Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
While the weather has never put anyone off a trip to London, its fickle climate sometimes does its notoriety full justice! So whatever the season, make sure you pack a raincoat of some sort!
The most popular season to visit the capital is from Easter to September. The weather is on the whole decent and while the parks and gardens are particularly stunning in spring, summer is the festival season. In mid-June, Londoners and the nation celebrate the Queen’s official birthday with the Trooping the Colour parade by the Horse Guards. In late August, the boisterous, fun-loving Notting Hill Festival takes place in a carnival atmosphere worthy of the West Indies.
The cool autumn and cold winter weather is most suited to museums and shopping, sheltered from the rain. In December, extravagant Christmas window displays attract crowds of onlookers. The days are short, but this period is undeniably steeped in charm, further enhanced by the carol singers in the street. Don’t miss the huge Christmas tree, a gift from Norway every year, that adorns Trafalgar Square.
Formalities and useful addresses
City of London Information Centre – St Paul’s Churchyard - [TEL] 0207-3321456.
London Travel Information Centres – King’s Cross-St Pancras; Piccadilly Circus.
Money and budget
Banks are open Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm.
Health and safety
London-Heathrow International Airport – www.heathrowairport.com
London Gatwick International Airport – www.gatwickairport.com
London City International Airport – www.londoncityairport.com
London Luton International Airport – www.london-luton.co.uk
London Stansted International Airport – www.stanstedairport.com
St Pancras International Station – Eurostar arrivals
While London cabs traditionally used to black, they now come in all colours.
Santander Cycles – Self-service bicycles for rent. (www.tfl.gov.uk)