Travelling in London is one of the easiest yet complex systems in the country, if not the world. With so many tube stations, bus routes and cycle paths, you can travel from one side of the city to another in the blink of an eye. Whether you’re looking for an active form of transport or you’re in a hurry, there are plenty of ways to experience London whilst on the move. Even now, the London transport system is expanding, with new tube lines being introduced and the cycling superhighway being ever further expanded. This is not surprising, with such a large city, you need a vast network and ways to cater to all types of people, whether they be locals or staying at the Montcalm at the Brewery London City for business. With so many options in London, we thought we’d explore both the most useful, and the most unique so you can enjoy both efficient travel, and memorable.
The London underground
The central hub for quick and efficient transport, the London Underground has 11 lines and 270 stations all across the city. The London Underground serves almost 5 million people every single day and can get you from zone 6 to zone 1 in under 40 minutes in some cases. With so many nippy tube trains, it’s no wonder that rush hour becomes so packed!
The Emirates Air Line
This ten minute cable car is perfect for those staying in accommodation London city for the first time. Travelling from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks, this ten minute cable car ride takes your right over the Thames and gives you some stunning views over the river and city skyline. Though it only lasts for ten minutes, this is both a spectacular commuting route and a magnificent spectacle in and of itself.
London cycle superhighway
The cycling path network all across the city gives city cyclists the chance to travel in an environmentally friendly and healthy way. With beautiful routes through canal systems and the city centre, whether you’re on your own East London fixie or you’ve rented one of the many great value Santander Cycles, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the routes.
Travelling all through Paddington Basin and the Regents Canal, the canal boat tours of the cities tributaries makes for an idyllic way to reframe your view. These leisurely tours can take you through much of East, North and West London’s beautiful hidden pathways, whilst canal based restaurants and bars give you a chance to sample some of the best fine dining in the city.
Thames River Bus
From tributaries to the Thames, the River Bus is a nippy way to get up or down river in just a few minutes. From city hoppers between the two Tate galleries and services stretching all the way from Hampton Court to Woolwich Arsenal, the Thames River Bus takes you past some of the most iconic buildings on the riverbank, whilst also providing efficient travel.
Another spin off of the London tube service, the DLR line, or the Docklands Light Railway is a tram service which takes you through the awe inspiring Canary Wharf financial district and the London Docklands. Nipping through the city, you’ll be travelling overhead and so will see some of the best and extended views of London possible from a public transport system.