More than a nation's capital, London is the hub for what was once the largest empire on earth. Exploring this metropolis means falling victim to its charms, meandering through its sprawling walkways, and getting inspired by the same land that's given us The Beatles and James Bond. Whether hailing a black cab, frequenting free museums, or enjoying high tea at Harrods, there's a little something for the legend-seeker in each of us.
See top London attractions at your own pace on a comprehensive hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! With three family-friendly tour routes and three transport link services available, this hop-on hop-off bus in London offers a perfect day of sightseeing for all the family. From the comfort of a spacious open-top double-decker bus, see all the top sights like the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and more.
See some of England's famous towns and castles. Visiting Oxford, you'll enjoy a private tour of Christ Church College and see many locations from the Harry Potter films including the Hogwarts dining hall. Tour medieval Warwick Castle with waxwork displays from Madame Tussauds and see Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon.
No visit to London is complete without a trip on the London Eye! Indulge yourself with this breathtaking experience. Visit includes new interactive guides powered by Samsung Galaxy Tab and an entry to the London Eye 4D Experience, an inspiring journey of discovery that brings London to life through multi-sensory special effects.
Get your tickets for one of the most popular West End musicals of all time - "Billy Elliot"! With music by legendary songwriter Sir Elton John, this brilliant musical is an adaptation of one of the most adored British films of the last decade.
Combine old-school English glamor with delicious cakes, sandwiches and tea on this must-do afternoon tea experience in London! Choose between one of two different types of afternoon tea - one with Champagne or one with just tea - both taking place at London's 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel.
Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields - visit these famous Liverpool sights. Arriving at Liverpool Lime Street, you'll have time to explore this Victorian city, perhaps taking a stroll along the stunningly refurbished Albert Dock Complex housing the Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool art gallery. Visit the Beatles Story, where you can re-live the Fab Four's meteoric rise to fame.
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is the world's largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. Housed beneath the reconstructed Globe Theatre on London's Bankside, the exhibition explores the remarkable story of the Globe, and brings Shakespeare's world to life using a range of interactive displays and live demonstrations.
Music lovers! This is the ideal way to discover London's rock music history. These small-group tours (maximum 16 people) cover everything from rock 'n' roll landmarks in bohemian Soho to the north London neighborhoods of Camden Town, Hampstead Village and Heath, Muswell Hill, Archway and Islington.
You need to ensure that you - and any child travelling with you - have all the travel documents necessary to enter or transit through each country on your itinerary. Please ensure you verify the requirements for each country as the required documents for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required on the return.
Transportation from Heathrow to Central London
Heathrow Airport is very well served by public transport such as subways, trains, buses and coaches. Car rentals and taxi service are also available. Refer to the Heathrow Airport website for more information.
With an estimated 30,000 retail outlets, London offers tremendous variety and choice to the shopper, and has a flair for presentation that makes for a highly entertaining shopping experience. Shops generally open Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5:30/6 p.m.; Sun.10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Many shops have late hours on Thursdays. Some shops close on Sundays.
The official currency used in the UK is the Great British Pound (GBP).
Banks are generally open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 9:30 to noon on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. There are several major chains and branches of all banks and their ATMs can be found widely throughout the city. ATMs can be found in all towns and cities, inside and outside banks, at airports, train stations and many supermarkets.
The city is divided up into six concentric circles or "zones", with zone 1 being the centre. Depending on the duration of your stay, the cheapest (and most convenient) option is to purchase a daily, three-day or weekly travel card that gives you unlimited access to the underground and buses as well as local overland trains in the city. All tickets must be bought in advance from your departure station.
The underground (or tube) runs for up to 20 hours a day (times vary according to location), every day and serves all parts of central London; it is one of the easiest ways to travel. Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines and ticket offices at all stations.
Buses are a great way to travel around the city, ideal for informal sightseeing. There are over 17,000 bus stops all across London so you are never far from a bus route.
London's overland train network complements the system of buses and tubes, as well as forming the easiest way to access national and international destinations from the heart of the city. All main stations are connected to the underground network.
An orange light on black cabs indicates that they are available for hire but you often have to queue at ranks, particularly at major stations or tourist hotspots. Minicabs - licensed vehicles operated by private taxi firms - are often cheaper than black cabs. You should call and order one rather than pick them up from the street. Ask your hotel to book your cab for you or to recommend a local firm.
Most hotel and restaurant bills include a service charge. Make sure you check the bill to avoid tipping twice. Where a service charge is not included in a restaurant, or for a taxi driver, tour guide or other service provider, it is customary to leave a tip of 10%-15% of the bill.
The standard of water cleanliness is very high, and in general kitchen water supplies, tap water in restaurants and ice cubes are safe. You can find bottled water in most shops and supermarkets.
The standard electrical voltage in the UK is 220V, 50HZ. A square three-pronged adapter plug and/or electric converter for appliances is required.