London has such a huge range of things to see and do that it can be confusing to know where to find tickets. Here is a brief guide to purchasing tickets for London events.

Theatre Tickets

A trip to the West End to see a show is one of the most popular things to do in London. Some shows can get booked up many months in advance, and turning up at the box office on the day of the performance will rarely find tickets available. If a show is fully booked, the only option is to ‘queue for returns’. This is a system where any cancellations are made available an hour or so before the show starts, but it can involve a long wait that may be unsuccessful. Booking tickets in advance from an online booking agency is probably the safest option if a particular show is on your ‘must-see’ list. Alternatively, customers can phone the theatre box-office directly. If you are more flexible, or simply do not want to commit too far in advance, the ‘tkts booth’ in Leicester Square offers a range of discounted tickets for that day’s shows. It is operated by The Society of London Theater so is trustworthy; it is not recommended to use unauthorized booths or ticket touts.

Train Tickets

While London tickets can be purchased from train and underground stations on days out in London, there are often long queues and many people choose to book their train tickets in advance. All the major train companies offer this facility on their websites, and many businesses, such as The Ticketline or Directrail.com, offer discounted fares that can be booked in advance. Tickets can sent in the post, collected at the station or can sometimes be issued as an e-ticket.

London Attraction Tickets

Nearly all of the most popular things to do in London can be booked in advance. Attractions like the London Eye or the Tower of London let visitors purchase their tickets online before arrival in order to save time and money, as discounts are often available for advance ticket purchases.

Museums and Galleries

Some of the largest and most famous museums and art galleries in the world can be found in London. Many people planning days out in London will head for the British Museum or the National Gallery, knowing that they are free to visit and have no entrance fees. Many of them hold special exhibitions, however, that require a ticket purchase to enter. Some of these have limited entry and those who turn up to buy tickets on the day can find that there are none available. As an example, the V&A’s recent ‘David Bowie Is….’ exhibition was the fastest selling in their history and many people were unable to see it if they did not have pre-purchased tickets. The Imax Cinema at the Science Museum is another attraction whose tickets are often sold out. If there is an exhibition that you particularly want to see, it is a good idea to go to the museum’s website and buy them in advance. Alternatively, there are many websites that will supply London tickets. These can either be posted to your home address, or can be picked up at the entrance desk when you arrive.

Mike P Jones writes for Officially London , the ultimate online travel companion for London. Jam packed with insider tips on what to see, where to go and what’s on. From trusty favourites like Big Ben to the hottest shows, coolest clubs, top tickets and best galleries, Officially London has its finger firmly on London’s entertainment pulse.

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London has such a huge range of things to see and do that it can be confusing to know where to find tickets. Here is a brief guide to purchasing tickets for London events. Theatre Tickets A trip to the West End to see a show is one of the most...