Visiting London: A Written From Travel Guide

Written From… The Southbank Centre in London, England, on a cold December evening

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London: a vibrant, multicultural city; a business hut and a tourist hotspot welcoming millions of visitors every year. From significant historical and cultural sites, to bars, museums and grand parks, London has a little something for everyone. Whether it’s your first time visiting London, or you’re a regular, this quick guide is intended to ensure that you have all the bases covered.

Population of London

8.788 million

Language

Official language, English.

Currency in London

Great British Pound (GBP)

Time Zone

GMT

London UK Weather

January: high: 6 low: 3
February: high: 7 low: 3
March: high: 10 low: 4
April: high: 13 low: 6
May: high: 17 low: 9
June: high: 20 low: 12
July: high: 22 low: 14
August: high: 21 low:14
September: high: 19 low: 12
October: high: 14, low: 9
November: high: 10 low: 6
December: high: 7 low: 3

London Airports

London Heathrow (17 minutes to Paddington – via Heathrow Express)
London Gatwick (31 minutes to London Victoria – via Gatwick Express)
London City Airport (32 minutes to central St Pancras – via DLR and train)
Luton Airport (32 minutes to central St Pancras – via Thameslink)

London Tourist Attractions

The Shard, Big Ben and Westminster, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Millennium Bridge, Kensington Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Royal Observatory Greenwich, The Queen’s House Greenwich, HMS Belfast

Free London Museums

Science Museum, Natural History Museum, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Gallery, Museum of London Docks, Tate Modern, The Royal Museum Greenwich, Saatchi Gallery

Shopping in London

Regent Street, Oxford Street, Stratford City Westfield, White City Westfield

Cool Places to Check Out

St Katherine Dock, Greenland Docks, Brick Lane – Shoreditch, Regents Canal – Kings Cross, Little Venice, North Greenwich, Tobacco Docks, Potters Fields Park

Public Transport London

Buses, Underground and overground trains. You will need either an Oyster card (purchased from travel information centers or corner shops) or a paper ticket – cash is not accepted on public transport.

Top tip for getting around central London – stations on the underground might not be as far apart as you think, it may be easier to walk to your next destination.

Peak Times in London

Traffic and public transport: Mon-Fri 7am-9am and 5pm-7pm

London Taxi App

There are the famous London Black Cabs – you can now order these like Uber with the Gett app – there is also mytaxi. Just a heads up, taxis in London aren’t a cheap option!

Where to leave your luggage for a day

Early Airbnb checkouts and a late flight or bus home are common, so you can use this website to find where you can leave your luggage (for a small fee) when you’re visiting London. Need more inspiration? We’ve compiled a list of London’s hidden gardens and click through to a video by Vovidi with must see spots on a weekend trip to London.

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