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As one of the world's most popular cities, London has thrilled, entertained and captivated visitors for many years. Its history is everywhere to be seen, but the buzz of contemporary culture is never too far away. It’s just a short hike from the antiquity of the Tower of London and Big Ben to the nightlife of SoHo and the iconic Tate Modern art gallery.
If it’s festivals that you are after – and the chance to enjoy London’s many open spaces such as Hyde Park or Richmond Park – then, undoubtedly, the summer months are your best bet. But, London does get busy at this time of year, so cheaper flights may be thinner on the ground, and it’s advisable to book attractions in advance so you can skip the inevitable queues.
Autumn is an attractive season for visiting London, as the weather remains mild and the events, such as the Totally Thames festival and celebrations for Halloween, are plentiful.
From mid-November the Christmas lights illuminate London’s streets each night, and there are a number of Christmas markets that spring up alongside more traditional shopping destinations. And, of course, there’s the fireworks over the Thames and the January sales to consider as an option too.
If you are planning on flying during spring you should take note of when Easter falls: there are often public transport closures during this time.
If you are flying to London from the UK you are not short of options. As a major transport hub, London offers the choice of five major airports to land at, and flights are available from most UK airports.
When searching for cheap flights to London on Expedia you can use the ‘Nearby Airports’ option under your chosen departure location to explore deals available from other airports. You can also select to search for flights that arrive at any London airport to ensure you don’t miss out on a cheaper fare.
If you are flexible on the dates of your flight, another great tip for finding the cheapest flight is to select ‘Show Flexible Dates’ – which appears just above where your flight options are returned – to find the best price for tickets to London.
Some of the major airports serving London include:
British Airways offers a number of flights to the capital, and there can often be discounted deals available. The budget carriers, such as Ryanair. Flybe and Easy jet, can also be very competitive with their prices, particularly if you are just travelling with hand luggage.
Located just 15 miles west of the centre, and connected to the Piccadilly line of the London Underground, Heathrow receives flights from all over the UK including Scotland, Manchester, Newcastle, Northern Ireland and Eire. amongst others. The airport is located 15 miles west of London, and journey time into the centre is 15 minutes on the Heathrow Express and 45 minutes on the tube.
Located 28 miles south of London, but connected by the Gatwick Express train service that takes just 30 minutes to reach Victoria station in the heart of London, incoming UK Gatwick flights include those from Scotland, Manchester, Newcastle, Northern Ireland and Eire.
London City Airport
Situated just six miles from the centre – and close to Canary Wharf, London City mainly takes incoming flights from Scotland, the Isle of Man and Eire.
London Luton Airport
32 miles north of London, Luton is connected by a shuttle bus and train. The total journey time into London is around 30-40 minutes. Incoming UK flights include those from Scotland, the Isle of Man and Eire.
London Stansted Airport
Receiving flights from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire amongst others, Stansted is connected to London by the Stansted Express that offers a journey timer of around 45 minutes.
It is often said that London is an expensive place to visit, but it doesn’t have to be.
Hop on a tube to Tottenham Court Road and you’ll be a short stroll from the treasure trove of antiquities and cultural artefacts that is the British Museum. Entrance is free and you could spend more than a day exploring this fascinating collection.
On the Jubilee Line you can reach Southwark and find yourself close to Saint Paul’s, Shakespeare’s Globe, atmospheric walks along the Thames and the free modern art collection at the Tate Modern.
Just by London Bridge, Borough Market will entrance foodies. London’s most renowned food and drink market packs in history, bustle and plenty to stimulate those taste buds.
Emirates are awesome. Amazing cabin crew.
The only thing that was disappointing was the duty free things were advised but there was none both going over and coming back
Amazing staff. Be proud
Couldn’t book in on line but flight and staff excellent.
Left late but arrived early. So can't grumble.
Lost my lugguage unfortunate
Poor choice for food and no entertainment. But better than outbound flight on Atlas Global
BA Flight operated by Japan Airlines. Seats were much larger than on a standard BA flight so would recommend this as the better option!
It wasn’t bad so I’ve rated it as good, but a completely full overnight flight is never actually great.
Staff very good. Food was ok but not as good as our flight out.