Travel to London – The UK’s capital city and one of the most visited cities in the world
Taking the train to London is quick and easy with connections from Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, and other major cities across the UK. With landmark after landmark and history on every corner, it’s easy to see why London is so popular. Enjoy iconic sightseeing spots, fun-filled attractions, the very best of the West End, unmissable events and much more in the capital.
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With a whole host of attractions to explore you’ll be spoilt for choice in London. The capital is a great place for tourists; explore the sights of Big Ben , the Houses of Parliament , the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace .
The city is full of museums and tourist attractions, with firm favourites including the Natural History Museum , which is free to explore, The London Dungeons where you can learn about the capital’s perilous past and the National Gallery which houses works from Monet to Van Gogh and Rembrandt.
Take a bird's eye view of the city on the London Eye , where you can enjoy 360 moving views of the city and you can even see as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day. Visit London’s highest public garden at the Sky Garden , take an Emirates Air Line cable car across the Thames or if you’re feeling daring see a different side to the city and take an exhilarating climb up the side of one of London’s most iconic buildings at Up at The O2 .
If heights aren’t your thing, head to the river and experience a 40-minute London Eye River Cruise , which will take you through the centre of the city and you’ll see some of the city’s famous attractions.
For family friendly adventures, head over to the South Bank of the River Thames and discover amazing marine life at SEA LIFE London Aquarium or meet all your favourite Shrek characters at the immersive Shrek’s Adventure! London inspired by the hit DreamWorks film. Another family favourite is Madame Tussauds , where you can get up close and personal with lifelike figures of iconic celebrities.
Food and drink
From fine dining and Michelin star to chain restaurants and street food markets there are plenty of choices to grab a bite to eat.
London is famous for its street food markets, possibly the first to come to mind is Borough Market at London Bridge, with an internationally famous reputation and over 1,000 years of history. Pop Brixton is a quirky venue, inside colorful shipping containers and is home to award winning small plates. It’s also worth a visit to Camden Market , with a wide variety of street food on offer, you’ll find something for everyone.
Visit Dans le Noir? for a culinary experience that is truly unique. Located in the Clerkenwell district, the restaurant offers gourmet cuisine in complete darkness. Another favourite is Sketch which offers Michelin star food in beautiful surroundings. The hardest part is deciding where to dine with four separate restaurants with fantastic designs and delicious food on the menu.
For a romantic setting, Clos Maggiore is a top spot for a candlelit dinner with outstanding French-influenced cuisine and set in a French-styled oasis in the center of Covent Garden . If you’re looking for a fun venue to entertain the kids, the Jungle Cave transports you into an immersive jungle experience.
Music and nightlife
The magic of the West End is calling! With 39 theatres in the West End, there are plenty of shows to choose from. See long-running musicals, comedies, innovative plays and award-winning favourites. Visit the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and marvel at the oldest theatre in London while experiencing the wonder of Disney’s Frozen the Musical come to life. Watch some fantastic West End shows including Wicked , The Phantom of the Opera , Les Misérables , The Lion King and many more.
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Visit the world-renowned Shakespeare's Globe Theatre , a remarkable and unique open-air theatre and lose yourself in a fantastic performance.
The nightlife in London is world-class, experience the clubs in the West End, trendy bars in Soho, nights out in Shoreditch and an alternative scene in Camden. You’ll find a mix of quirky bars, speakeasy’s, craft beer pubs and a roaring nightlife in the clubs.
Places to stay
London caters for any budget from budget hotels to luxury 5-star boutiques. Hop off the train and within minutes you could be at your accommodation. The Pullman St Pancras is a stylish hotel within a 5-minute walk of London St Pancras and is a great base for exploring the city.
The Treehouse London , located in the heart of Marylebone, is a quirky hotel inspired by a treehouse with rooms high in the city skyline and feature large bay windows that look out over London’s landmarks. If you’re looking for something trendy, The Exhibitionist Hotel is part art gallery, part boutique hotel located in a beautifully restored 18th century townhouse in Kensington.
At The Hoxton Shoreditch , you’re seconds away from Shoreditch’s street art and cool bars. The rooms are inspired by industrial design and are the perfect place to relax after a long day sightseeing. For a bit of luxury, the Shangri-La hotel makes for an impressive stay, located in the iconic Shard building with rooms having incredible views of the city.
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Sports and outdoor
London is home to many major sporting events, and boasts 13 professional football teams, which is more than any other city in the world. With the likes of Arsenal , Chelsea , Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace to name a few, and many of those offer tours of the famous stadiums. See world-class rugby matches at Wembley Stadium , enjoy the cricket at Lord’s Cricket Club and delight at the tennis at Wimbledon .
Despite it being the capital city, don’t miss out on the many parks and green spaces London has to offer. One of the most famous, and the largest park in central London is Hyde Park , here you’ll find plenty of space to relax and unwind. Take a stroll through St James’ Park and take some snaps along the way with Buckingham Palace , The Mall , Westminster and House Guards Parade to the sides of the iconic park. Take in the beautiful Green Park and don’t miss the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens .
London is the ideal spot for the keen shoppers out there, with a huge range of retail destinations. Possibly, one of the most famous amongst them is Oxford Street , home to the best of the high street chains. If you’re searching for something edgy head to Shoreditch or if you want to splash the cash on designer brands and try your hand at celeb-spotting, head to the luxurious Bond Street and Mayfair .
Shop till you drop, with the city being home to two major Westfield shopping centres , White City and Stratford with hundreds of shops in each to explore. Mix shopping with culture in the super sophisticated area of Covent Garden and find a mix of independent boutiques and up and coming designers in Carnaby Street .
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How to find cheap tickets to London?
Are you planning your travel in advance? You can buy Advance fares up to 12 weeks before you travel to save more on your train tickets. Travelling as a group of three or more? There are group discounts available too.
Which services run directly to London?
Our intercity services run direct to London St Pancras International from Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, so you can arrive in the capital in comfort and style.
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What facilities are at London St Pancras International train station?
London St Pancras International has all the facilities you need for a simple, stress-free journey.
- Fully accessible – wheelchair access, assistance to and from platforms, and hearing loops available
- Food and drinks – there are plenty of places to refuel, with coffee shops, bars and shops in the station
- Parking – you’ll find a 24 hour car park behind the station, on Pancras Road
- WiFi access – there's free WiFi throughout the station using 'St Pancras Free'