A list of important London contacts is vital for visitors to the city and our handy guide should help keep you prepared for any eventuality.
Keeping a list of useful London contacts should be considered essential for any visitors to the capital.
Whether you are looking for a great museum or gallery to visit or simply want to book tickets for the latest hit production at the theatre all the information you need is just a phone call away.
Using the extensive network of public transport is by far the easiest way to navigate your way around London.
As such, possessing a handy guide with the most useful contact details of transport bodies in and around London can be extremely useful.
A quick phone call to London Underground, for example, will be able to provide you with details surrounding the quickest way to complete a particular journey as well as information regarding any delays.
London Travel Information: 0843 222 1234
London Underground: 0845 330 9880
London Buses: 0845 300 7000
Euston Station: 08457 48 49 50
King's Cross, Liverpool, Paddington, Victoria and
Waterloo train stations: 020 7222 1234
Heathrow: 0844 335 1801
Gatwick: 0870 000 2468 or 0870 850 9850
Stanstead: 0870 000 0303
London City Airport: 0207 646 0088
Whether you are looking for a place to admire contemporary art pieces or to marvel at the talents of renowned 13th century painters, London's art galleries can provide visitors with a fantastic day trip.
However, just to make things complicated, many London galleries open and close at different points of the day and some exhibitions will charge a small fee for entry.
Barbican Art Gallery & the Curve - Tel: 020 7638 4141 - Silk Street, EC2, Barbican tube
Brick Lane Gallery - Tel: 020 7729 9721 - 196 Brick Lane, E1, Liverpool Street tube
National Gallery - 020 7747 2885 - Trafalgar Square, WC2, Charing Cross tube
National Portrait - 020 7312 2463 - St Martin's Pl, WC2, Charing Cross tube
The Photographers' Gallery - Tel: 084 5262 1618 - 196 Brick Lane, E1, Liverpool Street tube
Royal Academy - 0870 848 8484 - Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1, Piccadilly Circus tube
The Saatchi Gallery - Tel: 020 7811 3085 - Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, SW3, Sloane Square tube
Tate Britain - 020 7887 8888 - Millbank, SW1, Pimlico tube.
Tate Modern - 020 7887 8888 - Bankside, SE1, Southwark or Blackfriars tube
A fascinating day out can be had at any of the 200 London museums dotted around the capital. Indeed, a trip to central London is not complete without a visit to the National History Museum.
Full of interesting and exotic exhibits, the museum charts the evolution of man to the present day and beyond. However, visitors may find that they have to pay if they want to see certain exhibitions.
British Museum - 020 7323 8000 - Great Russell St, WC1, Holborn or Russell Square tube
Imperial War Museum - 020 7416 5320 / 5321 - Lambeth Rd, SE1, Lambeth North or Elephant & Castle tube
London Transport - 020 7565 7299 - The Piazza, WC2, Covent Garden tube
Museum of London - 0870 444 3851 - London Wall, EC2, Barbican, St Paul's, Moorgate or Bank tube
National Maritime - 020 8312 6565 - Romney Rd, Greenwich, SE10, Cutty Sark DLR
Natural History - 020 7942 5000 - Cromwell Rd, South Kensington. South Kensington tube
Science Museum - 0870 870 4868 - Exhibition Rd, SW7, South Kensington tube
With so many world famous shows running in London theatres, finding time to see a production is a must.
Wicked, for example is currently running at the Apollo Theatre, while those with children may prefer The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.Tickets for most shows are between £30 and £60, but savvy theatre goers can pick up some real bargains in the morning of a show. More information can be gathered about start times, cost and accessibility by contacting the theatres directly.
Adelphi - Ticketmaster 0870 534 4444
Apollo Victoria - 0870 040 0046 - Wilton Road, SW1, Victoria Tube
Victoria Palace - 0870 040 0046 - Victoria Street, SW1, Victoria Rail
Lyceum - 0870 040 0046 - Wellington St, WC2, Charing Cross Tube
Dominion - 0870 040 0046 - Tottenham Court Rd, W1, Tottenham Court Rd Tube
Prince of Wales - 0870 040 0046 - Coventry St, W1, Leicester Square Tube
Her Majesty's - 0870 040 0046 - Haymarket, SW1, Piccadilly Circus Tube
Queen's Theatre - 0870 040 0046 - Shaftesbury Ave, W1, Leicester Square Tube
Criterion Theatre - 0844 847 1778 Piccadilly Circus
Palace - 0870 040 0046 - Shaftesbury Ave, W1, Leicester Square Tube
Shaftsbury Theatre - Telephone: 020 7379 5399
St Paul's - Telephone: 020 7902 1400
Things to do in London
No trip to London is complete without a spot of sightseeing. Visitors should take time to explore the vibrant cultural environment which is bursting with a diverse range of activities all year round.
For the ultimate view of the city, a relaxing spin in the London Eye will give visitors plenty of picture opportunities with a magnificent backdrop. Tickets can be obtained over the phone or from the on-site ticket office.
Greenwich - 0870 608 2000 (Greenwich Tourist Centre) - Greenwich Park, Greenwich station (DLR)
Hampton Court - 020 7703 0011 - Hampton Park
Kew Gardens - 020 8332 5655 - Kew Road, Richmond or Gunnesbury station
London Aquarium - 020 8967 8000 - County Hall, South Bank, Waterloo station
London Zoo - 020 7722 3333 - Regent's Park, St John's Wood tube
Madame Tussauds - 0870 999 0046 - Baker St, Baker Street tube
London Eye - 0870 990 8886 - Southbank, Waterloo station
Tower of London - 0870 756 6060 - Tower Hill, Tower Hill tube
St Paul's - 020 7236 4128 / 7246 8350 - St Paul's Churchyard, St Paul's tube
Westminster Abbey - 020 7222 5152 - Westminster, Westminster tube
After a hard day's sightseeing there are a number of fantastic cheap eats situated in various parts of London that offer a wide range of different cuisines.
But, be warned many can become very busy and popular in the evenings so pre-booking is essential if you want to guarantee a table.
The Golden Union Fish Bar - 38 Poland Street, Soho, Tottenham Court Road tube
Viet - 34 Greek Street, Soho, Leicester Square tube
Wahaca - 66 Chandos Place, Covent Garden tube
Diwana Bhel-Poori House - 121 Drummond Street, Euston tube
Gallipoli restaurants - 102, 107, 120 Upper Street, Angel tube
French Cafe - 16 Ritherdone Road, Balham or Tooting Bec tube
Bonnington Centre Cafe - 11 Vauxhall Grove, Vauxhall tube
G Kelly - 526 Roman Road, Mile End or Bow Road tube
Open Kitchen - 40 Hoxton Street, Hoxton or Old Street tube
Blah Blah Blah - 78 Goldhawk Road, Goldhawk Road tube
Leong's Legend - 82 Queensway, Bayswater tube