Stuck on a London stopover at London City Airport (LCY) in England? The airport is located roughly 7 miles from downtown London which makes the city an accessible destination for those on long stopovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your London stopover, click here for useful tips.
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If you’re stuck inside during your London stopover, the London City airport has free Wi-Fi for all passengers. There is also a Business Center located in City Aviation House. In addition, you can check out the airport’s shopping and eating and dining options, buy currency, or stop by a post office, baby changing facility, or shoe shine.
London City Airport offers a left luggage service if you’d like to drop off your bags while you explore. Left luggage service is available at a charge of £5 per item per 24-hour period. Call +44 (0) 20 7646 0000/88 or +44 (0) 20 3203 2000/88 for more information.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest during your London stopover, there are many hotels options. For a comprehensive list of hotels near the airport, click here, and for London hotels, click here.
There are many transportation options if you plan on leaving the airport and traveling into London during your stopover. Rental cars are available for hire from the London City Airport. You can also travel by taxi (click here for rates), train, bus, shuttle express service, or rail.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A London Stopover:
You can book a Layover Tour in London, that will pick you up straight from the airport and show you the city’s sites, and get you back to catch your connecting flight. In addition, there are dozens of London tours you can choose from including dinner and theater tickets, cultural and museum tours, landmarks, trips to Stonehenge and so much more!
The hop-on, hop-off bus gives a commentary of the sights as you pass them. Tickets can be purchased right on the bus or online. You can “hop on” at Paddington station, and “hop off” wherever you choose. It swings back around to Paddington, if that’s all the time you have, to get back to the airport.
Tower of London
At The Tower of London, you’ll find torture exhibits as well as the famous Crown Jewels which including 530 carat Star at the Jewel House. Beefeaters, who are the walking tour guides, lead the hour-long tours every hour until 3:30p.m.
Buckingham Palace, home to the British monarch, is another favorite sightseeing spot for those with only a short time in London. Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner are the closest Tube stations. Also, you can catch the changing of the guard, but should check ahead for the schedule as it does not happen every day.
Westminster Abbey and Big Ben
Cabinet War Rooms
Close to the Abby, you can see the actual underground bunker Winston Churchill used during World War II. Everything there from the wall maps, to Churchill’s cot are authentic.
The 900-year-old Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world.
Thorpe Park is London’s most popular attractions and theme parks. It opened as a water park in 1970 however more thrill rides were added later.
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