London – The Dream City

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England’s Capital, London is everyone’s dream city to visit. From history, fashion to amazing culture, this magical place never fails to impress anyone. Stretching back its chronicles to Roman times and located on the banks of the River Thames, London boasts of royal sites, captivating structures, beautiful gardens, iconic landmarks and is home to some unique innovations. So, whether you are a history lover, a music enthusiast, a fashionista, a shopaholic or a nature lover, you will have the time of your life visiting London.

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Best time to visit London: London can be visited any time of the year, depending upon your perspective to visit the place. However, May to mid-September and December is the time when the city receives the maximum number of tourists.

Let us take a look at the various seasons round the year to help you plan your trip better.

  • Spring (March-May): The weather in Spring varies from warm to sunny to cold to rainy. The daily temperature ranges between 12°C to 18°C maximum and minimum 6°C to 13°C.
  • Summer (June - August): London summers are usually pleasant but with occasional rain showers. During the day, the maximum temperature us about 21°C to 23°C while the minimum is around 15°C.
  • Autumn (October - December): Summer lasts till the end of September and in October the temperature drops sharply, ranging between 20°C to 10°C. Generally, Autumn is London’s rainiest season, so be ready for wet weather.
  • Winter (January - February): Winters in London are cold and often rainy. The average temperature remains between 9°C to 5°C. Make sure you take along your gloves, hat, winter coat, and scarf.

How to reach London:

  • By air: A total of five airports serve London with Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted being the important ones. Together with Turkish Airlines, we at IndiGo, can connect you from India to London with multiple flights to London as well as to several other European cities from Istanbul.

Getting around in London: London underground tube is one of the most popular and convenient modes of transportation to get around the city. Its iconic red double-decker buses and famous black cabs are other affordable and easy modes of travelling in the town.

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Places to visit in London

  • London Eye: Start your trip by taking a spin on the London Eye while enjoying a spectacular view of the entire city. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe measuring 443 ft with a diameter of 394 ft.
  • Buckingham Palace: Since Queen Victoria came into power, Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the Royal Family. Built in 1837, it is one of the most popular attractions in the city. While visiting Buckingham Palace, you should not miss the Changing of the Guard ceremony which is a precision marching with musical escort and is an absolute treat to the eyes.
  • Windsor Castle: Windsor Castle is a magnificent fortress and a royal home, that dates back to more than 900 years. It is the largest and the oldest occupied castle in the world which is still a working palace even today. The queen uses the castle as a private home to spend weekends and also as an official Royal residence wherein she undertakes specific regular duties. Visitors are allowed to visit the beautiful state apartments adorned with some hand-picked works of art, St. George's Chapel and Queen Mary's Doll's House.
  • Big Ben: An epitome of Gothic architecture, Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell. It is located at the Palace of Westminster and is also referred as the clock tower. The tower stands 315 feet high with dial of the clock 23 feet in diameter and is recognised as an essential British culture icon across the globe.
  • Westminster Abbey: Westminster Abbey is a stunning blend of architectural styles and an excellent example of Early English Gothic design style. Known as a ‘royal peculiar’, it is the place where the greatest of the country, are entombed. This 700-year-old building welcomes numerous visitors every year who wish to experience British history. Audio guides are available with entry tickets in 11 languages, and the tour takes about one hour.
  • Tower Bridge: Tower Bridge is among the most famous landmarks of the city, featured in numerous Bollywood movies. Equipped with revolutionary steam-driven bascule mechanism to raise the roadway for the oncoming ships to pass through, Tower Bridge is an architectural marvel in itself. The bridge is still operational, but these days it is electrically operated and rises mainly for the showcase. To watch it in action, you need to refer to the exhibition website for timings.
  • Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square: Your trip to London is incomplete without visiting Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Built in the honour of Lord Horatio Nelson’s victory over the French, Trafalgar Square features Nelson’s column, a 56-meter granite monument overlooking the square’s fountain. Whereas,  Piccadilly Circus is famous for marking the intersection of the city’s several busy streets, including Piccadilly Street, Regent Street, Covent Street, Shaftsbury Avenue, Haymarket, and overlooking this busy traffic is the famous sculpture – the winged Eros, balanced on one foot.
  • Museums in London: London boasts about 170 amazing museums that are worth visiting. Start by visiting the British Museum, one of the world’s most beautiful, oldest and country’s largest museums. It is famous for its vast Roman, Egyptian, Greek, European, Middle Eastern and Etruscan galleries among others. Next on your list should be National Gallery featuring around 2300 European masterpieces including the works of great artists such as Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian and Renoir. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is another must-visit museum and considered among the most diverse ones in the world. Covering 13 acres of land, it houses the Science Museum and National History Museum along with 145 galleries having over 5000 years old artefacts. The other museums in the city include the Museum of London, Tate Gallery, Churchill War Rooms, etc. 

Places to eat in London

Borough Market
Borough Market

Dating back to 11th century, Borough Market is London’s most prominent food market. A paradise for foodies, this market comprises more than 100 stalls selling delectable street food. Traders gather here to sell fish, meat, fruits and vegetables to the locals.

Magic Falafel
Magic Falafel

You will get some of the best falafel in this place. If you are in Camden, the Magic Falafel is a must visit. Do try their pita, tagine and salads.

Amrutha Lounge
Amrutha Lounge

Satiate your craving for Indian cuisine at Amrutha Lounge, offering an array of delicacies. The place is known for creating innovative vegan dishes and classics which are freshly prepared every day. The chefs at Amrutha Lounge use simple ingredients and take them to an extraordinary level to make their version of delectable dishes.

The Golden Chippy
The Golden Chippy

It is one of the most famous fish and chips takeaways in London. You need not worry about the freshness as the fish are fresh and fried to perfection having a thin crispy layer of batter. And the chips are crispy golden from the outside but soft from inside.

The Ledbury
The Ledbury

With two Michelin stars in its kitty, the Ledbury is a fine-dine restaurant in London, owned by chef Brett Graham. Their specialty dish is Chinese water deer with smoked bone marrow, however all the other dishes on the menu are also worth trying.


Shopping in London

Shopping in London is an experience in itself. It is known for countless number of shopping streets featuring innumerable luxury to high-end brands. So, make sure you visit these shopping streets when you are in the city.

Regent Street and Jermyn Street: For all shopaholics, Regent Street is your ideal hub. It offers a good mix of mid-range fashion stores and international flagship stores while housing some of the oldest shops in the city. Close to Regent Street is Jermyn Street, a hub for men’s clothing. It is precisely known for its bespoke shirt makers and shoe shops such as John Lobb.

Oxford Street: From designer shops to famous departmental stores such as Selfridges, Debenhams, John Lewis, etc. Oxford Street, houses more than 300 shops. Walk down this bustling shopping street and get yourself spoilt for choice. It also has a host of dining and entertainment options. One can also enjoy late night shopping here as several shops remain open till late.

Bond Street and Mayfair: If you want to know where you can shop for uber-luxury brands, then head to Bond Street and Mayfair. Starting from Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Burberry amongst others, this area is known for extravagant shopping. And you never know, you might find yourself shopping with some celebrities here.

Westfield Stratford City: It is the largest shopping mall in Europe, housing about 250 shops and 70 places to dine. It also has 17 digital screens, a luxury bowling alley along with 65000 ft casino that includes a 80-seat restaurant and two bars. It is vast, so don’t forget to put on your walking shoes while visiting this place.

Covent Garden: Whether you are looking for unique gifts, handmade jewellery, hip fashion or rare sweets, you must explore Covent Garden. Pick up some creative art and craft, funky cosmetics or trendy urban streetwear; as this place is not going to let you down.

Knightsbridge: Famous for renowned shops and departmental stores, Knightsbridge and Brompton Road welcome numerous visitors from across the world every day. This place is a must visit if you want to check out the latest trends from the world of fashion and collection of premium brands such as Harvey Nichols and Harrods.


Nightlife in London

Club Hopping: London is home to some of the best clubs that you can imagine! Whether you are a party animal, or love listening to live music, you need to visit any of the famous clubs in London such as Heaven, Fabric, Cargo, XOYO, Corsica Studios, Egg London, Studio 338, Electric Brixton, Printworks London and Ministry of Sound.

Cabaret clubs: Bars and pubs are familiar places to visit at night in any place. But while you are in London, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the cabaret clubs. Starting from drag queens, retro style skits, satirical wordsmiths to fantastic circus acts, all shows are different. In addition, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy each kind of cabaret night such as the Box, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, Cellar Door, Proud Cabaret City, RVT, Soho Theatre and Volupté.

Jazz nights: If you love Jazz, then you have ample options to spend a beautiful jazzy night in London. From casual hangouts to renowned venues, you will not get bored of the jazz vibe that the city has. Whether you enjoy a night at the famous Ronnie Scott's jazz club or listen to some live musicians mixing jazz with modern music at the Jazz Café in Camden, London is indeed a heaven for jazz lovers. You can head to other places as well, including the Jazz Café, 606 Club, Tommy Emmanuel at Southbank Centre, Night Jar amongst many others.

Where to stay in London


The Milestone Hotel and Residences Get immersed in the world of luxury and old-world charm at the Milestone Hotel and Residences. The interiors of this five-star property, are adorned with gorgeous original art, stylish & luxurious furnishings and extraordinary cuisine. Located in the heart of Kensington, the hotel is ideal to stay close to several iconic attractions and shopping stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols.


Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London Set opposite to the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament on the South bank, it is close to various tourist spots. An ideal place to experience premium luxury, the hotel boasts a 15m swimming pool with steam and sauna room, 24-hour gym and Mandara spa offering an array of luxury treatments.


Travelodge London Vauxhall Hotel Travelodge London Vauxhall Hotel is a great value for money option, offering a comfortable stay. Its rooms are equipped with king size bed, mood lighting and blackout curtains for a comfortable sleep along with other essential amenities.


Qbic Hotel London City The property is a tranquil place to relax and make yourself comfortable after a long tiring day. Featuring some quirky designs, it’s a great place if you are looking for an affordable stay. The hotel offers superb service as the staff is warm and friendly.

More reasons to visit London

Here are some of the other places to explore on your trip to London

Tower of London: Tower of London, the official Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London is the epitome of royalty. Situated on the northern bank of River Thames, this ancient castle details out the story of a compelling and horrific history. It comprises of 22 towers and remembered as a prison where a king, three queens and several noble met their deaths. The central White Tower is the most attractive building featuring Norman architecture and four turrets. Another sightseeing spot is the Waterloo Barracks which contains amazing crown jewels including the platinum crown set with the 106-carat Kohinoor and the Imperial state crown.

Royal parks in London: These are the lands that originally belong to the monarchy of the United Kingdom for recreation mostly hunting. They are part of the Crown’s hereditary possession. Feel royal, walk around any of these which have become public parks and open space under the Crown Lands Act 1851. Today, there are eight parks, covering about 4,900 acres of land in Greater London. The names include Green Park, Bushy Park, Greenwich Park, Kensington Garden, Hyde Park, St James’s Park, Richmond Park and Regent's Park.

Cycle tours: The best way to explore London is pedalling your way around. There are different kinds of cycle tours or bike tours organise to experience various cultures of the city. You can opt for River Thames bike tour, central London bike tour, night bike tour of London, old town London bike tour or three-hour Royal parks and palace bike tour of London, the choice is yours!

Hop-on hop-off Bus tour: Another exciting way to explore London’s iconic landmarks is through Hop-on hop-off bus tour. The buses cover five different routes having over 60 stops. You can book either 24 hours or 48-hour ticket and enjoy unlimited travel in the city within that period by hopping on and off for as many times as you want. The bus tour also includes a free Thames boat ride and a free walking tour so that you can choose from the Beatles' London tour or the Royal London tour.


Visa and Immigration

If you are an Indian passport holder travelling to London, then you need to apply for UK tourist visa, followed by getting an appointment from the consulate. It takes about 14 working days for the consulate to process the visa.

To ensure a hassle-free and seamless travel, here is a detailed information about the UK visa –


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