When visiting London, the sheer size of the city can surprise some. There is so much to see and do, and sometimes you need to find some free WiFi in London for tourists so you can navigate the city or find a good restaurant (for example).
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to find free WiFi in London, with lots of places offering easy access.
These are our tips for the best ways to get access to London WiFi either for free, or for a very low cost.
Chains that offer Free Wifi in London
First up, you’ll find that many popular and well known chain restaurants or cafes offer free Wifi. These include:
- Burger King
- Cafe Nero
- Costa Coffee
- Wetherspoons Pubs
O2 are a major telecoms operator in the UK, but they also provide free WiFi in many places including malls, hotels and department stores.
In fact, most coffee shops and pubs in London offer free WiFi, but if in doubt keep an eye out for the ‘free wifi’ sticker on the front.
These free services can be found all over London and are very useful. The Cloud actually offers WiFi in many public spaces, including in the City of London and the West End (Leicester Square/Soho area). They normally offer a free level of access, but some places may restrict access and ask you to buy a package. Train stations, airports and similar venues are usually the locations where you may have restricted access.
You’ll find that The Cloud or O2 are usually the main wifi provider partners in many places, including chain pubs and restaurants, so once you have a login you will connect automatically wherever these services are used.
The Tube (London Underground)
When visiting London you’ll quickly find out that you have no phone signal on the tube, aka the Underground. However, Transport for London have invested heavily in the WiFi network meaning you can usually connect easily for free in most stations.
However, you do need to have a UK sim-card to connect, and you’ll need to remember to connect at street level for the first time as there is a short verification process.
Libraries, Museums, Malls & Hotels
If you’re visiting any one of London’s many attractions, you’ll probably find there is free WiFi on offer. For example, Westfield malls in Shepherds Bush and Stratford offer free wifi throughout, as do places like the British Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Hotels, of course, do offer free wifi to guests. But, you can usually access this by using the coffee shop or restaurant attached to the hotel – just order a drink and ask.
Get a cheap SIM card
OK, so this isn’t free wifi, but it can be very useful. A UK mobile phone pay as you go SIM card can be picked up for as little as £5 with credit. And although it won’t give you loads of data, it will give you enough to check Google Maps and send a few Whatsapp messages.
There are a lot of providers, but some of the cheapest are GiffGaff, Smarty, iD, Three, Lebara and Vodafone. There are lots of phone shops in central London, keep an eye out for places like Carphone Warehouse. Or supermarkets and corner shops also sell SIM cards and top up credit all over the city.
Free WiFi is everywhere!
If you’re worried about finding free WiFi in London, hopefully this post has shown you that you don’t need to worry. You’re never far from free WiFi in London, with almost every coffee shop offering access for the price of a coffee. Or, if you have already registered with one of the services mentioned, you could even access the WiFi just by standing outside!
So yes… Free WiFi is (almost) everywhere in London.