SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION AND CONTACT DETAILS ABOUT TRAVEL TO , AND WITHIN LONDON, AND VISITS WHEN YOU ARE HERE.
Gatwick Express: 08458 501530; www.gatwickexpress.com (Gatwick to Victoria, 30 minute ride, up to 4 trains an hour)
Heathrow Express: 08456 001515; www.heathrowexpress.com (Heathrow to Paddington, 15/20 minute ride, 4 trains an hour)
Stansted Express: 08458 500150; www.stanstedexpress.com (Stansted to Liverpool Street, 45 minutes, up to 4 trains an hour)
London City Airport shuttlebus: 0207 646 0088; www.londoncityairport.com (to Liverpool Street, 30 minute ride)
Luton (trains or bus to London): 01582 405100 Trains to Kings Cross (35 minutes); or Express Coach to Victoria Coach Station (one and a half hours), 08706 087261, www.greenline.co.uk; or ‘Easybus’ to Baker Street (55 minute ride), 08701 417217
London underground and buses, travel and Oyster cards: www.tfl.gov.uk
UK rail information : www.trainline.com
Taxis. Passing Black Cabs can be hailed on the street if their light is on. You can also book a Black Cab using the app GETT – search on Google Play or Apple Store. To order a taxi in advance we suggest Addison Lee 0207 387 8888. Good reports.
CAR COLLECTION 1. from/to airports 2 , within London and environs
1.Drivers will meet you at the customs exit and take you to your apartment.
Paul Rowell ( Billy his father has now retired) + 44 7985 134461 ( ideally WhatsApp ) Text /call Paul is a certified black cab driver who does airports and other longer trips now.
Kevin Bonner ( Paul’s colleague who will do late night pick ups at airports) + 447955 411796 ( ideally WhatsApp)
For both above : for our guests we book drivers where required but they will of course welcome business from any visitors .
Hyde Park Cars Kensington SW5 . (have large vehicles for up to 8/9 etc as well as cars ) + 44 207 7244 6555
2. Addison Lee 0207 387 8888 (or + 44 207 387 8888) Will do shorter trips within London and other non airport journeys. Very reliable. See web site also
LUGGAGE STORE in Central London. If you arrive early and there is no luggage storage facility at your accommodation, you can store luggage at the following main stations: Paddington, St Pancras, Euston, Kings Cross, Liverpool St, Charing Cross, Waterloo and Victoria. Also at Victoria Coach Station 10 minutes walk from Victoria Rail Station. ( opposite Gate 6). Check with visitlondon.com/traveller-information
THEATRE BOOKINGS and
TOURS AND PASSES
www.londonpass.com (once bought, free entry to over 70 attractions)
For winter tours and events see :
www.hrp.org.uk (Royal palaces, eg Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Tower of London)
www.royalcollection.org.uk (Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle) www.parliament.uk (visits to Houses of Parliament)
ACCESSIBILITY in LONDON
For those who have special accessibility needs with transport, accommodation, visits and more see
CASTLES to visit outside LONDON
Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Trains from Waterloo or Paddington
Highclere Castle, Hampshire. Trains from Waterloo or Paddington + taxi.
Hever Castle, Kent. Trains from Victoria and London Bridge to Edenbridge town station, and take a taxi 3 miles to the castle.
Leeds Castle, Kent. Trains from Victoria to Bearsted , and a taxi
Arundel Castle . Train from Victoria to Arundel and short walk
VISITS BELOW ARE ALL FREE (there may be a charge for a special exhibit )
( it is free to attend a church service which is a public occasion )
FREE BUS TOURS
For the price of an Oystercard take a self-guided tour of all the sights.
GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
( permanent exhibitions are free but special exhibits may be chargeable)
www.nationalgallery.org.co.uk Trafalgar Square – paintings include those by da Vinci, Van Gogh and Botticelli
www.vam.ac.uk The Victoria and Albert Museum ,South Kensington – fashion, jewellery, sculpture , furniture.
www.wallacecollection.org The Wallace Collection (Manchester Square, Oxford St. Works include Titian, Cannelletto and Rembrandt)
www.tate.org.uk Tate Britain and Tate Modern ( T.B., Millbank, has traditional works , and T.M., close Westminster Bridge ,includes works by Picasso, Matisse and Dali )
www.npg.org.uk National Portrait Gallery ( Covent Garden area , houses the largest portrait collection in the world.
www.saatchigallery.com The Saatchi Gallery (Close Sloane Square, exhibits new and upcoming artists )
www.britishmuseum.org The British Museum ( Bloomsbury, includes Egyptian mummies and the Rosetta Stone)
www.nhm.ac.uk Natural History Museum (S. Kensington, includes dinosaurs )
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk The Science Museum (close NHM above, includes Apollo 10 and Stepehenson’s Rocket)
www.museumoflondon.org.uk The Museum of London and London Docklands (close Barbican and St.Pauls : the history of London from prehistoric times. Dramatic and hands on exhibits) ( Isle of Dogs, North side of the river . History of London’s river, from the Romans to today)
www.rmg.co.uk National Maritime Museum Greenwich (Royal Museums Greenwich – Britain’s naval and exploration history , famous ships, ancient maps. Walk on the Greenwich Meridian)
www.soane.org Vast collection of artefacts in Sir John Soane’s house