Cheap Flights to London
Flying from Pakistan to London? Here are some good tips.
Getting Around London
When booking a flight to London the last thing on your mind should be how to get around the city. London’s legendary Tube network remains the quickest and easiest way to get around the city, though it is best avoided during rush hour. The famous red buses are a more pleasant, if slower, way to get around. A one-day Travelcard is a good option for tourists; it can be used on buses and the underground and can be bought at any newsagent. The ubiquitous black cabs are excellent but very expensive; minicabs are cheaper but must be ordered in advance. Illegal minicabs tout for business around London’s theaters and nightspots; they are often the only option late at night but should not be taken by single women or those who don’t know the way home. London’s main attractions are fairly close to each other, many are situated along the River Thames and, if the weather is nice, walking or taking a riverboat are good options. Driving is not a good option in central London as parking is difficult to find and very expensive and those who park illegally are faced with steep fines at best. A “Congestion Charge” is also payable by those driving into Central London from Monday to Friday between 7am and 6.30pm. However driving is the only option for those wanting to explore the countryside. Car rental companies require the driver to be over 25, have a full driving license, and hold a credit card. For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk.
London Insider Information
- Relive history every day in London while watching the Changing the Guard. The British pomp and ceremony is free and takes place outside Buckingham Palace. The guards are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats, and the ceremony is set to music. Other free London attractions include the British Museum, the Museum of Mankind, Sir John Soane’s Museum, and the Museum of Garden History. The main art galleries – the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Gallery, Wallace Collection are all free.
- For discounts on London transportation and attractions, get a Travelcard and London Pass Card. A Travelcard allows unlimited travel on the Tube, buses, and trains in the London urban area as well as a discount on many of London’s scheduled river services. The London Pass Card gives you free entry to more than 50 attractions including museums, historic ships, zoos, and gardens. (This was formerly called the London GoSee Card). You can purchase both cards before you leave home or in London.
- The two Tate museums in London are world famous for many reasons. Tate Britain houses a collection of 65,000 works, including the Turner collection of 19,000 watercolors and some 300 paintings as well as a gallery of British art from 1500 to the present. Tate Modern, on the South Bank riverfront, has galleries of modern and contemporary art; traveling shows; and ongoing activities and events.
- Go to the theater. London has the best English-language theater in the world, with offerings even greater than New York. And, you can book your tickets online from home.
- Londoners enjoy their sports: cricket, football, horse racing, tennis, and golf, as well as more unusual sports, such as “going to the dogs”—watching dog racing—which is very popular, especially in the East End. Check the schedules and spend the afternoon as a spectator.
- Before Peter Pan found Neverland he found Kensington Gardens. In the first Peter Pan storybook, author J M Barrie sends Peter Pan out of his nursery to Long Water in Kensington Gardens — the very spot where the statue stands today.
- Have a “cuppa”—afternoon tea—with all the grace and ritual of the British Empire at one of several hotels that serve afternoon tea, the most famous of which is the Ritz. Remember to dress smartly as there is a dress code.
- Camden Market is one of the most exciting shopping experiences London has to offer. The market is definitely worth a visit with its huge variety of food, antiques, bric-a-brac, clothing, bars, nightspots, and crowds of people.
- Finding an address in London is no small task. There’s no pattern to the street names; house numbers, when they exist, run in odds and evens, clockwise and counterclockwise. You may also want to get a detailed street map with an index. Londoners carry London A to Z, the ultimate street-by-street reference guide, available at bookstores and newsstands.
- Before booking your flights to London, take a look at Know Before You Go, a publication from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, that contains everything U.S. residents should know before going abroad.