WELCOME TO LONDON
Stretching back to Roman times, London is a 21st-century city with incredible history and heritage. At its centre stands the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations for over 700 years. Across the River Thames, the elegant London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the entire city. The city is a unique blend of stunning architecture combining the traditional with spectacular futuristic designs.
As a world capital of fashion, commerce, art, music, media and literature, London has been the birthplace of numerous cultural and social revolutions and is without a doubt, one of the most fascinating destinations in Europe.
We look forward to welcoming you to this great city!
Travelling to London
With 5 international airports within easy reach and a vast network of national rail links, London is an extremely accessible destination – for instance, Heathrow airport alone services 84 airlines flying to 203 destinations worldwide. The fastest and most economical way to reach central London from the airports is by direct train services from the terminals. Taxi transfers will take longer and will be more expensive.
Gatwick Airport – 30mins by train to Central London www.gatwickairport.com
Heathrow Airport – 15mins by train to Central London www.heathrow.com
Stanstead Airport – 47mins by train to Central London www.stanstedairport.com
Luton Airport – 24mins by train to Central London www.london-luton.co.uk
London City Airport – 22mins by train to Central London www.londoncityairport.com
Transport for London – Information and journey planner
Visit London – Mainline train travel
London Underground train map
London Underground journey planner
Sightseeing / Tours
London Visitor Guide
River Thames Cruises
Open Top Bus Sightseeing Tours
London has a widespread underground train system, commonly known as ‘the tube’ The network is efficient, fast, easy to use and inexpensive. Tickets can be purchased at any station. It is the quickest method of travelling around the city.
If travelling by taxi, it is recommended to always use a black taxi with the amber roof sign as these are officially licensed by Transport for London. There are thousands of black taxis on the street – they are safe and charge strictly metered fares; also the drivers have an extensive knowledge of the city.
Other Essential Information
London is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) only during winter months. The GMT time zone has the same hour offset (GMT+0) as the Western European Standard Time Zone. When Daylight Saving Time starts, London and the whole of UK are on British Summer Time (BST), which is GMT+1.
During October 2022 the UK time is GMT +1
London Weather – October
Autumn is a lovely time of year to visit London, as the weather is usually mild. Afternoon temperatures early in the month are around 17-18C (62-63F) and overnight low temperatures are around 10C (50F). Days are often sunny or with partly sunny skies. It rains an average of 10 days during October so occasional showers can be experienced. Sunset is 6pm.
Currency / Credit Cards
The UK currency is the POUND (£). Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept internationally valid credit cards. Cards are also accepted for all train travel and many black taxis can now be paid by cards (check at the start of your journey)
In the UK the power plugs and sockets are Type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The Type G electrical plug has three rectangular prongs in a triangular pattern and has an incorporated fuse.