London is one of the most visited capitals in the world. It is a great multicultural city and very lively from a social, cultural and economic point of view. The city has emblematic points of interest such as Big Ben or Buckingham Palace. We suggest a stroll along Oxford Street, Hyde Park or the neighbourhoods of Notting Hill and Camden. Museum lovers should not miss the National Gallery, the British Museum or the Natural History Museum among many others.
How to get around in London
Public transport in London has very good infrastructures that will allow you to easily reach any point in the city. It is one of the most expensive transport services compared to other European capitals. So renting a car is a good option to move more flexibly and save. Check getaround.com for more about London car hire.
London’s bus network is one of the most extensive in the world. It has eight thousand buses, more than seven hundred lines and operates 24 hours a day. If you want to move to other British cities, transport companies such as Mega-bus or National Express offer trips to national and international destinations such as Edinburgh, Cardiff, Liverpool or even Paris and Amsterdam.
The London Underground, known as underground or Tube is the oldest and second largest in the world, with more than 270 stations that connect the entire city and reaches the areas of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. It is estimated that the underground is used by one billion passengers a year. It has recently begun to offer night service as well.
Legally authorized taxis are black and have a luminous sign on the front with the word taxi. If you want to take a taxi, you can book it in advance, stop it on the street or approach a stop.
Can I rent a motorhome in London?
In addition to car hire, Auto Europe also offers motorhomes for hire in London. You can enjoy your house on wheels as you move around the city and discover the south of England at your own pace. Without depending on public transport timetables and being able to stop whenever you want.
Places to visit while in London
The London Dungeon was inaugurated in 1974. It was designed to show tourists the history of London through 1000 years. From the Great London Fire to the story of Jack the Ripper. This dungeon boasts a variety of actors, shows and attractions to impress and transport visitors to the past. Not suitable for those who fear strong emotions, here you will find skeletons and portray characters such as the torturer or the doctor of the plague, among others. This attraction is located in Southbank, very close to the London Eye.
If you want to know the history of London in detail, don’t miss a visit to the London Museum on the London Wall. Here is the history of the city from prehistory to the present day. It was inaugurated in 1976 and currently has more than six million objects on display. It is the largest collection of urban history in the world. More than one million people visit this museum every year.
The imposing London Eye is located on the south bank of the River Thames, just in front of the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. It is a 135 metre high ferry wheel with incredible views over the city of London. It was designed by architect Frank Anatole to celebrate the arrival of the year 2000. It is the highest waterwheel in Europe and the most popular attraction in the UK with some 3.75 million visitors a year.
Lego Land Windsor
This place is perfect for those who travel as a family, or who enjoyed playing with the Lego as children. Inaugurated in 1996, it is located west of London on the outskirts of the M25. It has a total of 55 attractions, many of them built with Lego pieces, in addition to roller coasters and water activities. It is divided into twelve thematic areas: The Beginning, Imagination Centre, Duplo Valley, Miniland, Adventure Land, Pirate Shores, Heartlake City, Knight’s Kingdom, Land of the Vikings, Kingdom of the Pharaons and of course Lego City.
A photo next to Buckingham Palace is one of the best souvenirs to take with you from London. This huge building has 775 rooms and the largest private garden in the city. It became the official residence of the British kings in 1837. As a curiosity you should know that if the flag flying over the palace is that of Union Jack, it means that the queen is not at home, while if it is the Royal Standard flag, it means that the queen is in the palace.