Traditional and dynamic London
With one foot in the past and one in the future, London blends history and technology into an amazing adventure for the tourist. As one of the top worldwide holiday destinations London welcomes travellers from across the globe.
When's a good time to visit London?
England is known for its rainy weather and showers can happen at any time of year. The climate is moderate so one can visit London any month. From May to September visitors can expect the hottest temperatures. London offers tourists many options and activities throughout the year. If planning to incorporate an annual event consider the Chinese New Year celebrations held in February. In April the London Marathon and the famous boat race between Oxford and Cambridge take place drawing international visitors. The Notting Hill Carnival, which is held on the August bank holiday weekend, is a colourful and vibrant array of West Indian food, music and a parade.
Planning your trip to London
If you are travelling on an Indian passport you'll need a visa. These should be applied for well before your expect date of departure at the Visa Applications Centre. London is one of the most expensive places in England where an inexpensive meal can cost about £15. If planning on driving in the capital be aware there are fees to do so. To reduce the traffic, the city has implemented a congestion charge which is about £11 for driving into the centre of London during weekday business hours.
Getting around and finding accommodation in London
London's many airports have excellent links to the city centre. From London Heathrow taking the underground is the cheapest option. Using the Piccadilly line it will cost around £6 to the centre of London. This will take approximately 30 minutes. The Heathrow Shuttle is quicker, taking about 15 minutes and costing approximately £26. Taxis are widely available but cost more and take longer. Gatwick, Stansted, and Luton airports are further away although they all serve London. These have shuttle, underground, and taxi services into the central London. London offers a wide range of accommodation options with inexpensive hostels starting from £20 and hotels from £40 and up. With the underground, buses and taxis, a rental car isn't needed. Single tickets are roughly £5.70 so purchasing a day's pass for public transport, which is priced at between about £12-15, is a better option to see multiple places.