With its seemingly endless attractions, great restaurants and pubs, world famous art and theatre scene, London has something for every traveller.
Whether your flight arrives at London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted or Luton you can get to the city centre by train or bus, simply check your airport website and they will have a dedicated section for travelling to and from London. Quick tip though, if you choose to travel by coach it’s best to book in advance for a cheaper fare!
Train is often the quickest way to travel and will have the advantage of dropping you off right in the city centre. London’s train stations are King’s Cross (Kings Cross) , St. Pancras International, Paddington, Victoria, and Liverpool Street. Victoria Coach station also offers great connections to all London’s airports and main UK cities.
From the iconic double-decker buses to “the Tube”, travel in London is an experience in itself. Buy an Oyster Card or use a contactless payment card and tap it when you enter and exit to get discount fares and daily caps. Oyster cards can be bought at all Tube stations’ ticket machines.
Where to go and what to see
A great solution if you’re pressed for money and time but still want to make the most out of your trip to London is the London Pass. It gives you free access to more than 80 top landmarks and attractions, such as Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, London Zoo etc., and includes an Oyster Travelcard.
Make sure to visit the colourful Portobello Market, open on Saturdays, and wander around its antique stores looking for trinkets, vintage Burberry coats, and jewellery pieces. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the famous door where Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant met!
One of the best way to get your fill of London landmarks is to sling a camera around your neck and take a stroll along the river Thames. Start from the top of the London Eye, walk along the South Bank, marvel at the Tate Modern, take a look at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and admire the Instagram famous view of St Paul’s Cathedral from the Millennium Bridge. If your legs can take it, make your way down to Tower Bridge and cross over to see the Tower of London, where the Crown’s raven reside.
If you want to go where the locals dwell, pay a visit to the edgy and hipster Shoreditch, the epicentre of all things young and trendy with its independent cafes and Banksy style graffiti; or swing by classy Kensington and Chelsea for a chance to spot a movie star.
London can be expensive, so take advantage of the free museums and galleries. The must see are the British Museum, with one of the largest permanent Egyptian collections in the world, the Natural History Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
Tired of the hustle and bustle of the city? Time to take a break in one of London’s many parks. Feed the friendly squirrels at Hyde Park; see where the hemispheres meet at Greenwich; or head to Primrose Hill to enjoy a beer with friends while admiring the breath-taking view of London’s skyline.
Shop till you drop at Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus, residences of all the high street favourites, such as H&M, Primark, and River Island; while Carnaby Street is lined with alternative brands and independent boutiques, including Barbour Heritage and Urban Decay.
For London shopping at its most decadent, head to Knightsbridge, where you’ll find luxury stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
Eating & Drinking out
From Michelin starred restaurants to food markets, London has something for everyone. Famous markets include Borough Market, with its fresh produce and more than a 100 food stalls, and Spitalfields, famous for its award-winning cafes and restaurants. The Curry Mile in Brick Lane it’s the top spot for eating authentic Bangladeshi cuisine and bagels; while Chinatown next to Leicester Square offers mouth watering dim sum and roast duck.
For the ones in search of a quintessential British meal, go for a fry up, a traditional English breakfast, or treat yourself to a Sunday roast at one of the countless pubs along the river.
OTHER LUGGAGE STORAGE SOLUTIONS
King’s Cross - St Pancras International Luggage Storage
An alternative service at King’s Cross is the left luggage lockers run by Access Self-Storage. At £20 a day for one locker, these are good value if you can fill your locker with 3 or 4 bags, but this depends on your bags’ sizes.
Opening Hours: 7.30am — 5.30pm (less on weekends) Located on Belgrove Street, across Euston Road from King’s Cross station.
Costs: £20 per locker per day
Liverpool Street Station Left Luggage
Excess Baggage operates left luggage services at all London’s main rail stations, including London Liverpool Street.
Costs: Up to 3 hours — £6, Up to 24 hours — £12.50, £7.50 per additional 24 hours.
CityStasher has a luggage storage facility just around the corner from the station. Open 8am-19pm and priced at only £6 per bag for 24 hours.
London Victoria Train Station Luggage Storage Facilities
Left luggage at Victoria Train Station is operated by Excess Baggage, located at Platform 8.
Costs: Up to 3 hours — £6; Up to 24 hours — £12.50; £7.50 per additional 24 hours.
Same conditions as Liverpool Street station apply.
If you’re looking for a cheaper and more flexible solution, you can drop your luggage at our StashPoint at the Hanover Hotel, open 24/7 any day of the week, for just £6 for 24 hours.
Victoria Coach Station Left Luggage
Victoria Coach Station’s left luggage offers cheaper short-term rates than its counterpart in the rail station. Anyone can use it without a coach ticket. Prices depend on baggage weight, so it is worth knowing this in advance of arriving to avoid any surprise costs on the day.
Opening hours: 7am-10.30pm Located inside the coach station, opposite gate 6.
Costs: Up to 2 hours — £3 per item, up to 24 hours — £7 per bag if over 20kg, £5 if under 20kg. Same rates as initial 24 hours apply for subsequent 24 hours.
A convenient alternative is CityStasher left luggage at Hanover Hotel, it’s open 24/7 and has glowing reviews from all previous customers.
Harrods Luggage Storage
There is bag storage in London’s most luxurious department store — but as you can imagine, you pay a price for it. It’s £25 per item, although if you spend enough there you can get this price reduced.
A great value alternative is CityStasher’s Knightsbridge StashPoint — literally one minute down the road from Harrods. Open 6am-11pm and priced at only £6 per bag.
Luggage Storage at Westfield Shopping Centres
Both Westfield London (in Shepherd’s Bush) and Westfield Stratford City have left luggage offices. These are useful if your visit to London takes you through either shopping centre. It makes a very good option to store bags while you explore the shopping centres, but is otherwise not very convenient.
Costs — Westfield London £3 for a coat £5 for a small bag £8 for a large bag
Costs — Westfield Stratford City £3 for a coat, up to 4 hours — £5 (any bag size) 1 day — £10 per bag
Bag Storage London at Museums and Stadiums
It is sometimes possible to leave bags with museums or galleries. This can be for free or for a small charge. However these services are only intended to store your bags during your visit in the venue and you will likely be refused if you try to use these services as a left-luggage service.
The British Museum has a cloakroom where you can leave small bags of up to 8kg. It costs £2.50 for bags up to 4kg and £5 for anything above that. Please note that when maximum cloakroom capacity is reached the Museum cannot accept any more item, so you may be turned away.
Due to safety measures, there are no bags allowed into the stadiums. There are no left luggage storage options at Wembley Stadium as well as Twickenham Stadium but we have conveniently located StashPoints within a 5 minute walk.
Greenwich Tourist Information Centre
You can find bag storage facilities at the Tourist Information Centre in Greenwich.
Costs: Up to 3 hours — £5 per item; Up to 24 hours — £8 per bag and £10 per item for each additional 24-hour period. Open seven days a week, 10am-5pm.
This is only recommended for visitors looking to store several bags for longer periods. Some self-storage facilities offer a pay-by-the-week scheme but most will offer by the month prices. Typically, prices are obtained on a quote per square foot/metre basis, making it difficult to compare prices (and to work out how much you’ll be able to fit into the available space). Facilities are often outside of central London, so travelling there and back can eaten into any savings!
Luggage Storage Facilities at London Airports
As of now, CityStasher doesn’t have any locations at London’s airport. Keep checking our website for updates as we add new StashPoints every day! Here’s a list of the current left luggage facilities at all the main airports:
London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport has left luggage services at Terminal 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Costs: £6 per item for 0-2 hours of storage, £11 for 2-24 hours, £18.50 for 24-48 hours, £26 for 48-72 hours and £5 for each additional 24 hours. Open seven days a week, 5am-11pm.
London Gatwick Airport
You can find luggage storage facilities at both the South and North Terminal.
The South Terminal storage point is open 24/7 and costs £6 per item for up to 3 hours, £11 for up to 24 hours, £7.50 for up to 72 hours and £5 for each additional 24 hours.
The North Terminal has the same pricing but it’s open 5am-10pm every day.
London Luton Airport
London Luton Main Terminal has a left luggage office opposite Bar Des Voyageurs. Open 24 hours, seven days a week. It costs £5 per item for 0-2 hours, £10 per item for 2-24 hours and £5 for each additional 24 hours.
London Stansted Airport
You can also find a luggage storage facility at London Stansted Airport by the International Arrivals in Zone A. Open 24/7, it’s £8 per day or £48 per week for cabin suitcases, £10 per day or £60 per week for standard suitcases and £20 per day or £120 per week for oversized items.