Travel to London

Travel to London

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Why should I visit London ?

Steaming teapots, bustling culture and just the right amount of oddity
Whatever you're after, London has it: history, art, an amazing food (yes, English food is great after all!) and an even better cultural scene. Best known for its iconic landmarks like the Buckingham Palace, the Tower Bridge or Westminster Abbey, the city has never stopped evolving โ€“ and that's what makes it truly unique, its drive to modernize, yet maintain its great traditions. Where else can you have a 5 o'clock tea and admire gothic grandezza, before heading to a futuristic rooftop bar or an adult-only bounce house?

3 of the many reasons to travel to London

  1. Travel to London - Big Ben
    Big Ben
    Big Ben is one of the world's most iconic landmarks โ€“ and a tough one, too. In its long history Big Ben has rarely stopped striking the hours. Even after a bomb had destroyed parts of the Houses of Parliament in 1941, the clock continued to chime. At the moment though, Big Ben is taking a long-deserved break. The clock is being restored until 2021.
  2. Travel to London - London Eye
    London Eye
    Standing 135 m tall on the South Bank of the River Thames, the London Eye affords stunning views of the city โ€“ and its outskirts. On a clear day you can see forever from one of the moving gondolas ... well, at least up to Windsor Castle, which is 40 km from the city centre. Make sure to buy tickets in advance though, if you don't want to wait in line.
  3. Travel to London - Tower of London
    Tower of London
    In the last 900 years, the Tower of London served as nearly everything: royal residence, military barracks, armoury, treasury, Royal Mint, public record office, prison, place of execution and yes, even as a zoo with wild animals like polar bears and lions. Today, the castle is mainly used as a museum and home of the Crown Jewels, which can be admired from afar by visitors.
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Did You Know?

Buses in London weren't always red.

In 1907 the London General Omnibus Company painted their buses red to stand out from their competitors ... and well, it worked!
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When is the best time to visit London?

The best time to go is from Mid-March to mid-May, when the flowers and trees are in full bloom and the busy summer hasn't started yet. Fall and winter in London might be very rainy but when the Christmas decorations light up the whole city in December, you won't care so much. Very important survival tip though: Never leave without an umbrella, as London's famous misty days and rain showers can happen all year-round.
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How can I get to London?

London has 6 main airports and several conveniently located train and bus stations
Stations in London

Airports

London Heathrow
London City
London Gatwick
London Stansted
London Southend
London Luton

Bus stops

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How can I reach London's city centre from the airport?

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All London airports are connected to the city centre by train (Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow Express, Thameslink and East Midlands Trains from Luton) and coach (National Express). From London City and Heathrow Airport you can reach the city centre also via underground.

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Which cities can I reach from London by train?

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By train, you can easily reach the cities of Bath, Brighton, Cambridge, Canterbury, Oxford and Windsor.

Just decide when you want to go to London. We'll take you there.

Qixxit is the first travel planner to compare and combine bus, flight and train connections. That is how we always find the best route for you โ€“ to London or wherever you want to go. Just choose your travel date, book your tickets and โ€“ enjoy your trip!
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London Travel Tips

  1. food
    Tastiest food to try
    Deliciously crispy and incredibly comforting Fish & Chips at Golden Union in Soho. If you're not up for that, visit Borough Market and browse through the fresh produce and stalls with specialties or treat yourself to an afternoon tea ceremony at the lovably quirky Sketch cafรฉ in Mayfair.
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    Best viewpoint
    No. 1: Sky Garden. Tickets are free and can be booked every Monday for the following week. Just keep an eye on their Twitter profile to book quickly. No. 2: The Shard. You can either buy tickets for the 68th, 69th or 72nd floor or enjoy the view (and a drink) in the Aqua Shard bar on the 31st floor.
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    Easiest way to get around
    Public transport. Either get an Oyster Card or use contactless to pay as you go, then take a sightseeing tour on the bus line 11. Just get a seat in the upstairs front row and enjoy the ride.
  4. shopping
    Perfect for a shopping spree
    London is a paradise for shoppers. Visit Brick Lane Market for vintage clothes, Portobello Road Market for antiques and Old Spitalfields Market for products by local craftsmen and designers. Even though Camden Market stopped being cutting-edge a while ago, it's still worth a visit, as well as the main shopping district surrounding Oxford and Regent Street. Don't miss out on Harrods. Why? Because it's Harrods, man!
  5. art
    Most impressive art
    The National Gallery, because it shows paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and Caravaggio for free (yay!). Also awesome and free: Banksy's street art that can be found all over the East End. More into modern art? No problem, Tate Modern exhibits the best contemporary artists.
  6. nightlife
    Best nightlife
    Dinerama. The venue used to be an old truck yard, now it's a street food arena with a great beer selection and even better atmosphere. Also try the other Street Feast locations. For late-night entertainment visit the Top Secret Comedy Club or Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and keep an eye out for the late openings of London's museums.
  7. parks
    Nicest parks
    Hyde Park, Regent's Park and St James Park โ€“ and London's secret gardens. Every June they open to the public. It's your chance to stroll through the private garden that Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant broke into in 'Notting Hill'.
  8. kids
    Most entertaining for kids
    The Harry Potter studio tour and the National History Museum (dinosaurs - rawr!). And if your kids behave well, you can also take them to Hamleys, the largest toy store in the world.
  9. secret
    Best kept secret
    Westminster Abbeyโ€™s Hidden Gallery. It has just opened for the public for the first time in 700 Years.
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OUR LONDON EXPERT

Martina, Qixxit team member & savvy traveller

"London is a bad habit one hates to lose", William Sansom wrote. London is the perfect mix of vintage and modern, so big and versatile that every trip feels like the first.

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