Enchanting capital city of the United Kingdom
London is a vibrant city that offers its visitors plenty to see and do - day and night. As well as iconic attractions, such as Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral and Trafalgar Square. London is home to bustling markets, theatres, a wide variety of restaurants and shops.
Climate and festivities throughout the year
London has a relatively mild climate throughout the year. July tends to be the warmest month with temperatures averaging 19°C. The city is host to various festivals, including the popular Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place at the end of August. In February, Chinese New Year is celebrated with colourful parades, live performances and tasty food. In March/April visitors can view the famous annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities along the River Thames and watch the London Marathon.
Those planning to rent a vehicle to travel around the city should be aware that there is an Inner City Congestion Charge of about £11 per day. The cost of living in London is generally quite expensive compared to the rest of the UK. For example, expect to pay higher prices for accommodation, public transport, restaurant meals, grocery shopping and snacks. Stansted Airport is situated close to the M11, which provides easy access to London, Cambridge, Milton Keynes and other areas.
Local London transport and accommodation
For travellers arriving via Stansted Airport there is a train station conveniently located directly under the terminal building. Train services to Liverpool Street Station in London operate approximately every 15 minutes. The journey takes about 45 minutes. Expect to pay approximately £8 for a single fare. It is possible to save money by booking a ticket online in advance.
Cross-country trains also operate from Stansted Airport and provide onward travel to places like Cambridgeshire and the Midlands. Local buses provide services between the airport and local towns, such as Bishop's Stortford, Colchester and Harlow. Easybus provides an inexpensive shuttle services between Stansted Airport and Baker Street in London. For those that prefer to continue their journey via taxi, there is a reservations desk located in the international arrivals building.
In London, the cost of accommodation can vary significantly. In general, expect to pay from £15 or so per person, per night for a bed in a cheap hostel in London. 3-star hotels will likely cost from around £40 per person per night.