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About London
Quaint. Curious. Cosmopolitan.

Cosmopolitan, diverse and iconic. London, the UK’s treasured capital, is alive with the unmistakable clatter of cockney cabbies, the scent of street food stalls, and of course, a world-famous skyline steeped in history.

Don’t miss a trip to the South Bank where you can take in the city’s most famous sights, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye to name but a few, before whiling away the afternoon in one of many museums or galleries.

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Immerse yourself in the city’s plethora of markets, from the music mecca of Brick Lane, to Portobello Road, home to London’s legendary antique trade.

Weather

How’s the weather in London in April?

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Temperature

7-14
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Dry days

13
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Avg. Rainfall

43 mm
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Snow Days

0

Life

Demographics

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Population

8.3M
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Local time

12:15
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Currency

Pound sterling

What does London cost?

RESTAURANT MEAL

19.74

in average restaurant

TRAIN TICKET

3.2

is the common price

Transport

Getting around London

London is well-known for its extensive and very well-established public transport network, operated by Transport for London. The network includes the London Underground, buses, light railway, and the London Overground.

The Underground and Overground are particularly useful in a city that can suffer heavily from congestion. They run frequently and quickly whisk commuters across the city even servicing some of London’s suburban areas.

Although it is possible to purchase single tickets and travel cards, the best, and cheapest, way to travel on public transport in London is to buy an Oyster card. The Oyster card itself costs £5 and can then topped up with credit as and when it’s needed. Journeys paid for by Oyster are cheaper than with standard paper tickets. On most services, contactless bank cards can also be used in the same way as Oyster cards.

Commuter boats are operated by MBNA Thames Clippers, and aren’t covered by public transport passes. But we’d recommend hopping on board anyway, they are a great way to see the UK’s capital and in relation to tour boats are relatively cheap too.

London’s iconic black cabs are notoriously expensive, so if you do want to travel by taxi you’re better of ordering a licensed minicab or requesting an Uber, or another private car service. If you want to drive your own car in the city and intend on going into central London, don’t forget about the daily £11.50 congestion charge.

London does welcome walkers, particularly along the River Thames, but bear in mind tube stops appear a lot closer together on the Underground than on foot. Cycling is popular in London and there are a great deal of designated cycle lanes. It’s also possible to rent a Boris Bike from locations all over the city for just £2 per half hour.

Destinations

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On the water

See London from the inside out

Once the city’s lifeblood, London’s River Thames winds its way right through the centre of the UK’s capital. Take a trip on the Thames to see the city from a unique perspective.

The Thames is England’s longest river

There are many organised cruises that depart from different points on the river. You can even board the London Duck, an amphibious vehicle that tours the city on land and in the water.

Open spaces

Picnics, festivals and fetes

London’s parks are legendary, and each with a unique character. Take a dip in the pools on Hampstead Heath, go deer spotting on Richmond Common or party all night on London Fields, the choice is yours.

Over 40 per cent of the UK’s capital is green space

You can use London’s park as respite from the bustling city streets but they make a great cut through too. Try getting from Kensington to Marble Arch without leaving Hyde Park.

High-end dining

Michelin stars and experimental chefs

London’s restaurant scene is a global phenomenon. With 65 Michelin stars spread between the city’s top restaurants, there is no shortage of exquisite dining options.

You’ll often find London’s best restaurants in its best hotels

Some of the world’s most famous chefs have set up shop in the city, think Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal and Michel Roux Jr. Just don’t forget to book in advance.

Where to stay

A very accommodating city

Home to some of the world’s most expensive and exclusive hotels like The Dorchester and The Savoy, staying in the city can appear unaffordable. But you might be surprised by the options available.

  • High-end, exclusive hotel suites
  • Centrally located budget rooms
  • Shared hostel dormitories

As well as all of the traditional accommodation options, Airbnb style homestays are very common in London. Not only do this suite a smaller budget but they give you a real insight into the city.

Museums and galleries

World-leading art and antiquities

London’s museums and art galleries are justifiably celebrated. Not only does the city showcase some of the world’s most treasured artefacts, it’s home to many of the institutions that discovered them.

  • The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • The National Gallery
  • The Natural History Museum

Amazingly, London’s museums and galleries are generally free of charge. However, you should expect to pay for specific exhibitions and displays.

Music fans

London’s music scene is renowned

Whether you opt for a night of alternative rock in Camden, or relax with some jazz at Soho’s Ronnie Scott’s club, there is no shortage of fantastic music in London.

  • The O2 Academy
  • The Roundhouse
  • Shepheard’s Bush Empire

Take a trip to Abbey Road studios, home of some of The Beatle’s iconic albums. But, don’t leave without taking a walk across the zebra crossing – it’s a must snap selfie.

DAY 1

1 Westminster Abbey

Gothic church and site of all British coronations since 1066.

2 Buckingham Palace

Official home of the British Queen and major tourist attraction.

3 Hyde Park

Huge area of green in the heart of the city.

DAY 2

1 The National Gallery

Centre for fine art from the 13th to 19th centuries.

2 Shakespeare’s Globe

A replica of the original Elizabethan theatre, show’s Shakespeare plays.

3 Leicester Square

Entrance to Soho and popular site for major film premieres.

DAY 3

1 Tower Bridge

Enjoy amazing views from one of London’s most iconic bridges.

2 Big Ben

A world-famous clock tower located at the Houses of Parliament.

3 Natural History Museum

Museum celebrating the natural world and animals, extinct and living.