London Stansted (STN) is one of six major airports in London, and the third busiest. Passengers will be pleased with the facilities here, which include an information desk, free WiFi, lots of shops (including duty-free), numerous restaurants and bars, ATMs, bureau de change counters, and a connected Business Centre.
Transport is good into the city, though you will be required to travel almost 50km to get to the centre of the city. Rail services are the fastest way into the city, but you can also hop on a coach or take a taxi. The last option is convenient, but expensive; expect to pay up to £100 ($172).
Typical carriers are Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air Moldova, airberlin, and Qantas.
Why visit London?
London is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities in the world. It has welcomed every language, religion and walk of life to its streets, and changed with each decade. In this global powerhouse, you can tour castles, towers, churches, squares, and parks all of which have a story to tell. And its attractions do not stop at its monuments, you can take in history by seeing some of the most popular shows on the planet, shop ‘til you drop down celebrated retail avenues, tour libraries older than some countries, and spend your evenings meeting the locals in the many restaurants, bars and nightclubs that cluster in this city.
Things to do in London
There is so much to do in London that you may find yourself a little overwhelmed, but there are some absolute must-sees. You’ll find that most of these cluster along the great River Thames, where you can find the infamous Tower of London where heads were either crowned in jewels or lopped off entirely is one of the best attractions in the city. Nextdoor is Tower Bridge, an iconic landmark of London. Further along the banks you can find the Globe Theatre, the London Eye, and Westminster, one after the other, but don’t despair as you’ll find plenty of benches, ice cream stalls and cafes to take a break if your feet get tired.
Then there are the attractions of the Thames where you can tour the great rooms of Buckingham Palace, attempt to climb the great lion statues that guard Trafalgar Square, or dip in and around Charing Cross and Soho for a chance to see a hit show.
If shopping is more your thing, Oxford Street and Regent Street bisect one another with all the latest in high street fashion, and designer outlets. When the day is done, you can find a bite to eat around Covent Garden, or hit the popular clubs of Leicester Square—a perfect way to top off any tour of London.
Best time to visit London
· Summers (June-August) are the most reliable season in London for sunshine and dry weather, so this is the best time to see the city. Expect the days to sit around 19-20°C.
· Autumn and spring can also be a lovely time of year to come, but this is when the weather is at its most mercurial; so pack for every eventuality.
· Winter, in particular December, is lovely in London. See the Christmas lights of Regent Street and Oxford Street, and stroll through the Christmas markets that pop up all over the city.
Arriving in London by plane
· Long haul flights to Europe from Australia are subject to layovers. These are more often than not in Singapore (SIN), Doha (DOH), and Abu Dhabi (AUH).
· British Pound (GBP).
· Australians are eligible to stay in the UK for six months without needing to apply for a visa. However, if you are planning to stay longer than that time period you will need to apply for a visa. You can find out about the types available, and the associated costs by heading to the excellent Smart Traveller resource, and its information page on the United Kingdom.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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