Located on the busy River Thames, London is a contemporary city with a rich ancient history. In its centre are the iconic clock tower, Big Ben, the imposing Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and many famous bridges. Discover river tours, shopping areas, entertainment and dining options. This most visited city has something for everyone including ceremonies and parades.
London weather is often wet and windy, but winters can have mild temperatures. A good time to travel there is for holidays and festivals such as the Notting Hill Carnival at the end of the August Bank Holiday and Chinese New Year in February. Two sporting events in March/April are the Boat Race and the London Marathon.
If planning to hire a car on arrival, be aware that during the week, drivers must pay a Congestion Charge of about £11 per day. The cost of living is high here compared to other UK cities. Accommodation, restaurants, food, snacks and public transport are expensive.
Fast transport from Stansted Airport to the city centre is straightforward. Take a train from the airport train station that is located under the airport terminal. Every 15 minutes trains operate to London Liverpool Street Station. The journey takes around 45 minutes and the cost is approximately £8 one way. Save money by booking online. CrossCountry Trains link Stansted and Cambridge, the journey takes 35 minutes or thereabouts. Reach the Midlands and Cambridgeshire with these trains. Harlow, Colchester and Bishop's Stortford areas can be reached by local bus. Take National Express coaches to other destinations. London Easybus operates to central Baker Street or Old Street Station. Taxis can be reserved at international arrivals desks. Stansted airport is very near the M11 motorway with good access to London, Cambridge, Bury St. Edmunds and the Milton Keynes area. It is also in the vicinity of the M25 and other areas of the South East are within easy reach.
Cheap hostel prices in London will be about £15 upwards per night, whereas a mid-priced hotel will be from about £40.
London public transport is easy to navigate. Single tickets cost around £6.50, day travelcards cost around £12 to £15. The Oyster travel card gives travel discounts on payment of a refundable deposit of around £5 and journey costs are loaded onto the card.