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USEFUL INFORMATION AND CONTACT DETAILS ABOUT TRAVEL TO ,  AND WITHIN LONDON, AND VISITS WHEN YOU ARE HERE

(note links below should work on phones, some may need entering manually on laptops )

                      Transport from airports
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)

The Elizabeth Line      tfl.gov.uk/elizabeth-line

London City Airport shuttlebus   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

                    Travel when you arrive

London underground and buses, travel / Oyster cards:  tfl.gov.uk

UK rail information    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.  

                  Taxi collection from airports

Drivers will meet you at the customs exit  and take you to your apartment.

Paul  Rowell  + 44 (0)7985 134461  Text /call or ideally WhatsApp. Paul is a certified black cab driver who does airports and other longer trips now. His late father Billy was well-known to many of our guests and Paul is carrying on the “tradition”.

Kevin Bonner ( Paul’s colleague). Also a Black Cab driver. Will happily do longer journeys out of London , and also late night/early morning airport collections.+ 44 (0)7955 411796 ( ideally WhatsApp  but text/call also fine)

For both above : for  our guests we book drivers where required but they will of course welcome business  direct from any visitors .

Hyde Park Cars Kensington SW5 .  (have large vehicles for up to 8/9 etc as well as cars ) + 44   (0)  207 7244 6555  

Just Airports.  Good rates ,reported to  be very good (0) 208 900 1666

justairports.london

                  Other pre-booked taxis

 Addison Lee  +44| (0 )207 387 8888  . Will do shorter trips within London and other non airport journeys.  Very reliable. See web site

                   Luggage store

If you arrive early and there is no luggage store facility at your accommodation, you can store it at the following  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 the station link you require.

                  Theatre and event bookings

  londontheatre.co.uk

   ticketmaster.co.uk

                  Tours and passes

london.pass.com 

(“free ” entry to over 70 attractions) 

www.bigbustours.com ( see below)

                  Visits

Royal palaces, e.g, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Tower of London 

hrp.org.uk

Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle

royalcollection.org.uk

 Houses of Parliament                                                       

parliament.uk

                     

                  Bus tours of London

There are many hop-on-hop-off tours both  guided and self guided. Look up  ” bus tours of London” .  From about £25 per person. For almost- free hop on hop off bus tours , look up ” best bus routes for sightseeing “. We find the following routes best for sightseeing : 11, 24, 9,17, 35, 94, 139.  For good bus maps see

See also  londonforfree.net

traintimes.org.uk/map/london-buses

                   Accessibility in London 

For those who have special accessibility needs with transport, accommodation, visits and more ,  see 

visitlondon.com/traveller-information/essential-information/accessible-london

                     Medical care in London

If you need urgent assistance call 999. (ambulance, police, fire). For non-urgent medical advice call 111 (  they will give helpful professional advice ) . If you do decide to visit A.and E. (Accident and Emergency ), wait times are long unless it is an emergency. 

You can also contact the private London Doctors’ Clinic who have branches in several areas and will save a potentially long wait.  Reasonable rates. 

 londondoctorsclinic.co.uk    + 44  (0) 208 712 9378

 

                   Castles  outside London

(if you can, avoid weekends and holiday times)

Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Trains from Waterloo or Paddington

windsor.gov.uk 

Highclere Castle, Hampshire. Trains from Waterloo or Paddington + taxi.  Setting for “Downton Abbey”.

highclerecastle.co.uk

Hever Castle, Kent. Trains from Victoria and London Bridge to Edenbridge town station,and take a taxi 3 miles to the castle. Home of Anne Boleyn, one of Henry 8th’s 6 wives…

hevercastle.co.uk

Leeds Castle, Kent. Trains from  Victoria to Bearsted , and a taxi

leeds-castle.com 

Arundel Castle  . Train from Victoria to Arundel and short walk  

arundelcastle.org  

The visits below are free but there may be a charge for a special exhibit)

                        Churches

Westminster Abbey                     westminsterabbey.org 

St.Paul’s Cathedral                       stpauls.co.uk 

(it is free to attend a church service being a public occasion)

                    Galleries and Museums                             

          

The National Gallery , Trafalgar Square               nationalgallery.org.uk

The Victoria and Albert Museum  ,South Kensington.  Fashion, jewellery, sculpture , furniture.                                                              vam.ac.uk

The Wallace Collection (Manchester Square, Oxford St. Works include Titian, Cannelletto and Rembrandt)                                              wallacecollection.org

Tate Britain and Tate Modern  ( T.B., Millbank, has traditional works , and T.M., close Westminster Bridge ,includes works by  Picasso, Matisse and Dali )                                                                                                                                         tate.org.uk

National Portrait Gallery  ( Covent Garden area , houses the largest portrait collection in the world.                                                                               npg.org.uk

 The Saatchi Gallery  (Close Sloane Square, exhibits new / upcoming artists )                                                                                                                    saatchigallery.com 

 The British Museum  ( Bloomsbury,  includes  Egyptian mummies and the Rosetta Stone)                                                                                britishmuseum.org

Natural History Museum   (S. Kensington,  includes dinosaurs )   nhm.ac.uk                    

The Science Museum  (close NHM above,  includes Apollo 10  and Stephenson’s Rocket)                                                                                       sciencemuseum.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)                                                                                       museumoflondon.org.uk

National Maritime Museum Greenwich (Royal Museums Greenwich  –  Britain’s naval and exploration  history , famous ships, ancient maps. Walk on the Greenwich Meridian)                                                                               rmg.co.uk

Sir John Soane’s house .Vast collection of artefacts                        soane.org           

Watch the Ceremony of the Keys at The Tower of London – every evening when gates are closed.                                                                           changing-guard.com

 St. Martin in the Fields.  Lunchtime  concerts at St. Martins in the Fields.                                                                                                       stmartin-in-the-fields.org
Speakers Corner . Listen to free speech at Speakers’ Corner , on the N.E. corner of Hyde Park. Get up and give a speech yourself !                     royalparks.org.uk
 

                                                  Walks

londonforfree.net

strawberrytours.com

walks.com