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Compare Cheap Flights from Christchurch to London
London is the capital and cultural hub of the United Kingdom. As a diverse city, London has something to appeal to all different types of travellers. London has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Throughout central London, you are constantly reminded of the city’s past when you come across traditional architecture amongst all the modern parts of the city. Culturally, London has contributed so much to the world. It has been home to some of the top music, film, television, literature and art. London is also home to the British royal family, who have become icons across the world. No matter how much time you spend in London, there will always be something new to experience. There are countless museums, shopping, beautiful architecture, great restaurants and cafes, pubs and nightlife, and anything else you could look for in a city. Booking cheap flights from Christchurch to London is the perfect way to experience the UK’s cultural capital before exploring the smaller cities and countryside of the United Kingdom.
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Best time to visit London
The best time to visit London
While many people think of London as being rainy and grey, it actually experiences beautiful weather for much of the year. Throughout the spring, summer, and autumn, London gets lots of sunshine and nice temperatures. Summer temperatures in London often hit about 20-23°C during the day. While summer is an incredible time to visit London, it is also peak season and the busiest season in the city. For a quieter experience, plan you trip in the spring or autumn when you’ll be able to find some good travel deals. Temperatures are pleasant, and they are the perfect time to witness the city’s spring blooms or autumn foliage.
For the lowest rates on London hotels, plan your trip to the city for the winter between January and March. These months are low season in London, and hotels decrease their rates due to the lower demand. Winter temperatures in London can hit about 9°C during the day, but cool down to about 4°C at night. Winter can experience some rain, but with plenty of indoor activities around London, that won’t put a damper on your experience.
Departing From Christchurch
Christchurch Airport (CHC) is located 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) northwest of the city. It is the second busiest airport in New Zealand, and offers a number of international flights to the United Kingdom.
Several major airlines offer cheap airfares from Christchurch to London, including Air New Zealand, Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Delta Airlines. Flights from Christchurch to the London airports will get you there in about 27 hours with one stopover. About 75-80 return flights from Christchurch to London are available each day, giving you lots of opportunity to get to the British capital.
Getting to Christchurch Airport
Christchurch’s Metro Red Bus has two routes that offer a ride to the airport. The Purple Line and bus 29 both have departure points throughout the city centre. Christchurch’s Purple Line bus makes several major stops, including at the Bus Interchange, the University at Ilam Road, and Ferry Road. Bus 29 offers a more direct trip to the airport from the Bus Interchange and Fendalton. Bus fare for each of these routes costs $8.50 NZD for a one-way ticket and $15 NZD return.
If you would like to take a taxi or an Uber to Christchurch Airport, you will arrive in about 20 minutes from the city. Taxi fare from the CBD and inner suburbs comes to about $35 NZD.
Parking at Christchurch Airport
Christchurch offers several car parks to accommodate different budgets. Long term and short term car parks are both within easy walking distance to the airport terminal.
Where to Park at Christchurch Airport
• The Long Stay car park offers uncovered parking. Rates start at $27 NZD per day and $135 NZD per week.
• Orchard Road car park offers the most affordable daily rate. Prices start at $22 NZD per day and $154 NZD per week..
• The Craddocks offer a cheap long-term rate. It’s outside the airport with a shuttle to the terminal. Rates start at $24 NZD per day and $100 NZD per week.
Arriving in London
London is one of Europe’s hubs and is home to several different airports. London Heathrow (LHR) is the city’s main airport. It is located 24 kilometres (15 miles) west of central London and receives the majority of long-haul flights to the city. Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the second largest airport in London and is located 43 kilometres (27 miles) south of the city. Stansted Airport (STN) also receives a high volume of international flights and is 63 kilometres (39 miles) northeast of the city centre.
How to Get from London Heathrow (LHR) to Your London Hotel or Accommodation
London Heathrow (LHR) is located on the city’s Underground system (also called the Tube by locals). It is easy and affordable to reach the city this way. The Piccadilly Tube line departs from the airport and gets you into central London in about 45 minutes. Some of the major stops along the Piccadilly Line include Knightsbridge, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, and King’s Cross Station. Tube fare can vary based on the station you are travelling to, but typically costs about £6 ($11.70 NZD) from London Heathrow (LHR) into London.
For an even quicker journey into London, you can catch the Heathrow Express train from the airport. It travels to Paddington Station in about 15 minutes and costs £22 ($42.90 NZD). Once you reach Paddington, you can connect to several Tube lines to reach the stop closest to your hotel.
How to Get from Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Your London Hotel or Accommodation
Gatwick Airport (LGW) is located about halfway between London and the seaside city of Brighton. The Thameslink train offers service from Gatwick Airport (LGW) to each of these cities. Travelling to London, the train will get you to the city in about 45 minutes. Trains depart every 5-10 minutes throughout the day, and tickets from Gatwick to central London cost £9.40 ($18.30 NZD). You can purchase an individual Thameslink ticket, and if you have a London Oyster Card, you can pay with that as well.
How to Get from Stansted Airport (STN) to Your London Hotel or Accommodation
The Stansted Express offers the easiest route from Stansted Airport (STN) to the centre of London. The train makes the trip to Liverpool Street in about 45 minutes. Liverpool Street is a central station in the Shoreditch neighbourhood of London. From there, you can connect to a variety of Tube and bus lines to get you to exactly where you need to go in London. Purchasing a Stansted Express ticket at the airport costs £17 ($33.15 NZD), but if you book in advance, you can score a discounted rate of £7 ($13.65 NZD).
Things to do
Things to do in London
Walk Along the River Thames
London is centred around the River Thames, which passes through the city. Along the banks of the river, you’ll find many of London’s most popular landmarks. Take a walk along the Thames to see these attractions as well as gorgeous skyline views. Along the Thames, you’ll see the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Shard, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Museum-Hop Around the City
London is home to some world-famous museums, and the best part is that many of them are free. Without having to worry about entrance fees, you can visit as many museums around London as you would like. Each museum has something unique to offer, whether it features artwork, history, science, or design. The most popular museums to attend around central London include the British Museum, the Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Go for High Tea
A popular activity throughout the UK is the traditional High Tea. High Tea is offered in the afternoon at a variety of restaurants and hotels across London. All High Teas include the tea of your choice along with some British snacks. These snacks often include a variety of finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones with jam and clotted cream. Some High Teas even come paired with a glass of champagne.
See a Show on the West End
London is one of the most famous cities in the world for live theatre. Surrounding Leicester Square and Covent Garden, you’ll find theatres that show many of the city’s top musicals and plays. London has classic shows, such as the Lion King and Les Misérables, as well as newer shows like Kinky Boots and the Book of Mormon. You can reserve West End tickets in advance, but for the best deals, visit the TKTS office in Leicester Square for major discounts on same-day tickets.
Visit London’s Palaces
London’s most famous residents are the members of the royal family who are loved around the world. The official royal residence is Buckingham Palace which is Queen Elizabeth II’s main home. Every other morning, you can visit Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guards ceremony. To learn more about the palace and its famous residents, you can also take a tour. In nearby Hyde Park, you’ll find Kensington Palace, which is home to some of the younger royals. The palace itself is beautiful and is surrounded by incredible gardens. Just outside the city is Windsor Castle, which is one of the queen’s favourite residences. You can easily reach the town of Windsor by train from London to tour the castle grounds.