When flying from South Africa, on most flights to London, you are most likely to fly into the busiest airport in London; Heathrow Airport. Not only is this the largest city in Europe, it’s also seen as the gateway to the rest of the continent. Other airports include London Gatwick in the south and London Stansted in the north.
There are daily direct flights from O.R. Tambo and Cape Town International airports, with the most common airlines namely British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic taking you to your destination. Etihad, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa and Qatar Airlines are alternative carriers, depending on where in South Africa you are travelling from, and you may need to catch a connecting flight along the way.
A diverse and exciting city in its own right, London has its fair share of art galleries, museums and theatres to keep you entertained. You won’t have to worry about travelling as the commuter system is one of the best in the world with the London Underground (the tube) serving 270 stations.
With so much to see in London, trust us to help you compile your ‘places to visit’ list.
Trafalgar Square – This public space is situated in the City of Westminster, guarded by four monumental bronze lion statues at its base. The fountains flanking the square are pretty spectacular too. Revellers have been known to gather in the square for auspicious occasions like New Year’s Eve celebrations, the lighting ceremony of a Christmas tree, political demonstrations, sporting events, among many other annual events on the British calendar.
London Eye – A giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames has proven to be quite the tourist attraction. 32 sealed and air-conditioned passenger capsules, each representing one of the London Boroughs, allows passengers to walk freely as it rotates, giving you a panoramic.
River Thames – Boat trips, riverside pubs and restaurants, festivals, party places, museums and live entertainment venues can be found alongside the River Thames. This is also the historic heartland of rowing in the United Kingdom. Depending your mood, hop on the ThamesRUSH which starts at Westminister Pier and heads down-river past landmarks beyond Tower Bridge, or get on ThamesMAX which takes you all the way past Tower Bridge and on to the Thames Barrier. The view is breath-taking.
Buckingham Palace – This may be clichéd, but it’s merely ones fascination with the royal family that leads you to the outskirts of the monarchy of the United Kingdom’s London residence. Situated between the Green Park, Hyde Park and St. James’ Park, the palace is open throughout August and September annually while the Queen makes her visit to Balmoral.
St. Paul’s Cathedral – This church was the site for a number of historical moments including the funeral of Winston Churchill I n1965 and the wedding of Prince Charles and the late Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. The cathedral’s architecture is timeless. On top of the dome you’ll find the narrow Golden Gallery which encircles the lantern’s base. Here you will have a magnificent view over the city.