Vibrant London

London, the capital city of England, is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Whatever you're interested in, there are always plenty of things to see and do.

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London's best seasons

The best time to travel to London is from May until September when the temperatures are higher. However, the city has a mild climate throughout the year with the possibility of rain at any time. Travel to London so you can experience the many holidays and festivals like the Notting Hill Carnival held during the August Bank Holiday. In February there's the Chinese New Year while April witnesses the London Marathon and boat race. Christian holidays such as Christmas fall on December 25th and 26th, Easter may vary but is usually March/April.

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Plan your holiday in London

Indian citizens wishing to visit the UK require visas. You can inform yourself and apply at Application Centres. If hiring a car, London congestion charges are as follows: there is a motor car charge of approximately £11 for driving in London's inner city zone between 7 am and 6 pm, Monday to Friday. The cost of living in London is much higher than in India. A meal in an inexpensive restaurant generally costs from around £15. London also tends to be more expensive compared to other cities in the UK. Transport,

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Transport, Accommodation and Local Information

All London airports have good connections to central London (as well as other cities and destinations in the UK). From Heathrow Airport - take the underground Piccadilly Line from Terminals 1, 2 or 3, a journey time in the region of 30 minutes. Single tickets are approx £6. Quickest is to use the Heathrow Express from Terminal 1, 2 and 3 to Paddington Station in 15 minutes for ca. £26. Taxis from Heathrow Airport to the city centre are around at least £35 with a journey time of 40 minutes. Gatwick Airport: take the Gatwick express from South Terminal to Victoria Station for about £18 (30 minutes travel time). Taxis cost from around £25 per person (if four people share) with a journey time of approx 1 hour. Stansted Airport transfers: travel on the Stansted Express train to Liverpool Street Station priced from £12 or so (45 minutes). A taxi ca. £100 with a journey time of approximately 60 minutes. When it comes to accommodation in London, cheap hostels are about £20 per night, hotels £40 or so and upwards. There's a reliable, affordable public transport system in London in the form of buses, trains and the London underground.

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