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Arriving in London

Cheap flights to London are available throughout the year. International flights to London usually land at Heathrow or Gatwick airports, whilst local and regional flights to London arrive via Luton or Stansted. The Heathrow Express gets you to Paddington Station in about 15 minutes. The London Underground is the most cost effective method of getting into London, with a one-way ticket costing about £5. Piccadilly Line services will bring you into Central London within an hour. Gatwick and Stansted airports both have similar Express train services which take about thirty minutes to get to London. From Luton, get on a National Express or Green Line bus to get into London, or a train for connections to any part of the UK. Tickets can be bought online ahead of time.

Getting Around London

The distinctive black cabs can be flagged down in the street or taxi rank for journeys throughout London. Private minicabs can also be hired ahead of time, either at the minicab office or by telephone.

Purchase an Oyster card for use on the London Underground, as well as journeys on buses, trams and local trains. The London Underground – affectionately known as the ‘Tube’ – serves most areas of Greater London, with many stations located within central London. Oyster cards can be purchased and topped up from ticket machines and windows in stations, from some newsagents on the high street, as well as through the Oystercard website.

Main Attractions

Visit the London Eye on a day clear for bird’s eye views around London. The imposing bulk of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are visible just across the river. Near the Eye, the South Bank area is one of London’s cultural hubs. The complex houses the Hayward Galleries, the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre, as well as shops, restaurants and pubs. Stop off at the London Dungeon for a macabre dose of history before heading across the Thames to catch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. The Queen might not be in, but her likeness can be seen at Madame Tussuads.

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife

Topshop on Oxford Street is a fashionista’s mecca – its five levels practically overflow with the latest must-have clothes and accessories. Visit Bond Street for exclusive boutiques, or make your way to Regent Street to visit Hamleys, the seven story toy store. Shoreditch has plenty for fans vintage fashion and antique furniture. The weekend markets along Brick Lane often feature work by young artists and designers. Fill up on fresh produce and tasty delights at Borough Market. The sprawling market complex houses artisan bakers, handmade preserves, international food stalls and a variety of restaurants. Dance the calories away at the massive Ministry of Sound club, or go sample a range of cocktails at LAB in Soho. Take in a blockbuster musical in the West End, or watch some of the world’s finest actors tread the boards in the Old Vic Theatre.

On Arrival...
  • London is 15 mi from Heathrow Airport (London, UK).
  • Heathrow Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 105 airlines operate out of Heathrow Airport.
    • Heathrow Airport offers nonstop flights to 197 cities.
    • Every week, at least 7,980 domestic flights and 15,113 international flights depart from Heathrow Airport.
  • London is 25 mi from Gatwick Airport (London, UK).
  • Gatwick Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 60 airlines operate out of Gatwick Airport.
    • Gatwick Airport offers nonstop flights to 224 cities.
    • Every week, at least 1,519 domestic flights and 3,808 international flights depart from Gatwick Airport.
  • London is 6 mi from London City Airport (London, UK).
  • London City Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 18 airlines operate out of London City Airport.
    • London City Airport offers nonstop flights to 49 cities.
    • Every week, at least 427 domestic flights and 1,379 international flights depart from London City Airport.
  • London is 29 mi from Stansted Airport (London, UK).
  • Stansted Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 25 airlines operate out of Stansted Airport.
    • Stansted Airport offers nonstop flights to 186 cities.
    • Every week, at least 581 domestic flights and 1,785 international flights depart from Stansted Airport.
  • London is 27 mi from Luton Airport (London, UK).
  • Luton Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 22 airlines operate out of Luton Airport.
    • Luton Airport offers nonstop flights to 125 cities.
    • Every week, at least 525 domestic flights and 1,330 international flights depart from Luton Airport.
  • London is 34 mi from Southend Municipal Airport (Southend-on-Sea, UK).
  • Southend Municipal Airport (Southend-on-Sea, UK)
    • Right now, 3 airlines operate out of Southend Municipal Airport.
    • Southend Municipal Airport offers nonstop flights to 18 cities.
    • Every week, at least 0 domestic flights and 147 international flights depart from Southend Municipal Airport.

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