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Destination Guide to London

Discover the great city of London with Avis

London can deservedly lay down a claim to be the greatest city on Earth. No other can boast such a rich history, such boundless diversity and offer so much to so many. The city also manages to maintain it's unique "Britishness" despite it's multiculturalism and ever expanding immigrant population. Little touches like black cabs, fish and chips, red pillar boxes and a pint of bitter combine to ensure that despite being one of the world's great cultural melting pots, London maintains it's unique sense of self.

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London Road Trip

There are many great places to visit that lie a relatively short drive out of London. This trip takes in two wonderful towns in the South East of England, Henley-on-Thames and Oxford. Head out of London on the A4, and follow the signposts to Henley. Explore this pretty riverside town at your leisure, before heading a little further northwest to the city of Oxford. The drive should only take a couple of hours.

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Sights

Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew (commonly known as Kew Gardens) lie a short 20 minute drive away from central London. These delightful Victorian gardens are famous the world over and are a great destination to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Some of the must see attractions include The Palm House, which houses a tropical rainforest environment and the Xstrata Treetop walkway, towering 18 metres above the ground for sensational views of the gardens.

Windsor Castle

Historic Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Covering around 13 acres, it is still the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen, and boasts a history of some 1000 years. This is one of the must see sights in all the UK, and it lies a mere 45 minute drive away in your Avis car.

Shopping

Westfield

Westfield London is a huge, relatively new shopping centre situated in White City in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It spans more than 150,000 square metres and boasts over 270 stores. It is a mere 20 minute drive from central London, be prepared to pack the car high!

Brent Cross

The famous shopping centre at Brent Cross was the first stand-alone shopping centre in the UK. It opened in 1976 and although bigger, newer centres have sprung up around the country, Brent Cross remains popular, and has one of the largest incomes per unit area of retail space in the UK. There is also free parking, so take your Avis car and hit the shops.

Activities

Hampton Court Palace and Maze

Hampton Court Palace was built around 1514 by order of King Henry VIII, for one of his closest allies, Cardinal Wolsey. There is much for the visitor to see here, including the world famous Hampton Court Maze. It was added to the Palace in around 1700, and is the oldest surviving hedge maze in the UK. Soak up some history at this fascinating destination, just a 40 minute drive from London.

Tooting Bec Lido

The lido is an open-air fresh water swimming pool just to the south of central London. It is the largest swimming pool in the UK by surface area, and the 2nd largest outdoor pool in the whole of Europe. Opened to the public in 1906, this is a wonderful attraction that's also a little off the beaten track! So pack your swimming costumes and make the 20 minute drive for an invigorating swim!

Useful driving tips

  • A left hand side road system operates in the United Kingdom.
  • mph Motorways
  • mph Built up Areas
  • It is not unusual to see cars parked on both sides of the road in the UK. This is legal, and you may see drivers cross the traffic to park in a space.
  • When driving in rural areas, single-track roads are not uncommon. There will be passing places, so drive carefully and with patience.
  • Speed cameras are common across the UK, both in rural and urban areas. Be sure to pay attention to the speed limit signs to avoid a fine.

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