Bustling busy London
With its origin dating back to ancient Roman times, London is one of the most prestigious modern cities in the world. It is the capital of Britain and a hub for business, tourism, fashion and shopping. It sits along the beautiful and bustling banks of the Thames River, which has over 30 bridges crossing it throughout the city.
London's yearly highlights and seasons
The best time to travel to London is during May to September, as that is when the city experiences its warmest temperatures; however with the mild climate all year round, there is a high possibility of rainfall at any time. There are also various celebrations held throughout the year, such as Chinese New Year in February, the Notting Hill Carnival during August, and the London Marathon and boat race in April. The Easter holidays take place during March/April (slight variation in dates), and the Christmas holidays on 25th and 26th December.
UK Visas and prices
Indian citizens need a visa if they wish to visit the UK and will need to apply for one through a Visa Application Centre. London tends to be more expensive than other cities in the UK, and London prices are much higher than those in India. For example a meal in an inexpensive restaurant would cost around £15 and the cheapest hostels from £20/night, and hotels from £40 upwards. It is also important to note that London has a congestion charge, and a motor vehicle is charged around £11 for driving in London's inner city zone from Mondays to Fridays between 7 am and 6 pm.
Local information on travel
All of the London airports have excellent connections to central London. The cheapest way to get from Heathrow Airport is to use the underground Piccadilly line from terminals 1, 2 and 3. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes, and a single ticket costs about £6. The fastest option is the Heathrow Express from Terminal 1, 2 and 3 to Paddington station, which takes around 15 minutes. Taking a car to the city centre cost around £26, and a taxi about £33, with the journey taking approximately 40 minutes. London offers good public transport via buses, trains and underground. Single tickets cost around £5.70, a one day ticket is between £12 and £15. The Oyster card offers a slight discount on the normal ticket price and has a refundable deposit of around £5.