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  • Best time to visit

    Late spring and early summer generally provides nice temperatures and sunny weather.

  • Minimum driving age

    21

  • Local time

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  • Recommended cars

    Small, easy to park cars are great for driving in a busy city.

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Hire a car in London

If there’s one city that’s a must-see in England, it’s got to be London.

Abuzz with fascinating historical sites and contemporary culture, you’re never short of things to do or picturesque places to see in London.

Because there’s so much to do, including museums, galleries, national parks, shopping centres and landmarks, car hire in London is a popular way to get around all the sights.

Top rated suppliers for London

  • Enterprise

    Average Rating 8.6 – “Pleasant and well informed staff. New cars, well maintained, clean.”

  • Firefly

    Average Rating 8.5 – “Extremely helpful and courteous staff genuinely wanted our car hire experience to be easy and enjoyable! Would use and recommend without question.”

  • Budget

    Average Rating 8.5 – “Comfortable vehicle. Professional and friendly check in and return. All very smooth and satisfactory. Always happy with Budget.”

  • Hertz

    Average Rating 8.4 – “The staff at Hertz are consistently high quality. Personable, professional & efficient – this is both at the desk but also when dropping off. I appreciated the upgrade.”

Local knowledge

London cheap eats

As a hive of culture, you can find any cuisine in London. From traditional pubs to trendy cafés and Michelin-starred restaurants, there’s always somewhere new to try. Here are some places to head to if you want a great dining experience on a budget.

China Town – in the heart of London you’ll find tasty and great-value Asian food (from Cantonese to Japanese) that won’t break the bank. Look for all-you-can-eats if you want to fill up, and try out Bubblewrap if you fancy sampling Hong-Kong’s egg-waffles.

Bonnington Café – this delightful little find in Vauxhall is a great vegan restaurant if you’re looking to try something a bit different. With rotating chefs and a menu which you find out about on the day, a main costs just £8 and it’s £3 per starter and dessert. Plus, it’s BYOB which can save you a load of money.

Fish in a Tie – head to Clapham for home-cooked heaven. it’s décor may not be fancy, but two courses of beautiful Mediterranean food for £13. Beat that in London!

Driving in London

If you hire a car in London, it’s important to know about the congestion charge. This applies to most vehicles in certain parts of central London.

  • The congestion charge occurs between 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
  • Charges do not apply on weekends and bank holidays.
  • It costs between £10.50 and £14 depending on whether you pay in advance or by midnight the following day.
  • You can avoid congestion charges simply by not driving in this part of London. It’s easy to stay out of the central zone, and as the traffic is always hectic within this area, you’ll be avoiding the worst of it.
The T-Charge is also applied in central zones but only applies to the most polluting vehicles, which most rental cars won’t be. This costs £10 per day.

Things to do

Free museums in London

If you opt for London car hire, the many museums and galleries are a must. The Natural History Museum is one of the most iconic museums in the UK. Featuring a gigantic whale skeleton and dinosaur fossils, it delves deep into the planet’s history and future.

The National Gallery is also recommended if you’re an art fan. It features over 2,000 paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century and boasts works from the likes of Da Vinci and Van Gogh.

The Victoria and Albert Museum will definitely give you your fill of culture as it presents 3,000 years of the human imagination. It is home to a range of design objects, including jewellery, furniture and photography.

Hidden secrets

Bedford Lakes Country Park - 1 hour drive

There’s always something new to discover around London. If you rent a car, why not head out a little further and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Bedford Lakes Country Park is just over an hour away from London city centre.

This local nature reserve offers 180 acres of hills, wild meadows and lakes to give you some peace and quiet. There are also 390 species of plants, perfect for a photo opportunity.

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Where to road trip

Oxford

2hrs northwest
Known for its prestigious university and punting on the River Thames.

Canterbury

2hrs 10mins southeast
A renowned cathedral city filled with medieval architecture and historic sites.

Windsor

1hr 15mins west 
Home to Windsor Castle, which is owned the British Royal Family.

Brighton

2hrs 20mins south
A seaside town if you need a beach break. Also known for its nightlife and art scene.

Not to be missed

London landmarks

Once you’ve had your fill of museums and galleries, you could stop by the sites London is famous for. Big Ben is one of the most notable. This clock tower has been based in Westminster since 1859 and is a tourist hotspot today.

The Tower of London is also a sight with a story. This historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames was founded in 1066 and has served as a royal palace and even a prison. Visitors today can learn a lot about British history and see the famous Crown Jewels.

The Queen’s headquarters, Buckingham Palace, is also a must-see to those visiting London. Located in the City of Westminster, visitors today can tour the gardens, the State Rooms and the Throne Room.

Make the most of London

The ultimate London road trip

  • London Heathrow Airport LHR

    London’s most popular airport.

  • Car hire pick up point

    After baggage collection, follow the signs to direct you to the car hire desks.

  • St Albans – 45 minutes

    City filled with history, including Roman remains and a Norman cathedral.

  • Oxford  – 1hr 30mins

    Historic university city with a skyline of spires – a popular filming location.

  • Leamington Spa  – 1hr 10mins

    Pretty Warwickshire town which was recently ranked the happiest place in Britain.

  • Cambridge  – 2 hours

    Centred around the  River Cam, rowing and punting dominate in Oxford’s rival city.