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How to Get Around London

4 October 2019

How to Get Around London

London is a beautiful city to explore; whether it’s your first time or you are a seasoned traveller, it’s good to get some tips before you head out sightseeing. Planning a trip to one of the busiest cities in the UK can be overwhelming, but you can rest easy knowing our team at Frankie Says has put together the best tips when travelling the City of London.

How to Get Around London

It’s not exactly the best option if it starts raining; however, most of London is pedestrian-friendly; you can get to many attractions in central London by just walking and avoid the cost of public transport. Generally, if an attraction is less than two tube stops away, it will be quicker to walk unless the river is in the way, but always consult a map. There are also many walking tours that you can go on, which are very useful; you can follow the map and make it a self-guided tour. 

Travelling from the Airports 

If you’ve flown into London, then the chances are that you’ll have landed at one of London’s six airports. People will often ask how to get to central London from the airport? The airports in London vary in distance from the city centre, for example:

  • London City Aiport is one to two miles from the city centre.
  • Heathrow Airport is 14 miles from the city centre.
  • Luton Airport is 29 miles away from the city centre.
  • Gatwick Airport is 33 miles away from the centre.
  • Stansted Airport and Southend Aiport are 40 miles from the centre of London.

Heathrow and Gatwick Airports offer airport transfers and other modes of transport such as Taxi, Coach and the train or tube. The rest of the airports are most accessible by train as London has 334 train stations and 270 tube stations that take you to the best places in the City. 

Travelling by Train or Tube 

Travelling London via the train and tube is probably one of the best ways to see all the sights unless you’ve paid for an open-top bus. Tube and train travel can be paid for by ‘tapping in’ at the start of your journey with a contactless bank card, payment app or an Oyster card, which is London’s city-wide travel card. The tube fare pricing depends on the timing and zone you are travelling in; this is the same for the overground; there is also a free travel map you can download before travelling. At Frankie Says, we want to ensure that our guests know how to travel about London, so we have put together a guide on how to get to the best sightseeing spots: 

  • Buckingham Palace, Victoria and Hyde Park Corner are the best tube stations to get off to see the most famous building in London.
  • The London Eye, you can use the Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminister Tube stations to get to the London icon.
  • HMS Belfast, the main tube station to use is London Bridge.
  • Portobello Market, Ladbroke Grove tube station, is adjacent to the street where the market is held. 
  • Somerset House, the nearest tube stations are Covent Garden, Temple, Charing Cross and Embankment.
  • Camden Market, the tube station stop you are looking for is Camden town.
  • Hyde Park, Queensway, High Street Kensington or Bayswater are the best tube stations to get to the park.
  • St Paul’s Cathedral, you can use both St Paul’s and Mansion House tube stations to get to the attraction.
  • The Shard, you can use the London Bridge tube station.
  • Houses of Parliament and Westminister Abbey whilst seeing the London Eye, you can see the Houses of Parliament and Westminister Abbey at the same time by using the Westminster tube station.

There are so many brilliant and easy ways to get around London, but if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, why not get in touch with Frankie Says. We have a range of properties available to rent, ideally situated in the heart of London.

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