We will then take you to your airport in plenty of time for your flight.

Book now from £90 for 1-3 people

Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor transfer tour between Southampton cruise port and Heathrow

From Southampton to Heathrow

Choose from a range of transfer tours including Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor, Bath & Windsor, a private Cotswolds transfer or the Harry Potter Studio in Watford.

Book now from £109pp

Canterbury and Leeds Castle transfer tour between Dover cruise port and Heathrow airport

From Dover to Heathrow

Late flight home? Then make use of your free time with our Dover tour transfer. Taking you from Dover to Canterbury and Leeds Castle with plenty of time to explore, before dropping you off at Heathrow.

Book now from £119pp

Pre & post-cruise tours to explore in and around London with transfers

4 day pre cruise London to Southampton tour

3-day pre-cruise break in London

3 days in London > Southampton or Dover cruise port

Start your cruising holiday in style with a 3-day/2-night pre-cruise stay in London. You have a selection of centrally located 4- and 5-star hotels to choose from, so you can enjoy having all the logistics taken care of for you. Includes a day tour of London's best sights, accommodation and transfer to Southampton cruise terminal with choice of transfer tour.

Book now from £261pp

Post-cruise break in London from Southampton.

3-day post-cruise break in London

Southampton or Dover cruise port > London

End your cruising holiday in style by transferring to London for a 3-day/2-night post-cruise stay in London. This package is flexible, so you can choose how many nights to stay. It also includes accommodation in your choice of 4 or 5-star hotels, choice of transfer tour from your port to London and an optional add-on full-day London sightseeing tour.

Book now from £263pp

London's public transport: How to find your way around in London

London has an excellent public transport system that really is the best way to get around. We explain and compare the most common payment options in our guide to Travelcard, Oyster Card and contactless cards. We also detail how to use the world-famous London Underground, the iconic red buses, black cab taxis and the river bus services on the River Thames. We'll help you get where you need to go in London, quickly and safely.

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London Ungerground

London Underground

The tube is normally the fastest way to get around. With 12 lines covering all of London, you will find a station close by to wherever you are in the city.

Buses and coaches

London red bus services

Cheap, reliable and running 24/7. Using the red London buses is a great way to travel around the city. You’ll also get some great views of the landmarks on your journey.

Trains in and around London

UK trains

There are numerous major rail transport hubs in London that take passengers to all other parts of the UK as well as major airports for transfers.

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