Hotels in London
Weather and the best time to travel to London:
For tennis lovers willing to witness the greatest grand slams of the year, Wimbledon, shopaholics wanting to shop at the Regent or Oxford street, or avid theatre lovers keen on visiting the Shakespeare's Globe, London, the capital city of UK is placed right on top of most people's travel bucket list. The Royal Buckingham Palace and charming London Eye are two of the greatest London attractions. Late spring and summertime are considered to be the peak tourist season in London, however, its mild climate makes it suitable for travellers to visit the city throughout the year. During spring (March to May), the temperature averages 10 to 15 degrees and during summers it ranges from 18 to 32 degrees lasting from June through August. London winters can be really cold, though it barely snows with the temperature falling to 2-6 degrees. However, in this festive time of the year, the city is lit up and celebrations are at its peak. The month of January also witnesses massive Christmas and New Year sales.
Airport/ nearby airport:
London has six major international airports namely Heathrow Airport (Longford TW6, UK) located about 17 miles from the city centre, Gatwick Airport (Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NP, UK) located approximately 30 miles from the city centre, London City Airport (Hartmann Rd, Royal Docks, London E16 2PX, UK) located about 9 miles from the main city, Stansted Airport (Bassingbourn Rd, Stansted CM24 1QW, UK) located approximately 40 miles from the London city centre, Luton Airport (Airport Way, Luton LU2 9LY, UK) situated at a distance of 35 miles from the city and Southend Airport (Eastwoodbury Cres, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6YF, UK) which is about 40 miles from the main London city. Heathrow airport is one of the popular ones due to its larger accommodating capacity and better connectivity to most part of the city. The only other serious contender to the Heathrow airport is the Gatwick airport due to its location and accessibility. Airport transfers at all these major airports include express trains, buses, tubes, private car hires and taxis.
Getting to London from Heathrow Airport requires one to hire a private taxi costing about £53 that covers the distance in about 30 minutes. It is the most convenient way but fairly expensive. Another alternative is to use the express train that costs about £22 to reach the Paddington station. Using the underground metro takes about 45 minutes to reach the city centre and the price of the ticket is £6. The cheapest option to reach the city is to use the bus that takes about an hour, ticket costs about £1.5. Within the city, there are additional transport options offering attractive prices for tourists such as the double-decker buses, trams and cycles. Public transport in London is mostly cashless and requires an Oyster card for payments that can be recharged online or at stations and ticket shops.
How to get to London:
The global city of London is well connected to most countries by flights. Some of the major airlines providing direct flights to London are Jetstar, Air India, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Travelling to London from Australia or Asia by flight takes more than 20 hours on an average via connecting flights and a one-way ticket costs about £500. London is considered to be the hub of the British Rail network and is well connected to the entire UK both via trains and buses. Some of the major lines in London are London Marylebone, London Euston, London King's Cross, Liverpool Street, London Paddington, etc. Similarly, the main network of buses is the National Express connected to the entire UK. Both trains and buses provide cheap and affordable ticket prices.
Hotel info, prices for different hotel range:
- 7 Star Hotels: Dorchester hotel and Ritz hotel are two of the most expensive and famous hotels in London. Most famous Hollywood and Sports stars stay here. The night club at Ritz hotel is one of the best in London.
- 5-star Hotels: London Hilton on Park Lane, Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel, Conrad London St James and Hotel Sofitel London St James are located close to the city centre and cost between £239 - £354 per person per night. St Martins Lane, Sofitel London St James and Sanderson are popular London hotels available to book within the £479 - £551 range per person per night situated in the heart of the city.
- 4-star Hotels: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, Marlin Waterloo London, Karma Sanctum Soho and Treehouse Hotel London are located within 1.5 miles from the London Eye. They are priced between £135-£179 per night per person. If booked in advanced, London hotel deals can be availed on these hotels.
- 3-star Hotels: Grange Lancaster Hotel London, Morgan Hotel and Brit Hotel Elephant Castle located well within the city centre are some of the cheap hotels in London known for good service and comfortable stay. They are priced between £56-£65 per person per night.
London Tourist Information:
Top tourist attractions in London:
1. Buckingham Palace is located in Westminster, at a walking distance of 1.6 miles from the city centre. The residence of the queen is open to visitors from July through September. The overall experience includes visiting the state-rooms, the grand staircase, the throne room, audio tour with Prince Charles and much more.
2. Madame Tussauds: With more than 300 wax statues of celebrities around the world such as Usain Bolt, David Beckham, Miley Cyrus etc., this place provides an opportunity to walk down the red carpet and get clicked with some of the superstars across various streams. It is one of the popular things to do in London located on Marylebone Road, Marylebone, it is about 2.6 miles from the city centre.
3. London Eye is a giant wheel providing a view of the city, located on the Queen's Walk close to the city centre. It is one of the famous paid London attractions costing about £27.00.
Top food places in London:
- Simpson's In The Strand is a 192-year-old traditional British restaurant serving some of the best tender beef, Scottish halibut on the bone from the grill and chateaubriand. It is situated on 100 Strand, London WC2, about 1.7 miles from the city.
- Duck and Waffle restaurant serves some of the best English breakfasts and its top dishes include waffles, coffee, cocktails, ducks, oysters and wine. The average cost for two is £55 and the cafe accepts both cash and cards. It is located on Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, City of London.
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is owned by the celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal serving some of the best wine, steak, chicken liver parfait, set menu, pork chops, pudding and chocolate ganache. It is located about 1.8 miles from the city centre at 66 Knightsbrigade SWX 7LA.
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