Vibrant and diverse London
With an incredible range of historical exhibits and cultural hot spots, the metropolis of London is an unforgettable tourist destination any time of year.
London's Key Attractions and Other Tips
London enjoys a mild climate throughout the year. But you should be prepared for rain at any time during your stay. For those looking for the warmest time of year, the best months are usually between May and September. Major attractions and festivals include the Notting Hill Festival in August, and the London Marathon and Boat Race in April. The Chinese New Year in February also receives a great deal of fanfare. Also be aware that there is usually an influx of visitors around the Christian holidays of Christmas (December 24th & 25) and Easter (held on various dates in April).
Before Arriving in London
Prior to travelling to London, visitors from India should be sure that they have a visa. Applications for visas can be done through the Visa Application Centres. If you're planning on renting a vehicle while in London, remember that the city has a vehicle charge to help minimize congestion. You will be charged about £11 per day for driving in the inner city zone of London between 7 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday.
Local Information about London
All of London's airports offer efficient transport links to the inner city. Train services are usually the cheapest way to travel from the airports to downtown and cost between £12 and £18. If you arrive at Heathrow Airport, you can take the underground, a thirty minute ride for as little as £6. As the hub of the United Kingdom, prices are generally much higher in London than elsewhere in the country. A cheap meal at a restaurant will cost roughly £15 while inexpensive hostels can be had for around £20. For those looking for a hotel, the cheapest options are usually around £40. London offers taxi services, buses and the underground as public forms of transportation. Tickets for the trains and underground are around £5.70 and day Travelcards can be purchased for between £12 and £15.