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London City Breaks

London City Breaks

Whatever your reason for visiting London, whether it’s to catch up with your friends, visit family and loved ones or simply to explore the fabulous city, you’re certainly in for a treat. London is a world famous city, oozing with style, elegance and sophistication, there’s something for everyone in London, you simply have to find it.

London is the capital of England, and is Europe’s largest city, it can often be quite overwhelming to say the least, although it needn’t be. With a selection of restaurants in LondonLondon hotels and theatre performances in London it makes the perfect city break. From visiting London’s famous landmarks, sightseeing at Buckingham Palace, shopping on Oxford Street or keeping entertained at one of London’s swanky West End Theatre performances. There’s almost not enough time in the week to get everything complete.

If you’re looking at visiting London on a budget, then there’s an abundance of free attractions to visit throughout the city. Be sure to plan your trip carefully, there’s certainly a lot of city to take in and often not enough time.

Getting to London

London is world famous for having one of the most famous underground systems known to man, fortunately London’s transport network spans out much further than the London Underground. So whether you plan on visiting London by plane, train or coach you can sit back and relax knowing you’re in safe hands.

Plane
There are five main airports, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City and London Luton.

Heathrow

  • Situated approximately 17 miles from West London.
  • Journey from Heathrow to Paddington 2.3 miles approximately 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Taxis based outside the airport, typical charges are approximately £60 an hour.

Gatwick

  • Gatwick Express departs approximately every 20 minutes.
  • Alight at London Victoria, final stop on Gatwick Express for London Underground services.
  • Taxis are charged at approximately £80 an hour.

Stansted

  • Stansted Express runs every 15 – 30 minutes, to Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale. Approximately 45 minute journey time.
  • Terravision bus linking London Victoria and Liverpool Street. Approximately 75 minute journey time.

London City

  • Approximately 6 miles from Central London, located in the Dockland’s.
  • Located a short walk to Dockland’s Light Railway (DLR) stations.
  • DLR provides transport to Canary Wharf, Bank, Canning Town and more.
  • Other locations can be found be changing stations and taking the London Underground to your final destination.

London Luton

  • Located approximately 35 miles North of London.
  • Taxis available outside the airport terminal, ranging in prices up to approximately £90 for a 70 minute journey.

Rail
London is known as having one of the most popular transport networks in the world, this fortunately goes as far as it’s extensive rail network. London has six main train stations all of which have been detailed below.

Kings Cross St Pancras

  • Main destination for European travellers coming from the Eurostar.
  • Main destination for people coming from the North East on the East Coast Main Line.
  • London Underground lines include the Victoria, Northern, Hammersmith and City, Circle, Metropolitan and Piccadilly line.
  • With great transport networks there are an abundance of great hotels near Kings Cross St Pancras.

Euston

  • Main destination for people travelling from the North West and to Glasgow.
  • Virgin Trains services run frequently to Manchester, with an approximate journey time of 2 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Short walking distance to hotels near Euston.

Liverpool Street

  • Preferred arrival destination for travellers coming in from Stansted Airport, North East London.
  • East Anglia trains operate taking passengers throughout various outer city locations.
  • Hotels near Liverpool Street.

Waterloo

  • Preferred destination for East Coast travellers. Hotels near Waterloo Station.
Paddington
  • Provides transport links to the South East, including Bristol and Cardiff.
  • Terminal at Heathrow Airport, providing passengers with more connections via Paddington’s London Underground lines.
  • Hotels near Paddington Station.

Coach
National Express are the main coach provider transporting thousands of passengers to and from London each week. London Victoria Station is the main collection and drop off point for people travelling to and from London.

Getting around

Once you’ve arrived in London, you’re free to roam the city. It’s a slightly daunting prospect if you’ve never been to London, but there’s plenty of help and assistance at all stations and while you’re out and about if needed.

London Underground (tube)
The London Underground is by far the most suitable way to travel around London. Not only is it likely to be the quickest, it’s also probably the cheapest. The London Underground consists of almost 300 stations on 12 different lines.

It’s no wonder it can seem daunting upon first inspection, however it needn’t be. The London Underground is chargeable via Zones, ranging from Zone 1 (central) to Zone 6 (outer city). You can purchase tickets via Oyster Cards which act as you’re ticket when travelling anywhere on the London Underground Network. You can top up either pay as you go, one day pass, three day pass or seven day pass. Be sure to work out how often you are likely to use the London Underground in order to get the cheapest possible fares.

The London Underground opens from 05:30 – 00:30 Monday to Saturday. 07:30 to 23:30 on a Sunday. Travelling at peak times can be a little hectic to say the least, so it’s advisable to plan journeys carefully, often trying to escape the rush hour commuters. If you would like to be challenged feel free to experience the London Underground rush for yourself.

Bus
London is also famous for it’s shiny buses, and if you’re looking for a more scenic way to travel, the London Bus Network would be a good choice. If you opt to use the Oyster travel card (one day, three day or seven day pass) while in London this can also be used on the London buses, so there’s no need to purchase a ticket. The travel card also entitles you to 1/3 off select river cruises down the River Thames, a great addition to your London City break.

London’s must see attractions

London is home to some of the most amazing attractions the world has to offer. It’s a fabulous place to visit and there’s always a range of activities and things to do for everyone. Below are just a selection of the top attractions we’ve identified in London.

  • Buckingham Palace
  • The Shard
  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • London SeaLife Aquarium
  • London Eye
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Big Ben
  • Westminster Abbey
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Tate Modern
  • Madame Tussauds

Hotels in London

London is home to some of the most luxury places to stay in the words, from the Savoy to the Ritz. There’s a range of more affordable hotels in London, as well as other 4 and 5 star luxury London hotels, so there’s plenty of choice to fit most budgets. It is a known fact that London is one of the more expensive cities in Europe, so you can expect to pay more than what you typically would.Despite this there’s an abundance of city deals and city breaks to take advantage of, some of which will save you hundreds of pounds during your stay. As there is so much to do in London, demand is at an all time high, resulting in costs increasing. It is advisable to book online in advance to take advantage of the best hotel deals.There’s also plenty of B&B’s to rest your head after a busy day in the city. Staying outside Central London can also save you a few hundred pounds, especially in peak times of the year.

Food & Drink

London prides itself on being a city full of cultures, so when it comes to food and drink in London there’s an abundance of cuisines to choose from. So whether you want to try sushi at Sushi Samba London, or you’d prefer a tasty Burger at Garfunkel’s Leicester Square restaurant you know you’ve got plenty to choose from. Below are just a few of our preferred locations for food and drink in London.

  • Bermondsey Kitchen
  • The Wine Gallery
  • La Famiglia
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Byron Burger St Paul’s
  • The Anchor and Hope Pub

Theatre

London is world famous for it’s amazing theatre performances in the West End. It really does go without saying, if you’re in London and have expressed any interest in going to the theatre, you should definitely go. Performances range from Bodyguard starring Beverley Knight and Tristan Gemmill, to Billy Elliot, Matilda and Michael Jackson’s world famous Thriller.

Shopping

A city break in London wouldn’t be completely without a shopping spree down one of London’s most famous and well known streets, if you don’t know which Street I’m talking about it’s Oxford Street.For this reason, Oxford Street gets exceptionally busy, but if you can cope with the crowds then Oxford Street shouldn’t disappoint. A trip on the tube to Knightsbridge is a must to see London’s exclusive and world famous Harrod’s. Knightsbridge is one of London’s most luxurious areas and certainly one of the priciest.If you’re looking for a more eclectic and alternative shopping experience look no further than London’s three famous markets. Camden Market, Portobello Road Market and Petticoat Lane Market are the chosen location for many.

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