The government has announced that 1,000 public buildings across London and other major UK cities will become Wi-Fi hotspots, offering free internet connection to all in the vicinity.

Libraries, museums, civic centres, transport hubs, sporting complexes and other locations around the capital and country will benefit from the project, which is part of the government's £150 million SuperConnected Cities programme. The scheme was set up to help transform the digital capability of all UK cities in order to help encourage tourists and businesses to visit them.

All 1,000 hotspots are planned to be in place by March 2015, with several already installed.

"The digital landscape of the UK is undergoing a period of tremendous improvement and is all part of the government’s long term economic plan," said digital economy minister Ed Vaizey.

"For business, visitors and the UK public, accessing Wi-Fi in our cities is absolutely vital. These free hotspots will be instrumental in making UK cities even more appealing as places to not only do business, but to visit as well."

Aside from London, the other cities to get the free Wi-Fi services include Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Manchester.

It has not been revealed which suppliers or networks are providing the wireless internet connections.