Greater London Visitor information

Greater London

An introduction to Greater London

London is the capital of the United Kingdom and the largest city in the European Union. It is one of the foremost financial and cultural centres in the world. London's influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts contributes to its preeminent position. The city hosted the 2012 Olympic Games.

Venturing outside the Central London area, visitors can find a wealth of visitor attractions away from the densely populated inner city. Head to the South West to Morden Hall for 18th-century watermills, parkland and waterways on an historic estate. Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens offer spectacle on a grand scale. Richmond has historic houses, theatres, museums and galleries, as well as a town centre filled with shops and restaurants. For a peaceful afternoon, take a walk among the deer in Richmond Park.

Nearby Twickenham, the internationally recognised home of English rugby, offers stadium tours which allow you to visit the ground on days when matches are not taking place.

To the North West of London lies Bletchley Park where the 'Enigma' machine codes were cracked during WWII. There are many different activities and exhibitions to occupy most families for a whole day, from wartime toys to working computers.

Greater London University accommodation

Greater London is home to several universities, many of which we hope to be working with shortly. We currently offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation at Kingston University and Brunel University. It should be understood that the university halls are designed primarily for students: not children or for adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.

Getting around London

If you are spending more than a couple of days in the city, we would recommend purchasing an Oyster card which gives you access to all underground trains and buses. See for more information.