London stopover guide
London is England's capital city and one of Europe's most popular visitor destinations, offering visitors a combination of traditional and modern attractions, and all the amenities expected of a busy, cosmopolitan city. Internationally known museums and art galleries, fine restaurants and diverse nightlife as well as a whole host of famous landmarks are just a few of the many things that London has to offer.
- As the official London residence of the Queen and the royal family, Buckingham Palace is a must for traditional sightseers. The daily Changing of the Guard ceremony always attracts plenty of camera-clutching tourists.
- The Houses of Parliament are the official business residences of the British government and are buildings with rich and interesting histories.
- Westminster Abbey is a magnificent structure belonging to the Church of England and it is the principal location for state services such as royal weddings and funeral.
- The London Eye is a gigantic Ferris wheel that offers unique views of the city of London.
- Previously the scene of important historical events, Trafalgar Square now offers some of London's most recognisable landmarks.
- Madame Tussauds Waxwork Museum gives visitors the chance to see realistic wax replicas of some of the world's most famous characters from the past and the present.
- The Tate Britain and the Tate Modern galleries are home to some of the world's finest classic and contemporary art collections.
- Covent Garden is an ideal place to head for shopping or dining and is regularly the scene of unique and entertaining street performances.
Eating and shopping:
Eating establishments are located throughout the city centre and as such there is no official restaurant zone. However, certain areas of the city have acquired prominent status on account of the reputation of their eateries and among these are Soho, Covent Garden and the exceptional Chinatown.
Covent Garden also lists high among places worth heading for shopping, while Oxford street is perhaps the city's most famous and comprehensive shopping area. Camden Market is famous for its stalls selling second-hand and Bohemian products.
Day trips and tours: the seaside town of Brighton is just 50 miles south of the city and is an ideal place to head for a relaxing day out. Offering all the attractions of a traditional seaside resort, Brighton is popular with holidaymakers and day-trippers alike. Situated in the county of Kent, Dover lies east of the city and is within a reasonable driving distance. The town's famous white cliffs are its best known attraction; however, the scenic Kent coastline on which its sits offers visitors a plethora of aesthetically pleasing views. A little closer to the city, Henley-on-Thames is a pleasant town best known for its yearly regatta, which draws visitors from far and wide.
London Tourist Information Centres
Bexley Tourist Information Centre
Tel: +44 1322 558676
Fax: +44 1322 522921
Britain and London Visitor Centre
1 Regent Street
Fax: +44 20 7808 3801
Croydon Tourist Information Centre
Tel: +44 20 8253 1009
Fax: +44 20 8253 1008
Greenwich Tourist Information Centre
2 Cutty Sark Gardens
Tel: +44 870 608 2000
Fax: +44 20 8853 4607
Harrow Tourist Information Centre
Tel: +44 20 8424 1102
Fax: +44 20 8424 1134
Heathrow Airport Tourist Information Centre
Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3
Underground Station Concourse
Tel: +44 9068 663344
Hillingdon Tourist Information Centre
14-15 High Street
Tel: +44 1895 250706
Fax: +44 1895 239794
Hounslow Tourist Information Centre
The Treaty Centre
Tel: +44 845 456 2929
Fax: +44 845 456 2904
Kingston-upon-Thames Tourist Information Centre
Tel: +44 20 8547 5592
Fax: +44 20 8547 5594
Leicester Square London Information Centre
Tel: +44 20 729 22 333
Lewisham Tourist Information Centre
Lewisham Library Building
199-201 Lewisham High Street
Tel: +44 20 8297 8317
Fax: +44 20 8297 9241
London City Information Centre
St Paul's Churchyard
Tel: +44 20 7332 1456
Richmond-upon-Thames Tourist Information Centre
Old Town Hall
Tel: +44 20 8940 9125
Fax: +44 20 8332 0802
Southwark Tourist Information Centre
1 Bank End
Tel: +44 20 7357 9168
Twickenham Tourist Information Centre
The Atrium, Civic Centre
44 York Street
Tel: +44 20 8891 7272
Fax: +44 20 8891 7738
Waterloo London Visitor Centre
Waterloo International Terminal
Tel: +44 20 7620 1550