Flights to London from Amsterdam are a popular choice both with tourists and business travellers.
The climate in London is not that much different to that in Amsterdam, with windy rainy days and sunny mild days all possible throughout the year. Good dates to head to the capital city are for instance coinciding with the Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place in August during the bank holiday or for the Chinese New Year celebrations in February. April sees the famous Oxford and Cambridge boat race and the London Marathon, which would also be an exciting time to visit.
The London congestion charge is something to bear in mind before hiring a car. All motor vehicles are obliged to pay a charge for driving within the inner city boundary. This amounts to about £11 from Monday to Friday 7 am till 11 pm.
Compared to Amsterdam, day to day costs in London are more expensive, from eating out to travelling around.
Visitors arriving by plane will find that all of the London airports offer an excellent transport network into the capital. The cheapest and fastest is the connection from Heathrow Airport: travelling via the underground Piccadilly line from terminals 1, 2 and 3 takes only 30 minutes, with a one way ticket priced at approx. £6. The fastest way is to take the train: the Heathrow Express leaves from Terminal 1, 2 and 3 and goes to to Paddington station in only 15 minutes. This will set you back about £26; taxis to the city centre will cost roughly £33, and complete the journey in a time of 40 mins or so. From Gatwick airport, options include taking the Gatwick express from the South Terminal to Victoria Station for approx. £18 (this will take 30 minutes). A taxi will cost from £22.50 per person (for 4 people sharing and will take you there in about one hour. Stansted Express trains will go to Liverpool Street station from Stansted Airport to the north of the centre of London. This costs from £12 (the travel time is 45 min.). Alternatively, a taxi is roughly £100 taking an hour to complete the journey into the city centre. Luton airport has a shuttle to the railway station at Luton Airport Parkway, from here trains take 40 minutes to go into London St. Pancras, and are priced at £15 or thereabouts. It is a good idea to book accommodation before arriving. Choose from a wide choice of budget hostel at around 20GBP per night – these are usually beds in shared rooms. Hotels will cost from about 40 GBP upwards. A popular choice is Bed and Breakfast accommodation – visitors are advised to shop around. Transport around the city is provided by Buses, underground trains, and overground trains. Single tickets are priced at about £5.70, a travelcard for one day cost between around £12 and £15. Travellers planning to stay for longer than just a few days might do well to choose the Oyster card, which offers a slight discount on the normal ticket price (on payment of a refundable deposit of around £5).