- Find your way around London using this handy online journey planner
- If you’re travelling from outside London and you’re planning to stay for more than one day, buy an Oyster card as it will save you a lot of money. You can even order it online and have it sent to you before you leave for London.
- It also might be worth investing in a A-Z map of central London (you can find them in most newsagents and bookshops) and/or the London version of the Not For Tourists guides
- A collection of various London transport maps (for tube, buses, rail, etc.) can be found here.
- It’s always good to check the TfL website before you leave the house, especially at weekends, because there are a lot of station closures and engineering works which might affect your journey.
- If you’re flying from another country and need to buy train tickets to get anywhere outside of London, always try and buy your tickets in advance as it’s much cheaper than buying them on the day of travel. Also, check out Megatrain for some good bargains.
There are several cheap(ish) hostels in central London – we can’t recommend them as we’ve never stayed there, so it’s worth having a look on the internet for reviews and stuff. But here are some places:
Ashlee House (Kings Cross)
Generator Hostel (Russell Square)
Piccadilly Backpackers (er, Piccadilly)
St Christopher’s Inns (various areas, including Camden, London Bridge, Hammersmith etc.)
If anyone’s got recommendations or something to chip in regarding travel and accommodation, we’d really appreciate a comment below.