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I suggest to go to London for two weeks, visiting not only the central district but also suburban places like Hampstead, Richmond, Wimbledon, and Kew Gardens.
Heathrow is the main airport for London and is to the west if the Greater London area. There are various types of public transport varying in cost. The budget minded should take the underground (tube, metro, subway) but note there are fast trains which cost more. It's not a bad idea to have a night here to acclimatise to London. There are places that you might visit from here (do your own research!) and London buses currently charge a flat fee of £2.
London is incredible. You should spend at the very least a week there. All the museums are free and the locals are all friendly and willing to help. Getting around is very easy when you use the underground. Go to Brick Lane and have some drinks. Also, for the ladies, go to Canary Wharf around 5 p.m. on a Friday -- there are loads of men at the bars who just got out of work!
Luton airports sometimes have cheaper flights and there is an amazing hotel there called the Red Lion Inn that is super cheap and about a five euro cab ride to the airport or the train station. We took the train from London to Luton and then flew out from there.
Be sure to take one of the London Walks tours - they're marvelous, cheap, and let you see and learn more about London than you could on your own!
If you like Castles and historic places and are spending a week or more in London and the rest of UK, then get the Great British Heritage pass before you leave home. You save heaps of money. For only around $80-$90 AUS you can get a pass for 15 days that gets you in free everywhere (except for Tower of London which is half price). Considering entry prices at castles and historic properties range from 8 - 15 GB pounds you save a lot. You can use it also at places like Roman Baths museum at Bath and at Stonehenge too. We used it in London for Hampton Court Palace, Kensington palace and Windsor Castle. You can also use it in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


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