- Underground: Trains from Heathrow run from all 3 stations (one for Terminals 2 and 3 and one each at Terminal 4 and Terminal 5)
- London Underground’s Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective rail route between Heathrow and Central London.
- You can buy a ticket, use an oyster card or a contactless payment card.
- Underground tickets are available at all stations. The single cash fare to central London (Zone 1) is £6.00. A one-day Travelcard, giving unlimited travel in Zones 1-6, costs £18.10 (Anytime) or £12.70 (off-peak).
- Oyster pay-as-you-go fares are £5.10 (Mon – Fri, 06:30 – 09:30) and £3.10 (all other times).
- Be aware that the tube doesn’t run at night most days. On Fridays and Saturdays the Piccadilly Line now operates a 24-hour service, with night trains to and from Terminals 2, 3 and 5 on average every 10 minutes. There is no service on the Terminal 4 loop.
- Heathrow Express train: It’s the fastest way to get to Central London. The train run every 15 minutes.
- Tickets are available online, via the Heathrow Express app, at the station or on the train.
- The Express Saver single fare is £25 if travelling during peak times (6:30am – 9:30am or 4pm – 7pm, Monday – Friday) or £22 if travelling during off-peak times. Returns are £37 throughout the day.
- You can also purchase tickets on-board. The Express Standard single is £30 if travelling during peak times (6:30am – 9:30am or 4pm – 7pm, Monday – Friday) or £27 if travelling during our off-peak times. Express Standard Returns are £42 throughout the day.
- Taxis: You can get a taxi outside of every terminal. The journey should take around 40 minutes.
- National Express coach: Coaches run throughout the day, from £10, offering journey times of 40–80 minutes to various coach station
- The first service departs from Victoria Coach Station at 03:00 and arrives at Heathrow’s central bus station (for Terminal 2 and 3) at 03:40. The bus arrives at Terminal 5 at 03:55 and Terminal 4 at 04:10.
Traveling around London: You can pay as you go using an Oyster card or a contactless payment card.
- Get an Oyster card when you’re in London, it will save you a lot of money because taxis in London can be very expensive. Another handy tip, your Oyster card can also be used on the iconic red, double decker busses around the city.
- You can get a visitor Oyster card before you arrive to London and get it delivered to your home. Or you can get an Oyster card when you arrive. You can get it online from stations and Visitor Centres airports.
- The Underground does not run at night with the exception of certain lines. The night tube will run on Fridays and Saturdays on the Victoria, Jubilee and most of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines.
- Most shops in UK closes at 6pm during the week. On Sundays some places do not open and others close at 4pm.
- Always stay on the right on escalators as the left lane is for people in a hurry. It is polite to allow people to pass by on the left if they want to get up quicker.
- Get used to the 24 hour time system and be aware when you book tickets for the train.
- Tipping is not required in restaurants and is not a big part of the culture here.
- The weather in London can be very unpredictable, pack layers that can be easily put on or taken off when you are travelling around the city.
- Buy a power adapter before arriving in London. It can be very expensive to buy one from the airport when you land here.
- You can drink the water straight from the tap. It is completely safe but might not taste as good as a bottle of Evian.
- If you are staying in central London, walking is a really good way to get to wherever you need to be and it lets you admire the architecture around the city.
Here’s a handy video explaining some important travel tips for foreigners.
Even though Brits speak English, they do use a lot of slang that might confuse foreigners. Here’s a quick beginners guide:
- Loo = toilet
- Chips = fries
- Crisps = potato chips
- Fag = cigarette
- Cheers = thanks
WALK AROUND AND EXPLORE
- Christmas lights up on Oxford Street – the first day of the Congress is also the day that 6 November is the date the Oxford Street lights — usually London’s first — are switched on. The event will be extra special this year, with in-store gigs and pop-up performances taking place on the night (full details to be announced), plus shopping and dining special offers.
- Ronnie Scott’s – one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world. It opened in 1959 and since that time have featured most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion.
WHERE THE HIPSTERS LIVE
- Shoreditch – Excellent place for vintage markets, alternative dining, clubs, pubs, artists and all things hipster. Hoxton and Shoreditch are a short walk from Old Street Tube station, which is a five-minute Tube ride from London Bridge on the Northern line. Shoreditch is also easily accessible by an overground trip to Shoreditch High Street station.
For Book Lovers
- Libreria bookshop – Lovely independent bookshop in East London (very close to WeWork Aldgate!)
- Persephone Books – publishers of books by women in garde II listed building built in 1702-3) WC1N 3NB. Nearest stations are Russell Square or Holborn
VISIT A MUSEUM OR TWO
- Museum Mile – From the British Museum to the Hunterian Museum at The Royal College of Surgeons, discover 13 of the city’s most extraordinary museums and galleries. Most museums in London are free and have special exhibitions you have to pay to visit.
- South Kensington Museums – The Natural History Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum are all a sort walk from South Kensington tube station. Worth getting lost in for a couple of hours.
FANCY A DRINK?
Individually, the towns have their own place in history and unique identity – in particular Rochester with its iconic castle and cathedral & connections to Charles Dickens, and Chatham with its maritime and military heritage and defences. Together, they provide a diverse and exciting shared story visitor experience.
We’ll be visiting Rochester in the morning and the Historic Dockside in the afternoon. Explore Medway in #360video.