Vibrant riverside capital

This historic city has day and night entertainment. It can be visited at any time of the year.

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Flight to London - best time

Summer is warm and winter is cold and wet in London. In August the colourful Notting Hill Carnival livens up the city during the August Bank Holiday. In February Chinese New Year is celebrated especially around the Soho area, and the London Marathon and boat race take place in April.

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Important information before you travel

There is a London congestion charge of approximately £11 for driving in London's inner city zone between 7 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday. London is more expensive than other cities in the UK. It is set at Greenwich Time Zone UTC+00:00)

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Local information about arriving and staying in London

London airports have excellent connections to the city centre. From Heathrow Airport the cheapest way to travel is by the underground Piccadilly line from terminals 1, 2 and 3. The journey takes about 30 minutes, a single ticket costs approximately £6. The fastest way to travel is by the Heathrow Express. It leaves Terminals 1, 2 and 3, travels to Paddington station and takes 15 mins, it costs  £26. A taxi from Heathrow, costs about £33 and takes 40 mins. From Gatwick airport to London Central there is a Gatwick express that leaves the South Terminal  and goes to Victoria Station. This journey takes 30 minutes and the cost is approx. £18. A taxi from Gatwick costs £22.50 per person or thereabouts, if 4 people share. The journey time is approximately I hr.  Stansted Express trains leave Stansted airport and travel to Liverspool Street station. The journey takes 45 minutes and costs from £12. A taxi cab costs in the region of £100 and the journey takes 60 minutes. Luton airport has a shuttle service to Luton Airport Parkway then trains go to St. Pancras. The price is approximately £15 and the journey time is 40 mins. Cheap hostels are available in London costing from £20 a night. Hotels cost from £40. London transport, buses, trains and underground are easy to access in all parts of the city. Single tickets cost around £5.70, and a one day travelcard costs between £12 and £15. The Oyster card offers a slight discount on the normal ticket price. It has a refundable deposit of around £5.

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