London Gatwick Airport serves the city of London and, with 200 million passengers passing through a year, is the second largest airport in the United Kingdom. It claims to be the world’s most efficient single-runway airport, and flies to 200 destinations in about 90 countries worldwide. Located just 28 miles south of London, it is the most convenient (compared to other London airports) when it comes to airport-city connections. The airport has 2 terminals – named North and South – and handles more than 30 million passengers annually.
Though considerably less well-known than its counterpart London Heathrow, Gatwick Airport has won several prestigious awards in its many years in operation since it was established in the 1930s. Some of these include the Airport of the Year Award by the National Transport Awards 2013, the Best UK Airport Award by the British Travel Awards 2012 and 2013 and the UK Airport of the Year Award by the Travel Agents Choice Awards 2012.
Travellers arriving in London Gatwick airport will be spoilt for choice when it comes to options for transport into the city. Most choose to take the rail – called the Gatwick Express – which runs every 15 minutes, and gets them to Victoria in central London in half an hour. Otherwise, numerous coaches and buses such as easyBus are available to shuttle tourists to central London, Bristol, Brighton and other destinations at affordable fares.
What to see and do
The beating heart and soul of the United Kingdom, capital city London is a must-see at least once in your lifetime. The economic engine of the country, the city’s history is thousands of years long (it was once part of the mighty Roman Empire) and it is today a political, cultural and financial hub of the UK. More than just a driver of growth, though, the city also has much to offer in terms of natural beauty, cultural diversity and architectural wonder – sitting on the banks of the iconic River Thames, London is home to a population that comprises dozens of different ethnicities (making it one of the most ethnically-diverse cities of the world) and a grand total of 4 architecturally-significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites: namely, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Maritime Greenwich.
Take a boat cruise down the River Thames for breathtaking views of this amazing city from the water, grab a selfie with Big Ben and go for a ride on the iconic London Eye, once the world’s tallest ferris wheel. After a full day of scenery-enjoying, grab your wallet and head to West End for some world-class shopping – London is well-known as one of Europe’s best cities for retail therapy.
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