Get There

Find out about travel to London and how to get around once you’ve arrived. Your guide to public transport in London from Tube to bus plus walking, London Tube, buses, trains, cycling and more. Don’t forget your Oyster card!

London Buses  

London buses are a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around. And you’ll get plenty of sightseeing opportunities en route.London buses have seen many improvements in recent years with new buses, more frequent services and improved accessibility.

London Bus Information

The Central London bus guide will be sufficient for most travellers. This map is available from travel information centres at larger Tube stations or to download from Travel Maps.

Plan your bus route online with Transport for London’s Journey Planner.

London Tube  

London’s Underground rail network, or ‘the Tube’ as it is universally known to Londoners, is normally the quickest and easiest way of travelling around London.

London Tube Travel Information

Plan your route online with Transport for London’s Journey Planner.

For detailed information on the Tube, stations, buses, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), trams or local trains within London visit the Transport for London website.

Local Trains in London  

London’s local trains are overground rail services that crisscross the city and extend beyond the Tube network. Most local train lines connect efficiently with London’s Tube system and you can now use your Oyster card on almost all of London’s commuter rail services.

London Train Service Information

Transport for London (TfL) does not operate rail services in London, but journeys by trains and other modes of public transport can be planned online using Journey Planner

National Rail Enquiries provides detailed information about rail services in London, covering routes, timetables and fares. A full list of train operating companies, including network maps, is available on the website.

London River Services  

Thames river bus and river tours services are popular with visitors to London, and they’re used by local commuters as well.

Travelling by river is a great way to get to your destination. You’ll beat the traffic and soak up some fantastic views of London along the way!

The river bus services listed here are the more basic commuter services on the Thames, generally without commentary.

We have separate pages on Thames river cruises, speedboat tours and dinner cruises, all with commentary.

Thames Clippers

Serving both as scheduled commuter and tourist boats, Thames Clippers services are great value and fast. They run from Embankment and the London Eye to Woolwich, via Canary Wharf, stopping at:

  • Tate Modern
  • London Bridge
  • Tower of London
  • Hilton London Docklands Riverside
  • The O2
  • Greenwich

To and From London’s Airports

How to travel by public transport or taxi between Central London and the city’s five major airports:

London Heathrow Airport

London Stansted Airport

London Gatwick Airport

London Luton Airport

London City Airport

Eurostar and Eurotunnel

Eurostar is a quick and easy way to travel between the UK and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. Travel in style and comfort and avoid the hassle of airports with the Eurostar high-speed rail service, which is frequent and affordable.

Eurostar Travel Information

There are frequent inter-capital Eurostar services from London St Pancras International to Paris and Brussels daily. Travel from Paris to Central London in just 2 hours 15 minutes, or from Brussels in 1 hour and 51 minutes. Travel at 300km/h (186mph) all the way from the Continent to London on the UK’s first high-speed line.

Eurostar Destinations

Eurostar destinations include Ashford (Kent), Calais Frethun, Disneyland Paris and Lille. In summer, you can catch the Eurostar direct to Avignon. In winter, services run to the ski resorts of Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice in the Alps. Eurostar Connections can also link you to more than 100 continental destinations, ranging from buzzing Amsterdam and historic Cologne to the sun-drenched glamour of Biarritz and Marseille.

Eurostar Tickets

Eurostar ticket prices vary to meet all budgets. Book ahead to enjoy the cheapest fares – from £69/€76 adult return. Discounts are available for children (aged 2-12), young people (under 26) and over 60s. A £5 booking fee applies to all telephone bookings.

Oyster Cards and Travelcards in London

Whether you’re making a one-off trip to London or you’re a regular visitor, using an Oyster card is the easiest way to access London’s public transport network.These clever London travel tickets enable you to enjoy the freedom of the city.A London Oyster card is the fastest, smartest and most cost-effective way to pay for single journeys on the bus, Tube, DLR, tram, London Overground, Thames Clippers and most National Rail services. And London daily, weekly, monthly and yearly Travelcards can easily be added to your Oyster.

More Info on TFL & Oyster Cards

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Art Shops

MacCulloch & Wallis

This little shop lies in the back streets of Oxford Street and is a little gem as it’s floors and walls are filled with haberdasheries and the like.

If you’re a textile/fashion/material/bits&bobs etc etc fiend, then this place is for you!

It has copious amounts of whatever you may need, as you can see on the website, but I do advise you to have a little gander to the shop, it is lovely in there and even from the outside too.

www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk 


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London Graphic Centre

They’ve been going since 1970-something and specialise in ‘material to the art and design community’ and more! Aimed more for designers, this still provides a hefty amount in typical art supplies too.

Now their prices aren’t cheap, but they are fantastic for whatever you may want; the bits and pieces you can’t find elsewhere.

They also have more than one store in London; their flagship and biggest is in Covent Garden and also Goodge Street and Barbican.

Have a browse online to see just how much they offer and in things you may never heard of.

www.londongraphics.co.uk

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Atlantis

This is every creative person’s heaven; infact, it’s big enough to be heaven.

Atlantis not only has remarkably good prices, real top quality stuff in such a range, but they also pretty much have everything (except glitter!)

Nothing can be said really to justify what this place is really like, only if you visit. It’s just off of Brick Lane so when you go make sure you have a purse full of money, and enough time on your hands to wander around for fun; it’s massive.

So on the website find out where it is and go, if not have a look on the shop gallery to see what all the fuss is about and also have a flick through the online catalogue.

www.atlantisart.co.uk

Address:

Britannia House
68-80 Hanbury Street
London E1 5JL

Telephone:

020 7377 8855

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Cass Art

Cass Art is a renowned art shop within London and you have no hesitation as to why when you visit.

The quality and price of their stock is good, so the money you do spend is a guaranteed investment. As they always have alot to offer, and the sales are great too.

The one in Charing Cross always have really lovely staff, and damn good ‘shop music’ too! But the biggest on is in Islington.

They have 4 shops around London; Hampstead, Islington, Soho, Charing Cross and Kensington.

Look on the website for more information, and how to get there.

www.cassart.co.uk

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Stationery & Computing Shops



WHSmith

www.whsmith.co.uk

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Rymans

www.ryman.co.uk

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Muji

www.muji.co.uk

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Paperchase

www.paperchase.co.uk

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Maplin

www.maplin.co.uk

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Apple Store

www.apple.com/uk/retail

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Currys

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PC World

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Bookshops

Waterstones

www.waterstones.com

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Borders

www.borders.com

rde

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Foyles

www.foyles.co.uk

113-119 Charing Cross Road
London

WC2H 0EB
Telephone: 020 7437 5660

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Riba

www.ribabookshops.com

London, RIBA
RIBA Bookshop London
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London
W1B 1AD

Telephone: +44 (0)191 244 5557

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Magma

www.magmabooks.com

117-119 Clerkenwell Road
London EC1R 5BY
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7242 9503

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Koenig Books

www.buchhandlung-walther-koenig.de

80 Charing Cross Road,

Leicester Square,

City of London

WC2H 0BF

Telephone: 020 7240 8190

 

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Artwords

www.artwords.co.uk

Shoreditch
Artwords
69 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3AY

Telephone: 020 7729 2000

Hackney

20-22 Broadway Market

London

E8 4QJ

Telephone: 020 7923 7507

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Design Museum

www.designmuseumshop.com

Design Museum

Shad Thames,

London

SE1 2YD

Telephone: 020 7403 6933

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Tate

www.tate.org.uk/shop/do/Tate-books

Tate Modern
Bankside
London SE1 9TG

Telephone:

+44 (0)20 7887 8888 (menu number 4)

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V&A

www.vandashop.com

Victoria & Albert Museum

Cromwell Road

London

SW7 2RL

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7942 2000

 

 

 

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Print Shops

ABC Imaging

London City Branch
33 Britton Street
London

EC1M 5UG

www.abcimaginguk.com

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Hobbs

222 Tower Bridge Road
London
England
SE1 2UP

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9 – 11 Grosvenor Gardens

Victoria
London
England
SW1W 0BD

www.hobsrepro.com

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The London Print co.

212 Shaftesbury Avenue

London

WC2H 8EB

www.londonprint.co.uk

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First Colour Limited

www.firstcolour.com

First Colour Limited
15 Newman Street
London
W1T 1PA

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First Colour Limited
51 Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9LQ

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