What’s the public transport like?
The UK has a wide variety of public transport: Underground trains, over ground main line trains, light rail, tram systems, buses, taxies, ferries and planes. Prices vary with the London transport system being the most expensive, other major cities are little cheaper. Booking inter city trains early will be a lot cheaper then booking a ticket 1-2 days before you intend to travel. The UK also has many low cost airlines that are becoming a poplar way to travel between UK cities and to neighbouring Europe.
For people living and working in London, 2-3 hours commuting time each day is normal. London is a large city and many people choose to live outside London and travel in everyday. Travelling on weekends is easy too, with frequent train and bus services. Night buses operate in London throughout the week, with more services on Friday and Saturday nights.
What is for sure is you don’t need to have a car if you live in London the “tube system” (the London Underground) is easy to use and the links to over ground train and airports are very good. You can buy oyster or travel cards that will allow you travel on bus rail and tube offering the maximum of convenience and now with a smart phone and app you have instant access to links and timetable, if you are stuck there is always uber taxi’s booked from your phone ( uber.com ) or a black London cab just hail one with the light on!
Most people coming to the UK will arrive in one of the London airports. All have good transport links to the city centre. Buses run regularly and are considerably cheaper then trains.
There are 5 main international airports for the London area:
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What’s it like living in London and the UK?
Fantastic! Football, Rugby, Cricket and Tennis are the most popular sports, but of course you can find places to watch and take part in almost anything. London is very green with lots of parks and open spaces, even in central London . Just outside London you can find even more greenery, with forests, farms and a little further will get you to famous moors and national parks.
For the very adventurous, a trip into Wales or Scotland for rock climbing, rafting and even kayaking is just a few hours away. The UK is a relatively small country but with good transport services making it easy to get away from the city. The South West, Cornwall , lies on the Atlantic Ocean , with strong winds and currents you can find many watersports – but remember the water will be a lot cooler then in the tropics.
The other side to London is very built up with a huge variety of bars/clubs, museums, restaurants, theatres and everything you’d expect from a large city. London is a very old city, with a rich history. There are many historical buildings, castles, palaces and some of the best museums and art galleries in world. Most museums and galleries are free, sometimes you would only have to pay for certain exhibitions within the museum.
London is an incredibly vibrant city – it’s always busy, fast paced and a pretty exciting place to work. The UK and London in particular has a very diverse population, people from all over the world live and work in London and over the years this has created a unique culture with many shops, restaurants and markets. This diversity found in London has certainly helped turn London into the business powerhouse that it is today.
Both the history and culture of the UK mixed together with multi-national status that it enjoys, creates an enjoyable and dynamic capital to live and work in. There’s never a dull moment and something for everyone.
What is it like living in London and the UK
1. The London South Bank
The South Bank is one of London’s most iconic spots and exciting place full of things to do! Situated close to Waterloo Station and Charring cross station and opposite Charing cross and Embankment tube stations it is easy to access this Central London Thames riverside location.
Clearly market by the London Eye and the 60’s architecture of the royal festival hall on the opposite side of the river to the Houses of Parliament Big Ben and Cleopatra’s needle the south bank offers an opportunity for a walk along the river in Central London beside many restaurants pubs and tourist attractions.
Close by are SEA LIFE London Aquarium and the London Dungeon as well as the green grass of the Jubilee gardens in front of the eye and the many comedy shows beside the green. Gabriels Wharf offers the perfect spot to refuel with many of it’s cafe’s and restaurants. The riverfront at the BFI Southbank offers many eating opportunities for lunch while for dinner Gillray’s steakhouse and Bar provides mouth watering Aberdeen Angus steaks with the view of Big Ben. not try the Green room just behind the national Theatre. The Skylon in the Royal Festival Hall boasts an impressive wine list an array of cocktails and some lovely seasonal food. The OXO Tower Restaurant Bar and Brasserie has EXCITING European dishes on the menu which you can wash down with Martinis served at the top of the building.
We’d recommend you walk down the Southbank if the weathers good and take in what you fancy there are so many restaurants pubs and bars that you can easily find somewhere that takes your fancy without booking.
Alternatively why not take to the river viewing London from the River Thames with either City Cruises or MBNA Thames Clippers. Simple trips and tours are available while Lunchtime, afternoon tea and evening dinner cruises are all available.
At night time the RS Hispaniola (Victoria Embankment) is ideal for a drink or dinner and there are several other boats such as the Tattershall Castle that offer dining, bars restaurants and dancing while moored permanently on the river (usually opposite the Southbank).
2. Shopping Opportunities
Whether your preference is indoor new shopping malls or historic streets London is a place where you can shop till you do indeed drop! There are major chains independent boutiques and load of of cafes and restaurants. So here are some opportunities you can’t ignore!
Westfields Stratford city adjacent to the Olympic park is the largest mall in Europe with it’s 330 plus shops and 80 cafes and restaurants. Westfields London in White city is the sister mall close to Shepherds Bush.
Oxford street is the heart of London’s shopping experience with over 300 shops, while Covent Garden is the home of hip fashion and a very historic place to explore and nearby Seven dials offers plenty of small interesting shops and cafes.
The Kings Road offers an eclectic mix of boutiques, and designer shops combined with high street labels and a mix of bars and cafes. Do check out the Chelsea Antique market and Vivien Westwood’s fashion shop an originator of pink fashion! Nearby Knightsbridge holds the famous fashion department stores of Harrods, Harvey Nichols!
Canary wharf known as a business centre feature 7 day a week shopping with over 200 high street chains and designer stores together with it’s waterside cafes.
If your in the north of London just off the north circular road and close to the M1 entrance and gateway to the midlands and north of England lies Brent cross shopping centre an older indoor shopping Mall featuring hundreds of well known high street brands.
3. Eating on a budget
London is well know for its top restaurants but equally it is a place for artful creative snacks, traditional curries and handheld foods.
Budget choices include Baozi Inn Newport Court WC2H 7JSt in China town features a collection of seriously hot dishes Eve a Turkish restaurant near the South Bank found in a back street Railway arch features a choice of set Meze menus, main courses and cheap wines at Isabella street SE1 8DD.Dishoom features Indian influenced food from a bacon Naan to small lunches and full main course curries found in Kings Cross, Covent Garden and Shoreditch. Home slice is a trendy independent pizzeria in old world Covent Garden, Neals yard WC2H 9DP.
4. Dining in the sky
SushiSamba offers a curious mix of Japanese Brazilian and Peruvian cuisines.The bar restaurant in the Heron tower on the 38th and 39th floors has the Duck and Waffle the UK’s highest restaurant above it. 110 Bishops gate EC2N 1HQ. City Social Michelin star takes over floor 24 of Tower 42 preciously the NatWest Tower with its simple but creative British dishes Old Broad Street EC2N 1HQ. While Plateau Is on the 4th floor of Canary Wharf with views through the glass walls making feel like a New York restaurant fbut featuring comtemporary French cuisine. Canada place E145ER. The Oxo tower Restaurant Brasserie and Bar takes over the top 8th floor for a modern British restaurant and more relaxed brasserie global fusion dishes featuring leather glass and brick design and a view overlooking the river. Southbank SE1 9PH. The Skylon restaurant on the third floor of the South Banks Royal Festival Hall as two restaurants a formal room and a more relaxed grill. SE1 8XX.
The SHARD- The view from the shard is the only way to explore London and it’s varied history at once. If the weather is good the view is fantastic! With it’s sky deck at level 72 at 244 meters high and it’s viewing gallery at level 69 the shard features champagne bars and restaurants.
5. Classy Restaurants
There are many top restaurants in London many with Michelin stars
Well know Restaurants include Langan’s Brasserie featuring British cuisine, Stratton Street Mayfair W1J 8LB.Fishworks is a modern take on a traditional fish restaurant serving everything from fish and chips to Lobster, two locations Marylebone high street and Swallow street feature areas to relax with Champagne and Oysters and a wet fish counter where you can select your dish! Smith and Wollensky is a USA steak house to end all arguments in the Delphi building 1-11 John Adam Street WC2N 6HT. More expensive offers include the IVY Chelsea Garden relaxed British dining 197 Kings road place SW3 5ED. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal 2 Michelin stars and voted 1 of the best 50 restaurants in the world Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 66 Knightbridge Road SW1X 7LA, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay the flagship of his empire holder of 3 Michelin stars since 2001. 68 royal hospital Road SW3 4HP.
Stamford bridgeLocanda Locatelli offers Italian Michelin-starred dining at 8 Seymour Street W1H 7JZ, while for a top quality curry house there is BENAIRES 12A Berkley Square W1J 6BS.
6. Night life and sports bars and pubs
London is alive in the evening and there are hundreds of pubs with plenty of atmosphere whether it’s live music or music and dancing.
O2 giant venue and Nightlife hub is in what used to me known as the Millennium Dome situated at the Greenwich Peninsula is a full time entertainment village with over 30 bars and restaurants and a bowling alley. multiscreen cinema and a building Six nightclub.
Blue Anchor London features riverside pubs on a little stretch upriver from Hammersmith, featuring the Dove , the Old ship and the Blue Anchor 13 Lower Msall WC6 9DJ
Jet Lag 2 bars 10 screens of sports bar with wood comtemporary design features125 Cleveland street W1T 6QB
Famous 3 Kings is now alive with sport with 71,000 Tv channels and 13 screens 171 North end road Fulham W14 9NL
ELK abig American style sports bar known for it’s crowds of Aussies, Kiwis and SouthAfricans 587 Fulham Road SW6 5UA.
Bar Kick in trendy Shoreditch plenty of screens with beers cocktails and Spanish and Cuban sandwhiches 127 Shoreditch High Stret E1 6JE
Sports Bar and Grill just off Piccadilly Circus where premiership rugby is shown with football and cricket and New York bar meets English pub. 36 Rupert Stret W1D 6DW.
Maple Leaf is how Canadians do a sports bar, does show British sport with French Canadian food. 41 Maiden Lane Covent Garden WC2E 7LJ
Riley’s the first sports bar! 60 across the country with large screens and 24 plus screens located in Woolwich, Victoria and Twickenham.
Bounce an amaising 60’s themed bar and ping pong emporium with 17 table tennis tables. a New York pool hall with table tennis instead. Italian menu with cocktail list and bars combine for a fun night out. 121 Holborn EC1N 2TD.
7. Riverside locations and parks and attractions
There are many river side locations parks and attractions so here are a few!
After the the South bank there are plenty of places to go Hammersmith and then down to Richmond and Twichenham with walks pubs and restaurantsall close to the river Thames. The Thames path itself provides 290k of walkfrom Richmond to the rivers source in the Cotswolds.
Parks include Battersea Park by the river on the Southbank, Hyde Park near oxford Stret, Kensington Gardens containing Kensington Palace, St. James Park near Buckingham palace and Green Park with it’s lake, Regents Park containing London Zoo,Richmond Park the largest park with it’s deer and Syon Park with Syon house and Bushy Park also famous for their deer and easy to spot.
The many London Tourist attractions that we’ll let you look up in Google include:
Tower of London
Churchill War rooms
Museum of London
St Pauls Cathedral
Coca-Cola London eye
Natural History Museum
Maritime Museum Greenwich
Imperial War Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Lords Cricket Ground
Charles Dickens Muse
Lords Cricket Ground
Muggles Tours the world of Harry Potter
Twickenham Stadium Museum of Rugby
8. Hotels to stay in
Just a few budget and different hotel ideas look them up
Hub by premier Inn – WC2N 4BA
Travelodge Covent Garden – WC2B 5RE
CitizenM Bankside – SE1 0NZ
Ibis London Stratford – E15 4LJ
9. Club Rugby and Football to go and watch
There are a host of QUALITY RUGBY CLUBS and top Football (soccer) Clubs in London which you can watch when they are playing at home Sept- May.
Harlequins London Irish and Saracens play in the Premiership and London Welsh and London Scottish and Ealing play in the Championship while Richmond, Esher and Roslyn Park play in National 1 that’s level 3.
In football you can watch Chelsea, Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace,West Ham in the Premiership and Queens Park rangers and Brentford Fulham in the Championship. Other major football clubs in London include Chartlto Athletic, Millwall, Leyton Orient, AFC Wimbledon Dagenham and Redbridge and Barnet – all have a strong tradition of London Football.
10. Visit London the Official guide
For people visiting London: www.visitlondon.com