London has it all, fine hotels, endless shopping, breathtaking architecture and some of the worlds best loved icons. Whether you are a regular to London on business or relaxing on an extended break there is always something new to discover, from gourmet restaurants to one of London’s hundred museums. The ancient history of London is situated right next to the modern architecture and attractions.
So whether you are here for the day or a week take time to see London at its best – here is a few helpful hints
If you are traveling to the UK for the first time please ensure you visit the below website for all Visa and travel requirements for entry to the UK. www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/travellingtotheuk/
The cheapest and easiest way round this city is the London underground. Ensure you purchase an oyster card at any underground station, which is a pay as you go travel card, easily topped up at any station. Your oyster card must be swiped at the start of your journey and swiped again on your way out to ensure your journey is registered, failure to swipe out at the end of your journey can lead to problems re entering the tube station. Alternatively travel cards can be purchased at any underground stop and allow you to travel to all zones all day.
Taxis can be easily found all around London, if the yellow light is on it means they are free to pick you up, place your hand out to get their attention and they will pull over for you!
Alternative to book a cab please call Addison Lee on 0844 800 66 77 or online - http://www.addisonlee.com/
For any hotel needs you have during your visit please contact Hotel Express our accommodation agency, who will be able to assist with all your hotel requirements.
Tel: 01905 732737
Fax: 01905 732738
These are our top spots not to be missed in London!
Big Ben & Houses of Parliament
The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was actually first given to the Great Bell, which has chimed on the hour every hour since 1859. Big Ben stands next to the Palace of Westminster or now better known as the Houses of Parliament.
For more visiting hours and more information please visit - www.parliament.uk/visiting/
Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to take up residence in Buckingham Palace in 1837. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. During the summer, visitors can tour the nineteen State Rooms, which form the heart of the Palace.
For more information on visiting Buckingham Palace please visit - www.royalcollection.org.uk
The Tower of London & Tower Bridge
A great place to view London’s ever changing skyline, Tower Bridge offers a historical viewing point. Don’t miss a chance to see this famous bridge rise and a tour of the Victorian engine rooms. For lift times and more information please visit - www.towerbridge.org.uk
The Tower of London is steeped in history having been used as a prison, palace and place of execution (including the execution of two of Henry VIII wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard), since its construction following the Norman Conquest of 1066. For further information about tours and history behind the tower please visit - http://www.hrp.org.uk/toweroflondon/
A more modern addition to the riverbank, the London Eye was built at the turn of the century and is now one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, with 3.5 million people a year taking flights. We advise pre booking your tickets to avoid disappointment.
For further information please visit - www.londoneye.com/
Open-Top Bus Tours are a great way to see all the major sights of the city, with an easy hop on hop off system, allowing you to jump off and visit any points of interest. Whether you only have two hours to see London or the whole day this is by far the easiest and most efficient way to see London. English speaking guides, or recorded commentary in various languages, offering a fascinating insight into the cities history and interesting facts on how London’s famous and not so famous landmarks!
For tickets contact - www.bigbustours.com
Museums and Parks
London has a multitude of free museums for you to spend an afternoon in and if the weather is nice then there is always one of London’s stunning parks to stroll around. For more information on which museums to visit please see - http://www.visitlondon.com/attractions/culture/major-museums
And for your nearest park please see - www.royalparks.org.uk
For more information on what is going on in London during your stay make sure you check the below websites -