City break (বিশেষ্য)): a short vacation in a city, such as during a business trip.
Before the pleasure trip, the city break was a short leisure time that gave you access to the cultural and culinary facilities offered by the big cities. In this TripIt series, we explore some of the best cities in the world for planning a quick trip or expanding a work trip.
Here are our tips for most breaks in your city in London.
Where to fly
The London metro area is served by five major airports: Heathrow Airport (LHR), Gatwick Airport (LGW), London Stansted Airport (STN), London City Airport (LCY), and London Luton Airport (LTN). When choosing which airport is best for you, consider the price difference between the destination airports, your final destination in London and how long — and how much চান you want to spend on land travel.
Speaking of ground transportation, once you’re on the ground, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports offer express trains that connect travelers to central London. The Heathrow Express transports passengers in just 15 minutes to Paddington Station, where passengers can then take a taxi, bus or underground (also known as a tube) to their final destination in the city. Travelers can now take the new Elizabeth Line to Paddington, or other (in some cases, new) stations.
The Gatwick Express takes passengers to London’s Victoria Station in about 30 minutes, where passengers can then take a tube, taxi or bus. The Stansted Express runs every 15 minutes and transports passengers on London Liverpool Street. The journey takes about 45 minutes.
Passengers flying to Luton can take the train to central London; Trains depart from Luton Airport Parkway Train Station.
Finally, passengers flying to London City Airport have the convenience of flying to the nearest airport in central London. Passengers can pick up the tube directly from the airport’s Dockland Light railway stop.
Cabs are available upon arrival at all airports, but they cost the most for land transport options. For example, a cab ride from Heathrow to central London can cost between £ 45 and £ 70 and can take up to an hour. By comparison, the Heathrow Express costs about £ 25 and takes 15 minutes; The tube costs only 50 5.50 and takes about 30 minutes.
Where to stay during your city break
Across every budget and borough, there is a London hotel for your needs. In the city to see a glimpse of the royalty? Book Stafford London to stay close to Buckingham Palace and The Mall and see any comings and goings.
Want to explore the literary side of the city? Stay at the Leonardo Royal Hotel St. Paul for an easy walk to the Tower of London – a must see for lovers of history and historical fiction alike.
If you’re looking for a hotel in a prime central London location, look no further than Clarmont, Charing Cross. The hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Thames.
In London for business? Need space for an event? Trendy W London offers more than 1,300 square feet of meeting and event space, a wired business center and separate event studios that can be combined to create even larger spaces.
Vacation rentals, such as Airbnbs, are available across the city এবং and ideal for group or family trips where you can ask for a little more space (and your own kitchen).
How to get closer
To navigate around London, much like the other major international cities, you need to prioritize two of the following: time, money or convenience. Taking tubes, for example, is your least expensive option. The tube runs on a zone system, which means you pay a variable price based on the length of your journey. Depending on the length of your stay, you may want to purchase a Pay-As-You-Go Oyster card to avoid buying multiple single ride passes.
Your Oyster Card gives you access to the city bus system. Although red double-decker buses run at infinitely slow speeds (thanks to the increase in stop frequency), they also travel where the tube does not go. Here, you are choosing the convenience and cost over time.
There are also those iconic black cabs on the ground. Congratulate one, call the driver to your destination, and you’re off. Catching a cab is usually convenient, but the cost can fluctuate greatly depending on your destination বিশেষ especially if you’re at or from the airport.
Cab and Uber are both available in London and a reliable option for sightseeing if you live in an area away from the tube station.
Want to navigate London on two wheels? The city has a public bike-sharing program, Santander Bicycle has 800 docking stations and 12,000 bikes in circulation and is available on 24/7/365. A Santander bike costs £ 2 for unlimited travel up to 30 minutes in 24 hours. For rides longer than 30 minutes, the ride costs £ 2 for each additional 30 minutes.
Pro Tip: Use TripIt’s Navigator feature to search for transportation options available to you This will show you the estimated cost and travel time for each option, so you can decide which one works best. For example, if you add a restaurant reservation to your itinerary (more on where to eat below), Navigator helps you find the best transportation options to get to your desk. You can find the Navigator in the details screen of your plan.
Where to eat
From the pub grub to the Michelin star, everything is in London.
Sushisamba combines the flavors of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian food into one memorable dining experience. The Covent Garden location is ideal for a business lunch or dinner or for a bite after you visit the market. Or, check out the location of the Heron Tower for stunning views from the 38th and 39th floors.
Visit the OXO Tower restaurant, bar and brasserie to enjoy the seasonal British fare while overlooking the River Thames, St. Paul’s Cathedral and literally the whole of London. Don’t have time on your itinerary for a multi-course dinner? You can stop for a drink, afternoon tea, or a weekend brunch … and of course take that IG shot.
The pursuit of wine and cheese? Visit Gordon’s Wine Bar. This caverned wine bar is comfortable in the winter and spread out in the patio seats outside in the summer. To choose from over 20 items, you may need to bring one or two friends to help. (Let us know when you leave.)
Looking for newcomers to the London restaurant scene? Princess Royal of Notting Hill offers Mediterranean-inspired food. Fans of seafood will love the impressive raw bar and those with sweet teeth will be at the top of the dessert list.
The newly opened Dipna Anand at Somerset House is also worth a visit. Serving Punjabi and South Indian food and Indian-inspired drinks, Joy’s latest initiative brings joy to the taste buds – complete with views of the river Thames.
What to do in your city break
Looking to get some sights while in town? London Shell Co. and City Experience both offer a unique way to experience London’s sights by boat! The ever-changing scenery, entertainment, plus dinner and drinks, adds a memorable night to the town.
Planning a child-friendly trip? London is a playground for imagination, just ask Harry Potter. Kids will love discovering all the Harry Potter-inspired attractions across town, especially the Platform 9¾ tour. Or, get up close and personal with nature at ZSL London Zoo, where kids can take part in the daily Meet the Animal experience or be a junior keeper for a day.
Adults only? West End Hall is the place to go for discounted theater shows. You can buy tickets online or go to the TKTS booth in Leicester Square for discounted tickets. Or settle your culture at any of the city’s world-famous museums, including the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern or Tate Britain.
Looking for something a little less curated? Head to Brixton, south of the river, where you can explore the unique boutiques along Pop Brixton, Brixton Market, the famous Electric Avenue and Borough Lane. Lastly, don’t forget to check out the public art installations while you’re there.
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