Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Iris Sinilong
London– a city known for its charming history, and breathtaking landscape tends to be at the top of people’s travel bucket list. It’s really not a surprise. London is such a great place to spend your vacation. Travel to London and experience being on the same streets as the kings, princes, and princesses that many of us only hear about on television. Witness the infamous Big ben ticking or fall in love with the magnificent attraction at the London Aquarium. You will not regret booking a trip to London, there’s just nowhere in the world quite like it!
So here at tripcentral.ca, we created a guide that will help you on your upcoming once-in-a-lifetime trip. From a list of major attractions to city basics that will help you navigate your way around this fascinating place, we have everything you need to make it the best vacation ever.
Arrival to London by air will bring you into one of five major airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Standsted, London City or Luton. Most travelers often end up at Heathrow or Gatwick as they are the two major international airports.
Getting around London. Taking a traditional London black cab has its charms. Their experienced cab drivers are often more than happy to share their insights about this magical city, and can inevitably give your trip quite a memorable start. A typical fare from Heathrow Airport to central London runs about £55-£65 (86 CAD – 102 CAD), while fare costs from Gatwick, Luton, and Stansted can run substantially high. To save on cost, you can hire traditional taxis at below-metered rates, or shop to see what minicab companies are charging.
The London Underground, known as the tube is another option that travelers should consider. Buy an Oyster Card (online price: £18, 28 CAD), which can only be used on London buses, to save yourself the convenience of using the dodgy machines at bus stops.
Where to Stay
Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf (5-Stars)
Located on the banks of the Thames, which is conveniently close to London City Airport, this hotel is perfect travelers looking for some extravagance and class!
Gresham Hotel (3-stars)
A beautifully refurbished hotel with close access to Hyde Park, Oxford Street and Edgware Road. This will suit travelers with a mid-range budget.
Master Robert Hotel – Heathrow (3-stars)
In close proximity to the London Heathrow Airport, the Master Robert hotel is ideal for someone with a firm budget.
For a wider selection, please visit our London Hotels page.
Major London Attractions
Entrance fee: Adult £19 (30 CAD), Under 17 £10.85 (17 CAD)
The Buckingham Palace is the most iconic royal building in the country and serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty, The Queen. This is a must-see for tourists visiting London. The State Rooms of the Place are open to visitors during the Annual Summer Opening in August and September.
Entrance Fee: Adult £18 (28 CAD) and Child £8 (13 CAD)
Just a short walk from Thames, Westminster Abbey is a significant structure in British history. Open from Monday to Friday (9:30AM to 4:30PM) and Saturday (9:30AM to 2:30PM), this beautiful gothic church is UNESCO World Heritage Site popular among tourists in London.
Tower of London
Entrance Fee: Adult £19.50 (30 CAD) and Child £9.75 (15.40 CAD)
With nearly 1,000 years of royal history – the Tower of London is perfect for history and architecture buffs! Marvel at the priceless Crown Jewels, discover where the prisoners where held captive, and walk through the Chapel of St. John and the Royal Armories!
Entrance fee: Adult £15 (24 CAD)
Childhood homes to Queen Victoria and late Princess Diana, explore the Kensington Palace to gain insights on the fascinating stories of royal life past and present.
Entrance fee: Standard Adult ticket £23.70 (37 CAD), Standard Children (3-15) ticket £18 (28 CAD)
Located on the popular South bank of the River Thames, London Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life! Holding a collection of around 350 species of fish, look out for piranhas, sharks, and seahorses when visiting!