Transportation in London
Catch London's black cabs at major stations or hail one from the street (an orange light shows it's available for hire). Drivers have to pass "The Knowledge" exam and know every street in London. They also seem to think they know everything else - chat to them about any subject under the sun.
London's underground network, or 'tube', is often the quickest way to get around. Zones 1 and 2 cover Central London, while the suburbs stretch to zone 6. Travel outside of rush hour for cheaper fares and to avoid the crowds.
Walking is often the quickest way to get about for short trips, as well as being a great way to discover the unexpected. Wander along the pedestrianised South Bank for classic London views of the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Tate Modern.
London's red, double-decker buses are cheaper and often less crowded than the tube. They may not be the quickest way to travel during rush hour, but top decks offer great views. Some run for 24 hours. There are two Heritage routes serviced by the iconic 1960s-style Routemaster buses – the 15 runs from Trafalgar Square to Tower Hill, the 9 from the Royal Albert Hall to Aldwych.
Rent your car
It’s possible to park close to London’s city centre attractions, but watch for red 'C' signs, marking the congestion zone. You'll need to pay £10 within 24 hours online or at designated shops (see www.tfl.gov.uk). Signs state if street parking is time-restricted, pay and display or resident-only.
A Day Travelcard gives unlimited travel in Central London and savings on single fares. If you are here for longer, invest in an Oyster Card, available from any tube station and valid on the bus and tube network (pre-paid or pay as you go). Driving in London is tricky for visitors - parking meters are hard to find and the Congestion Charge kicks in as you enter Central London.