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Why rent a car in London?

London, one of the world’s most iconic cities, has long been a capital of fashion, food, music, culture, finance and so much more. London combines a rich, fascinating history with a vibrant, cutting-edge atmosphere. It’s not one city but many, and you can have fun exploring its varied faces. While in London, you’ll have the chance to explore areas like Camden, Soho and Mayfair by hire car, plus other important English cities like Cambridge.

How to get to and around London?

If you’re arriving via London City Airport then it’s a nine-mile drive by rental car into central London. En route you could take a detour to visit Greenwich Park, a rolling green space that’s home to the 17th century Royal Observatory.

What brands are available?

There are various rental car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Easirent, Budget and InterRent. Green Motion offers environmentally friendly car hire.

Must-sees within an easy drive of London

London has many great areas, each with their own distinct personality. The Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Royal Albert Hall are all major attractions in the central Kensington district. Knightsbridge is home to the world-famous Harrods department store, and the district mixes metropolitan glamour with English gentility.

It’s a shopper’s paradise and the ideal place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. Grand and historic Westminster is home to Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and the Houses of Parliament, plus famous shopping streets like Oxford Street and Piccadilly, and fashionable, restaurant-filled Soho. It’s also home to genteel Mayfair, one of the most expensive places to live in the world. Maida Vale is a peaceful residential district of London known for its elegant Victorian mansion flats. One of the highlights of the area is Little Venice, a cluster of colourful houseboats on Regent's Canal, an idyllic river walk area. Key parks to visit include Kensington Park and Hyde Park.

Windsor, home to Windsor Castle (one of the queen’s official residences), is a tranquil market town a 24-mile drive from central London by rental car. Separated from Windsor by a short river bridge is Eton, home of the famous Eton College boarding school for boys. The school offers public tours. For a day out in the countryside, the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a 28-mile journey away. The Surrey Hills have a number of long-distance walking trails and are perfect for picnicking.

Tips and tricks for driving in London

If you’re driving into London by hire car, remember that you’ll probably have to pay a congestion charge during peak hours. London traffic can be busy, so give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. If you’re visiting from abroad, remember that the UK is left-hand drive. Bear in mind that it’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in the UK.

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