Luxury holidays in London

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When to go

London empties out in August, but tourist sites still get crowded. Spring and summer can be lovely, even if the weather is reliably unreliable.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    London has several international airports: Heathrow to the west is on the Piccadilly Line or 15 minutes from Paddington on the Heathrow Express train (; tickets are cheaper if booked online). Gatwick to the south is 30 minutes from Victoria via the Gatwick Express ( Stansted to the east and Luton to the north are where most of the budget carriers land. There are trains to Liverpool Street four times an hour from Stansted and a regular rail service to King’s Cross from Luton. City Airport in Docklands is dominated by European business flights and is on the DLR line.
  • Boats

    There are commuter and leisure boats all along the river: the main service runs from Putney with regular stop-offs all the way to Greenwich Pier. See for timetables and routes.
  • Trains

    International trains arrive at St Pancras (, which has good links via the Underground. The Tube network will be your saviour, taking you anywhere you need to go (; your best bet is to use your chip-and-pin card to touch in and out, or to buy an Oyster card from any station for reduced-price journeys (valid on buses too) across the capital.
  • Automobiles

    On weekdays from 7am to 6pm there’s a daily Congestion Charge (£11.50 if paid on or before the day you're travelling; £14 if paid the following day) payable to drive into and around central London (; parking is easy but pricey. Beware overzealous traffic officials.
  • Taxis

    You can hail one of London’s trademark metered hackney cabs anywhere, or download and book using the Gett app ( and a black cab will arrive to whisk you from A to B for a pre-arranged fare. Avoid unlicensed minicabs.