London Tourism and Travel Guide

London is a magnificent melting pot and an exemplary showcase art, culture and beautiful urban spaces - both contemporary and historical. England’s largest city is home to some of the world’s most magnetic Gothic architecture, and a prolific arts and theatre culture. A few must visit places in London city are the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge. Head to the Buckingham Palace and catch the "Changing of the Guard" at 11:30am from May until the end of July. Tourists can view the Crown Jewels, and also take a mandatory picture with a guard. Most of London’s museums have free entry, so take it all in from Tate Modern to the City Museum to the National Gallery and the Historical Museum. Make a stop at the Westminster Abbey and revel in the bustling Trafalgar Square that is the heart of London. For something more intimate, take a walk down to the Borough Market that has probably the best food and produce in London. Grab yourself a Cornish pasty or a plateful of the signature fish and chips before you leave London city.
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Best Time to Visit London

Peak Season is from March to May. Though tourists head to London pretty much all year round, late spring is when the city is at its most beautiful.

Shoulder Season is September to November welcomes the famous autumn foliage to London. Various historical festivals occur during these months, making it the perfect time to visit for a taste of London’s tradition and cultures.

Off-season: December to February are the months when the tourists start thinning out. Henceforth, the accommodation and travel costs reduce. The weather is extremely wet and chilly during this time of the year, so make sure you pack accordingly.

Budget for London

For Budget Travellers: INR 2000 - 3000 a day
  • Accommodation in hostels and basic rooms in guesthouses: INR 1500-2000
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 800-1600
  • Public Transport by the tube and buses: INR 125 - 300
  • Sightseeing: INR 800 - 900
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 4000 to INR 5000 a day
  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 2500 - 3500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 2000 - 2500
  • Local transport in local taxis: INR 300 - 400
For Luxury Travellers: INR 15000 and upwards
  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 10000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 3000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 500 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 2000 and upwards

Visa Information for London

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals do not require a visa, and can enter London with either a valid national identity card or passport.

Nationals of 56 countries but do not require a visa for travel purpose for up to 6 months.

Nationals of Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates may apply for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVA), which is valid for tourism and study, and stay for up to 6 months.

Nationals of China and India who have a valid Irish Short-stay Visa and endorsed with "BIVS" and who have cleared immigration in Ireland can visit the UK visa-free until their current permission to enter/remain in Ireland expires.