All about London


The Big Smoke earned its nickname thanks to the famous smog which surrounded the capital of Great Britain in the years of its greatest power. Today, London is known from a completely different side.

The world’s financial centre, one of the cultural capitals of the world, a city full of incredible attractions and iconic views. London fascinates and remains in your memory for long.

The greatest attractions in London


Elizabeth Tower

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Buckingham Palace

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24£

The British Museum

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Crow Tower

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21,5£

London Eye

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27£

Palace of Westminster

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15£

What can you find in the city?  


London is the city of theatres. If you want to go back in time about 400 years and feel the unique atmosphere accompanying Shakespearian plays, be sure to visit the Globe Theatre situated over River Thames. Fans of electrifying musicals can also visit Brick Lane Music Hall, where every evening show is combined with an elegant candlelit dinner.

London offers tens of intriguing museums. One of them is the Charles Dickens Museum which houses unique exhibits connected with the life and creation of the well-established artist (admission: approx. 9 GBP). You can also visit the controversial Jack the Ripper Museum, the Geffrye Museum of the Home or Sir John Soane’s Museum dedicated to architectural visions of the London architect John Soane.

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Charles Dickens Museum

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Jack the Ripper Museum

COST: 10£

Attractions in the region 


Several kilometres south-east from the centre of London lay the Chislehurst caves. You can get there the quickest with South-eastern railway from the London Bridge station. The caves are visited only with a guide. Unforgettable experience is guaranteed! It is also worth visiting the Royal Greenwich Astronomical Observatory.

A visit to the Peter Harrison Planetarium is a unique opportunity to explore the universe. This is also where the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and the Cutty Sark clipper ship are located. It is best to go to Greenwich via an aquatic trail along River Thames. The ship sets off from the Westminster Pier station. Numerous attractions are offered by London’s Little Venice where you can go on a barque ride or have a tea party in a cosy cafe. Little Venice is located near the Paddington and Edgware Road metro stations.

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Chislehurst Caves

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P. Harrison Planetarium

COST: 6.50£

Cuisine 


The London culinary art circles around traditional English cuisine and flavours from various parts of the world. Walking the streets of the city, you are repeatedly faced with encouraging signboards before restaurants serving Mexican, Chinese or Italian dishes. London is famous for its excellently supplied marketplaces where you get Malaysian curry, French cheese or freshly squeezed juice. There’s no shortage of sweets, which the Londoners are quite fond of.

Borough Market near London Bridge, Camden Market and Covent Garden also enjoys popularity. Of the less crowded food bazaars, it is worth recommending the Real Foods Market by Crescent Road.

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Borough Market

Camden Market

Covent Garden

Real Foods Market

What should you try?


First and foremost, the typical English breakfast made up of fried eggs, bacon, beans, toast and tomatoes. For dinner, try fish&chips or a portion of baked meat with sauce, potatoes and vegetables, and for dessert, pudding with some cognac or another drink. Typical English meals also include apple pie and trifle – dessert based on sponge cake, jelly and custard sauce.

MENU


English breakfast

eggs, bacon, beans, toast and tomato

Fish and chips

fried fish in breadcrumbs with French fries

Pudding

a pudding poured with cognac

Trifle

dessert based on sponge cake, jelly and custard sauce

Where to visit?  


It is worth stopping for an English dinner at the traditional local restaurant Poppie’sFish and Chipswhich has been serving the best fish&chips in town since 1952. Aromatic seafood dishes can be found at Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen. Be sure to try delicious Asian dishes at Leong’s Legend. If you feel like having a beer, visit Sherlock Holmes with its truly British atmosphere!

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Poppies

DINNER: 12-18£

Sherlock Holmes

BEER: 6-9£

Weather


London is situated in the temperate climate zone. In January, the temperature varies between 2 and 8°C, and in July it reaches an average of 23°C during the day. The average annual rainfall is 621 mm. The rainiest days fall are in autumn (October-November).

THE COLDEST MONTH

January

13°/ 2°

Average temperature day/night

THE WARMEST MONTH

July

23°/ 14°

Average temperature day/night

AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE

in the year

15°/ 7°

Average temperature day/night

When is the best time to fly to London?


Winters in London are mild without strong frost, and the temperature in summer varies around 20-24°C, which is why the city is willingly frequented by tourists regardless of the year. The capital of Great Britain offers a series of year-round attractions, and the cultural offer of London is very varied. BFI London Film Festival, Notting Hill Carnival or the music V Festival are just some of London’s special events.

London is around
5600 km from New York.
The flight is 7 hours and 40 minutes

London is around
350 km from Paris.
The flight is 1 hour and 10 minutes

London is around
950 km from Berlin.
The flight is 1 hours and 45 minutes

How to get from the airport to the centre of London?


In London there are a few airports, including the largest airport in Europe – London Heathrow. The second largest airport in the city is Gatwick, located at a distance of about 45 km from the city centre. From Heathrow, you can reach the city centre via the Heathrow Express train, bus (approx. 7 GBP) or the District Lane metro line. To reach the centre from Gatwick airport, you have at your disposal the coach, Gatwick Express train or cab (approx. 75 GBP).

Two London airports which serve traffic of low-cost carriers enjoy the greatest popularity. Stansted airport is located approx. 60 km north of London. When planning a trip to the city centre, you can choose the often-running buses or railway.
The Luton airport is located around 55 km from the centre of London. It is also from there that it is easiest to reach the city centre by bus or railway.

LONDON

Heathrow

25 km

From the city centre

LHR

Metro

6£ (60 min)

Train

25£ (15 min)

LONDON

Gatwick

45 km

From the city centre

GTW

Bus

10£ (65 min)

Train

18£ (30 min)

LONDON

Stansted

60 km

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STN

Bus

5£ (50 min)

Train

8£ (45 min)

LONDON

Luton

55 km

From the city centre

LTN

Bus

6£ (40 min)

Train

20£ (40 min)

How to get around London?  


The London public transport is made up of the oldest metro in the world, aboveground railroad (DLR), buses, urban railways (London Rail), trams and trains (National Rail). Single bus tickets cost from 1.5 to 4.5 GBP depending on the zone. It is also worth buying the Oyster card or Travelcard allowing unlimited transits within 1-7 days. Children up to 11 years of age travel for free.

Prices in the city


London is regarded as one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Not without a reason! Prices of accommodation, communication and food definitely exceed the average for cities of this continent. Before departure, it is worth planning your trip around town via urban transport (you’ll pay a fortune if you travel with single tickets!), as well as visits in restaurants or tourist attractions. Food products are not among the cheapest as well, which is why it is worth buying them in supermarkets.

Currency

pound sterling

Coffee

Sandwich

Lunch at the restaurant

18£

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