Get more out of London with TfL
Taste new flavours, go wild outside and explore the world – all without leaving London
This summer it couldn't be easier to be a tourist in your own town. After work and all day at weekends, some of the most exciting experiences you could enjoy anywhere in the world are waiting for you.Enjoy cuisines from around the world, take to the air, see exotic animals, relax in beautiful countryside, or even board a UFO – all without leaving London. Most of them are FREE to enjoy and – even better – they’re easy to get to, with Transport for London.
For all ages and tastes, London has an array of places to visit that explore history, culture and sometimes just simply entertain. A daytrip to the Dungeons will make you laugh as well as scream, or take a ‘flight’ for some of the most stunning views across this great city.
The Emirates Air Line cable car between North Greenwich and Royal Docks takes you across the Thames in unique style. London’s only cable car ride, it’s a great way to sightsee or simply to get from A to B. At the south terminal you’ll also find the Emirates Aviation Experience, with life-size aircraft models and interactive displays as well as simulators (£3, £1.50 under-12s, www.aviation-experience.com).
North Greenwich tube - plan your journey now
- 27, Western Gateway, E16 4FA
- Single cash fare: £4.30, £2.20 children; with any form of Oyster card: £3.30, £1.70 children
There are roman sculptures, Georgian bedrooms and ornate gardens at Hampton Court, but Henry VIII is the king that still looms large here. Visitors of all ages are fascinated to see the vast kitchens where Henry’s feasts would be prepared. Every day the sights, sounds and scents of Tudor life can be explored, and on special weekend demonstration days costumed actors prepare a real meal for the king. On Sundays you can visit services in the beautiful chapel, too.
Hampton Court rail - plan your journey now
- East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
- From £17.05, £8.52 child (online)
Not for the squeamish, the London Dungeon (in its new home on the South Bank) is a lively museum celebrating the ghoulish, the gory and the downright gruesome. From exhibits about the Black Plague and Jack the Ripper to the telling of Guy Fawkes’ foiled attempt to blow up Parliament, the Dungeon is one of London’s great immersive attractions.
Waterloo tube - plan your journey now
- County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB
- From £17.50, £15.95 child (online)