Cheap Flights to London
for Flying to London for the Olympics, by Sean Keener, co-founder of
With over 2,000 years of history and a rocking art, dining, theater,
fashion and nightlife scene, London, England is one of the most vibrant
cities in the world. Dotted with diverse neighborhoods rich in culture,
there is much to explore beyond Big Ben. While wandering the city's
ancient winding streets, visitors are lured into impeccably manicured
Royal Parks, gilded hotels serving high tea, cutting-edge art galleries
and century old pubs. In the thick of preparations for the 2012 Olympic
Games, London is gearing up to take the world's center stage.
London's diversity offers something for
everyone. For the history buff, inspiring landmarks that provide a
glimpse into the old world can be found at every turn. Sites not to
miss include the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's
Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. For an extra excuse to go, London's
greatest museums are now free. Spend endless hours touring the British
Museum, National Gallery, Tate Britain and the Museum of London, to
name a few.
A mecca for fashion and style, no trip to
London is complete without a shopping excursion. Stroll the opulent
aisles of the famed Harrods department store, uncover an antique
treasure at the Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill, or plunk down a
month's rent at a posh designer shop in Knightsbridge.
For a night out on the town, visitors to London have several options.
The brightly lit West End theater district offers award-winning plays
and long-running musicals. The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden
showcases world-renowned ballets and voices. Dance for hours at an edgy
club in the East End, or take an evening ride on the London Eye for a
panoramic view of the city's sparkling lights.
English breakfast is the perfect way to prepare for a long day of
sightseeing. In between museum visits and window shopping, be sure grab
a pint with some perfectly fried fish and chips. Beyond these
quintessential British plates, the city serves a wide variety of global
cuisine. London boasts some of the best Indian food outside of India,
visit Brick Lane for wall to wall authentic curry houses. Or head to
Edgware Road for tasty Lebanese mezzes.
When to Go
As the English aren't exactly known
for their sun-kissed tans, the weather in England can be a tad chilly
and wet. However, temperatures rarely drop below 30°F in winter; spring
and autumn temperatures hover in the 50's. The best deals can be found
during these months. Summer is high season for England and most of
Europe, so airfare and hotel rates double.
How to Get There
(LHR) is London's largest airport and receives the most arrivals from
North America. This is the hub of most airlines, including British
Airways and major American carriers, and provides easy transportation
links to central London. Gatwick
(LGW) is the second major airport outside London, but it is much
farther from the heart of the city, requiring longer and often more
expensive hauls into the city.
London also has several
smaller airports that receive flights from other airports within
Europe. They include Stansted
City (LCY), London
Luton (LTN), and London Southend (SEN).
If traveling by
train from within Europe,
speed through the Chunnel aboard the Eurostar from Paris or Brussels.