Airport

London City Airport

IATA Code: LCY
Location: The airport is situated at the Royal Docks, 10 miles (16km) from the West End.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 (0)20 7646 0088.
Transfer to the city: Docklands Light Railway (DLR) departs from London City Airport every 8-15 minutes to Canning Town, Woolwich Arsenal and Bank. There are regular Transport for London buses from the airport to stations throughout London. Nearby National Rail stations are reached via the Jubilee line from Canning Town (a seven-minute DLR journey). Licensed taxis (black cabs) are available outside the terminal building, a taxi to the centre of London will take only 20 to 30 minutes and cost roughly 20. Car rental desks are situated on the ground floor. There are also chauffeur services available from Quay Cars.
Taxis: Taxis from London City Airport can be hailed outside the Arrivals Hall and a taxi to the centre of London will take only 20 to 30 minutes and cost roughly 20. A taxi to Canary Wharf will cost 12.
Car rental: Car rental desks are situated on the ground floor, rental companies include Avis, Europcar and Hertz.
Facilities: There are shops, bars and a restaurant at City Airport, other facilities include left luggage, a mother and baby room, tourist information and business facilities including Internet and fax. There are also ATMs, a bureau de change and Internet facilities. The disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should ideally inform their airline in advance.
Parking: Both short and long-term car parking is adjacent to the Terminal. Prior booking can be done on the airport website.
Departure tax: None.
Website: www.londoncityairport.com


London Gatwick Airport

IATA Code: LGW
Location: The airport is situated 28 miles (45km) south of London.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 (0)870 000 2468.
Transfer between terminals: The two terminals are linked by the Inter Terminal Transit train that leaves every three minutes.
Transfer to the city: The easiest and quickest way into London from Gatwick is on the Gatwick Expresstrain, which takes 30 minutes to the central Victoria railway station and costs 15. Local buses call at both terminals and run between Gatwick and key destinations including Crawley, Horley, Redhill and Horsham. Taxis are also available from the airport into town, while coaches take passengers to destinations including Heathrow, central London, Bristol and Brighton (ticket desks are in the North and South Terminals). Car rental companies operate from both terminals.
Taxis: Taxis from Gatwick Airport are available outside the Arrivals Hall and a taxi to London city centre will take roughly an hour to an hour-and-a-half as this road can be very busy. The cost can be anything between 60 and 90.
Car rental: Car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz operate from both terminals.
Facilities: Both terminals have shops, restaurants, bars, left luggage, bureaux de change, ATMs, an Internet caf, baby changing rooms and children's play areas. In the South Terminal there is a post office, a medical centre offering vaccinations, and the BAA Conference and Business Centre, which provides meeting rooms, videoconferencing, fax, photocopy, Internet access and secretarial services. Disabled facilities at the airport are good; those who require special assistance should contact their airline in advance.
Parking: There is short-term car parking next to each terminal. Long-term parking is available further away; a shuttle bus runs between the car parks and the terminals. Passengers can book parking at least four days in advance on the airport website.
Departure tax: None.
Website: www.gatwickairport.com


London Heathrow Airport

IATA Code: LHR
Location: The airport is situated 15 miles (24km) west of London.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 (0)8700 000 123.
Transfer between terminals: Terminals 1 and 3 are within walking distance of each other, with an average walking time of 11 minutes from one end to the other. Terminals 4 and 5 are connected via the free Heathrow Express train. Allow around 15 minutes for the journey time between terminals. Alternatively, Terminal 4 can be reached via the 555 bus, leaving every 19 minutes, while Terminal 5 is serviced by the 441 and 724 buses, which take 10 and 20 minutes respectively. Terminal 5 is also connected by the N9 night bus between 23:55pm and 4:55am. Terminal 2 is closed for renovations, scheduled to reopen in 2014.
Transfer to the city: The quickest way into London is on the Heathrow Expresstrain, which leaves every 15 minutes for Paddington station and takes 15 minutes with one-way tickets starting at 16.50 if purchased online, 18 at the station, and 23 if purchased onboard. Paddington has good connections to the other London railway stations and all parts of London via the London Underground(the tube). The National Expresscoach service takes passengers to central London and other towns and cities throughout the UK. Heathrow is on the Piccadilly underground line, which takes passengers into central London in around 50 minutes and costs 4. The N9 night bus departs to central London every 30 minutes from the central bus station. Taxis are available outside each terminal, and mini-cabs can offer more competitive prices than the black cabs but must be booked in advance - call +44 (0)208 574 0868. Car rental companies operate from all terminals.
Taxis: London's black taxis service Heathrow Airport; the journey time to central London varies from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on traffic. Fares are metered and depend on distance and duration of travel; fares to central London will not cost less than 50. Taxis are available from outside each terminal. Private mini-cabs can offer more competitive prices but must be booked in advance - call +44 (0) 208 574 0868.
Car rental: Car rental companies operating from all terminals include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.
Facilities: There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants, ATMs and currency exchange facilities in all terminals. Each terminal also has a left luggage facility and postal services. A pharmacy is available in Terminal 1, and a spa offering massages and other treatments is located in Terminal 5B. There are VIP Lounges is Terminals 1-4, with online booking available at the airport's website. Disabled facilities are good; those requiring special needs are advised to contact their airline in advance. There are multi-faith prayer rooms in each terminal, and St George's Chapel is located between Terminals 1 and 3 near the central bus station. There are shower facilities located past security in Terminal 4.
Parking: Short-term parking is available adjacent to the airport. A free shuttle service links the terminals and the long-term and business car parks. Parking can be booked on 0870 850 2825 or via the airport website. Valet parking is also available at all four terminals. Motorbikes can park free of charge at designated areas at each terminal.
Departure tax: None.
Website: www.heathrowairport.com


London Luton Airport

IATA Code: LTN
Location: The airport is situated 32 miles (52km) northwest of London.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 (0)1582 405 100.
Transfer to the city: Trains leave regularly to Kings Cross, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars and London Bridge stations. Train journeys to central London take 20-25 minutes with providers such as East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect. Tickets can be bought from the Onward Travel centre at the airport or online. Luton Airport Parkway Train Station is connected to the terminal by a free shuttle bus service. Easybus, Green Line and National Express buses run daily between the airport and central London. Taxis operate from outside the airport terminal 24-hours a day and car rental is also available.
Taxis: Taxis operate from Luton Airport 24-hours a day and can be hailed outside the Arrivals Hall. A taxi to central London will cost anywhere between 60 and 90 and will take approximately 2 hours.
Car rental: Car rental companies include Avis, Hertz, Europcar and National Alamo.
Facilities: Facilities at the airport include shops, bars, restaurants, bureaux de change, ATMs, a children's play area and baby changing rooms. Facilities for the disabled are good; those with special needs are advised to contact their airline or travel agent in advance.
Parking: There is short-term parking, and 'executive' parking next to the terminal. Long-term (valet) parking operates near the terminal - your car will be taken away to another compound while you are away. Passengers who book in advance via the airport website get discounted parking rates.
Departure tax: None.
Website: www.london-luton.com


London Stansted Airport

IATA Code: STN
Location: The airport is situated 34 miles (55km) northeast of London.
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: Tel: +44 (0)844 335 1803.
Transfer to the city: The Stansted Expressrail service operates between London's Liverpool Street station and the airport, taking approximately 45 minutes. There are also bus and coach services to Victoria Coach Station, Heathrow and Gatwick airports, among other London and national destinations. The bus and coach station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets are available from the ticket desk in arrivals and at the station; a ticket to Victoria costs 10.50. Taxis are available outside the terminal building and car rental is also available.
Taxis: Checkercars is the only taxi company permitted to operate from Stansted Airport. Taxis can be reserved from the counter in the Arrivals Hall. A taxi to central London will cost around 99.
Car rental: Car rental companies available at the airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Alamo, National, Enterprise and Hertz.
Facilities: There are a number of popular restaurants, shops and bars in the terminal, both before and after security. Other facilities include ATMs, a bureau de change and Internet cafe. There are VIP lounges for international travellers at gates 16 and 49, which can be booked via the airport's website. There are also shower facilities at both arrivals and departures, with towels and access available for a small fee at the airport information desk. There is a multi-faith chapel near Check-in Zone J, accessible after security. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline or travel agent in advance. Stansted is a smoke-free airport, and there are no smoking facilities past security.
Parking: The short-term parking is located next to the terminal building. Long-term parking is further away and is linked to the airport by a free shuttle bus; passengers should allow an extra 30 minutes to access the terminal from the car parks. The airport also offers valet parking. Travellers who pre-book on the Stansted Airport website receive discounted car parking.
Departure tax:
Website: www.stanstedairport.com


Southampton International Airport

IATA Code: SOU
Location: The airport is located in Hampshire, a few miles outside of Southampton,
Time: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Contacts: +44 (0)23 8062 0021
Transfer to the city: The airport is connected to Southampton Central and other parts of England via several train services, including South West Trainsand CrossCountry. The journey to Southampton Central takes approximately 8 minutes, while London is 67 minutes away. There are also buses to downtown Southampton, with the U1C running every 15-20 minutes; the journey takes roughly 35-40 minutes.
Taxis: Checker Cabs are available 24 hours a day from the taxi desk in the main concourse, near the exit. Prices are fixed in advance, and bookings can be made online or by calling +44 (0) 2380 627 100.
Car rental: The Car Rental Reception Centre is located near the short-term car park, opposite the terminal building. Car rental companies include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, National, Alamo, and Enterprise.
Facilities: Airport facilities include a duty-free shop, currency exchange, internet cafes, and several restaurants both before and after security.
Parking: There is both short-term and long-term parking available. The short-term car park is located within walking distance of the terminal, while the long-term area is erviced by a free shuttle, which takes approximately 5 minutes. Long-term parking can be booked in advance via the airport's website.
Departure tax:
Website: www.southamptonairport.com


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Whether you arrive in London via the underground or inside one of the city's ubiquitous black taxicabs, you will immediately be greeted by a deep sense of history and met with the unique vibrancy of this incredible destination.

In its dark and troubled past, the city of London has survived Roman occupancy, sackings from the Celts, Romans, Vikings and Saxons, a Norman invasion, two great fires, the bubonic plague, Nazi bombings, the Spice Girls and Damien Hirst.

But the London of today promises something for everyone. The London Eye lifts visitors high above the river into vistas that stretch tight across the fading skies. Further down on the South Bank, the Tate Modern contains one of the world's most incredible collections of Modern Art, while the city's 30,000 stores and boutiques will exhaust even the most avid shopper, and its 6,000 restaurants are only too eager to demonstrate why Britons revere their chefs as celebrities.

For those interested in exploring the country's heritage, the Tower of London is an excellent starting point. First constructed in the 11th century, the Tower has been rebuilt several times as later monarchs have left their mark. Still one of London's biggest attractions, and a great celebration of pomp that is free to all visitors is the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, which happens daily.

As the great dome of St Paul's reflects the colours of the setting sun, London comes alive with an unrivalled nightlife. For those up for something more thrilling than dinner and the theatre, London has a vast number of bars and nightclubs catering to all tastes.