How to get to our hotel in Mayfair: from Heathrow

External shot of London Heathrow's Terminal 5 airportWe’re always delighted at the fact so many of our guests come from overseas. Having been established for 110 years, we’re proud of our century-spanning reputation, and the fact we play host to people from all around the world is undoubtedly something we always enjoy sharing.

Now if you are staying with us at DUKES and you’re travelling by train, as we talked about previously, it’s highly likely you’ll pass through King’s Cross.

But this only really applies to our guests from here in England.

If you’re travelling from abroad, and assuming you’re not sampling the delights of elsewhere in the country first or coming via boat, there’s a very high likelihood you’ll be flying into Heathrow.

Although one of six main airports that serve the Greater London area, Heathrow is by far and large the biggest and busiest. In fact, it’s second only to Dubai International Airport as the busiest in the world when it comes to international passengers.

A truly fantastic airport that allows for anyone to join us in London regardless of where you’re located in the world, once you’ve touched down and collected your luggage, how do you get here, to DUKES hotel in Mayfair?

Taxi

Arguably the easiest of the travel options, you have the choice of both black cabs and services such as Uber direct from Heathrow, all available from just outside the main terminal doors.

And being almost a single road from Heathrow to central London, you can kick back and relax whilst your driver takes the journey to DUKES.

However, although it’s less than 20 miles from Heathrow to DUKES, traffic along the A4 – and especially when you enter central London itself – is going to make your journey time well in excess of one hour, particularly during the day.

If time isn’t an issue, a taxi can be a favourable choice. But if it is, exploring some of the other options may be prudent.

Tube

Still one of the quickest, easiest and most efficient ways to travel around London, whilst Heathrow airport may not be in central London itself, it’s served directly by the Piccadilly line, which runs from Cockfosters in north London right through the city to Heathrow.

And most importantly for our guests, Green Park – the closest tube station to DUKES, which is a very short stroll away – is on the Piccadilly line, giving you direct access to and from Heathrow.

Taking less than an hour from station to station, depending on which terminal you’re departing from at Heathrow, you could realistically be sat at DUKES Bar within an hour of leaving.

Heathrow Express

Now if time is even more of a concern, and you don’t mind a slightly less direct journey, the Heathrow Express could be the perfect option.

An airport rail link between Heathrow and Paddington, it first opened in 1998 and has the sole intention of taking guests between the two stations as quickly as is possible.

With the journeys taking between 15 and 20 minutes dependent on your terminal at Heathrow, our hotel in Mayfair may be a little too far to walk from Paddington at around two miles away, but a few stops on the Bakerloo and then the Jubilee line and you could be here in not much more than 30 minutes after leaving Heathrow.

Bus

Moving back to the other end of the scale, assuming time isn’t an issue, you can take a couple of red London buses from Heathrow all the way to Green Park.

An iconic way to travel in London, importantly, it can take just under two hours, but if you’re wanting to embrace the traditional London experience, what better way to start your stay here than on a red London bus!

Travelling to our hotel in Mayfair

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to travelling throughout London. And unless you have a specific need to be somewhere quickly, there are no right or wrong ways to travel. Every option allows you to experience London in a different way.

When it comes to travelling from Heathrow to Mayfair, the options you have are varied. Giving you choices dependent on your needs in terms of speed, efficiency and cost, however you decide to travel, you can rest assured we’ll be ready and waiting to make your entire stay perfect from the moment you arrive.

Image courtesy of Warren Rohner (Wikipedia)

As one of the oldest cities in the world, what do you need to see when staying in London?

External shot of Kensington Palace, LondonThere are very few exceptions to the argument that London is the best place to visit if you have a love for history. We can maybe look to places such as Athens in Greece, Istanbul in Turkey or Beijing in China, but London is without doubt up there competing against them.

Now those three cities – and several others – have history that extends beyond London’s by some stretch. By comparison, London is relatively new, having been settled in around AD 47 as the Roman Londinium. But it’s the fact it’s younger than some of the others that make it so appealing to history fans – it may be nearly 2,000 years old, but its entire history can be tracked with considerable accuracy.

So with this in mind, if you’re visiting London and are a lover of all things historical, where do you need to visit? What do you need to see? What will truly open your eyes to the sheer awe-inspiring stories of London’s past? Continue reading “As one of the oldest cities in the world, what do you need to see when staying in London?”

Is it really possible to see London in a day?

A variety of London sights and attractions in one photo, including London buses and St Paul's CathedralWhen you think of visiting London, you quite possibly think of spending at least a long weekend here as a minimum. People travel from all over the world to spend a week or two here, and there are more who move to the city temporarily for longer periods to fully experience what it has to offer.

And with so much to see and do, it’s understandable. There are people who return several times a year, each and every year, and still don’t see everything the city has to offer. Apart from anything else, new attractions, sights and exhibitions are opening up constantly, so there’s always something fresh to experience.

So with this said, is it worth simply spending a single day in London? Can you really experience what London has to offer in only a matter of hours?

Continue reading “Is it really possible to see London in a day?”