SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION AND CONTACT DETAILS ABOUT TRAVEL TO AND WITHIN LONDON, AND VISITS WHEN YOU ARE HERE.
Gatwick Express: 08458 501530; www.gatwickexpress.com (Gatwick to Victoria, 30 minute ride, up to 4 trains an hour)
Heathrow Express: 08456 001515; www.heathrowexpress.com (Heathrow to Paddington, 15/20 minute ride, 4 trains an hour)
Stansted Express: 08458 500150; www.stanstedexpress.com (Stansted to Liverpool Street, 45 minutes, up to 4 trains an hour)
London City Airport shuttlebus: 0207 646 0088; www.londoncityairport.com (to Liverpool Street, 30 minute ride)
Luton (trains or bus to London): 01582 405100; www.london-luton.co.uk Trains to Kings Cross (35 minutes); or Express Coach to Victoria Coach Station (one and a half hours), 08706 087261, www.greenline.co.uk; or ‘Easybus’ to Baker Street (55 minute ride), 08701 417217, www.easybus.co.uk
London underground and buses, and Oyster cards: www.tfl.gov.uk
UK rail information : www.trainline.com
Car Collection from/to airports
Drivers will meet you at the customs exit and take you to your apartment .
LUGGAGE STORAGE in Central London.
If you arrive early and there is no luggage storage facility at your accommodation, you can store luggage at the following main stations: Paddington, St Pancras, Euston, Kings Cross, Liverpool St,Charing Cross, Waterloo and Victoria. Also at Victoria Coach Station 10 minutes walk from Victoria Rail Station. ( opposite Gate 6).
Theatre bookings and reviews
Visits and Tours
www.londonpass.com (once bought, free entry to over 70 attractions)
www.theoriginaltour.com or www.bigbustours.com
www.hrp.org.uk (Royal palaces, eg Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Tower of London)
www.royalcollection.org.uk (Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle)
www.parliament.uk (visits to Houses of Parliament)
THOSE BELOW ARE ALL FREE (there may be a charge for a special exhibit )
www. stpauls.co.uk ( it is free to attend a church service which is a public occasion )
FREE BUS TOURS .
For the price of an Oystercard take a self-guided tour of all the sights. See
GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
( permanent exhibitions are free but special exhibits may be chargeable)
www.nationalgallery.org.co.uk (Trafalgar Square – paintings include those by da Vinci, Van Gogh and Boticelli)
www.vam.ac.uk The Victoria and Albert Museum (South Kensington – fashion, jewellery, sculpture , furniture)
www.soame.org John Soame.s Museum ( former home of architect of the Bank of England, Holborn, with works by Canaletto, Hogarth and more)
www.wallacecollection.org The Wallace Collection (Manchester Square, Oxford St. Works include Titian, Canelletto and Rembrandt)
www.tate.org.uk Tate Britain and Tate Modern ( T.B., Millbank, has traditional works , and T.M., close Westminster Bridge ,includes works by Picasso, Matisse and Dali )
www.npg.org.uk National Portrait Gallery ( Covent Garden area , houses the largest portrait collection in the world.
www.saatchigallery.com The Saatchi Gallery (Close Sloane Square, exhibits new and upcoming artists )
www.britishmuseum.org The British Museum ( Bloomsbury, includes Egyptian mummies and the Rosetta Stone)
www.nhm.ac.uk Natural History Museum (S. Kensington, includes dinosaurs )
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk The Science Museum (close NHM above, includes Apollo 10 and Stepehenson’s Rocket)
www.museumoflondon.org.uk The Museum of London and London Docklands (close Barbican and St.Pauls : the history of London from prehistoric times. Dramatic and hands on exhibits) ( Isle of Dogs, North side of the river . History of London’s river, from the Romans to today)
www.rmg.co.uk National Maritime Museum Greenwich (Royal Museums Greenwich – Britain’s naval and exploration history , famous ships, ancient maps. Walk on the Greenwich Meridian)
MORE FREE VISITS
FREE self- guided walks. See www.londonforfree.net
or if you prefer a guide :
Free guided walks from 7 hour 10 km walks throughout central London to shorter walks with expert guides. Examples are West central walks (centred on Westminster)
South Bank walks (the Globe, Chaucer’s London etc) and East central walks (St Pauls, the City of London, The Tower )
www.walks.com: long established London Walks cover many types of walks, from classic historic walks ( for example Mayfair, Greenwich ) , to
specific walks ( for example the Westminster Abbey walk), to themed walks ( for example Ghost Walks , Jack the Ripper walk)