Gatwick Airport, also known as London Gatwick, is London’s second largest international airport and the second-busiest (by total passenger traffic) in United Kingdom after Heathrow. London Gatwick is located 2.7 miles, or 5km north of the centre of Crawley, West Sussex, and 29.5 miles or 47.5km south of Central London. The airport got its name from a manor in Charlwood parish, which is derived from the Old English word gāt and wīc, meaning goat and dairy farm. From its humble farm beginnings, it became a racecourse field, and hosted The Grand National during the First World War. It was commissioned as an aerodrome in late 1920s that soon transpired into an airport. Fast forward to present, recent developments include the expansion of two terminals, opening of Pier 6 connected to North Terminal’s main building, plus an extension and refurbishment of South Terminal’s baggage reclaim hall. The airport is being operated by Gatwick Airport Limited.
London is originally referred to the once so-called “Square Mile.” It is considered as the capital and largest city of both England and United Kingdom, as well as the largest city in Western Europe and European Union. It consists of 32 boroughs, including the City of London and the Mayor of London that form the basis for London’s local government. Considered as one of the leading global cities, it remains to be an international capital hub of culture, music, education, fashion, politics, finance, and trade. Get to London and explore a little bit of everything international from this one enormous nationality.
Beginning with notable international places that should be a priority is the Buckingham Palace, which is the official London residence of the Queen. You should not also miss The London Eye, which is considered as the third largest observation wheel that provides a magnificent view over London. One of the most photographed sights in London, the Picadilly Circus, is also frequented by tourists who want to while away time and enjoy kid-like wonders it has to offer. Be awed with the high tower decorations of The Tower Bridge, the iconic 19th century bridge, which is located by the Tower of London, another royal landmark that contains the Crown Jewels, and is a World Heritage site. Another World Heritage site is the Palace of Westminster, which is the seat of the United Kingdom parliament. While in the Palace, don’t forget to check out the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and take a trip down memory lane during Elizabethan era and booked your tours on August- September of the year when Parliament is on summer recess, as well as every Saturday throughout the year. To relax from a day’s tour visiting World Heritage sites, take a stroll in Trafalgar Square, which is before a safe haven for London’s pigeons until the recent introduction of hired birds of prey. No matter, the Square is still popular among tourists since it is the closest thing to a centre. It has also recently been pedestrianised, and with summer classical music concerts held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, one can truly enjoy the London vibe.
London is not only known as the city that houses a number of World Heritage sites, but is also known as one of the world’s most fashion conscious cities. For fashion enthusiasts who would like to go on a shopping spree, Oxford Street is the place to be. This is the main shopping street home to flagship branches of all major British high street retailers, which include Selfridges, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, and other department stores. Other alternatives include taking a turn at Regent Street, located between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, which include Hamleys, the London’s flagship toy store, as well as the London Apple Store. For a luxurious shopping experience, a turn at Bond Street will lead you to designer stores such as Cartier, D&G, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, and Versace.
How to get around within London
Getting around London is fairly accessible. For direct transfers between London’s airports, which have a total of six airports, the fastest way is thru the direct inter-airport bus service by National Express, which runs on an hourly basis. Meanwhile, to get to the city proper, most international and domestic long distance bus services arrive and depart from Buckingham Palace Road in Westminster, which is close to London Victoria Rail station.
How to get there
London Gatwick Airport is a base for scheduled airlines Aer Lingus, British Airways (BA), EasyJet, Monarch Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, and Virgin Atlantic, as well as provides charter operations for Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways.