London is one of Europe's biggest aviation hubs. In total, the UK capital has six airports in the immediate area (Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Luton, London City, and Southend). Flights arrive from most major European and British cities, and every airport has fast connections to the city center. All of this makes flying a great way to visit London.
Heathrow is comfortably the largest airport in London. Located west of the city, around 15-20 minutes away by high-speed rail, Heathrow is a hub for British Airways and offers connections across the world. However, it's not the major budget aviation center near London. Luton and Stansted tend to offer more low-cost European connections.
Almost all major European airlines offer flights to London. British Airways is the largest carrier on routes to the city but other major operators include easyJet, Ryanair, Eurowings, Vueling, Iberia, LOT, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Swiss Air, Air France, Lufthansa, and Alitalia. Direct journeys will be available all year round from all major European cities.
Flying makes a lot of sense when travelers want to visit London. For one thing, it's generally the fastest international option. Journey durations from Berlin, Paris, Rome, and Madrid won't be more than two hours 30 minutes. London's airports also have rapid connections to the heart of the city. Rail connections take 15-45 minutes from all airports and run to the City of London and the West End. Finally, the sheer number of connections makes flying attractive. Travelers can be sure of finding a convenient flight whenever they need one.
Before touching down in London, it's best for travelers to familiarize themselves with the public transport network. Oyster Cards are a good way to get around. They can be picked up at Heathrow's railway stations, then recharged with credit cards and cash for traveling on the London Underground, buses and most overground rail services. When exploring the city, look beyond the West End, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace. Other fascinating attractions include the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow and the Freud Museum in Finchley. Epping Forest and Richmond Park offer wilderness walks near the city, while districts like Wembley, Hackney and Green Lanes are filled with dazzling eating spots from around the world.