LONDON Travel Guide | Travel better in ENGLAND!
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There are six airports serving London, all of which have train services into the city centre. The biggest by far are Gatwick to the south and Heathrow to the west.
The Heathrow Express is the fastest, the Heathrow Connect is slightly slower but much cheaper. Heathrow is on the end of the Piccadilly Line, so you can take the Tube, and the National Express is the slowest but cheapest.
The Gatwick Express is the fastest, Southern train service is slower but a bit cheaper, Thameslink runs services stopping at St.Pancras, Blackfriars, City Thameslink and Farringdon. Easy Coach, Terravision and National Express coaches are slower still but cheaper than the trains. A taxi journey from Gatwick will take around 90 minutes and cost between £70 and £100. A taxi from Heathrow to the centre will take about 45 minutes and the price can range from £45 to £70.
The London Underground is a vast network that can take you to all corners of the city. The key things to remember when using the Tube are: tapping in and out with a contactless bank card is the fastest and easiest way to pay; always always stand on the right; mobile apps are generally the best way to work out your route.
If you’d like to see more of the city while getting about, you can always hop on a bus instead. Just remember that you can’t use cash on the bus, so have your contactless card ready.
But to get around in the most truly authentic London way, it’s got to be a black cab. You can book one over the phone or hail one in the street. Taxi light on and the cab is available, light off and the taxi’s already carrying somebody.
There are loads of apps that can help you when you’re travelling around the city too:
First is Uber. The app allows you to call a cab to your location, specify your destination and pay through the phone. It makes getting around London simple and easy.
City mapper is an all-encompassing app that helps plan the most efficient route across London, offering comparisons between walking, Tube, taxi and buses. You can even request an Uber with Citymapper.
One last thing on transport… Not everyone has a contactless card and some foreign cards won’t work. Instead, you can get yourself an Oyster card. It’s London’s stored-credit transport smart card. Top it up and then tap in and tap out at the beginning and end of each Tube and bus journey.
Sightseeing tours are available by bus and boat. You can buy 24- and 48-hour bus tickets that allow you to hop on and hop off as much as you like. Some will also include a Thames Boat Tour.
Another good way to see the city is to get up high. Top tip, if you’re looking for a great view of the city go to the Skygarden at the top of the Walkie Talkie Tower because it’s free! All you have to do is book in advance.
Many of London’s biggest and best museums all have free entry. These museums are all free to enter although bear in mind that you’ll need to pay for entry to some of the seasonal exhibitions at the British Museum.
If you plan on visiting loads of attractions while you’re here, it might be worth considering a London Pass card. Although the cost of the card itself is quite expensive, it includes entry to loads of the top attractions like London Zoo, Windsor Castle; even the Tower of London.
If you want to see a Westend show during your London break, then we can help you find hotel and theatre tickets. You can check out our dedicated channel or go to our website for more information: http://www.holidayextras.co.uk/theatre-breaks.html
One last tip - check out Timeout. It’s a really great resource for showing you what’s on in London while you’re here.
There’s amazing food all over London and there’s nothing as British as Indian food, so come here to Brick Lane in East London for the best curry.
Head to Borough Market for the best street food. Rules Restaurant in Covent Garden is London’s oldest and our recommendation for traditional British food. For a traditional London pub, head to The Salisbury in Covent Garden.
For wine, we recommend give Gordon’s Wine Bar a try. You can’t book a table in the evening but you can reserve a lunchtime spot, so I really recommend it before it gets really busy.