How to get from Heathrow to Central London

There are many ways to get into and around London. Choose your method of transport from out helpful information below:

Coaches to London

National Express

National Express operate services from London Heathrow Airport to London Victoria, and many destinations around the UK. The buses run from Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station. The bus station is located between terminals 1,2 and 3, and is well signposted within the terminals. From terminals 4 and 5 catch Heathrow Connect to the central bus station.

Buses Around London

Most buses around London are low floor, meaning that they lower to pavement level, making it easier to board the bus. You are now able to use Oyster cards on bus routes.

For more information on what buses to get and timetables for the buses, visit Transport for London.

Trains

Heathrow Connect operates between Heathrow airport terminals 1,2 and 3 and Paddington, via five stations in west London. This service takes 25 minutes, and operates every 30 minutes. Passengers travelling at terminal 5 should use the free inter-terminal service. Oyster pay as you go cards are not accepted on this service.

Heathrow Express runs four trains an hour, non stop between the airport and Paddington station. This journey takes 15 – 20 minutes and oyster cards and travelcards are not valid on this service.

Tube

The Piccadilly Line connects all Heathrow terminals with frequent services to London. There are three stations at Heathrow on Piccadilly Line, one for Terminals 1, 2 & 3 located between the terminals, one for Terminal 4 and the newly opened Terminal 5, both situated in the basements of the terminal buildings. The journey to central London takes about 50 minutes and services run between 05:00 and 23:40.

You are able to use your oyster card for the underground or you can buy an all day travelcard for unlimited travel on the tube all day. Buying a travelcard is suitable for commuters who are planning on using the tube and the train as the tickets can be bought together. Visit mytrainticket.co.uk to find out more about how travelcards work and how much they cost.

Taxi

The journey time to central London is approximately 45-60 minutes and should cost between £45 and £70.

Getting a taxi can take the hassle out of your journey. Choose a taxi to suit you and your passengers. From executive travel to minibus, and coach taxis. You can just sit back and relax, knowing you will be at the airport soon.

However, you could get a better price by booking your transfer in advance. Find a taxi company on our Heathrow Airport Taxis and Transfers page. Alternatively, follow the signs from each terminal for taxi ranks.

Oyster Cards

Getting an oyster card is generally the cheapest way to get around using public transport in London. You can get a pay as you go oyster car, meaning you don’t have to worry about having the right change in your pocket.

You can use an oyster card on tubes, buses, DLR, trams, London overground and some National rail trains. For more information on where you can use your oyster card, visit TFL.

Just make sure you touch in with your card before boarding tubes and buses and Oyster will work out they cost of your journey at the end of the day. By doing this it means they can charge you less than the price of a day travelcard.

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A summer list…

With just a few weeks away until summer FINALLY starts in the land of the Queen I thought it would be cool to share this list with y’all.


After a long and wet winter the sun has decided to show up and make all the gringos happy, sticky and red (some of them a bit TOO red).

Coming from a warm (and beautiful) country I have to say WE LOVE summer and it is a reminder of lots of good stuff.

 Everybody has their down list; here are my favourite things about summer:

  •  lemonade
  • grilled burgers, steaks, fish, fruit…
  • summer thunderstorms
  • the long, lingering daylight hours
  • watermelon
  • napping in a hammock
  • sunglasses 
  • the smell of sunscreen
  • picnics
  • daytrips to the beach (and the reminder of it with sand everywhere)
  • swimming
  • camping
  • drippy ice cream cones
  • easy entertaining on your porch or in your backyard
  • swimming out to a floating wooden platform in a lake
  • sleep-away camp
  • outdoor concerts
  • canoeing
  • sunny days = sunnier moods
  • the sound of lawn mowers
  • open windows
  • sitting in the shade on a hot day
  • the sound of ocean waves
  • a cool breeze on a hot day
  • flip flops
  • the smoky smell of people barbecuing
  • relaxed attitudes
  • surfing
  • dogs with their heads out car windows, tongues wagging
  • bicycles built for two
  • snorkeling

 

Olympic Flame goes out

At least the Olympic flame burned brightly and strongly for the first two days. But on day three of the relay the flame went out as it was being carried through the Devon town of Great Torrington.

The torch was attached to the side of para-badminton star David Follett’s wheelchair when the flame went out shortly before 10am.

It was not a complete disaster: the torch was re-lit using a backup flame that is transported around with the torchbearers. A spokesperson for the London 2012 organising committee blamed a malfunction within the burner and said it was not uncommon for flames to be extinguished.

The spokesman said: “The flame went out due to a malfunctioning burner. It is not uncommon for a flame to go out and this can happen for a number of reasons, for example, in extreme winds. We keep the mother flame alight in specially designed miners’ lanterns so if the flame does go out for some reason we re-light it from the source of the flame.”

The committee was also facing questions after it emerged that a woman taking part in the relay may have made up to £150,000 by selling her torch on eBay.

Sarah Milner Simonds, from Somerset, says she will pass the money on to charity but has received abusive emails and could be in for a frosty reception when her turn to carry the flame comes on Monday afternoon.

She is one of a number of runners who are selling their torches, which they can buy for £199 on the internet auction site. By Monday morning one torch bearer from Cornwall, where the relay began on Saturday, had received a bid of almost £40,000 for a torch.

Cycling around London…

How about getting a bike, riding it around the city 

 

and then returning it anywhere else…

 

…so the next person can use it…

 

You may be saying, this would not work in my country. Maybe one day!!

 

Everyone in London is getting the idea. Available 24 hours a day, year round.


Everyone is using them, from tourists with their backpacks to business men
 in their suits and ties.

 It’s self-service and there’s no need for booking. Just turn up, get the code (pay off course) and go.

Sponsored by Barclays Bank the expectation is that during the Olympic gamesmany people will avoid using the tube and buses and get on the bikes.

Watch the video below:

 

Big cerimony taking place at 2012 hours before the opening day

A special one-off event on Saturday 5 May will give 40,000 people the chance to join famous faces, celebrities and sports stars at London’s new Olympic Stadium.

Starting at 7pm, the event will include the final hour of the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships’ evening session, where competitors will join the ranks of previous BUCS champions including Perri Shakes-Drayton, Dai Greene and Hannah England. The evening session will also include a series of UK Athletics Invitational events featuring some of Britain’s best athletes, all aiming for a place in Team GB this summer.

After the athletics, a celebrity host will be joined by famous faces, including Olympians and Paralympians, for a series of stunts, games, challenges and prizes.  The 40,000 strong-audience will be narrowed down to one lucky winner, who will be brought into the middle of the Stadium to officially open the venue.

LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: ‘This is a great opportunity for people to experience the venue that will take centre stage this summer. As well as a great evening of entertainment, this will be an invaluable test and another warm-up event for the Olympic Stadium.’

Information on the event’s host, featured celebrities, schedule and prizes for the evening will be released in the coming weeks.

http://www.london2012.com/

Giant Olympic Rings launched on the River Thames…

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today launched a set of giant Olympic Rings onto the River Thames as he announced a programme of cultural events to celebrate London 2012.

Measuring 11 metres high by 25 metres wide, the Rings are travelling on a barge and will pass London landmarks including Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.

From 21 July – 9 September, live music, outdoor arts and ‘pop up’ events will take place throughout London. Ranging from an original fusion of ballet and film to a floating opera, the programme will provide extra opportunities to get involved with theLondon 2012 Festival

Boris Johnson was joined by Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the London 2012 Festival, to make the announcement.

He said: ‘We’re creating the biggest festival of outdoor arts ever to be seen in the capital, as well as fantastic new work that will throw new light on some of our city’s lesser-known landmarks and hidden gems.

‘Wherever you are you will feel a part of the 2012 celebrations and experience a summer like no other in one of the most exciting cities on earth.’

The 2012 games in numbers

-Londoners will contribute £625m to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. (London Councils 2012 Team)

-The five host boroughs are Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich.

-An estimated global audience of 4bn people are expected to watch the opening ceremony on July 27, 2012. (London Councils 2012 Team)

-Pundits predict a peak in labour demand in 2011. There will be a need for 2.8m people who work in the construction industry across the UK. (Construction Skills Network) 

-The London Olympics will generate £10bn in revenue for the British economy as a whole. (Lloyds TSB) 

-Revenue from tourists attracted by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are forecast to add up to an additional £2.1bn. (London Councils 2012 Team) 

-Costs for the 80,000-seat Olympic stadium have been revised from £280m to £496 because of inflation and VAT. (Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)

-The 22,500-seater aquatics centre’s cost has been revised from £74m to £215m.(Minister for the Olympics Tessa Jowell) 

East London will see a massive upgrade in facilities. As many as 5,000 new homes could be available there after the Olympics. (London2012)

-There are proposals for a 45% increase in capacity on the London Underground’s Jubilee line, along with plans to create a transport hub in Stratford only, which is 7 minutes by train from Kings Cross station. It would be designed to carry at least 320,000 people per hour. (London2012) 

-Over 200 buildings had to be demolished at the 2.5sqkm Olympic Park, the majority of the site, including the main five Venues. (Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) 

-This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Paralympics. The wheelchair games, involving injured World War II soldiers, were staged on the opening day of the London 1948 Olympics. (London Councils 2012 Team).

List of Olympic Games City

1896 – Athens
1900 – Paris
1904 – St. Louis
1906 – Athens (“Unoffficial”)
1908 – London
1912 – Stockholm
1916 – Not held*
1920 – Antwerp
1924 – Paris
1928 – Amsterdam
1932 – Los Angeles
1936 – Berlin
1940 – Not held*
1944 – Not held*
1948 – London
1952 – Helsinki

1956 – Melbourne
1960 – Rome
1964 – Tokyo
1968 – Mexico City
1972 – Munich
1976 – Montreal
1980 – Moscow
1984 – Los Angeles
1988 – Seoul
1992 – Barcelona
1996 – Atlanta
2000 – Sydney
2004 – Athens
2008 – Beijing
2012 – London

December

So, this is it…
It seems like yesterday, December 2010 and a year has already gone by… December has always been the best of all months. The end of the year, Christmas and New Year, family, friends, time for reflection and new decisions to make.Spending December away from home is not the same, far from family and friends the best way is to get used to the idea and enjoy what London has to offer.

enjoy the view from my window
go for a walk on Hyde Park
visit the place I used to work in the past
explore the city on foot to burn some winter calories
and be thankful for living in such a beautiful city like this…