Before going to London for the first or the thousandth time, a little prereading can make your trip more enjoyable.  With the expansion of online and mobile applications, there is no shortage of sources for advice.  This article should help simplify some of the great resources available.

Starting Points

TimeOut London - (both printed and online) - Database of current theater shows, concerts, films, dining options, clubs, sports events and more. Printed magazine comes out on Tue afternoons.

VisitLondon.com - Database of current theater shows, concerts, films, dining options, clubs, sports events and more.

Here are some suggestions about how you could spend your time in London.. You will be hard pressed to do all of these things in the time available, and you may enjoy your visit more if you leave some things out or plan to spend more time in London.

 London Pass Offical website - Introduction and Transportation of London Attractions. Also, you can buy the pass through this site at a discount price.  

 London Blog Sites

London Unveiled - focusing on less touristy places to visit

Londonist - current news about all things London

Little London Observationist - weekly updates about what's going on in London

Le Cool London - weekly online whats-on magazine with selected daily events

PDF GUIDES

PromptGuides.com - Preplanned London City Guides, complete, step-by-step day itineraries optimized for 1, 3 and 5 days

BootsnAll.com – London Guide - PDF guide with basic London info.

TRAVEL BOOKS

Time Out London (Time Out Guides) by Editors of Time Out

Michelin Green Guide London, 7e (Green Guide/Michelin) by Michelin

Lonely Planet London (City Travel Guide) by Tom Masters, Steve Fallon and Vesna MaricFodor’s,

The Rough Guide to London 6 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) by Rob HumphreysFrommer’s

London Top 10 (Eyewitness Top 10) by Roger Williams

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: London by Roger Williams and Michael Leapman

Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)

Rick Steves' London 2011 by Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw

Frommer's London 2011 (Frommer's Color Complete) by Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince

LOCAL INSIGHTS

TA London Forum  - Search or browse the forum for previously posted local info and insight. If  you don’t find the answer, ask any question on London that you might have. Members of TA’s London forum will have the answer.

 

Spotted by Locals - London  - Locals recommend restaurants, bars, activites, lesser known attractions, unique things about their cities.

This is an article about an exciting east London market, written by a local travel writer from the East End.

OTHER SOURCES

London Times online - Daily news and happentings in London

Department of State Travel Site - Latest travel advisories and entrance rules (passports, visas, etc.,) for U.S. travelers

 

SOME EASY AND CHEAP ACCOMMODATIONS ONLINE 

Secret Hotels in London

Lastminute Hotel Bookings

Mystery Hotels in London