Upon your arrival in London, you’ll understand how it earned its reputation as one of the most visited cities in the world. Straddling the River Thames, London is a tale of two cities – a striking mix of instantly recognizable historical and contemporary landmarks.
London’s diversity is the key to its character. The capital city of the United Kingdom offers a unique experience, rich in cultural, ethnic, linguistic and culinary diversity. Take in a show in “Theatreland” in the West End, or on the South Bank, home to Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre. Architecture aficionados can explore Georgian, Edwardian, Neo-Classic, Gothic Revival, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and modern styles of architecture for your memories.
With more than 240 museums, many of which have free entry, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the British Museum – home to the Rosetta Stone and Parthenon sculptures – the hardest part will be deciding which to visit. Different public transportation services make getting around London easy. Join the masses on the London Underground, aka the “Tube”, or hop-on and hop-off an iconic double decker bus as it glides down Oxford Street.
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How far is it from Heathrow Airport to central London?
Heathrow Airport is approximately 24 km (15 miles) west of central London and easily accessible by road or public transportation. The fastest service is the non-stop Heathrow Express train which takes approximately 21 minutes to reach London Paddington station. Transport for London (TfL) rail services, departing every 30 minutes, with a journey time of between 31 and 49 minutes. Travel time with The Tube is approximately one hour and trains run every 10 minutes, including off-peak times.
How can you get from London City Airport to central London?
London City Airport has excellent public transportation links to and from central London. A Visitor Oyster Card will give you access to transportation via trains and buses. The driverless overground Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is arriving at Canning Town or Woolwich Arsenal. London City Airport also has excellent road links to central London with buses and minicabs. The iconic licensed London Black cabs are also available outside the terminal building.
What about public transportation around the city?
London uses a system called the Oyster Card for public transportation, also with the option of a Visitor Oyster Card, which allows you to ride the Tube, Thames river bus services, local overground trains, London trams or the iconic London double-decker buses. The London bicycle hire scheme has more than 750 docking stations and 11,500 bikes available throughout the city, with the first half hour free of charge. You also won’t have to look very far to find one of the iconic, licensed London black cabs.
Diversity is also reflected in the endless array of things to see and do, making it next to impossible to run out of experiences in London.
- Hyde Park
- Windsor Castle
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Westminster Abbey
- The London Eye
- Free museums
London's parks and castles
Escape the city in Hyde Park – 350 acres of greenery in the heart of London, offering boating on the Serpentine, tennis and horse riding, or simply relaxing at a waterside cafe.
Royal watchers should not miss a trip to Windsor Castle, residence of Her Majesty the Queen of England and the oldest and largest working castle in the world. Changing of the guard is at 11:00 a.m. each morning.
Churches of London
For a religious experience, visit one of the many churches and cathedrals that call London home. Explore the interior of Sir Christopher Wren’s 17th century St. Paul’s Cathedral and climb up to the Golden Gallery for spectacular panoramic views. Discover the ruins of St. Dunstan-in-the-East and relax in the public garden, or visit the historic Bankside area and explore Southwark Cathedral – London’s oldest Gothic Building and the place where John Harvard was baptized. UNESCO World Heritage site, Westminster Abbey is of course, a must-see with its story-telling stained glass windows and monumental sculpture collection.
London Eye ferris wheel
Go for a spin on the 32-capsule Coca-Cola London Eye ferris wheel for an unforgettable, breathtaking perspective of London. A round trip takes 30 minutes.
If you are on a budget, there are plenty of free things on offer, including free exhibitions at the British Museum, Museum of London and the Science Museum.
For more great ideas of things to do and attractions in London, see our top picks in our London guide.
Tip for visitors: The London Pass
A 3-day ‘London Pass’ = No tickets. No cash. No fuss. Just sightseeing. Providing free, fast-track entry to more than 80 top London attractions, including the Tower Bridge, Kensington Palace, Madame Tussads and Kew Gardens.
Eating and drinking in London
Diversity is readily apparent in the dazzling array of dining, shopping and entertainment options on offer in the buzzing capital of London. One of the top-ranked cities in the world for fine dining, London has more than 70 Michelin-starred restaurants, alongside a seemingly endless selection of gastropubs, cafes, and eateries offering local and international fare.
For a great start of the day, try the traditional English breakfast, toast, egg, baked beans, mushrooms, tomato, bacon and sausages. It sounds artery clogging, but will give you a lot of energy for the sightseeing. Try the famous pies as a snack, get some fish&chips or have a cream tea in a traditional tea room. Don’t be alarmed at several typical English names for food that go great with some real ale in the pubs. Spotted dick, toad in the hole or bubble and squeak are actually very tasty food.
Find out more information about eat and drink in London.
Nightlife in London
What will you do in the evening? You can choose between hundreds of musicals in one of the Westend Theatres. For the classical minded, a visit of a Shakespeare play in the authentic replica of the Globe Theatre is definitely a highlight. See the London Symphonic Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall or a great Opera in the Royal Opera House. But you can also take a tour through the pubs and bars of Soho, dance the night away in clubs and dancehalls or see live bands in pubs and other venues.
Shopping in London
How about a shopping tour in the legendary London Shopping palaces, hot designer boutiques and great flea markets? Visit Carnaby Road, where the sixties style of „swinging London“ was invented. Pick from over 20 markets to wander around. Borough Market, London’s oldest market at over 1,000 years old is unparalleled for fresh produce and small scale artisan producers, offering traditional British fare, alongside regional specialties from around the world. Maltby Street Market, established in 2010, offers innovative street food and you’ll find budget-friendly fare at Dalston Food Market. The legendary Camden Market is the heart and soul of Camden Town, located on the Regent’s Canal. Six markets rolled into one, Camden Market is the best place for all your souvenirs.
Geneva - LondonFlight duration: 01:40 hrs total, Frequency: 6 x daily
Departure GenevaTerminal: 1Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Arrival LondonDistance to city centre: 11 km