Internet access and Wi-Fi in London

Where can I find free Wi-Fi in London?

For the most part, London has excellent mobile phone signal for data and calls across all networks. However, data access can be very expensive for international visitors, so you are best sticking to Wi-Fi hotspots.

Most hotels include unlimited Wi-Fi in the cost of your room. When out and about, many restaurants also provide this for their diners. McDonalds’s and Starbucks provide free Wi-Fi access at their locations. If you happen to walk past an Apple Store, you can use their Wi-Fi too. Many coffee shops and restaurants also provide free Wi-Fi, although you may have to ask for an access code or register your details.

The City of London area is covered with free street-wide Wi-Fi almost everywhere too.

Virgin Media provides free Wi-Fi on the tube at stations and platforms for some UK mobile phone users; there are also paid access passes available. Many public libraries and museums also provide free access.

Don't be tempted to spend all your time online though - and enjoy London with your eyes open. Why not take one of our private London tours and see for yourself?

Must See London Attractions: Trafalgar Square & National Gallery

7. Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery

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Nearest Station: Charing Cross
Entry price: Free admission to both Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery
Typical opening hours: National Gallery – 10:00 to 18:00 (daily) and 10:00 to 21:00 (Fridays). Closed 1st January and 24th to 26th December.
Phone: 0207 747 2885
Website: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Trafalgar Square is a magnificent space which celebrates Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory in 1805 against the French and Spanish forces at Cape Trafalgar. Nelson’s Column dominates the square, standing at 135 feet tall – the same height as his ship (the HMS Victory). Atop of the column is an 18-foot statue of Nelson himself.

Notable buildings around Trafalgar Square include:

  • The National Gallery, a free admission museum which houses priceless works of art including Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and Monet’s ‘Waterlillies’ amongst many others. The paintings on offer cover several centuries, and even the building’s interior architecture is worth admiring. The paid-for audio guide is thoroughly recommended. The National Gallery also has a paid-for ‘Sainsbury Wing’, which features temporary exhibitions and collections.
  • The Canadian, South African, and Ugandan High Commissions line the square.
  • St. Martin in the Fields Church, located to the right of The National Gallery is the church where royal births are registered. It is famous for its Crypt Café which serves warm food at pub-friendly prices in a beautiful underground setting.
  • The National Portrait Gallery is also just off the square, and features portraits of famous figures from British history.

Must See London Attractions: London Eye

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Nearest Station: Waterloo
Entry price: Adult – £23.50, Child (4 to 15) – £17.50, Senior – £21.
Typical opening hours: Open daily from 10:00 to 20:30 year round, with closing times extended to between 21:30 and 23:30 during peak periods.
Phone: 0333 321 2001
Website: www.londoneye.com

For a unique view of London, step into one of the magnificent viewing capsules on the 135-metre (443 feet) tall London Eye. It is the world’s tallest cantilevered Ferris wheel and from the top, you can see up to 40km on a clear day.

The London Eye’s 32 capsules are constantly rotating and a journey onboard lasts 30 minutes. On board you can gaze across London, have a quick break on the seats in the middle of the capsules, or use one of the onboard tablets to learn about the monuments around you.

The London Eye experience can also be personalised to something even more special with the option of a private capsule for a couple or a group, a champagne experience, as well as other options.

Note: Every year in January, the London Eye shuts for its annual maintenance. This usually takes place during the second and third weeks of the month. 

With our of our guides, you can get a private tour on the London Eye - we can even arrange a private capsule.

MUST-SEE LONDON ATTRACTIONS: Science Museum

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Nearest Station: South Kensington
Entry price: Donation based – £5 suggested
Typical opening hours: Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. The museum closes at 19:00 during school holidays.
Phone: 0207 942 4000
Website: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

The Science Museum is located right next door to the Natural History Museum in the museum quarter of Kensington.

At the Science Museum you can learn all about outer space and moon landings, take part in interactive exhibitions, marvel at the history of flight, see how steam trains revolutionised the world in the Energy Hall, and much more.

A whole area dedicated to young children with shows and interactive exhibitions means that learning can be fun too.

Plus, discover what science was like in the 18th century, investigate climate change and learn fascinating facts about the human body.

You can also find an IMAX screen showing scientific movies, as well as a simulator attraction and numerous kids play areas to immerse the younger visitors in the fun.

Temporary exhibitions and special events mean there are always a multitude of reasons to keep coming back.

Must-See London Attractions: Natural History Museum

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Nearest Station: South Kensington
Entry price: Free admission
Typical opening hours: Open daily from 10:00 to 17:50. Last entry at 17:30.
Phone: 0207 942 5000
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk

The Natural History Museum is one of London’s most popular and beloved institutions, featuring a wide variety of permanent exhibitions in its collection. Best of all there is charge to learn about the world’s wonders at this amazing location.

The museum is split into four areas:
• Red Zone - Learn about the forces that shape our planet such as volcanoes and earthquakes, and see how humans have evolved.
• Blue Zone - See how amazingly diverse life is on Earth, including the mammals exhibit with a blue whale and dinosaurs.
• Green Zone - See birds, insects, fossils and more.
• Orange Zone - Explore the Darwin Centre and see scientists at work, as well as the outdoor Wildlife Garden.

The museum also offers fascinating temporary exhibitions, which are paid admission, as well as special events such as a ‘Night at the Museum’-style sleepover, and after-hours “lates” events.

Must See Attractions: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

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Nearest Stations: Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate, Paddington and Queensway
Entry price: Free
Typical opening hours: 05:00 to 0:00 year-round for Hyde Park. 06:00 to dusk (between 16:15 to 21:45) for Kensington Gardens.
Website: www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/

Once Henry VIII’s hunting grounds, today these two green areas combine to make the largest royal park in central London, spanning some 625 acres. Today, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens blend almost seamlessly and offer many things to see and do.

Inside, admire The Serpentine, the largest manmade lake in London, The Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, the Diana Memorial Playground, and the Italian Gardens and Fountains in Kensington Gardens. Many statues, fountains and memorials are also dotted around both parks. On the western side of the parks, you will also find the Royal Albert Hall, as well as Kensington Palace.

Art-lovers will be excited to enjoy the Serpentine Galleries and all the gems to view inside - free of charge.

Speakers’ Corner on the north-east corner of the park, and closest to Marble Arch, is also another notable attraction where you can exercise your right of free speech - or see other people doing this every Sunday.

In addition to the stations featured in the description, you can also use Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate, Paddington and Queensway tube stations to acess the parks.

Must See Attractions: Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

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Nearest Station: Westminster

Entry price: Guided Tours: Adults – £25.50, Child (5 to 15) – £11, Concessions – £21. Audio Tours: Adults – £18.50, Child – £7.50 (one free child per paying adult), Concessions – £16.

Typical opening hours: Open Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during Parliamentary recesses including Christmas, Easter and the summer. English tours depart every 15 to 20 minutes from 09:00 to 16:15.

Phone: 0207 219 4114

Website: www.parliament.uk/visiting/

 

Home of the UK government for over 500 years, the Houses of Parliament are world-renowned. The current building dates from the 1840s as the previous building was destroyed a large fire.

The most famous part of the building is undoubtedly the clock tower which lies on its northern side, largely referred to as Big Ben. However, Big Ben is actually the name of the 13.5-ton bell located inside the tower. The tower itself is called the Elizabeth Tower.

Paid tours of the inside of the building are available and advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Tours are available on Saturdays year-round, and weekdays when Parliament is in recess.

Guided tours and audio tours are available, and we highly recommend them. Audio tours are available in a variety of languages, whereas Guided Tours are in English only.

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben have become trademark symbols for London and are daily staples in films, TV shows, documentaries and news programmes around the world.

Must See Attractions: Tower of London

Tower of London

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Nearest Station: Tower Hill and Tower Gateway
Entry price: Adult – £24.50, Child (5 to 15) – £11, Concession – £18.70. A family ticket is priced at £60.70.
Typical opening hours: On Tuesdays to Saturdays, 09:00 to 17:30 from March to October, and 09:00 to 16:30 from November to February. The attraction opens at 10:00 on Sundays and Mondays year-round.
Phone: 0203 166 6000
Website: www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/

 

The Tower of London is undoubtedly our favourite major tourist attraction in London.

It is amazing to see this castle, constructed in 1078, still standing in the very heart of London today. When first built, the Tower of London was just the ‘White Tower’, which currently stands in the centre of the site and over they years this palacial home was expanded.

Most of the Tower of London is self-guided, but we recommend you begin your visit with one of the tours held by the Yeoman Warders or ‘Beefeaters’ who live inside the Tower. Throughout the tour, you will get a whirlwind look at the gruesome history of the Tower and visit some of the key locations throughout the site.

Once you have finished the tour, feel free to explore the rest of the site. Every direction you go in there are intriguing exhibitions to visit.

You can walk across the top of the castle’s walls, see The Queen’s Crown Jewels up close, and learn about the history of the Tower from executions to traitors and even the large fire. Plus, learn about how the royals loved to keep exotic animals such as lions and elephants as pets.

A minimum of three to four hours is needed for a good overview of the Tower, so we recommend you start early in the morning. We can take you to the Tower of London on your Private London Tour - see your London tour options here.