Three official information units supported by British taxes are set up to help tourists, but only online: Visit Britain (www.visitbritain.com, @VisitBritain), Visit England (www.visitengland.com, @VisitEngland), and Visit London (www.visitlondon.com, @VisitLondon), which possesses the biggest database.
The only official information bureau with a public office is opposite the south side of St Paul’s Cathedral: The City of London Information Centre (www.visitthecity.co.uk; [tel] 020/7332-1456) sells attraction tickets and Oyster cards, runs guided tours, supplies brochures and counsel for daytrips throughout the country, and even publishes its own walking tours and children’s discovery trail maps. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Excellent independent sources for things to do include Londonist.com, LondonCalling.com, TimeOut.com/London, Townfish.com, and the Twitter accounts Everything London (@LDN), @LeCool_London (nightlife), and @SkintLondon (for cheap or free activities).
The Best London News & Views Websites
BBC London (www.bbc.co.uk/london)
London Evening Standard (www.standard.co.uk)
London SE1 (www.london-se1.co.uk)
Yeah Hackney (www.yeahhackney.com)
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.