Travel around London
As a rough guide, if you are visiting London for more than a couple of days and intend using public transport, then it's worthwhile organising an Oyster Card. This is a pre paid plastic card that you can top up as you use it. Every time you use a tube train, tramlink, DLR, bus or participating rail service, you swipe the card on the yellow reader and it automatically deduces from your card's available balance.
With your Oyster Card, you can purchase a fixed amount of credit or even purchase a week, month or year unlimited travel around London at a much cheaper price than purchasing individual tickets.
Children under the age of 11 can travel free of charge of trams and buses. For the tube system, children travelling with an adult possessing a 7 day or longer Travelcard can purchase a day Travelcard for just £1.
Whilst the easiest to understand is the tube system, the buses are equally as good and give you an opportunity to see the sights as you travel around. All bus stops are marked with the services stopping there and all buses have the route number clearly marked at the front. The 205 service is particularly useful as it is an express circular service calling in at all major mainline stations with the exception of Charing Cross.
Bus routes with an "N" after the route number run all night.
Docklands Light Railway
The Docklands Light Railway, or DLR, runs into eastern areas of London from the Financial District (City). It serves the London City Airport, Greenwich and ExCel Exhibition Centre.
The furthest western stations are Bank and Tower Gateway in the City. Tower Gateway is just a 2 minute walk from Tower Hill tube station where you can catch the Circle and District Line to all areas of central London including Kensington and Earls Court. Bank connects the DLR to the Central tube line which runs directly into the West End including Oxford Circus and Bayswater.
If you get the opportunity, then take one of the river boats from near the Embankment tube station next to the Houses of Parliament downriver to Tower Bridge. You will have a 20 minute photo opportunity. This is actually our recommended way to visit the Tower of London as the boat docks very close to the entrance.
The Thames Clipper services run during daylight hours and are every 20 or 30 minutes.
To find out more we recommend that you visit the Transport for London website.