Welcome to London

London is the capital of England and the largest city in the United Kingdom. A visit to this cosmopolitan area is stimulating and full of history; the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are among the many popular attractions.

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Travel suggestions

Discerning travellers can visit London at any time, but the typically mild weather is at its best from May to September. The most eclectic cultural event could be the August Bank Holiday, featuring the Notting Hill Carnival street festival, it's a wild mix of feathers, colours and music. The Chinese New Year in February is one the largest global celebrations of this holiday and includes a parade, acrobatics and a variety of musical performances. The Boat Race, an annual rowing competition between Oxford and Cambridge universities, is held in late March or early April. Spectators can watch the exciting race from the banks of the River Thames in West London.

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Meals and accommodation for every budget

London has a very high cost of living, an inexpensive meal will cost around £15. Dining out at one of the many impressive quality restaurants will be about £200. However, there is affordable accommodation available at hostels for about £20 per night. Upgrading to more upscale hotels will begin at £40. Indian citizens are required to have a visa to enter the United Kingdom and may apply for these at Visa Application Centres.

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Transportation tips and prices

All London airports have excellent transport connection to the central city. Heathrow Airport's options range from the least expensive underground Piccadilly line and the Heathrow Express, about £6 to £26 one way, to a 40 minute taxi ride for approximately £33. Gatwick Airport to London by taxi is less costly, starting at £22; the Gatwick Express takes half the time and usually runs about £18. From the Stansted Airport, the Express train cost about £12 for travelling to Liverpool Street station and taxis about £100. Luton Airport provides shuttle buses to the Parkway, from there its a 40 minute train ride to St. Pancras international station for around £15. The London Congestion Charge may be reflected in any taxi or private car between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In the city, public transportation costs a little more than £5 each ride, day Travelcards can be purchased for between £12-£15; also consider the discounted Oyster card.

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