Cologne to London

Contents:

Visa Requirements                             Eating Out in London                          Nightlife in London
From Cologne to London                   German Bars in London                      Events in London
Arriving in London                             Things to do in London
Accommodation in London  
             Shopping in London

If you are flying from Cologne to the capital city of UK, then first, congratulations as you would have plenty to look forward to while you are in the city. However, planning a travel to London is not that easy as travelling abroad has its own challenges.

To ease that load a bit, here is a complete guide that covers every aspect of your travel to London. From visa requirements to flight details to things to do, you will find every bit of information here. Just go through the guide, plan your visit in the most organised, and hassle-free manner.

Visa Requirements
Since, Germany is a part of European Economic Area (EEA); no visa is required to visit London. As a member of European Union (EU), you are allowed to move or travel in and around the EU without any restrictions under ‘Right to Free Movement’. Keep your identity card and passport with you though.

Documents Required for Travelling to London:

  • Valid passport
  • National ID card or photo ID cards issued by government
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)(if you are a student)
  • Health insurance card
  • Work ID with photo

British Embassy in Berlin

Address:       Embassy of the United Kingdom
                     Wilhelmstraße 70/71
                     10117, Berlin
                     Germany
Phone:        049 3020 4570
Timings:     Monday to Friday (9 am – 5.30 pm)
Website:     https://www.gov.uk/government/world/germany.de

German Embassy in London

Address:        Embassy of the Federal Republic of German
                      23 Belgrave Square
                      London, Greater London SW1X 8PZ
Phone:         020 7824 1300
Website:      http://www.london.diplo.de/

From Cologne to London

By Air
There are four major international airports in London named London City, Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted. Book flights to any of these airports according to your requirements.

Flights from Cologne to Heathrow
One of the biggest airports on globe, Heathrow is around 20 miles away from Central London. It is well-connected with all the major countries of the world and the airport is considered as one of the busiest ones in the world. Following airlines connect Cologne to Heathrow:

Flights from Cologne to London City Airport
Being the closest airport to the city (only 6 miles away from Central London), London city airport remains the preferred one for a majority of tourists. These airlines connect Cologne to London from this airport:


Flights from Cologne to Stansted Airport
Stansted airport is located 48 kilometres northeast of Central London and is the third busiest airport of UK. Take the flights from following airlines from Cologne to reach here:

  • Germanwings

Flights from Cologne to Gatwick Airport
The second largest airport in London, Gatwick is the second busiest one in the city as well. It is located at a 45 minutes’ drive from the main city. Connect to Gatwick from Cologne through these airlines:

  • Easyjet

By Eurostar
Eurostar has an impressive train service all around the EU zone, connecting all European countries together. You can reach London via Eurostar. There are services between London and Aachen and London and Cologne.

The train journey between Cologne to London consist two legs. First, board the train at Cologne and de-board at Brussels. Afterwards, take the rail to London at Brussels.

The service between London and Aachen again consists of two-legs with the pit stop being Brussels, if you happen to board Eurostar from there.

The expected journey time is four and a half hours.

By Coach
If you want to savour the alluring taste of journey with a comforting ride, then coach ride is the option for you. Euroline has multiple coach services between London and Germany. Travel time differs according to the in-between stops. Normally, a coach takes 11 hours from Cologne to reach London. The travel time increases as you board coach from other cities of Germany.

Arriving in London
There are four major airports in the city, therefore, whichever airport you land into, make sure you are using the best possible transport means to reach Central London. Here are some of the options for you as a foreign traveller to the city:

From Heathrow Airport to Central London

First Option: Tube
The Piccadilly line connects all the terminals of Heathrow with regular service from 5 am to 11.40 pm. You will take approximately 1 hour to reach Central London via this line.

Second Option: Coach
National Express runs frequent services from Heathrow Airport to Central London. The normal journey time would be 35-50 minutes.
 
Third Option: Rail
The Heathrow Express runs four non-stop trains every hour to and from Paddington. Along with this, Heathrow Connect also operates between Heathrow and Paddington with two trains operating every hour.

Fourth Option: Taxis
Taxis operate all day round from Heathrow to Central London. All the five terminals at the airport have dedicated taxi ranks with information desks. However, before boarding the taxi, do see to it that the taxi is a licensed one as boarding an unlicensed taxi could cause problems for you.

From Gatwick Airport to Central London

First Option: Rail
Gatwick Express runs four trains every hour to and from London Victoria station. Once you reach Victoria rail station, board tube to reach Central London. In addition to Gatwick Express, Southern and First Capital Connect also have rail services to and from London Victoria.

Second Option: Coach
National Express has 24/7 services from London Victoria Coach Station via Streatham. Along with National Express, Easy bus too runs coaches from Earls Court/West Brompton.

From Stansted Airport to Central London

First Option: Rail
The Stansted Express has direct service from Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street Rail Station. After reaching Liverpool, board the tube for Central London. The express has four trains per hour and the expected journey time is 45 minutes.

Second Option: Coach
National Express operates two different coach services: A6 to and from Victoria Coach Station and A9 operated to and from Liverpool Street station and Stratford. Terravision and Easy Bus too have coach services from Stansted Airport.

From London City Airport to Central London

First Option: Rail
There is a dedicated station of the Docklands Light Railways (DLR) at the airport. The rail will take around 18 minutes to reach the financial hub of the city, i.e. Canary Wharf.

Accommodation in London
The first thing that baffles your mind as soon as you reach Central London is the staggering number of accommodation options. Therefore, it is advisable that you book yourself an accommodation well in advance so that you do not get confused.
 
To aid you at this, we at londonhotels4u.com offer diverse range of accommodation options for travellers visiting London. Visit us here and choose the best hotel according to your requirements, and pocket.

Eating Out in London
Feeling nostalgic about German food while travelling in and around the city! Do not worry as London has restaurants serving exquisite German cuisines. Either you are craving for authentic German beer or want to indulge your taste buds into the divine taste of Bratwurstschnecke; these restaurants will not let you down. Here are some of the best German restaurants in the city:

Zeitgeist
49-51 Black Prince Rd, London, Greater London SE11 6AB

One of the best German beer selections coupled with wide TV screen for football matches awaits you at Zeitgeist. The bistro serves a delicious range of German cuisines such as Leberkase (Bavarian meatloaf topped with fried egg), Schweinebraten (beer sauce roasted pork), Kasespatzle (noodles with fried onions and cheese) and so on.
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Bavarian Beerhouse
190 City Rd, London, Greater London EC1V 2QH

Founded in 2004, this restaurant-cum-bar will transport you to any local bar and restaurant in Germany They serve the food in traditional Bavarian dresses (Dirndl & Lederhosen). Traditional German and Bavarian food dominates the menu here. In addition to this, meat, pretzels and bread is imported from Germany every week to give an authentic German touch to the food here.
 
Along with food, chilled beers are served in big stein glasses to keep up the German feel. You can also enjoy Bundesliga matches at the giant screen in this eatery.
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Herman Ze German
19 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE

Specialising in German delicacies like Currywurst, Bratwurst and Brezel, this eatery is one of the most popular one among Germans living in London. Either you want exquisitely baked breads or German beers or sausages; Herman Ze German serves it all. To keep the authentic German taste, the restaurant imports meat from local producers in Germany. Arrive in this eatery and indulge into the delicious combination of German food and festive revelry.
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German Bars in London
There are plenty of bars in the city, with original German touch and beer. If you love boozing, then head out to these spots:

Katzenjammers
The Hop Exchange, 24 Southwark St, London SE1 1TY

Katzenjammers is considered the best German bar in the city. Along with the best selection of Bavarian biers, this bar also serves lip-smacking Austrian wines. Award-winning photographer John Ross decorated the whole bar with chic modern furniture, exquisitely vaulted ceiling, and an exhibition of photographs. In addition to the authentic food and drinks, this bar also has dedicated bands that play German music adding unparalleled charm to the atmosphere.
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Bierschenke
Essex St, London WC2R 3JF

As you enter this bar, you will see a picture of German couple relishing their beer and hence announcing the German roots of this bar. Bierschenke is one of the prime German pubs in city. Descend downstairs and you will find German music playing in the background. Once you are in this bar, do order Konig Ludwig Dunkie. The waiters here don traditional Bavarian attires and serve authentic German food and beers.
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Things to do in London

Sightseeing
You can look forward to plenty of things while you are in the capital city. Be it attractions, world-famous museums or royalty, the city has numerous things for you in its kitty. Given below are the places, which you should not miss while in London:

Westminster: This royal section of the city will sweep you off your feet with its dazzling magnificence and oozing history. Contained in it are some of the most iconic attractions of the city like Westminster Cathedral, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and so on. In addition to this, there are numerous art galleries and museum like Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, and Garden Museum in this area.

Trafalgar Square: It is the most famous square of the city housing one of the most distinguished landmarks of the city, the Nelson Column.

The City: The financial hub of London, the city of London has plenty of attractions as well to keep you engrossed. Arguably, the most visited attractions of the city like Tower of London, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral lie here.

Shopping in London
London is one of the fashion capitals of the world that is why shopaholics love this city like nothing else. For a luxurious shopping experience, head towards Oxford Street and Bond Street. These pinnacles of luxury shopping are frequented by crème de la crème of not only Londoners but celebrity world as well.

However, if you do not want to indulge into a ‘ money-splurging’ spree yet still want to lay your hands on high-end attires, then venture into the outlets of Zara, Primark, H & M and Topshop. Not only will you get amazing deals on clothes, but the quality would be quite superb too.

If you are missing German feel while shopping in the city, then here are some places, which will transport you to your native country:

German Deli
Unit 1, Hamlet Industrial Estate, 96 White Post Lane, London E9 5EN

Germans living in London often visit this shop. German Deli has products that range from Ritter Sport chocolate to essential baking products like Dr Oetker vanilla sugar. Either you want condiments, groceries or a sausage, ham and meats, this shop has it all.

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
It is the biggest German market outside Germany and Austria. This market is held in Victoria Square and New Street, Birmingham every November and December. On the stalls are German fares, food, drinks, jewellery, and crafts. This market is so popular that last year around 2.8 million people visited this market. This year the dates of this Christmas market are November 14th 2013 to December 22nd 2013.

Nightlife in London
London without its nightclubs is incomplete as these clubs form an essential part of Londoners’ life. If you want to experience London like a local, pay a visit to following nightclubs and get into the groove.

Ministry of Sound
103 Gaunt St, London SE1 6DP

Attracting over 5,000 people each weekend, Ministry of Sound is now one of the hottest nightclubs in the city with a cult status. Superb infrastructure, live performances coupled with exquisite drinks make this a ‘must-go’ place.

KOKO
1a Camden High St, London NW1 7JE

With cutting-edge music, classical architecture, and weekly club nights, KOKO will compel you to put on your best dancing shoes and get into the groove. This famous club has already seen performances by the best of performers like Madonna, The Sex Pistols, Coldplay, and My Chemical Romance.

Pacha
Terminus Pl, London SW1V 1JR

Pacha has 20s styled decor with oak panelled doors, chandeliers, a stained glass ceiling and a balcony overlooking main dance floor. Sister club of the world famous Pacha in Ibiza (haven for party lovers), this nightclub will transport you to the ethereal revelled setting of Ibiza that too in London itself.

Events in London

Oktoberfest
Location: Southwark Park, Kennington Park

World’s biggest beer festival Oktoberfest is 16-day long festival held annually in Munich and Bavaria. It is one of the most important festivals in Germany with whole city brimmed in the flow of beer. Men and women donning their traditional attires hit the road and indulge into beer-drinking spree. Traditionally, this festival commences in the third weekend of September and ends on the first Sunday of October.

Do not feel disappointed even if you are travelling to London during this time as London celebrates Oktoberfest with an equal fervour. This year Southwark Park in Southwark and Kennington Park in Lambeth would be playing host to this beer-laden revelry. Not only Londoners adorn traditional Bavarian dresses but the beer is imported from Germany too. Thus, you will not miss the frenzied revelry of your native country while in London.

To know more about London Oktoberfest, visit their official website London-oktoberfest.co.uk.

Traditional German Christian Market
Location: Hyde Park

Each year this traditional market marks its presence in Hyde Park around Christmas. The whole market looks like a mini Bavarian village with shops displaying finest collection of German beers, gingerbreads, and Christmas gifts. On display are authentic German handcrafts like wooden toys, Christmas tree ornaments, handmade ceramics, and jewellery. In addition to this, various food stalls serve delicious German refreshments like spicy sausages, Bratwurst, sour cabbage, and schnitzel. Adding abandon to the ambience are choirs singing Christmas carols around the candlelight chalets.

This market opens at the end of November and closes down in the first week of January. Entry to the market is free and the market remains opens on all days except Christmas.

Travelling to London is always an exciting prospect for everyone but it needs detailed knowledge and well-guided planning. This comprehensive guide will aid you in doing just that. Use this guide and embark on your travel to the city from Germany.
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