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Busy, vibrant and multicultural, London is a city at the centre of the world and a world in one city. London’s liveliness stems from the various nationalities that make up the fabric of the city. The city’s melting pot culture is 8 million strong and well over 300 languages are spoken here. It’ll make you recognise that there is different history everywhere you look. Be sure to make the most of your experience in the English capital by reading our Inspire page London, England - Highlights to make the most of your time in this dynamic city.
The Romans were responsible for the city we know today as London. Once a small city but after a Roman invasion in AD43, Londinium was found, meaning the place of the bold one. It was the bridge over the Thames River turning the city into a road nexus, a system of Romanic roads and a trading port.
In London, there’s no shortage of historical monuments and buildings, including the Tower of London, one of the most impressive historical landmarks dating back to 1006 and the Norman Conquest. A popular destination in the city as it documents over eight centuries worth of London’s rich history. From the royal family, to notorious prisoners and politicians.
Now a Megacity, London’s districts are formed by 32 contemporary boroughs. Each borough has a population of around 150,000 to 300,000 people. You will find extremities of lifestyle attractions in the best locations around the city. We highly recommend the top boroughs; Islington, Hackney, Greenwich, Camden and Southwark, some names ring familiar because of popular culture or television shows, but you can only get the true experience of each location by being there.
If you’d like to Visit London, England make sure to read more from our Inspire page and plan your journey with us.
London is a place that you can visit at any time. Although, autumn can be a great time of year to visit this city as the weather is mild. London’s parks are truly at their best at this time of year when the air is crisp and all the leaves fall making the city turn vibrant shades of orange and brown. Experience London in its astonishing Royal Parks at this time of year.
If you’re really looking to immerse yourself in the London culture, this months annual events make London a great time to visit. Bonfire night in early November, is widely celebrated, not only by Londoners but the event is deeply rooted in England’s history. On this night, the entire city is lit up with spectacular fireworks displays. At the end of autumn, with Christmas nearing, London’s streets begin to sparkle with festive lights and decorations.
A summer in London (June, July and August), you’re looking at temperatures averaging 18°C and can increase into the low 20s.
London’s autumn season (September, October and November) enjoys an average temperature of 16°C. As September progresses the weather starts to cool down, the daily temperatures begin to drop.
A standard winter in London (December, January and February) sees temperatures between 2°C and 6°C. Typically, the temperatures at this time can also drop below freezing. Occasionally London has encountered heavy snowfall during winter, although snow isn’t common.
Spring (March, April and May) and autumn encounter temperatures of around 11° to 15°C. It is time for rain showers, blossoming trees and flowering plants.
In the city of London, the multicultural population reflects on the masses of restaurants, cafés, markets and street stalls that are on offer. Known for its party atmosphere and non-stop nightlife, London has thousands of stylish bars and cool clubs to explore all over the large city. On any night of the week you will find a range of events.
When it comes to culinary experiences London is the ultimate place to eat the most traditional of meals, nothing says British food like fish and chips, although a traditional Kiwi favourite, it comes from good ol’ England. Explore the origins of New Zealand’s European home cooked meals, get yourself to a local pub and order a Sunday roast with Yorkshire pudding, alternatively order a classic hearty staple such as bangers and mash, both meals will satisfy your hunger and keep your warm on a cold London day. If you are more culinary adventurous order black pudding, this traditional English dish might need some persuading for your taste buds to tackle, but those convinced will most likely crave more of this dark salty pudding.
For a true Londoner’s living experience, ditch the homogenous hotel and consider staying in an elegant and cosy Victorian house. This Inspire page Live like a local with One Fine Stay can help you decide on a bona fide London living experience.
The London Eye is a truly remarkable landmark, this is the best way to see the sheer enormity of London. More than a Ferris wheel ride – London Eye’s rotating attraction gives you a privileged bird’s-eye view of the historic city, ensuring that you will get those spectacular views of the city’s skyline and the iconic landmarks like Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Offering the ultimate opportunity to see the city at a glance, with the whole of London laid out for you.
In Southwark, Central London, the Borough Market is renowned for artisan food and fresh organic produce. This is the largest and oldest food market in the city. A hot spot if you fancy sampling some world cuisine, there are a variety of stalls offering cheeses, breads, pesto, chutneys, spices, fresh vegetables and foods from around the world.
Primrose Hill has a character all of its own, you will encounter some astounding scenic views of London at the summit of this grassy hill. On summer weekends, the park is packed with the locals enjoying a picnic or a leisurely stroll admiring the remarkable scene over the city skyline. At the top of the hill is one of the finest views you will find in London.
Known for its sprawling cluster of shops and markets as well as all things counter culture, the suburb of Camden offers an interpretation of London street life. From bargain shopping and its masses of pubs and bars, Camden is the place to be for many a Londoner. It is also home to some of the hottest live music venues in Europe.
From Auckland (AKL) to London, United Kingdom (all airports) 1d 1 h
From Wellington (WLG) to London, United Kingdom (all airports) 1d 3h
From Christchurch (CHC) to London, United Kingdom (all airports) 1d 4h
London has five major airports: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow (biggest airport in London) London Luton and London Stansted.
We have an essential guide to London airport transfer, listing the fasted and cheapest ways to get to and from London central and each airport.
Heathrow Express (Fastest)
Every 30 Mins
Every 5-10 mins
Gatwick Express (Fastest)
Every 15 mins
Stansted Express (Fastest)
Book in advance
1 hr 20 mins
Every 30 mins
East Midlands Trains (Fastest)
About 30 mins
Easy bus (Cheapest)
1 hr 45 mins
London City Airport
National Rail (Fastest)
Every 8-15 mins
The varied transport options in London make it easy to get around. London is served by a huge underground network of trains, known as the ‘Tube’. It is one of the most popular ways to travel in this city. Central London is also accessible by foot, and often it is quicker than any other mode of transportation. There are 700 docking stations located in London where you can hire a bicycle.
For detailed Transport information please visit Transport For London
Read more about the transportation from our inspire page London – Transfers, Transport and Passes
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