Taxi is a good means of transportation in London. The reputed black cabs are really cheap and can either be hailed from the curb or booked via phone. The minimum charge is 2.40 pound and then you are charged per distance and per minute rate. Minicabs need to be booked by phones and can cost a little more. Some may not speak English and they rely heavily on GPS unlike Black cab drives. Most Londoners take public transportation, however if you decide to rent a car be aware that there is a hefty charge to drive into the city.
Things to do near LGW
Take a boat ride on the River Thames its very pleasant way to see the London skyline. Famous tourist attractions in London include: Buckingham Palace, London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and the Shard. London also has a host of world-class museums.
Where to eat in London
Just like any other large city there are literally hundreds of restaurants to choose from in any area of London. Finding the right place to eat can be quite difficult. If you are looking for nationally recognized chains you can find your share of McDonald’s, Domino’s, Krispy Kreme, Red Lobster and more. Many of the same chains you enjoy in the United States can be found in London. If you want to enjoy a traditional breakfast for around 5 pound you can enjoy bacon, eggs and sausage. This meal is served in most pubs up to 11:00 and usually all day.
About London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick Airport abbreviated LGW is located 29.5 miles (47.5km/0 south of central London in Crawley West Sussex. The airport serves 35 million people each year. It’s the world’s busiest airport that operates a single runway. London itself it the capital of England; more than 13 million people live there. There are over 32 boroughs in Greater London and plenty to see and do.
Things to know in London
London does not offer free public Wi-Fi; go to McDonald’s or Starbucks there are a number of other fee coffee shops and pubs that offer Wi-Fi also. The emergency service telephone number for Police, Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance is "999" or "112." Theft is a problem in London; beware of cyclist who will snatch your mobile phone out of your hand. Beware of scams involving women that invite you to a bar or club, which are usually deserted; once you order a drink the bills are heavily inflated with a hostess fee. If you do not pay the patrons are normally locked in the club and forced to pay.
Information about London
As of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will be the first city to host the summer games 3 times. In 2010 Gatwick served over 31 million passengers. London Gatwick Airport is the second busiest airport in London, next to London Heathrow. It is the 9th busiest airport in Europe. It is located about 28 miles south of London and about 3 miles north of Crawley in West Sussex.
Gatwick more and more offers mainly domestic and European travel as opposed to International only two US airlines currently have flights in and out of Gatwick, Delta and US Airways. The two airlines, which are dominant in Gatwick, are British Airways and EasyJet.
Although Gatwick is London’s second largest airport it only operates one runway. The airport actually has two runways but will only allow one at a time to be in use. It currently has 2 terminals, the north terminal and the south terminal. Gatwick is a family friendly airport and is equipped with areas for feeding your baby as well as baby changing stations. It also has areas for children to play and video game areas.