Whether visitors are arriving from Paris, Brussels, Birmingham, or even Milan, taking the train is a great way to reach London. Thanks to the Eurotunnel, the UK capital can be reached from most major European cities, and the city lies at the heart of the UK's own rail network, so it's always within reach.
London has a few major train stations. The main stations south of the River Thames are Waterloo and London Bridge, while major termini north of the river include Victoria, Paddington, Stratford, Marylebone, Liverpool Street, Euston, and Kings Cross-St. Pancras. The latter is also the major arrival point for trains arriving from Europe. All are situated on the London Underground network, making onward travel simple.
Trains offering services into London include Southern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Virgin Trains, London Northwestern, Caledonian Sleeper, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Thameslink, Great Western Railway, West Anglia, and Eurostar, as well as the Heathrow and Gatwick Express services.
Arriving by train in London has plenty of advantages. Firstly, trains will drop visitors off in central locations, many just a short walk from major attractions and city center accommodation. There's no need to spend money and time on airport transfers, and generally, travelers will have much more choice about scheduling their journeys. Journey times for domestic services are often faster than flights, while the run from Paris or Brussels is comparable to flying (and allows visitors from across the Atlantic to work in some memorable city stays). Moreover, when travelers book ahead, they can often secure very affordable ticket prices - so it's a great travel option on many levels.
When visitors take trains to London, it's advisable to check which station the train arrives at. There are many arrival points, and they may be a fair distance from accommodation. It's also a good idea to pick up an Oyster Card upon arrival, or to set up credit cards for contactless payment on all London transport. Buses and tubes do not accept cash in London. When that's done, major sights include the Tower of London, Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. But there's plenty to enjoy away from the crowds, such as walking in Richmond Park, climbing the Shard, or visiting the grave of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery.