London, the vibrant capital of the UK, offers an unforgettable and genuine learning experience . His very extensive history, endless entertainment options and numerous landmarks will make your stay will seem too short.
A unique educational experience
London has numerous times been considered the capital of the world. The city has a history, heritage and culture of enormous wealth and has countless tourist attractions and landmarks like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. London will allow you to enjoy a lively nightlife, exclusive restaurants and wide open spaces of the greenest city in Europe. Did you know that 30% of the area of London is occupied by parks and gardens? The city also boasts a melting pot of people and cultures that gives it a genuine air of cosmopolitan capital.
The weather in the UK is the topic of many conversations because it is so changeable. it is possible to see sun, rain, wind and clouds all in the same day so it is a good idea to always carry a pair of sunglasses and an umbrella!
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5 things to see
St Paul's Cathedral
5 things to do
Explore British Museum
Shop on Oxford Street
Visit The Tower of London
Relax in Hyde Park
See the city from London Eye
Getting to London
There are many low cost airlines offering flights to London from Spain. Ryanair and EasyJet are some of them offering roundtrip flights under 100 €
Access to most underground stations is done by large steps. The system can be congested during rush hour and, therefore, can be difficult to move through the meter.
If you use a wheelchair and your itinerary includes a meter station without free access steps, we recommend traveling with a sufficient number of people to help you reach the platforms and trains.
- Black cabs
You can stop the black cabs on any street or find them arranged in a row in important places such as near the station main line railway, metro and bus stations. You can also call a taxi by phone.
If the yellow sign placed in front of the vehicle is lit, the taxi is free. Black cabs are legally obliged to accept any race up to 9.6 miles (32 km in the case of taxis located in).
- Fees and tips
The rates are calculated usind a taximeter, being the minimum rate of £ 2.20. Black cabs are allowed to carry up to five passengers (six in case of special taxis "metrocabs"), plus luggage. No extra charge for additional passengers or luggage bags within these limits. You can tip taxi drivers to a maximum of 10 percent, but most users tend to round up the pound.
Companies recognized and authorized offer a cheaper minicab alternative to black cabs. Rates are usually reasonable, but vehicles are not metered. It is best to confirm the price -do not dismiss to trade yours-. All discretionary transport vehicles have circular distinctive license Transport for London on the front windshield and rear.
The unlicensed minicab are illegal. May be minicab drivers will try to persuade you to get them just to seek passengers. Avoid them, because there have been alleged assault attempts by unlicensed taxi drivers.
The bus transportation is a convenient and fast London, that offers the opportunity to enjoy seeing the city while moving. The guide bus of the city centre is usually enough for most travelers. This map is available in travel information centers or at major subway stations.
- Night buses
Bus services cover the period from the close of the subway to the beginning of daytime bus services. In addition, numerous bus lines operate 24 hours. If you are unfamiliar with the lines, go to Trafalgar Square (the exchanger night buses) or consult one of the planks of information set out in the bus stops. On different days than Friday and Saturday nights, the service has usually less frenquency. Night buses stop only if users indicate it, so try to show clearly the driver you want to get off or get on the bus.
Cycle on London is a great way to reduce transportation costs and to do some sport at the same time. They have launched initiatives to facilitate the movement of bicycle users and make it more pleasant, such as enabling more bike lanes. Wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle in heavy traffic in London is essential. Some choose to wear masks. In order to be seen by other road users, it is best to wear reflective material. Several companies rent mountain bikes or hybrid models in good condition. Usually, bonds are required between 100 and 200 pounds (credit cards accepted), regardless of the length of rental.
***If you plan to use public transport in London, you can use either an Oyster card (electronic card) or a Travelcard (paper tickets) to navigate. For most journeys, Oyster is the most economical, easy and flexible to travel.
- Getting to Heathrow by train
The Heathrow Express is the fastest way to get to Central London. Trains depart from Heathrow from 5.07 of the morning or so, until 23.48. Standard rates amount to £ 14.50 for a single ticket purchased online (£ 15.50 if purchased at the ticket machine at Heathrow airport and £ 17.50 if bought on board). The average duration of direct trip non-stop to Paddington station is 15 minutes. The Heathrow Express stops at two stations at the airport, Heathrow Central for Terminals 1-3 and the other for Terminal 5. Passengers for Terminal 4 should change at Terminals 1, 2, 3 for a free transfer service and frequent to Terminal 4.
- How to get from Heathrow by tube
The Piccadilly line connects Heathrow Airport and central London with the rest of the underground system. The underground is cheaper than the Heathrow Express, but it takes much longer and is less comfortable. Metro trains depart from Heathrow every few minutes from 5.00 am, more or less, (the 5.50 on Sundays) until 23.45 (the 22.50 on Sundays). Journey time to Piccadilly Circus is about 50 minutes. There are three underground stations at Heathrow: one for Terminals 1-3, another for terminal 4 and one for 5. A single ticket into central London (Zone 1) costs £ 4.
- How to get from Heathrow by coach
National Express runs frequent coach services between the central bus station at Heathrow and Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes between 40 minutes and 1 ½ hours, depending on the route. Some services make stops at Hammersmith or Earl's Court. Standard tickets cost £ 4 (the single) and £ 8 (round trip). The service departing from Heathrow starts running around 5.30 am and ends at 21.30.
- How to get from Gatwick by train
The Gatwick Express is the fastest way to get to central London from the airport. Trains leave Gatwick South Terminal between 4.35 am the 1.35 am. Trains run at a frequency of 15 minutes between 5.00 am and 23.45 pm. Standard rates are £ 17.90 for single tickets and £ 30.80 for return tickets. The trip takes 30 minutes and the service is direct to Victoria station without stopping.
- By coach from Gatwick Airport
National Express operates a frequent service between Gatwick and Victoria Coach Station. The buses leave about every hour. The trip varies depending on the route, after 1 hour and 45 minutes. Standard rates are £ 6.60 for single tickets and £ 11.40 for return tickets.