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Arriving at the London Airport

London has two major airports: Heathrow and Gatwick Airport. London’s Heathrow Airport is the city's primary airport and is the closest to the city. Heathrow's five terminals serve over 180 destinations in more than 90 countries. Gatwick airport resides outside of London, but the Gatwick Express train can take you to central London in less than an hour. Whether you are departing on a London flight, making a connection, or passing through on arrival, the airport provides many great amenities and shops to make travel a little more comfortable.

Getting Around London

The London Underground, or the Tube, and the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) can take you to most major locations around London, including the Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, and Bank stations. After a long flight to London, such convenient transportation is a relief. The double-decker buses are a great way to spend the day touring London from above the crowded streets. If you want to spend time at any single location, just hop on and off wherever and whenever you like. Taxis are a good option for groups of people sharing the fare, as they can be quite expensive. If you have the time and energy, walking is a great way to see the city and stretch your legs after your flight to London.

Main attractions in London

Your airfare to London might include a ticket to The London Eye, the world’s tallest observatory wheel. In addition to that, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Buckingham Palace are three of the most popular attractions in London. The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, which you may have seen on your flight to London, offer iconic views of the city. Westminster Abbey, a treasure trove of paintings, stained glass, and interesting artifacts that are more than a thousand years old, is a must-see. The British Museum is the most popular museum in the world. Fans of the famous playwright must visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Cheap flights to London will allow you to explore this city’s incredible history.

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife in London

London has a wide range of shopping from exclusive stores in the West End to bargain basements where you can find discounts even more impressive than your cheap airfare. Enjoy London’s quirky retail outlets like Dover Street Market, the bustling Oxford Street, Barnaby Street with its one-of-a-kind designer boutiques, and luxurious Mayfair. For something different, shop at Borough Market, which features seasonal and gourmet treats such as mulled wine, pudding, and mince pie. Criterion Restaurant, with its elegant decor and fabulous food, is a great choice for lunch or dinner in the heart of London.

Visitors will find that London is pulsating with afterhours drinking spots and clubs. London has something for everyone from the hardcore party animals to folks looking for a quiet drink and conversation. Cheap flights to London are not hard to find, so you can start exploring this lively, historic city before you know it.

Flight stats for London - did you know?
  • London is 29 mi from Stansted Airport (London, UK).
  • Stansted Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 23 airlines operate out of Stansted Airport.
    • Stansted Airport offers nonstop flights to 140 cities.
    • Every week, at least 102 domestic flights and 1,273 international flights depart from Stansted Airport.
  • London is 34 mi from Southend Municipal Airport (Southend-on-Sea, UK).
  • Southend Municipal Airport (Southend-on-Sea, UK)
    • Right now, 4 airlines operate out of Southend Municipal Airport.
    • Southend Municipal Airport offers nonstop flights to 20 cities.
    • Every week, at least 20 domestic flights and 105 international flights depart from Southend Municipal Airport.
  • London is 27 mi from Luton Airport (London, UK).
  • Luton Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 10 airlines operate out of Luton Airport.
    • Luton Airport offers nonstop flights to 100 cities.
    • Every week, at least 71 domestic flights and 750 international flights depart from Luton Airport.
  • London is 25 mi from Gatwick Airport (London, UK).
  • Gatwick Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 54 airlines operate out of Gatwick Airport.
    • Gatwick Airport offers nonstop flights to 168 cities.
    • Every week, at least 349 domestic flights and 2,292 international flights depart from Gatwick Airport.
  • London is 6 mi from London City Airport (London, UK).
  • London City Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 23 airlines operate out of London City Airport.
    • London City Airport offers nonstop flights to 32 cities.
    • Every week, at least 187 domestic flights and 675 international flights depart from London City Airport.
  • London is 15 mi from Heathrow Airport (London, UK).
  • Heathrow Airport (London, UK)
    • Right now, 104 airlines operate out of Heathrow Airport.
    • Heathrow Airport offers nonstop flights to 170 cities.
    • Every week, at least 1,892 domestic flights and 13,095 international flights depart from Heathrow Airport.

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