Navigating with a double-decker double-decker is a memorable experience in itself.
Flying to London
Several airlines, such as Finnair , Norwegian and British Airways , take Helsinki-Vantaa Airport directly to London . Departures are offered several times a day, and the journey to London takes about three hours. The price of regular flights typically varies between around € 200 and € 400, but cheap flights to London can be obtained for as little as € 100.
There are a total of five airports in London: Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Luton and London City Airport. Before buying flights, it is worth considering which airport your own flight lands on.
The largest airport is Heathrow, with a direct Tube link to central London. All companies fly to Heathrow from Helsinki-Vantaa except Norwegian. Norwegian flies to Gatwick Airport south of London, with a convenient train connection to Victoria Station.
Accommodation in London
The value for money of accommodation is often said to be poor in London. The claim is probably largely true, as London is full of old buildings that are in high demand. The high prices of the properties are directly reflected in the level of accommodation. Hotel rooms are often small and patinated over time, but priced in style.
However, typical of the big city, London has accommodation for every departure. With the money you get the finest luxury, and for backpackers you can find cheap hostel accommodation. Safe and secure basic accommodation, on the other hand, is provided by large international mid-range hotel chains.
Home accommodation has also become more common in London, making it possible to stay cheaper in hotels in personal places and get local tips with ease.
Get to know London’s accommodation offer
Even a basic tourist can enjoy watching the hotel from outside the city center. Hotels further away are often located in quiet surroundings and are affordable. However, thanks to the efficient public transport, the connection to the city center is easy, and a 15-25 minute metro or bus ride is not a big hassle in exchange for quality accommodation.
Weekend holidaymakers can find good value accommodation in the city of London. The city is an office space that empties on weekends. Therefore, hotels in the area lower their prices outside of weekdays. Luxury hotels can sell their rooms for up to 50% off.
Affordable accommodation can also be provided by a privately run Peribrit Bed and Breakfast, where the traveler is offered a place to sleep and breakfast. There are several websites dedicated to bed and breakfast accommodation where you can explore accommodation options.
Getting around London
London’s public transport is excellent and there is probably no place in the city that is inaccessible to the public. The most efficient and fastest mode of transport is the world’s oldest metro network. There are plenty of metro lines in every direction of the city.
A slower means of transport than the subway is the bus, which are often legendary red double decker buses or double deckers . The bus is suitable, for example, for taking a flight or for situations where you want to view the scenery.
For public transport, you should obtain an electronic travel card, the Oyster Card, which can be loaded with either time or money. Often day tickets are the best choice for the traveler as one-way trips are expensive.
According to DigoPaul, the London area is divided into a number of travel zones that are worth paying attention to when buying tickets. It is not worth paying in vain for too many zones.
Walk and even take a taxi
London is also a great city for walkers. While walking you can see a lot not only of the sights but also of ordinary life and surprising coincidences. Especially between the sights of the city center, it is easy to move on foot. You can also try renting a bike if the traffic on the left is not terrible.
London’s legendary black taxis are almost as integral to the cityscape as red double-decker buses. Drivers of black taxis have to pass a demanding test, which ensures that drivers know the streets of London and the fastest routes like in their own pockets. Taxi riding can be an experience in itself, but often it is more practical and cheaper for a tourist to use public transport.
THE BEST IN LONDON
Just walking around London is enough to do for many.
The best attractions in London
- Big Ben
- London Eye
- Tower Bridge
- Piccadilly Circus
- Madame Tussauds wax cabinet
- British Museum
- Buckingham Palace
- Hyde Park
- National Gallery
- St Paul’s Cathedral – Paul’s Cathedral
The best activities
- Museum visits
- A visit to the parks
- Fast-paced nightlife
London turpentines for families with children
- Madame Tussauds wax cabinet
- Making of Harry Potter tour atWarner Bros. studios
- London Eye
- Legoland in Windsor (about 30km from London)
- London Zoo
- Thorpe Park (about 50km from London)
- River cruises