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England’s capital is a must-visit destination. Take a spin on the
London also has fantastic parks.
With a hire car in London, you are within easy reach of many other great destinations. You can get to
The main London international airport is
From Heathrow the Heathrow Express offers a 15-minute service to Paddington station and free on-board Wi-Fi. London Underground’s Piccadilly Line is more cost-effective but takes 50-60 minutes to Central London.
Bear in mind London’s Underground can be very crowded and not all stations have escalators if you have heavy luggage. For the same one-hour journey, you could be sitting in the comfort of a hire car from Heathrow. From Gatwick, the drive would be an hour and a half.
To rent a car in London use one of the rental companies at the airport or in the city centre. Traffic can be heavy in Central London, and there’s a congestion charge from Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm, so check if you’ll be travelling through the zone.
Finding a parking space isn’t always easy but many shopping centres and large stores offer free parking. Members of the National Car Park (NCP) get discounts at NCP car parks when pre-booking. Don’t forget parking on double yellow lines is forbidden.
London’s home to some of the grandest hotels in the world, which are tourist attractions on their own, such as the Savoy, the Dorchester and the Ritz. Even if you’re not a guest, you can visit them for their cool bars and award-winning restaurants.
All major London airports offer car hire services, or you can find one within the city. Below is the list of companies available at Heathrow Airport.
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In the UK you must drive on the left-hand side and overtake on the outside right lane on motorways. On roundabouts, cars on the right have priority. Hire cars usually come with manual transmission; if you prefer a vehicle with automatic transmission, request one upon booking.
Wearing seatbelts is mandatory and use of mobile phones while driving prohibited. Keep your driver’s licence always at hand, along with your ID (passport) and insurance papers. Licences issued in the EU or EEA are recognised but international licences are also accepted.
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