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Gatwick Express: 08458 501530; (Gatwick to Victoria, 30 minute ride, up to 4 trains an hour)

Heathrow Express: 08456 001515; (Heathrow to Paddington, 15/20 minute ride, 4 trains an hour)

Stansted Express: 08458 500150; (Stansted to Liverpool Street, 45 minutes, up to 4 trains an hour)

London City Airport shuttlebus: 0207 646 0088; (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,; or ‘Easybus’ to Baker Street (55 minute ride), 08701 417217 

London underground and buses, travel and Oyster cards:

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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



TOURS AND PASSES (once bought, free entry to over 70 attractions) 

For winter tours and events see :


VISITS (Royal palaces, eg Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Tower of London)  (Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle) (visits to Houses of Parliament)


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 )   


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)        Trafalgar Square – paintings include those by da Vinci, Van Gogh and Botticelli                    The Victoria and Albert Museum  ,South Kensington – fashion, jewellery, sculpture , furniture.                       The Wallace Collection (Manchester Square, Oxford St. Works include Titian, Cannelletto and Rembrandt)                                        Tate Britain and Tate Modern   ( T.B., Millbank, has traditional works , and T.M., close Westminster Bridge ,includes works by  Picasso, Matisse and Dali )                                       National Portrait Gallery  ( Covent Garden area , houses the largest portrait collection in the world.                          The Saatchi Gallery   (Close Sloane Square, exhibits new and upcoming artists )                          The British Museum  ( Bloomsbury,  includes  Egyptian mummies and the Rosetta Stone)                                       Natural History Museum   (S. Kensington,  includes dinosaurs )                   The Science Museum  (close NHM above,  includes Apollo 10  and Stepehenson’s Rocket)               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)                                          National Maritime Museum Greenwich (Royal Museums Greenwich  –  Britain’s naval and exploration  history , famous ships, ancient maps. Walk on the Greenwich Meridian)        Vast collection of artefacts in Sir John Soane’s house                                                  Watch the Ceremony of the Keys at The Tower of London – every evening when gates are closed.        lunchtime  concerts at St. Martins in the Fields                   Listen to free speech at Speakers’ Corner , on the N.E. corner of Hyde Park. Get up and give a speech yourself !