Welcome to London and its surroundings.
One of the world’s most visited cities, London has something for everyone: from history, culture and art to architecture.
Travel back in history (or just Historic attractions)
London is immersed in history with attractions such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Hampton Court on offer to transport you back in time and blow you away with historic splendour. The buildings of London are one of the “must-see” attractions of the city. Innovative and iconic buildings such as. the Shard, the Aquatics Centre and the Gherkin are a feast for the eyes amongst the London skyline London’s well-preserved architectural grandeur can also be discovered, within the atmospheric West End, for example, while ancient remains are scattered throughout of the City with many a charming pub waiting to be explored by the river Thames.
Art & Culture
A tireless innovator of art and culture, London is a city of ideas and the imagination. British people are fiercely independent thinkers (and critics) so London’s creative milieu is naturally streaked with leftfield attitude, from theatrical innovation to contemporary art, pioneering music, writing and design, even more so in these testing recessionary times.
English may be the national tongue, but over 300 languages shape London’s linguistic soundscape. These languages also represent cultures that season the culinary aromas on London’s streets, the clothing you glimpse and the music you hear. It can seem like the whole world has come to town. Museums, such as the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, have collections as diverse as they are magnificent, while flavours at markets such as Borough and Exmouth range across the gourmet spectrum. London’s diverse cultural dynamism makes it quite possibly the world’s most international city, while being somehow intrinsically British.
A Tale of Two Cities
London is as much about high-density, sight-packed exploration (the West End, South Bank, the City) and urban dynamism as it is about wide-open spaces and leafy escapes. Central London is where you will find all the major museums, galleries and most iconic sights, but escape to Hampstead Heath or Greenwich Park to flee the crowds and put the city’s greener hues into gorgeous perspective.
London has five major airports, ordered by proximity: London City, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton and London Stansted. All the information you need about London’s airport facilities, locations and connections can be found directly from their websites but here goes a brief description.
London City Airport (LCY) is located to the east of Central London. The airport can be accessed by taxi, bus or Underground/DLR (Docklands Lights Railways).
For further information please click here: (http://www.londoncityairport.com/)
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is located to the west of Central London. The airport can be accessed by taxi, Heathrow express to/from Paddington Railway Station (there are trains every 15 minutes and the journey time is 20 minutes), underground (Piccadilly line) or coach (National Express).
For further information, please click here: (http://www.heathrowairport.com/)
London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is located to the south of Central London. The airport can be accessed by taxi, Gatwick Express to/from Victoria Station (there are trains every 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 min). You can also take a First Capital Connect train from/to London Bridge, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Farringdon or St Pancras International or coach (National Express or Easybus).
For further information, please click here: (http://www.gatwickairport.com/)
London Stansted Airport (STN) is located to the north-east of London. Stansted Express to/from Liverpool Street Station is the quickest train (there are trains every 15 minutes and the journey time is 47 minutes). EasyBus, National Express and Terravision offer a high-frequency, low-cost express bus service between Central London and Stansted Airport.
For further information, please click here: (http://www.stanstedairport.com/)
London Luton Airport (LTN) is located to the north-west of London. A regular shuttle bus links the airport to Luton Airport Parkway train, where frequent rail services travel to Central London (East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect). EasyBus, National Express and Terravision offer a high-frequency, low-cost express bus service between Central London and Luton Airport.
For further information, please click here: (http://www.london-luton.co.uk/)
Eurostar is a quick and easy way to travel between the UK and continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. For up-to-date information on getting to and from St Pancras International visit the Eurostar website (http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en).
To plan your regional journey to London by rail, use the website (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/)