London has been a popular destination for a city trip for years. And that is not surprising, because in this bustling city you will find a great mix of modern and classical architecture, interesting museums, top class restaurants, cozy pubs, nice shops and beautiful parks. Also the flight time of a direct flight to London is only one hour. So you are so there!
Flying to London
London has no fewer than 6 airports. Some airports are far from London and your travel time will therefore be considerably longer (see also the following paragraph). Keep this in mind when comparing your ticket to London.
Direct flights go to London from Amsterdam Schiphol . You fly with KLM, British Airways, Easyjet, Flybe, BA Cityflyer or Cityjet.
You can fly with Ryanair from Eindhoven . Prices for a ticket to London start at € 34 *. Even cheaper are airline tickets from Weeze ; You can then fly back to London for € 20 *. Also from Dusseldorf International are direct flights to London. Finally, you can also fly directly from Groningen Eelde to London.
Use the handy search functions of Skyscanner to find cheap flights to London. The Skyscanner app is perfect for on the road, for example for finding a cheap last minute to London.
You can also fly cheaply to London by traveling with hand luggage only. First read what exactly the rules are regarding hand luggage .
From London airport to the city center London has 6 airports. From all airports you can travel to central London by taxi or public transport. You can find more details here.
London City Airport is approximately 11 kilometers from the center of London, close to the City of London and Canary Wharf business districts. This airport is therefore often used for business trips. A taxi to City of London costs around £ 30 (€ 35) *. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is cheaper. For £ 4.90 * you can travel from City Airport to Bank DLR Station in City of London in about 20 minutes.
London Gatwick Airport is approximately 45 kilometers from the center of London. You can quickly be 1.5 hours on the road by car. A taxi from Gatwick Airport to City of London costs around £ 100 (€ 114) *. The Gatwick Express is cheaper and faster. This train will take you from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria in around 30 minutes. A single journey costs £ 19.90 (€ 22.55) *. If you buy your ticket online , you will receive a 10% discount. The Thameslink is more advantageous. A single-ticket costs £ 17.10 during off-peak hours (£ 20.40 during rush hour) *, but the journey from Gatwick to St Pancras International (near King’s Cross) takes around 55 minutes.
London Heathrow Airport is approximately 29 kilometers from City of London. The travel time is one hour. A taxi from Heathrow to central London costs around £ 70 (€ 80) *. The Heathrow Express brings you to Paddington Station for £ 27 (€ 31) *. The travel time is fifteen minutes. The Heathrow Connect only costs £ 10.30 (€ 12) *, but the journey time to Paddington Station is around half an hour. You can also travel with the London Underground to King’s Cross, for example. The travel time is more than an hour, but a single journey costs £ 6 in cash (€ 6.80) *.
London Luton Airport is approximately 58 kilometers from the center of London. A taxi from Luton Airport to central London is quite a price, namely around £ 110 (€ 125) *. You can also better take the Thameslink. A shuttle bus first takes you to Luton Airport Parkway train station, after which you travel by train to St Pancras International. The total travel time is approximately 45 minutes and a combination ticket for the shuttle bus and Thame slink costs £ 16.90 (€ 19) *.
London South end Airport is approximately 65 kilometers from London. It is approximately 1.5 hours by car. A taxi from Southend Airport to City of London costs around £ 110 (€ 125) *. The Greater Anglia train is cheaper and faster. It will take you to Liverpool Street Station in just under an hour. A single journey costs £ 15.10 (€ 17) *.
London Stansted Airport is located 60 kilometers from the City of London. A taxi from Stansted Airport to central London costs around £ 100 (€ 114) *. The Stansted Express is cheaper and faster. This train will take you to Liverpool Street Station in 45 minutes. A single journey costs £ 17 (€ 19) *.
Also read this article about airports in London.
Public transportation in London is well organized. There is an extensive metro network in and around the center (London Underground, also called ‘tube’). On some lines, the metro also runs at night on weekends. The iconic red buses are handy for short pieces in the center.
Single tickets are very expensive, so if you regularly use the metro and bus, then buy an Oyster Card. You can buy this for £ 5 * at the ticket machines. A single ride costs a few pounds. For the exact rates you can consult the ‘ single fare finder ‘ of Transport for London.
You can easily plan your trip with Google Maps.
Best time to travel to London The weather in London can be compared to the weather in the Netherlands. The best period for a city trip to London is therefore June to September. It is then about 20 degrees in London. Take your umbrella with you, because there is always a chance of rain.
Do you want to go on holiday in December? You can also celebrate Christmas in London.
A weekend trip to London is not enough to see all the highlights of this metropolis. You can easily spend a week or more in London. If you only have a few days, then at least visit the following sights in London:
Palace of Westminster: the palace of the United Kingdom is located in this palace. You can view this impressive building from the inside. Be sure to check out Big Ben. The Big Ben is the largest clock in the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster and one of the icons of London.
Buckingham Palace: another icon is this large palace, where the changing of the guard in particular attracts many visitors.
National Gallery: art lovers can easily set aside a day to visit this free (!) Art museum.
British Museum: another must is the British Museum with extensive history and art collections. Admission is free. Tip: go at the end of the afternoon, because then the big crowds will be over.
Tower of London: this historic place gives you a glimpse into the past of London. This castle now serves as a treasure trove for royal jewels, but it used to be a fortress, prison and royal residence.
London Eye: if you visit London with children, a ride in this Ferris wheel is recommended. The nearby London Sea Life Aquarium is also great for a day out with the family.
London is an expensive city, but with these 10 free things to do in London you stay within your budget. Also read the article ’24 hours in London ‘ for more tips.
Shopping in London
London is a paradise for shopping enthusiasts! In London you will find the big fashion chains, but also unique boutiques and chic shops. You can read more about this in this article with the best shopping tips for London . More into food and flea markets? Then read this article about 5 London markets that you don’t know yet .
Going out in London
A night out in London naturally starts in one of the many pubs. If the pub closes around 11 p.m. you can continue to a night club in Soho or Notting Hill for example. You can also go out around Old Street. The most exclusive (and expensive) clubs can be found in the West End neighborhood.
If you have a Dutch passport or European identity card, you do not need a visa for a holiday to London and the United Kingdom.
The currency in the United Kingdom is the British Pound (GBP).
In London it is common to tip around 10% in restaurants and taxi drivers. In addition, hotel staff and hairdressers expect a small tip.
It is always one hour earlier in London than in the Netherlands.
English is spoken in London.
The emergency number is 112.
Find the best deals on hotels in London here . Also read this article with 8 budget hotels in London .
Rent a car in London
Compare here the prices for car rental in London .