London is a global city and one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations.
Famous for its history, entertainment, culture, and fashion.
One of the biggest appeals of London is its diversity and architecture.
World Heritage Sites such as the Tower of London and Westminister Abbey, Palace of Westminster and some of the most striking pieces of modern architecture such as The Shard, and the city’s top tourist attraction, The London Eye.
With so much to see and do, this is a city you could enjoy for a long time.
Getting to London
Getting to the UK’s capital is easy.
London is one of the best-linked cities globally, with two major international airports and several more, all within a relatively short drive of the city.
Heathrow Airport is the third busiest airport globally, connected to all corners of the globe and used by many of the world’s airlines, and well connected to the city (22 kilometres/12 miles to the east) via trains and buses.
The second airport is a little further out but still has excellent links into the city.
Gatwick Airport serves scheduled airlines and low cost and charters, so there are many choices when flying here.
Getting Around the City
Driving in London isn’t recommended because of the constant heavy traffic congestion, high parking rates, and difficulty navigating.
For both residents and tourists, the most popular way to get around London is on the Underground.
The Underground offers a widespread service that comprehensively covers the centre of London, and it’s fast and relatively cheap.
The only downside to travelling everywhere by Underground is that you do not see the city above, so if you’d rather see the city then take the bus.
Another good way to see the city is by bicycle, and London does have a city-wide cycle hire scheme.
When to Visit
London has a reputation for damp and dreary weather, but it isn’t always like that!
Summers can be pretty sunny and warm, and although the averages don’t sound high, the city does experience a few much hotter days most years.
July and August are the warmest months, with an average high of 23C, and July is, on average, one of the driest months in the city.
This isn’t to say there’s no rain in July; there’s just less than in most other months!
Being such a popular city, London is full of visitors at any time of the year.
You can come in the winter when it remains mild, but rain and snow are possible.
If you bring a good pair of shoes or boots and a jacket and umbrella you can enjoy London in any weather.
If you want to visit The Ritz but not stay there, you should consider reserving a table for afternoon tea.
It can be hard to get a table, so you might want to sign up for a tour that includes afternoon tea combined with some sightseeing as well. Here are links to a few:
Where to Stay
London has a wide variety of hotels and many good places to stay.
From heritage buildings with charm and sophistication to modern and luxurious high-rises that feature every facility you could think of.
At London Homes & Villas by Marriott, you can find a great apartment for your stay.
Over 100 five star hotels
Many excellent 5 star hotels to choose from, so if you like to stay in luxury, this is the city to do it in.
Over 1000 hotels are listed in Central London alone, and nearly a fifth of them are rated five stars.
Being such a spread-out city, you may want to consider hotels located closest to the attractions and places you’d most like to visit. With public transport being so widespread, it’s not usually a significant problem getting around.
You could look at the difference between a hotel on a busy street compared to one on a side street if you’re a light sleeper, as London can be noisy both by day and night.