London is a world class city offering a full range of cultural, historic and entertainment delights. The constantly evolving list of city activities and experiences tempts tourists all year round.
Best time to travel
London is subject to the famously unpredictable British weather. The winter season of late November to early March can sometimes be cold and wet, but the city is a great place to visit all year round. The city plays host to a number of fantastic events and festivals throughout the year with New Years Eve celebrations always bringing out a lively display of fireworks and parades. The summer is also a great time in London. Sporting occasions such as the Wimbledon tennis tournament always provide plenty of wonderful memories for tourists and visitors.
Before you travel
It is a good idea to remember that on average the cost of living is around 10% more expensive in London than the rest of UK. It is wise to make adjustments to your budget to take care of this fact. The currency is the pound sterling. Practically every shop and restaurant is equipped to read credit and debit cards, and banks and currency changing bureaus are on every London high street. If you are planning on driving in London take note of the city's congestion charge - there is a charge of around £11 for driving in London's inner city zone between 7 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday.
It is easy to get around and about in London using public transport. Airports and train stations are well connected to the city centre by the underground network, coaches and buses. The Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Express train services are the quickest way to reach the city from these airports. Taxis are more expensive and can vary in price depending on distance and route. It is advisable to use black cabs for efficiency and speed for short distances in the city centre. London is generally a safe city but all tourists should be advised to keep an eye on their belongings when walking along a busy street or sitting at a restaurant or pub. London boasts a wide range of accommodation options from hostels and guest houses to 5 star hotels.