London - one of the world's most visited cities
London offers a world class shopping experience along world-famous roads, such as Bond Street and Oxford Street. There is a wide variety of art galleries and museums to explore, and a wealth of historic attractions to see, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and Marble Arch.
London weather and event advice
London has a temperate climate. For the warmest weather, the best time to visit London is from the start of May until the end of September. There are many annual events and festivals. Starting the year off is the colourful New Year's Day Parade, which winds its way along the streets of Westminster. The Ideal Home Show is held at Earl's Court in March. In May is the Chelsea Flower Show. This 5-day garden show is hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society, and attracts visitors from around the world. In August, the 2-day Notting Hill Carnival is hosted, which is one of the world's largest street festivals.
Before you get to London
Indian citizens are expected to be in possession of a Standard Visitor Visa to gain entry into the UK for a holiday. This may be obtained from a visa application centre. Monday to Friday, congestion charges apply to motor vehicles being driven within the inner zone of central London. The cost is approximately £11 per day. The cost of living in London tends to be significantly higher than those in India. Expect to pay about £50 for a three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant.
London transport and accommodation
London airports are served by an excellent transportation network. At Heathrow Airport it is cheaper to travel to the city centre via the London Underground. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes and costs around £6. The express train takes approximately 15 minutes, and costs about £27. The taxi fare for this trip is approximately £33. From Gatwick Airport the express train takes around 30 minutes and costs about £18. Taxis take about an hour, and cost around £100. The express train from Stansted Airport will get you to London in about 45 minutes, and costs approximately £12. For those arriving at Luton Airport, there are bus services to Parkway train station. The train journey takes about 40 minutes, and costs from £15. Accommodation in London is available from about £20 per person, per night for a cheap hostel room, while a hotel room may cost from £40.