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With an ever-evolving skyline and a deep and rich history, London is a tourist hotspot for domestic and international visitors. From the consumerism of Oxford Street to the world premieres hosted at Leicester Square, it knows how to do the glitz and glam without forgetting its roots.
The London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are all internationally known, whilst the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral also get the recognition which they deserve and are flooded with tourists throughout the year. London flights bring in foreigners and far flung UK residents to see the nation's capital. Check out the latest goings on in our London events pages.
There are three main airports servicing London - Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted, as well as Luton, Southend and City, so it is not difficult to get a flight to London, whether international or domestic. Travel times from these locations to London hotels will vary, with Stansted's train link getting you into the centre in 45 minutes whilst Gatwick can take an hour by road or 30 minutes by train. Cheap flights to London are generally quicker than road journeys for those travelling across the country, with travel times running at an hour from Manchester Airport.
With six airports to choose from there can be an almost bewildering array of flights! Don't despair, they are all well connected for onward travel after your flight to London arrives. Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are the largest airports, although you might find cheaper deals to City, Southend and Luton.
All the airports have cab and minicab services offering a fast way to get to your hotel, but it's usually the priciest route as well. Look out for trains and be aware that nonstop routes usually cost more than their stopping counterparts. Shuttle buses can be a good compromise on cost with plenty of drop off points across the city, but you might find that the travel time is extended during morning and evening rush hours. Heathrow and London City Airport are both on the tube line, although if you've got large luggage with you it can often be a hassle, especially at busy periods.
The London Underground, commonly called the tube, is the best way to get around London, especially if you are mainly visiting the central area - but don't overlook the bus network either! These days buses all have automated boards showing you the next stop so you don't have to worry about missing yours. London car hire firms operate at the airports and so London flights can be followed by a trip to the rental desk to pick up a vehicle, although the congestion charge does mean that you will need to pay for using it throughout the central zone.