London, city of contrasts

From ancient architecture to modern skyscrapers, green parks and waterfronts to busy bars and restaurants, London has something to offer everyone.

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The best time to visit

London is busy all year round so you won't be stuck for things to do no matter when you decide to travel. If you choose to visit in winter you may well enjoy cheaper fares, but it's worth noting that London is known for it's cold weather, so to get the most out of your stay you may wish to look into travelling in summer. That way you can enjoy a whole range of activities in the capital, from indoor excursions to the major museums and art galleries as well a stroll around the royal parks and an open top bus tour from which you can enjoy all of the major sites the city has to offer. You'll also find more festivals going on in London in Summer, from the Udderbelly comedy festival based near London's South Bank, to music festivals like Wireless, in Hyde Park. There's also the famous Notting Hill Carnival in August.

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Tips before you travel

You'll also want to make sure you budget well for your trip, as London can be an expensive city, particularly if you plan on driving, as the congestion charge, applying to vehicles travelling through the centre of the city on weekdays, can cost around £11 per day.

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Where to stay and how to get from A to B

It's very easy to get from the airport to your hotel as all of London's airports are well connected to the centre of the city, either by express train or the London underground. Once in central london you can change for the London Underground, local buses or hail a taxi the rest of the way. London underground, known as the tube, is also the quickest and cheapest way to travel around the city, and you can get a slight discount on normal fares too if you buy an Oyster card. When looking for places to stay, you'll find plenty of hotel ranging from budget to luxury, as well as hostels and guest houses with beds from as little as £20 a night.

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