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Where to Find Free Wifi in London

Updated: November 16, 2023
 By Margaret

International travelers who come to London often feel out of touch because their phones either won’t work or they might pay extra fees for calls or internet use.

When you are in a foreign city, it is even more important to stay connected, to ease you, to find your way around, or plan your day out.

Depending on your mobile plan, we definitely recommend you find out about international Wi-Fi add-on options with your provider before you arrive in London.

NOTE: If you are visiting London on a budget, check out our tips at the bottom of this page

Most hotels, B&Bs have Wi-Fi service for their guests, so that’s a good way to gather information before you start your day, or when you come back at night.

When you are on the road, finding Wi-Fi for your device can be more difficult.

So here are some options for how to reconnect online. The magic word in London is hotspot

Get Wifi on Our Tours:

Most of our tours guides have data plans and can share their hotspot with you so that you could quickly use wifi. Check out our tours.

Sign up to O2 Wi-Fi:

This free O2 Wi-Fi internet service can be found at several locations including McDonald's, Debenhams, Costa Coffee, House of Fraser, Café Rouge.

You don’t have to be an O2 customer, and there is no need for passwords.

Download the O2 Wi-Fi App, so you can find your nearest hotspot, even when you are offline.

Sign up to the Cloud:

You can find free Cloud Wi-Fi, hotspots at Pizza Express, Caffe Nero, Pret-a-Manger, Wagamama, and shopping centres.

Create a Cloud account with your username and password before, and log in when you are at a hotspot.

The Cloud is even easier to use for AT&T customers: all you need to do is download the AT&T WiFi International App.

Bus Tours: If you are considering getting a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket whilst in London, then keep in mind that just about every bus has free wifi for ticket holders.

Find a Starbucks:

Get some coffee and use their free internet that connects for 2 hours.

After that, you can reconnect if needed. Open your web browser and go to btopenzone and click connect.

Buy a wifi pass with Virgin Media:

Virgin Media offers a WifiPass for non-customers for £5/week. Their service works in the London Underground Stations.

Find an internet café:

Yes, there are still some internet cafes in London. 

Map of free wifi locations in London.

Staying online helps you get around more easily and helps you get the most out of your trip.

You can also easily look up maps or links that we provide so you can easily find your guide on our famous pay-what-you-like walking tours in London.

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About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: November 16th, 2023
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