Car Hire in London
Are you looking to hire a car in London? London is a fantastic city with hundreds of attractions and exhibitions to explore. Indeed, Samuel Johnson, who was the first person to compile a dictionary of the English language, once said, “When you are tired of London then you are tired of life?”.
With so many sites to visit you’ll find it difficult to tire of the amazing cosmopolitan atmosphere of one of Europe’s greatest cities. If you are planning on renting a car in London then you will need to be aware that there is a “Congestion Charge” for all cars driving through the centre of the city at peak times.
The Congestion Charge currently covers the following areas of London: City of London, St James’s, Waterloo, Borough, Clerkenwell, Holborn, Finsbury, Bloomsbury, Soho, Mayfair and parts of Marylebone and Lambeth.
London has 5 major airports. Heathrow is the largest airport in the UK. The increase in the number of low-cost airlines has meant that airports such as Stansted and Luton have become more popular over the last decade. Listed below are links to more information about each of the major London airports. For more information about hiring cars at any of the major airports then click the links below.
- Car Hire Heathrow Airport
- Car Hire Gatwick Airport
- Car Hire Luton Airport
- Car Hire Stansted Airport
- Car Hire City Airport
The British Museum is London’s most popular tourist attraction. The Museum attracts around 5.8 million visitors a year. The British Museum is home to some 8 million works and the collection spans a history of 2 million years. The institution has some incredibly important pieces from throughout the greatest civilisations in human history. These pieces include, The Rosetta Stone from ancient Egypt and the Parthenon marbles (also known as Elgin Marbles) from ancient Greece.
The Tate Modern is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art. The Tate Modern was opened in the year 2000 and has in its collection paintings from such modern masters as Picasso, Dali, Pollock and Rothko. Around 5 million people visit the site each year. The gallery is situated opposite St Paul’s Cathedral. Visitors to the area can enjoy the best of modern art before crossing the millennium bridge to visit another of London’s famous landmarks.
The National Gallery is situated in Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. The gallery houses over 2300 paintings including works by Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Vincent van Gogh. Around 4.9 million people visit the National Gallery each year. As the site is in the centre of London it means that tourists can take a leisurely stroll around the gallery before leaving to visit the nearby London Eye and Oxford Street for some shopping.
Natural History Museum
The National History Museum is home to life and earth science specimens. These items include dinosaur bones, fossils and ornate architecture. Some of the specimens in the exhibit were collected by Charles Darwin and are of great historical value. Around 4.6 million people visit the museum each year.
Science Museum (South Kensington)
The Science Museum is a fantastic place for the whole family to visit. The museum has lots of interactive exhibits to keep children and adults of all ages occupied for hours on end. Visitors will learn all manner of interesting facts about science, medicine and technology during a visit to the museum. Around 2.7 million people visit the Science Museum each year.
Interesting Facts about London
- There are more languages spoken in London than in any other city in the world with over 300 different languages spoken in the city.
- About sixteen percent of the UK’s restaurants are located in London, and there are more Michelin-rated restaurants in London than in any city except for Paris
- About 25% of all people today living in London were born in another country.
- There are currently four World Heritage Sites in the city of London: the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and Kew Gardens
- London is the ninth largest city in the world and the largest metropolitan area in the European Union. If London was a country it would be the eighth largest in Europe.