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Whether you choose to explore tourist hotspots or lesser-known areas, England's capital has something to offer everyone
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London is a truly unique city. With things to see and do ranging from the London Eye and the Tower of London to the theatres of the West End and the Royal sights of Buckingham Palace, London offers experiences that cannot be had anywhere else in the world. As the world's most visited international city, it's no wonder that trains to London are increasingly popular as people flock to the 'Big Smoke' to discover it for themselves.
London is served by the following major train stations: London Euston, London Marylebone, London Paddington, London St Pancras, London Victoria, and London Waterloo.
All major train stations are at the heart of London city centre, making travelling easy.
There are six major airports in London: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, and London Southend.
Art galleries are always popular cultural destinations, and nowhere does art galleries better than London. Both Tate Britain and Tate Modern are located at the heart of the city, offering late night openings as well as educational days out. For art lovers, the London Tate galleries are a must-see. If travelling by train to London, you can reach the Tate Modern via Blackfriars train station, which is 800 metres away. To get to Tate Britain, Vauxhall train station is again just 800 metres away.
No trip to London is complete without a ride on this world-famous big wheel. Get a bird's eye view of the Houses of Parliament and many other London landmarks as you slowly take a trip around the Eye. It's romantic yet great fun for everyone, especially families. Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, the Eye is easily accessible from Waterloo station, which is around a five-minute walk away.
For a true cultural experience, the West End will surpass all expectations. With shows including Grease, The Lion King, Chicago, Thriller and Blood Brothers, there's something to please all tastes. The venues themselves, including the Lyric Theatre, are also cultural icons that add to the West End's charm. Piccadilly Circus tube station is located in the heart of the West End, making it easily accessible by train and underground.
Offering a retail and gallery experience with a difference, Dover Street Market is a must for shopaholics and anyone who appreciates fashion. The brainchild of Rei Kawakubo of Commes Des Garcons, this chic multiplex offers eclectic creations from designers like Alaia, Lanvin and Rodarte, alongside Kawakubo's own signature collections but you don't have to buy anything to enjoy this market. The closest tube station is Green Park, which is only a short walk away.
There are a multitude of activities on offer when it comes to the Thames. From speed boat rides to leisurely lunch cruises, there is something to fit all moods and weather conditions. Whichever way you choose to explore the river, you're sure to get a fantastic view of some of the city's most spectacular landmarks. A number of different trains to London provide easy access to the river and its attractions.
If you know that you are travelling to London ahead of time you have a great chance of securing a cheap train ticket by booking in advance. Just reserve your seat up to 15 minutes before you board a CrossCountry service via our website or our Train Ticket app, subject to availability.
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