Quick Trips To London
Like every world class city, Amsterdam is linked to great destinations by air and rail. About an hour away by plane is London – a vibrant hub filled with backpackers on their way around the world. So if you decide to take a trip to one of the planet’s most cosmopolitan cities - here are our top tips to help you out.
Flights from Amsterdam: If you’re flying from Amsterdam to London your best bet is to grab a cheap flight with EasyJet to Gatwick, Luton or Stansted Airport.
Flights from Eindhoven: If you want to save a bit more money and don’t mind the extra travel time - our tip is to take a train to Eindhoven and fly with Ryan Air to London Stansted Airport.
Take a Train: The ever improving European train network is a fantastic option but this takes a little more time and depending on when you book, it might be more expensive.
Trains leave Amsterdam Central Station for Brussels-Noord Station every hour and a ticket will cost you approximately €34. From here you can grab a ticket for the Eurostar and ride it all the way through to London St Pancras Station.
What To See
It’s tough to know where to start in a city as big as London so we’ve narrowed it down for you.
Transport: First of all you need to get around London so the easiest and cheapest way to do this is with a Pay-As-You-Go Oyster Card. You can pick these up from any train or underground station, load it with credit and then step onto the London Underground.
A Great Walk: There’s no better way to orientate yourself in London than a stroll around the sights. A great place to start is Waterloo Station. Use your money saving Oyster Card to get there on the London Underground and then head up to the surface.
Now head towards the river and to your left are The Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. A walk to your right will take you along the river, past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern Art Gallery, before delivering you to the London Dungeon, Borough Market, The Tower of London and London Bridge.
Where to Stay
There are a lot of options when it comes to accommodation in London but for the best locations book a bed with St Christopher’s Inns. Here are your options around the city.
North London: If you want to experience a cutting edge music scene then Camden is for you. You’ll find the MTV London studios here and many great gig venues.
East London: A short ride out of the city centre takes you to the tranquil surrounds of
Greenwich. The Meridian Time Line runs through the nearby observatory and the pedestrian tunnel under the Thames comes out here too.
South London: Back towards the city centre there are three great hostels on Borough High Street - near London Bridge. This is right next to all the great attractions along the south bank of the River Thames.
West London: Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush have West London covered and they are great bases for exploring West End Theatre and the parks. Hammersmith is also a good stop over en route to Heathrow.
Where to Next?
That’s entirely up to you but if we can help – just let us know. We have friends all over Europe and we’re more than happy to put you in touch.