If you’re a Londoner, then consider yourself lucky. You quite literally have the world at your fingertips! I’ve written lots and lots about all the different trips I’ve personally taken from the UK capital, but I’ve never really provided all of you with an overview of all of the city’s travel options. Welp, here goes nothing!
The UK capital has not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE different airports. Yep, you heard me right. FIVE. Between Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Luton, and Stansted, you can fly to hundreds of destinations around the world. In addition to all the major international cities, most of the airports also support seasonal flights, i.e. sunny destinations in the summer and snowy destinations in the winter.
A sample of short breaks I’ve taken from London by air: Reykjavik, Iceland; Venice, Italy; Nice, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory; Jersey Island, UK Channel Islands.
(Check out my overview of London airport travel)
The charm of medieval York? Check! The romance of Paris? Check! The beauty of Brussels? Check!! Let us not forget where the humble train can take us. Between the UK’s rail services and the Eurostar, as a Londoner you don’t have to take to the skies to travel. From quick day trips to luxurious city breaks, a lovely handful of destinations are within your grasp. A journey on the Eurostar is certainly near the top of my travel bucket list, as are Edinburgh, Lille, and York. Starting December 16, you’ll even be able to travel directly from London to Amsterdam.
London may not have its own proper ship terminal, but with Plymouth, Southampton, and Tilbury close by you can easily take no fly cruises to loads of far flung destinations. Whether you prefer an adventurous Arctic expedition or a relaxing holiday in the Canary Island, you won’t have to fly to get there. Cruises departing from the UK also go to the Baltic, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Africa, and even as far as Southeast Asia.
A sample of short breaks I’ve taken from London by sea: None yet. It’s definitely on the list though!