Travel in Central London
||In one of the busiest
towns in Britain you’d be forgiven for thinking
that transport would be a nightmare but in fact you’ll
find a wide range of public services to take advantage
As any Londoner will tell you, if you’re thinking
of bringing a car into the city, think again! Parking
restrictions apply in all areas of Central London and
finding a space – either metered or not –
is almost impossible.
Anyway, why would you need to bring your car when you’re
right in the centre of all the action?
Start your travelling at Kings Cross [map] and you can’t
go wrong. This station has a tube route that links you
up with all the central lines.
Grab a traditional red London bus and see the sights
in comfort as well as listening to an interesting guide
to some of your favourite landmarks. These buses often
cost a nominal fee and operate on a “hop on, hop
If you want to avoid the tourist buses – although
these can sometimes offer a fascinating historical guide
to London for first-time tourists – there’s
plenty of ordinary buses that can get you from Kings Cross
to just about anywhere in London and further afield.
Bus route N91 will take you to the familiar landmarks
of Trafalgar Square [map] and Whitehall. Bus route
17 will take you right into the heart of some very familiar
monuments as it stops at London Bridge [map] .
As with buses, catching a tube is simple from the Kings
The Metropolitan Line will take you to the City
via Liverpool Street [map].
Getting to the best shops is easy for tired feet if you
take the Piccadilly Line that drops you off close
to Harrods [map] in Knightsbridge.
Plan your journey on foot, by rail or tube at The
Official London Travel website.
The main coach station is the Victoria Coach Station located on the corner of Buckingham Palace Road and Elizabeth
Street, and is just half a mile from Buckingham Palace itself. Timetable information is available from The
Victoria Coach Station website.
The famous London black cab continues to be a famous
sight and catching a cab in Central London is a doddle
but always make sure that whoever is stopping on the kerb
is licensed to do so. If you can’t see a photo ID
card, ask to see the licence and if one can’t be
produced, don’t step inside.
Fares within Greater London depend on the time of day,
distance travelled and the taxi speed, and are displayed
on the meter. If you book your taxi by telephone there
is an extra charge which is currently set at £2
(subject to change).
Cab drivers still have to pass “The Knowledge”
exam before commencing employment. This means that they
have an in-depth knowledge of a six-mile radius around
Charing Cross, which is perfect for Central London travellers
who are unsure which sights to see first.