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London city guide

London is the capital city of the United Kingdom (UK) and also the world’s leading financial centre. Unsurprisingly, London is the most visited international tourist destination in the UK, attracting 15 million visitors every year. Fortunately you can avoid the hotel squeeze by staying in one of over six hundred serviced apartments in London with SilverDoor.

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This influx of visitors consequently comes with a huge demand for accommodation, and to meet this, we continually expand our portfolio of London serviced apartments. We currently have 560 properties with a total of 10,000 apartments throughout the city.

Transport

London has one of the largest public networks in the world, which is administered by Transport for London (TfL). This extensive system consists of a network of trains, including the Underground, DLR (Docklands Light Rail), Suburban, InterCity and International. These trains allow for quick and easy access throughout the city and beyond. Alternatively, the famous red London buses offer quick transportation around local areas.

London is also home to “Boris Bikes”. This scheme was introduced to encourage more Londoners to keep fit and has been very successful in doing so. Make sure to check out the TfL website for the fastest and most convenient routes when using public transport.

Airport

London is home to 5 airports, making it the largest city airspace in the world. The largest and most well-known of these is London Heathrow Airport, which is the busiest airport in the world for international traffic.

Transfer Details

Heathrow:

Underground – The Underground runs a direct service from all airport terminals, and is the easiest method of transport to use for quick access into central London.

Car – London city centre is just over 17 miles from Heathrow and can be reached in approximately 50 minutes (traffic dependent). Several car hire companies operate directly from the airport.

Taxi – You can pre-book a taxi or take one of the black cabs located at the airport upon arrival.

The Heathrow Express – This is the fastest way to reach central London, taking just 10 minutes. Trains run between 05:10 and 23:25 from Paddington, and between 05:03 and 23:58 from Heathrow.

Currency Information

GBP = Great British Pound (£)

Weather

Like the rest of the UK, London has a temperate climate meaning there’s minimal temperature change between seasons. The average temperature fluctuates between 7°C and 19°C throughout the year. Rainfall is fairly common all year round, with October being the highest and March the lowest.

When in London make time to visit

  • Buckingham Palace: This world renowned palace has served as the city’s home to the British Monarchy since the 19th century. Tours of the palace are available and highly recommended.
  • Tower of London: Erected in 1066, this fortress was once used as a palace to the British sovereign and also as a prison to some of Britain’s most notorious criminals.
  • British Museum: This world-famous museum exhibits the many triumphs of man from prehistoric to modern times. Be sure to see the incredible Ancient Egypt collection when visiting. Entry is free.
  • Natural History Museum: Home to a collection of the world’s largest and rarest animals, including a huge dinosaur exhibit. Entry is free.
  • London Eye: A major feature of the city’s skyline, providing some of the best views of London’s cityscape.

 

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Alice Brunel-Cohen

With a strong background in real estate and the serviced apartment sector, Alice has developed solid property partner relationships all over the UK and the world. You’ll usually find Alice providing up to date information on new properties, featured apartments, industry events and new property partners, as well as compiling comprehensive city guides.