London Travel Guide29 May 2018
London travel guide
Things to do in London
Places to visit in London
London places to visit
Attracting millions of tourists every year, London has become one of the leading travel destinations across the world. Situated near the Thames River, the city offers a unique blend of great architecture and cultural heritage that can make anyone fall in love with its beauty and elegance. If you are planning to visit London, here is everything you need to know about the city and the places that you must explore.
Some of the must-visit landmarks in London include Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben Clock Tower, Houses of Parliament, British Museum, Madame Tussauds and Nelson's Column. Besides, you can also visit the famous galleries, theatres and restaurants to get the real glimpse of life in London. If you love to party, visiting famous pubs like The MayFlower Pub, The French House and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese should definitely be on your travel itinerary.
It is not just the nightlife and the architectural marvels that make London a famous travel destination; there are various activities that a nature-lover can enjoy. For instance, you can indulge in water activities near the Thames River or take a lively stroll in the famous parks of the city. There is Hyde Park, the big-wide green spread, and the Royal- St James Park. You can also visit London Zoo which has a wide variety of wildlife species like guerrillas, tigers, penguins and giraffes.
How to Reach London
Majorly, there are six international airports in London, namely, Heathrow, Luton, London City, Gatwick, Stansted and Southend airports. Heathrow Airport is the largest airport in London which is connected to major destinations around the world. If you are travelling to London from India, you can find various direct or connecting flights from major cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The major airlines operating between London and India are Air India, British Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa and Air France among others.
How to Reach the Tourist Places
Westminster Abbey is at the centre of the London City and is close to two other tourist places in London - the Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. To reach this destination, you can either use the London Underground Station in the Westminster City or take a cab.
To reach Tower of London, you can board the metro to Tower Hill station.
For Buckingham Palace, there are multiple stations like Victoria, St James' Park and Green Park where you can de-board and take a walk. The best walk to the Royal Palace is from Green Park.
The other famous places can be accessed using the London Tube, the public transit system. It is, by far, the best means to travel across the city with great convenience.
Best Time to Visit
London is a year-round travel destination and has a mild climate base. During springtime, London has bright, long days and the average temperature hovers between 11° to 15°C. It might rain during this time.
Easter falls in the spring period, and the Central London part is decorated on the Easter Weekend in full bloom. The Easter Holiday is filled with fun and remains crowded too.
The London summers are warm and can be enjoyed by spending time outdoors in green spaces, rooftop bars or the beer gardens. The temperature remains around 18°C and can go over 30°C as well. It is the perfect weather to attend London’s summer music festivals.
The popular yearly festivals including Totally Thames festival and Halloween that are celebrated in autumn. The Christmas party mood sets in from November only.
In winters, the average temperature is 2-6°C. Since it does not have harsh weather, you can enjoy the off-peak tourist season by nicely wrapping yourself in cosy winterwear.
Post-December, there is January sale, and you can usually find cheap accommodation deals across hotels, local attractions and restaurants till February.
What to Pack?
- Before going to London, check the temperature of the city and pack your stuff accordingly. However, do not forget to carry an umbrella
- During winters, carry sweaters, jackets, scarves, stoles to keep yourself warm
- You can also carry few accessories to glam up your look
- Pack few pairs of footwear and include comfortable shoes and flip flops
- Eton Mess: It is a delicious dessert made using cream, crushed meringue (made of egg-whites and baked crisp sugar) and the classic strawberry ingredient
- Pie and Mash: A variety of pie accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and generous gravy
- Bangers and Mash: The sausages and mashed potatoes dish served in the winters
- English Breakfast: A mighty meal comprising of eggs, sausages, mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, black pudding and toast
- Sticky Toffee Pudding: A moist, raisin stuffed sponge cake, dipped in toffee sauce, served with custard or ice-cream on the plate
- Beef Wellington: A filet steak dish wrapped in puff pastry before cooking
Indian Restaurants in London
Location: 42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH
Contact: 0203 011 5900
Location: 15 -17 Blandford Street, Marylebone Village, London W1U 3DG
Contact: +44 (0)20 7935 5624
- Bombay Palace
Location: 50 Connaught Street, London W2 2AA
Contact: +44 (0) 20 7723 8855
Shopping List Essentials
- Vintage shopping is one of the top things to do in London. There are vintage dresses and retro clothing, cheap vintage shoes, design pieces and the collectables that can make you shop more
- People who love books must explore the famous bookshops, book markets
- Explore the high-end shopping streets where you can find big designer shops, boutiques and departmental stores. Search here for exclusive brands, fine jewellery, designer cuts, art, antiques, sculptures and exquisite hampers
- You can easily access late-night pharmacies like Boots Midnight Pharmacy, Pharma Centre and Bliss Chemist
- There are NHS walk-ins like Soho NHS walk-in centre and Hammersmith NHS Urgent Care Centre
- You can go for travel insurance when going abroad for a backup plan. In case of medical emergency, you can contact your travel insurance company to get a list of network hospitals in the city
Basics of Local Communication
Almost 98% of the population in London speaks English, so communication will not be an issue for you. The accents, however, can be a bit confusing at times. While having a conversation with the locals, try to use polite words, and you will not have any trouble finding the places you wish to go.
Indian Embassy in London
High Commission of India,
Visa Process for Indian Visitors to London
The following documents are required to get a visa:
- Original passport and old passports, if any
- The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of submission of the visa
- The passport should have a minimum of three blank pages for stamping purpose
- Confirmed return air tickets
- The visa application form duly filled by the applicant
- Two recent passport-size colour photographs, which should not be more than three months old
- Covering letter mentioning details of travel, details of the traveller, purpose of visit and duration of stay. The letter should be signed by an authorized person, along with company stamp and should be addressed to the Visa Officer
- Income Tax Returns of the last three years
- Proof of investments - Mutual funds, fixed deposits, national saving certificates and stocks & shares
- Hotel confirmation details
- Original bank statements showing all the transactions for the last 6 months, duly attested and signed by a bank official