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City Breaks London

A city break to London will bring you face to face with some of the world’s most famous landmarks and historical attractions. Scattered throughout the city are parks and gardens where you can relax and unwind. Discover a different cuisine on every corner of the city, and spend some time taking in the glamour of London’s shopping districts.

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Best time to visit: For warmer days, visit London in summer, during the months of June to mid-September.

Heathrow

Heathrow (LHR) is about 20 miles from the city centre

Eat and drink your way around London’s culinary hot spots and walk it off in one of the many parks in and around the city. Take a trip through History in the Victoria and Albert museum and finish it all off with a shopping spree (or window shopping) in Oxford Street.

From authentic Indian curries in Brick lane to spectacular Chinese dishes in China Town, London is filled with a mixture of cultures and cuisines. A pub lunch of fish and chips tops the list of things to eat in London. Don’t forget to make a toast with a proper British drink - gin and tonic.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city by spending some time in one of the many parks in and around London. During the summer, Hyde Park is the perfect place to rent a paddle boat or catch some rays on the grass. Enjoy a picnic in Richmond Park, where you’re sure to spot some deer and other interesting animals.

A London city break isn’t complete without a shopping spree. You’ll find London’s best shopping streets in the West End, where designer stores and retails chains abound. Hunt for vintage items and antiques at Portobello Road market.

Expand your knowledge of history by visiting the museums in London. From fossils and ancient relics at the Natural History Museum, to the history of modern art at the Tate Modern, most of the museums are free of charge and waiting to be explored.

London’s landmarks are abundant and truly give this city the perfect balance of old and new. The historical Big Ben and Houses of Parliament are a stone’s throw from the London Eye, from which you can see the rest of the city at a bird’s eye view.

LONDON IS BEST FOR...

Culture vultures: The museums are free, the art galleries are abundant, and the theatre is alive and well in the West End. Cultural exploration in the city is endless.

Shoppers: From luxury shopping on the high street, to hidden gems in the back streets, London is the shopping capital of Europe.

Foodies: London is a melting pot of cultures, which means there’s a range of exciting food choices for you to try out.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in London is English

Currency: The currency used in London is the Great British Pound (£) or the Euro (€)

Fly to: Heathrow (LHR) is about 20 miles from the city centre

Tourist Information: Further London tourist information can be found at http://www.visitlondon.com/

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to London.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: The average maximum temperature in summer is around 22° C, while winter temperatures average 5°C.

Best time to visit: For warmer days, visit London in summer, during the months of June to mid-September.

London has a temperate climate, with cold winters and warmer summers. However, rain can be expected at any time


GETTING AROUND

By train: The London Underground and Overground trains will get you all around the busy city at an affordable rate.

By bus: Explore the city by taking a red bus – they’re efficient, on time and can take you to almost anywhere.

By bicycle: Boris Bikes can be found all around the city. Hiring them is quick and easy and the first 30 minutes are free


EVENTS

New Year’s Day Parade: Thousands of performers from all over the world gather to celebrate the New Year in the streets of London.

Notting Hill Carnival: The streets of Notting Hill transform into a colourful carnival for three days each August, when performers and dress up, sing and dance in the streets.

Chelsea Flower Show: For five days in May, the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea turn into a magnificent garden show, attracting people from all over the world.


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