Cheap Flights to London

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London overview

When to fly

Peak season:

London is busy year-round but the high summer season is between June and September when Wimbledon takes place and children are on their long school holidays. Christmas and New Year when the sales are as popular as the celebrations is another peak time.

Shoulder season:

April to May (excluding Easter) and early September to October (excluding the school half-term holidays). This is the best time to find cheap flights to London and a great time to visit, with fewer crowds, cheaper accommodation rates and better light bringing out the city's most photogenic side.

Off season:

January (after the sales have ended) and February are low season months when it's easier to get a good deal on flights and accommodation.

Destination overview

Located on the River Thames sits the capital and largest city of both the United Kingdom and of England. London's showstopping royal palaces, its street markets, ancient landmarks, skyscraping glass towers and masterpiece-stuffed museums and galleries enchant all who visit the city. The "wonderful immensity of London", as Samuel Johnson put it in the 18th century, ensures that it is a destination most travellers visit at least once.

London’s history goes back to its founding by the Romans. More than 300 languages are spoken here and you'll find a wealth of different cultures and communities throughout. With its rich history and cultures, there’s something for everybody to enjoy when visiting this city. Getting lost among the lanes and cobbled-stone squares, old churches and garden squares, sitting in the royal parks and soaking up the timeless art and culture is priceless.

There are many parks scattered around London, including eight royal parks and a large variety of gardens. The city is also one of the greenest capitals of the world and it’s easy to find some peace and quiet to enjoy a nice stroll.

If you like shopping then you’ve come to the right place. It’s one of the world’s most fashion conscious cities. High street shops, tiny boutiques and many markets, whatever you’ll be looking for you’re sure to find it here.

Want to grab a bite? With a high concentration of top restaurants, hip culinary neighbourhoods and gastronomic events London has something for all budgets and tastes. From international dishes to fish and chips, whatever wets your appetite you can find it here as London is a foodie's heaven.

Another thing that won’t disappoint you while staying in London is the diverse music scene. Between huge concerts and small lively pubs, there are hundreds of venues that organise live music on a weekly basis.

London climate

The Great British Summer has a reputation for being slightly damp so pack a rain jacket if you're taking flights to London during July and August. Summer temperatures can hit 30 degrees and rarely do winter temperatures plummet to zero. London is generally warmer than the rest of the UK and spring and autumn temperatures are pleasant.

Getting around London

There's only one way to get around London cheaply and that's by buying an Oyster card. Cash fares on public transport are expensive but you can save some money with an Oyster card. Boris Bikes, named in honour of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, are available to visitors (as long as they have a credit card). Docking stations are plentiful across the capital and you can rent a bike for up to 24 hours. 

However, to really get the measure of London, start walking. From Buckingham Palace to Dalston, the Bank of England to Stratford it's the best way to explore the city.

Getting from the Airport to the City

Heathrow Airport (LHR) 

Heathrow Airport is located some 15 miles west of London in Hounslow You can reach downtown by the underground (tube), which takes just over an hour, or by the designated Heathrow Express trains (15 mins). There are hotel shuttles which run from the airport to some London hotels. There are also taxis and coach services.

Gatwick Airport (LGW) 

Gatwick is only a 30-minute train ride to the center of London. From Gatwick, the fastest way to get to London is by the Gatwick Express trains. There are also bus services from Gatwick to Victoria Coach Station. Taxis are available, but you should negotiate a fare with the driver before you enter the cab.

Stansted Airport (STN)

Stansted is the hub for low-cost airlines located some 30 miles northeast of London. It is a 45-minute train ride to London on the Stansted Express. There are also shuttle buses, which are much cheaper but take around two hours connecting Stansted to the city. Taxis are available, but be aware that they will be very expensive.

London City Airport (LCY)

The Docklands Light Rail departs London City Airport every 8 to 15 minutes, whizzing to Stratford International (for the Olympic Village) in less than 20 minutes. Buses (Transport for London) travel to a couple of points in East London from where there are connections throughout the city. Taxis are also available.

London insider information

  • Afternoon tea is a classic British tradition and there's no shortage of places to enjoy a cucumber sandwich and a slice of cake. Some of the most highly rated are: The Langham on Oxford Street, The Goring in Grosvenor Gardens, The Lanesborough in Knightsbridge, The Milestone Hotel in Kensington.
  • London is renowned for its High Street fashion. Top Shop at Oxford Circus is a magnet for the fashion conscious, Primark (Oxford Street) for those on a budget and Selfridges for investment dressing. Camden Market might be good for tie-dyed and slogan t-shirts but visit Covent Garden, Neal Street and Seven Dials for a bustling swirl of fashionable shops. Shoreditch and Brick Lane are great for vintage and quirky fashions.
  • The markets in London are amazing and hugely popular. Put aside your personal space for a couple of hours. Columbia Road Flower Market in East London is a riot of colour at the weekend. Borough Market in South London is a foodie's delight: it's home to some of the country's best food producers. Brick Lane is great for a rummage through the stalls and a freshly baked bagel (salt beef or smoked salmon and cream cheese).
  • London is an expensive city but there are lots of free museums and galleries. The big hitters are the Imperial War Museum, Science Museum, V&A and National Portrait Gallery, but there are plenty of quirky - and free to enter - spaces to explore such as the Geffrye Museum (a series of rooms decorated in period style from 1600 to present - IKEA - day), the Bank of England Museum (not as dry as it sounds), Ragged School Museum (school - Victorian style) and Sir John Soane’s Museum (stuffed with curios).
  • When the sun goes down the hottest clubs are under ... railway arches and in car parks. Great Suffolk Street Warehouse near London Bridge attracts the ravers, out-of-towners, Techno and House crowd. Dalston Superstore in E8 brings in the hip and gay crowd. Corsica Studios in the railway arches of Elephant & Castle is a magnet for locals, art students and techno heads.

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How much do things cost in London?

Large bottle of water
$ 1.69
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 3.19
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 3.16
Loaf of white bread
$ 1.93
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 127.90
Pair of jeans
$ 117.20
Cheap meal
$ 19.18
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 6.90
3 course meal for 2
$ 95.89
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
$ 2.20
How much does transport cost in London?
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 6
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 3
1 km taxi journey
$ 5
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 5

More information about London

  • Return flights to London aren’t the only option – London is also your gateway to wider travels in England.
  • For posh nosh treat yourselves to a traditional English afternoon tea at The Ritz, The Wolseley or Claridges.
  • Direct flights to London operate frequently with all the major airlines to London Gatwick and Heathrow.
  • See London’s finest historic landmarks on a tour of St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.
  • Discover London in style and enjoy a spectacular view across the city by taking a whirl on the London Eye.
  • Sample the very best of the city’s liveliest bars in Soho and Shoreditch or the upmarket clubs of Mayfair.
  • Don’t miss out on last minute flights to London – pick up great bargains to make your holiday money go further.
  • Enjoy a picnic with Pimms, take a pedalo ride on the lake, or simply watch the world go by in Regent’s Park.

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