City vacation (noun): a short vacation used in the city, such as time on a business trip.
Before the tour begins, there’s the holiday town – a short period of leisure time that gives you access to the cultural and food benefits that major cities have to offer. In this group from TripIt, we explore some of the best cities in the world to plan a quick trip and extend a business trip.
Here are our tips for making the most of your city vacation in London.
Where to fly
The London metro area is served by five major airlines: Heathrow Airport (LHR), Gatwick Airport (LGW), London Stansted Airport (STN), London City Airport (LCY), and London Luton Airport (LTN). When choosing the best plane for you to fly, consider things like the price difference between the planes you will travel, your last flight to London, and how long – and with a lot – you’ll want to make the trip through land transport.
Speaking of land transport, you’re in the world, Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted airlines offer show trains to connect trips to Central London. The Heathrow Express takes passengers to Paddington Station in 15 minutes, where passengers can change either car, bus, or Underground (also known as Tube) to get to their destination. last place in town. Travelers can ride the new Elizabeth Line to Paddington, or some other stations (in some cases, more).
The Gatwick Express takes passengers to London Victoria Station in around 30 minutes, where passengers can switch to the Tube, a shuttle bus, or bus. The Stansted Express runs every 15 minutes and takes passengers on the London Liverpool route. The trip takes 45 minutes.
Flights to Luton can take the train to Central London; trains depart from Luton Airport Parkway train station.
Lastly, flights to London City Airport are much better than flying to the nearest airport in Central London. Passengers can take the Tube directly from Docklands Light Railway airport.
Buses are available on arrival on all planes, but there are more taxi options. For example, a bus ride from Heathrow to Central London can cost between £ 45 and £ 70 and take an hour. For example, the Heathrow Express costs around £ 25 and takes 15 minutes; The Tube costs just £ 5.50 and takes about 30 minutes.
Where to stay during the city holidays
In every bank and county, there is a London hotel to suit your needs. In the city to see the royal family? Book The Stafford London located near Buckingham Palace and The Mall to catch tours and excursions.
Looking to find the city map page? Stay at Leonardo Royal Hotel St. Paul’s for an easy walk to the London tower – a must see for historians and history lovers.
If a hotel in central London is what you’re looking for, look no further than The Clermont, Charing Cross. The hotel is within minutes walk from Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and the Thames.
In London by business? Want a place for an event? W London offers 1,300 square feet of conference and event space, a WIRED Business Center, and single event studios that can be combined to create larger spaces.
Vacation rentals, such as Airbnbs, are available throughout the city – and are ideal for group or family trips where you want more space (and your own kitchen).
How to get around
As with navigating to other major cities, you need to travel around London to invest in two of the following: time, money, or pleasure. Taking the Tube, for example, is your least expensive option. The Tube runs on a zone system, which means you pay a certain price based on the length of your trip. Depending on the length of your stay, you may want to purchase an Oyster credit card to avoid having to purchase single tickets.
Your Oyster card also gives you access to the city’s transportation system. While the two red cars move very slowly (increasing the resting frequency), they also travel where the Tube does not. Here, you are choosing convenience and low cost at the moment.
Available on the ground – the iconic black car. Hi there, call your driver, and you’re off. Getting a car is easy, but the cost can vary depending on your trip – whether you’re traveling to or from the airport.
There are two cars and an Uber in Ladana and it’s a reliable option for getting around the city if you live a short distance from a Tube center.
Do you want to drive London on two wheels? The city’s public cycling program, Santander Cycles, has 800 cemeteries and 12,000 motor vehicles running, and is available 24/7/365. The Santander Cycle is £ 2 for unlimited rides of up to 30 minutes in 24 hours. For trips longer than 30 minutes, tickets are charged £ 2 per 30 minutes.
Tip: Use TripIt’s Navigator feature to search for the vehicle options available to you. It will show you the estimated costs and travel times for each option, so you can decide which one works best. For example, if you add a restaurant reservation to your trip (more on where to eat, below), Navigator will also help you find the best car rental options to get to your table. . You can find Navigator in the specific screens of your design.
Where to eat
From pub grub to Michelin stars, London has it.
SUSHISAMBA combines the flavors of Japanese, Peruvian, and Brazilian cuisine into an unforgettable dining experience. Covent Garden is ideal for lunch or dinner, or for grabbing a bite to eat after exploring the market. Alternatively, check out the Heron Tower area for amazing views from floors 38 and 39.
Speaking of ideas, head to OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie to enjoy an English dinner while overlooking the river Thames, St. Louis. Paul’s Cathedral, and of course, all of London. Don’t have time on your trip for a big party? You can take a break for a drink, dinner, or weekend brunch…
In search of wine and salt? Head to Gordon’s Winery. This cavernous vineyard is comfortable in the winter and flows out onto outdoor patio chairs in the summer. With over 20 cheeses to choose from, you may need to bring a friend or two to help. (Just let us know when you go.)
Looking to check out more at a London restaurant? The Royal Princess in Notting Hill offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Fish eaters love the raw plate, and those with sweet teeth will love the menu.
The newly opened Dipna Anand at Somerset House is also well worth a visit. Offered Punjabi and South Indian cuisine and Indian -inspired drinks, Anand’s latest venture is to enjoy delicious flavors – complete with views of the river Thames.
What do you do on your city vacation
Looking for a place to visit while you’re in town? London Shell Co. City Experiences offers a unique way to see the sights of London – on the ship! Feelings of constant change, fun, with dinner and drinks, add to an unforgettable night on the town.
Planning a child friendly trip? London is a playground for imagination, just ask Harry Potter. Kids will love seeing the Harry Potter fiction that has been developed in the city, so visit Platform 9¾. Alternatively, get up close and personal in style at the ZSL London Zoo, where kids can dine on the daily experience of Meet the Animals or be a babysitter for a day.
Only parents? The West End is where to go to theaters with a fee. You can buy tickets online or head to the TKTS building in Leicester Square for discounted tickets. Alternatively, curate your culture at one of the city’s most famous museums, including the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern, or Tate Britain.
Looking for something a little different? Head south of the river to Brixton where you can find Pop Brixton, Brixton Market, the famous Electric Street, and independent shops located along the county’s streets. Lastly, be sure to check out the public image settings while you’re at it.
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