Drop in on Buckingham Palace
First-time visitors to London, take a deep breath. From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, from the Tower of London to Trafalgar Square, there are countless historic sights in this history-soaked city.
London also has an epic selection of shops, restaurants, museums, theatres and West End shows to keep you entertained 365 days a year. Cheap flights to London will deliver a whole heap of culture, whatever your tastes.
When to go
Flights to London are popular all year round. Summer (May to September) is high season. With warm temperatures, long days, and a zillion things going on from music festivals to outdoor cinemas, late night gallery openings to al fresco dining, the city is buzzing.
Spring is also a great time for return flights to London when the city’s royal parks are in full bloom and Londoners swap their heavy winter jackets for something lighter. Temperatures in spring average around 14 degrees Celsius.
To find really cheap last minute flights to London, try autumn and winter, although you'll have to contend with chilly temperatures. Nevertheless, with a busy cultural calendar and Christmas shopping, there are plenty of opportunities to come in from the cold.
Airports and airlines
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London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is the UK’s biggest and busiest international airport. Located 14 miles west of central London, it has four terminals. British Airways, Flybe, KLM, as well as a number of other airlines offer direct flights to London Heathrow from Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton. View more flights to London Heathrow Airport.
London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick, the capital’s second largest airport, is 28 miles south of central London. The airport has a North Terminal and a South Terminal, covering international and domestic flights. Aer Lingus, British Airways and Flybe as well as a number of other airlines offer return flights to London Gatwick from within the UK. View more flights to London Gatwick Airport.
London Stansted Airport
London Stansted is an international airport flying to over 170 destinations, with a focus on European getaways. Located 30 miles from central London, it has one passenger terminal. British Airways, Flybe and TUI Airways, as well as a number of other airlines, offer direct flights to London Stansted from within the UK. View more flights to London Stansted Airport.
London City Airport
London City Airport is the only airport actually in London. Located close to Canary Wharf and seven miles from the City of London, it has flights to and from many UK destinations. British Airways, Flybe and TUI Airways, as well as a number of other airlines, offer London flights from within the UK. View more flights to London City Airport.
London Luton Airport
Around 25 miles north of central London, Luton Airport is a popular airport for low-cost airlines, flying to 30 countries across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as many domestic destinations. Aer Lingus, British Airways, Flybe and KLM offer last minute flights to London Luton Airport from Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Southampton. View more flights to London Luton Airport.
Getting around the airports
At London Heathrow, Terminals 2 and 3 are a just short walk away from each other, while Terminals 4 and 5 are served by free connecting trains and buses. At London Gatwick, you will also find fast, convenient transfers between terminals with a shuttle service, which runs every few minutes, 24/7. Luton, Stansted and London City only have one terminal, making them easy to navigate on foot.
Getting to the city from the airports
To reach central London from the airports, there are several transport options. The train is your fastest route: the Heathrow Express whisks you to London Paddington, the Gatwick Express goes to London Victoria, the Stansted Express arrives at Liverpool Street, while Thameslink connects Luton Airport to various London transport hubs. At London City, use the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Alternatively there are car rental options and bus services as well as taxis and private car services.
Don't forget before you fly
Before booking your London flights, note that the UK is currently a full member of the European Union and therefore no visas are required if you’re travelling from within Europe in 2018. Other countries may require a visa. You can check whether you need to apply for one on the official UK government website