Gatwick Airport, more commonly known as London Gatwick, is 5.0 km north of the town of Crawley in West Sussex, England. It is about 47.5 km south of central London and is second busiest international airport in the entire United Kingdom.
Many major international airlines, as well as domestic and regional low-cost carriers serve London Gatwick Airport. The airport is the base for airlines such as Aer Lingus, British Airways, EasyJet, Monarch Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Virgin Atlantic. Charter airlines like Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways also operate from London Gatwick.
London Gatwick Airport is conveniently accessible by public transport. You’ll be spoilt for choice at the many modes of transport available. There is an airport rail station with trains which connect travellers to Victoria Station, London Bridge and many other parts of the region. The nonstop Gatwick Express can take you from the airport to the city centre of London in just thirty minutes. Several bus companies also operate coaches to Heathrow Airport, Stansted Airport and cities and towns throughout the region and country. Local buses and a bus rapid transit system also serve the airport. Car rental services, metered taxis and luxury airport taxis are readily available at the airport for transport and can take about one hour of travel time to London.
London is a huge city, in fact it is actually two cities. The City of London is the financial hub of the United Kingdom, as well as the oldest part of London. The other city is Westminster, where most of the government institutions are located including the Buckingham Palace. Together, it is a mega-city of more than 7 million residents. London is a true global capital, one of the world’s leaders in finance, culture, art and education.
Getting around this megalopolis can be intimidating, but its actually quite easy. You can take the Tube, hop on one of those iconic red London buses, or ride a classic black London cab. It is highly recommended to purchase an Oyster Card to get around the city and explore the sights. It makes visiting the various points of interest more convenient and value for money.
Due to the sheer amount of attractions that London has to offer, it is quite fortunate that some of these are clustered in certain districts and are within a comfortable walking distance from each other. You can plan your itineraries based on the attractions in each neighbourhood. Here are some of the sights that are a must in any itinerary--
Here you can find one of the world's largest observation wheel, the London Eye. Standing at 135 metres tall, it offers an amazing overview of the city. In the same area, you can visit Globe Theatre, a must see for Shakespeare and theatre enthusiasts. The impressive and world-class Tate Modern is also worth a visit.
This neighbourhood is usually associated with the bright lights of the theatre world. Picadilly Circus is an amazing display of colours and lights, much like New York’s Times Square. West End is also where you can find the charming Trafalgar Square fronting the National Gallery. For your shopping fix, there are the exciting Soho and Covent Garden districts to delight your senses.
City of London
This one square mile of land is the oldest part of London. It is here where you can find Sir Christopher Wren’s magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral. From the cathedral, you can stroll over to the historic Tower of London where you can see the Crown Jewels, and the iconic Tower Bridge.
Here you can find many of London’s most popular tourist attractions, including the Westminster Abbey, the famous Big Ben clock tower, and Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen.
There are many more things to see and enjoy in this amazing city. Don’t let the reputation of grey and gloomy weather discourage you. London, in fact, has a milder and drier climate than other cities in the region. As the vibrant cultural and commercial hub of the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, London is definitely a trip worth taking. The most popular times to visit are in the summer and spring. Plan your trip to London now! Find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to London Gatwick Airport on Skyscanner Singapore.
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