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The modern city with a traditional soul, London is one of the most fascinating - and best-value - destinations. As with the other top-ranking European cities, there is a heady mix of old and new. The ancient Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and other royal residences stand beside modern edifices such as City Hall, the Gherkin and Shard London Bridge. Add in the capital's parks and masterpiece-stuffed museums and galleries (most of which are free to visit) and it's little wonder why millions of travellers book flights to London each year.  

There's never a bad time to visit London. The world city has plenty going on year round - sporting events (Premier League Football games, rugby, Wimbledon to name a few), festivals (like the Notting Hill Festival each August), concerts, conventions and expos.

And if you want to see a bit more of that part of the world while you're there, its joined up, world-class infrastructure means it's easy to take buses, trains and planes and go exploring.

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London climate

July and August are usually the warmest months, however, the Great British summer has a reputation for being a washout. January is the coolest month with temperatures in the low single digits (Celsius). Spring and autumn can be very pleasant, as the temperatures are usually higher than the rest of the UK. The rain is heaviest during November when the city averages 6cm (2.5 inches).

When to fly to London

Peak season:

Most visitors arrive on flights to London between June and September. Christmas and Easter are other peak times. School holidays - half-term weeks in October, February and May - are very busy. Families flock to the museums and attractions.

Shoulder season:

Shoulder season is from April to May (excluding Easter) and early September to October. September/October is a great time of year to get cheaper flights and it can be the best time to visit: fewer crowds, cheaper hotel rooms, and better light for photography and bringing out the scenery.

Off season:

As London is a four-season destination there's not much of an off-season. The weeks following Christmas and New Year until Easter are fairly quiet.

Getting around London

There are tons of options, the best being the Tube. London’s underground system is the fastest and easiest way to get around. Avoid rush hour though unless you like the sardine-in-a-can crush. 

London’s iconic double-decker red buses are slower, but they can be found everywhere and won’t be as crowded. Look into getting an Oyster card or Travelcard for travelling on London’s public transport – it will save you money. You can find them at tube stops or newsagents. 

Black cabs are everywhere and very comfortable, but very expensive. Minicabs are a cheaper taxi option, but you have to order them ahead of time. Watch out for illegal minicabs that trawl the theatres and nightspots. They might seem like the only late-night option, but single women or those unfamiliar with the area should and find a different way to stay safe. 

London is a big city, but many of the tourist attractions are within walking distance or along the River Thames. Take advantage of a sunny day by walking or taking a riverboat. 

Driving is not recommended, as parking is near impossible to find and a Congestion Charge will cost you extra when driving into the city’s centre Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm. Rent a car only if you’d like to head out into the country. You will need to be over 25 and have a licence and a credit card. For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk.

London insider information

  • Major museums and art galleries are free to visit. These include the world-renowned British Museum, Natural History and Science Museums, Victoria and Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum and National Maritime Museum. There are also smaller, quirkier museums such as The Geffrye Museum, restored 18th-century almshouses with a number of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.
  • The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is when the new guard exchanges duty with the old guard. It's a fantastic sight. The schedule is on the official British Monarchy website (www.royal.gov.uk).
  • Hoxton is one of the coolest places in London. It was once the centre of the rag trade. Now, its large factory spaces have been transformed in to uber-cool galleries and artists' studios.
  • The best place to get a curry is Brick Lane in East London. Jellied eels are not as popular as they once were but if you'd like to try them, the best place, bar none, is M Manze Pie and Eel Shop, the oldest pie-and-mash shop in London.
  • The London Eye, situated on the South Bank of the Thames, offers great views of London. Another vantage point is the gallery of the Monument to the Great Fire of London in the City of London. It was built between 1671 and 1677; its 311 steps leading to an observation deck beneath the shining gold "flame".

Airport Overview

London Gatwick Airport is the second-busiest international airport in the UK - in terms of passenger traffic. Despite its sizeable distance from central London – it is situated north of Crawley almost 50km from the central business district – great transport links to and from the airport ensure that it remains an incredibly popular entry-point for visitors.

In fact, London Gatwick saw 31.3 million passengers in 2010, making it Europe's ninth-busiest airport, and the continent's leading airport for point-to-point flights. This impressive traffic is sure only to increase with the 2012 Olympic Games in London next summer.

Flights to London Gatwick Airport are offered by a variety of operators, including charter airlines such as Monarch and Thomson Airways, low-cost carriers such as easyJet and Flybe, and more established airlines, like British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The huge range of international destinations you can access from Gatwick is illustrated by the diversity of its seven most-popular flights: Malaga, Dublin, Orlando, Alicante, Faro, Dubai, and Geneva.

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This is useful information about Gatwick

Photo of London   London
Avg temperature for this monthGatwick19.2 °CSource: World Weather Online
Avg rainfall for this month inGatwick42 mmSource: World Weather Online
Airlines flying toGatwickIberia, British Airways and Flybe
Available deals toGatwick429
Advertisers with offers toGatwick4
Lowest flight offer toGatwick£51
Avg flight offer toGatwick£537

 How much do things cost in London?

  • Cheap meal: £10.00
  • Bottle of beer (imported beer): £1.61
  • Petrol (1 litre): £1.39
  • Large bottle of water: £0.95
  • Cinema ticket: £12.00
  • 1 bedroom flat outside of centre: £955.90
  • Local draught beer (0.5 litre): £3.80
  • 3 course meal for 2: £50.00
  • 3 bedroom flat outside of centre: £1716.96
  • 1 mile taxi journey: £4.22
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