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Travelling to London by train
From blockbuster sight-seeing destinations to ultra-cool hidden gems, London has enough to keep visitors coming back again and again. Step off the platform at London Euston and you’re right in the heart of the action. London Euston is a short hop from world-famous landmarks, museums, restaurants and more, with fast and easy rail connections to every corner of the city. Find out why London remains by far the UK’s most popular tourist destination.
If you’re a travelling gourmand looking to sample the best from London’s food scene, there’s no better place to start than Southwark’s magnificent Borough Market. A short walk from London Bridge train and tube station, this gastronomic paradise offers a staggering array of food stalls, with options to please even the pickiest of eaters. Dating back to the 13th century, Borough Market is London’s oldest food market and remains a vibrant, bustling hub of activity where food is not just something to be eaten, it’s an obsession. There are free samples aplenty, so you’ll have no problem choosing where to go for lunch. Just make sure you go there hungry.
London’s biggest and arguably most impressive museum, the British Museum's astonishing collection spans over 2 million years of human history and sprawls over 900,000 square feet. Blockbuster exhibition pieces like the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and a display of Egyptian mummies draw crowds all year long, while special exhibitions, displays and events mean that the collection is constantly evolving. It’s no wonder the museum attracts up to 6 million visitors a year.
Once the heart of London’s alternative scene, Camden Town remains one of London’s liveliest places to explore. Camden Market is a perennial favourite of Londoners and tourists alike, with over 100,000 a week flocking to its labyrinth of independent stalls to check out local art and crafts, clothes, jewellery and more. Food stalls offer an eclectic range of international delights; but there are plenty of quality restaurants and bars to visit too.
Houses of Parliament
Get a fascinating look inside one of the world’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. With stunning artworks and incredible architecture, the Houses of Parliament offers a fascinating journey through British history, as well as a glimpse at the inner workings of modern British politics. Audio and guided tours are available – both take visitors along the route followed by the Queen at each State Opening of Parliament; from the Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery and Prince’s Chamber, and into the majestic Lords Chamber.
Tours take place throughout the year on Saturdays, as well as on selected weekdays during holiday periods over Christmas, Easter and summer. Some tours offer the option of table service afternoon tea in the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the River Thames. The team of chefs at the Houses of Parliament have created an irresistible seasonal menu of savouries and sweets, combining the best of traditional British cuisine with a few modern twists.
London’s West End
Whether you're mad for musicals, crazy for comedy or just love a good night out at the theatre, London's West End has a show for everyone. Blockbusters include Les Miserables, The Lion King and Mamma Mia, to name but a few. And who could forget the long-running Phantom of the Opera.
Despite being the UK’s biggest and busiest city, London has plenty of idyllic green spaces to escape the crowds. Regent's Park stands out as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the Royal Parks of London. This epic expanse straddles the London boroughs of Westminster and Camden and is home to ZSL London Zoo, gorgeously landscaped gardens, an open air theatre and a boating lake. When you’ve fully explored the park’s many pathways, head over the road to Primrose Hill to take in the best view of London there is.
Rooftop Film Club
London’s Rooftop Film Club gives movie-lovers a chance to catch some absolutely seminal flicks while enjoying stunning views over the city at night. With venues tucked away all over London, the programme includes a delightful mix of 80s favourites, recent Oscar contenders and all-time Hollywood classics. With snacks and cocktails on hand, it’s outdoor cinema at its very best. Screenings start at 9pm but arrive early to enjoy a drink or two and soak in the skyline.
From the depths of the ocean to the moon and beyond, London's Science Museum celebrates the small steps and giant leaps that humanity has made in technology, innovation and experience. When you’re after a fun, educational day out for the family, it’s the brainiest no brainer ever. Best of all? It’s absolutely free.
Shop ‘til you drop at Europe’s biggest inner-city indoor shopping complex. Whether you’re high street or haute couture, you’ll find something to suit at Westfield. With more than 265 stores, over 60 places to eat and drink, and a multiplex cinema to boot, you might not even make it all the way round in one visit.
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How long does it take to get to London by train?
There are frequent trains to the capital from most other major cities in the UK. You can whizz to London from Birmingham in as little as 1 hour and 22 minutes. From North of the Border in Glasgow or Edinburgh, it'll take you around 4 and a half hours.
If you’re coming to London, train beats plane every day of the week. You can save money on your tickets when you book, and we drop you right in the heart of the city. If you have a meeting to arrange or appointment to make, you can check our train times page for exact timings.
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