Car Hire in London
This information is correct as of June 2015
When within London, the capital city of England and United Kingdom, one can visit popular tourist spots like London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster, Tower of London, and more. Getting around London by driving is possible through the car hire companies that operate throughout the city.
Where to hire a car in London
London offers car hire services through the many car hire operators within the city. Some of the providers include Express Rent-a-Car, Avis Car Hire, Thrifty Car and Van Rental, Europcar, Kendall Cars, City Car Club, Carpoint Vehicle Hire, to name a few.
What to expect when hiring a car from London
London can be quite congested. Travelling by car is common in the suburbs. The city’s inner ring road, or the area around the city centre, along with the North and South Circular roads, and the outer orbital motorway, all connect to inner London. The city also has M25, the longest ring-road motorway in the world, along with the A1 and M1, with the latter two connecting the city to Leeds, Newcastle, and Edinburgh. Even though the M25 is the longest ring-road motorway worldwide, it is also the busiest stretch within the country. When within the area, be prepared to pay £10 per day or around NZ$24.00, to serve as congestion charge. The charge applies to a designed zone that encompasses a good amount of central London.
Getting to your destination
Some of the destinations to be visited include Reading, Southampton, and Leicester, to name a few. These destinations provide variety and a good amount of sights to get to for an unforgettable road trip. Please use the directions provided below as reference when getting to these destinations.
Located within Berkshire, England, Reading is a large town and unitary authority area known for spots like Basildon Park, Museum of Reading, Forbury Gardens, River Thames, Reading Abbey, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, The Hexagon, Dinton Pastures Country Park, and more.
Getting to Reading, Berkshire, England, first get on A4 and reach M4 after an estimated seven miles or 24 minutes. Continue down M4 to reach Reading by taking exit 11 from M4, this will take approximately 33.3 miles or 32 minutes. Lastly, reach Reading after an additional 3.5 miles or 11 minutes from A33. To get from London to Reading will take an estimated one hour and 12 minutes or driving, covering a total distance of 43.8 miles.
Serving as the largest city within Hampshire, Southampton is known for sights like Southampton City Art Gallery, Itchen Valley Country Park, Mayflower Theatre, and Southampton Guildhall, among others.
Driving to Southampton from London can be done by getting on A4 to reach M4 after seven miles. Next, reach M3 take exit 14, and get to Hampshire after 69.3 miles or an hour, and a couple of minutes. Lastly, go on A33 and A3024 to reach Above Bar St after 3.9 miles. The destination, Southampton, United Kingdom, can be reached after driving a total of 80.2 miles from London, or an approximated one hour and 55 minutes.
Located at the edge of the National Forest and on the River Soar, Leicester is a unitary authority area and city within the East Midlands of England. Among the sights and attractions it offers include National Space Centre, Bradgate Park, New Walk Museum, Abbey Pumping Station, King Power Stadium, and Newarke Houses Museum, to name a few.
A good two hours or so from London, Leicester can be reached by driving down M1 from The Mall, Park Ln/A4202 and A41. Continue down M1 until you reach A5460 in Leicestershire, by then it is best to take exit 21. When you get to A5460, drive to Vaughan Way/A594. Get in Leicester after a total of 102 miles.