London Flights:

Flights to London

image of LondonLondon is the capital and largest city of the United Kingdom, situated in the South East of England on the River Thames.

London has a variety of airports which serve the city and the surrounding area; some closer to London than others! In total there are five international airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City Airport, however flights from South Africa usually fly to Heathrow – the largest airport in the UK and the busiest airport in the world.

Your direct flight from South Africa to London will depart from either Johannesburg International (O.R. Tambo ) or Cape Town International airport with South African Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic though you can get in-direct flights from other South African cities, usually via Johannesburg. Alternatively, use another airline such as Lufthansa, Air France or KLM for flights via Frankfurt, Paris or Amsterdam, amongst others.

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Getting to London from Heathrow:

When your flight lands at Heathrow, you have a number of choices for travelling into London itself.

The Heathrow Express is a direct train to Paddington Station, leaving every 15 minutes and taking just 15 minutes. This is the most expensive, but fastest route. The Heathrow Connect again goes to Paddington but has five stops along the way, and finally the London Underground Piccadilly Line can take you right into the city centre but is the slowest route, taking about 48 minutes to Piccadilly Circus. Your choice really depends on where you are ultimately heading to in London.

The Tourist Attractions of London:

London is the second most visited city in the world (after Paris), and it’s easy to see why when there are so many attractions to keep you occupied.

London is an ancient city, first occupied as Londinium by the Romans, and though you won’t find any evidence of that occupation today you can experience a whole variety of architecture, most no older than 1666 when the Great Fire of London destroyed the majority of old buildings.

The Tower of London is one of the oldest buildings in the city, founded in 1078. It is primarily a tourist attraction these days and was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It is still officially a Royal palace and has been home to the Crown Jewels since 1303.

Other famous buildings and landmarks include Tower Bridge, next to the Tower. The London Eye, on the South Bank, is difficult to miss! On a clear day you can see the whole of London and about 30 miles into the distance from the top. St. Paul’s Cathedral, built in the 17th century and designed by Christopher Wren. Buckingham Palace – the official London residence of the Queen. The Houses of Parliament – officially called the Palace of Westminster; is the home of the House of Lords and the House of Commons and the famous clock tower, fondly known as Big Ben (although this is actually the name of the bell which chimes out the time and not the clock or the tower at all!)

London is home to literally hundreds of museums and galleries such as Madame Tussaud’s, but the ones you will not want to miss are: the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery and Tate Britain.

Other popular attractions include shopping on Oxford Street or at Camden Market, visiting the West End to watch numerous top musicals and shows, enjoying the bustle around Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, and taking a bus tour around the city’s attractions or a boat trip on the River Thames.

When Should You Visit?:

Rain is possible at any time of the year, though the good thing is that temperatures remain relatively mild all year round. The January low is 2.4C (36F), whilst the July high is a pleasant 22.8C (73F).

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