London, one of the most beautiful cities in the world
London is rich with sights and experiences whether you enjoy parks, waterside, historical monuments...bustle or calm. Every moment is a good time to visit this colourful city.
Most enjoyable time to visit
For special events, in February there are the Chinese New Year celebrations. April sees the London Marathon and the Boat Race on the Thames. August bank holiday weekend is the time for celebration at the Notting Hill Carnival.
Tips and information before you leave home
Be aware of the London congestion charge. A fee of about £11 has to be paid for every motor vehicle to drive in the Inner City zone between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. London tends to be the UK's most expensive city.
All the London airports have easy access to central London. From Heathrow Airport, the cheapest is the Piccadilly Line from Terminals 1,2, and 3. A one-way ticket costs around £6 and you will be in central London within approximately 30 minutes. The fastest option at around 15 minutes travel time, is the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station from Terminals 1,2, and 3, at a cost of about £26. A taxi journey is approximately 40 minutes to the centre and costs about £33. From Gatwick Airport's South Terminal, the Gatwick Express costing about £18 has a journey time of approximately 30 minutes. A taxi costs about £22 per person, if there are four people sharing, and takes around an hour to reach the centre. From Stansted Airport, the Stansted Express train goes to Liverpool Street Station, approximately 45 minutes away, costing around £12. A taxi costs about £100 and takes about an hour. From Luton Airport, a shuttle takes you to Luton Airport Parkway. From there, a train to St. Pancras Station takes about 45 minutes and costs approximately £15. There is a variety of accommodation choices in London. Budget hostels can be from around £20 and hotels from about £40 upwards. For getting around in London public transport includes buses, trains and underground. Single tickets cost about £5.70 and a day Travelcard around £12 to £15. The Oyster card gives a slight discount, but a refundable deposit of around £5 is payable.