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For millions of visitors to the UK, Heathrow Airport provides access to the delights of the British capital London, the rest of the south east of England and the wider UK, including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Enjoy Car Hire can connect you with a range of Heathrow Car Hire providers, like Easirent, Green Motion Car and Van Rental and Keddy – which means you can pick up a hot hatchback, spacious sedan or roomy seven seater and roll off into Central London in less than 20 minutes via the M4.
LHR car rental packages are affordable and reliable, with peace of mind provided by 24 hour assistance as standard – ideal when you want to hop off your flight, slide into your car seat and roll out of Heathrow smoothly to your next destination.
- London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is Britain’s biggest airport and one of the top 10 busiest in the world.
- LHR is your portal to the brights lights and iconic sights of London, one of the most exciting cities on the planet, and the rest of the UK, which arguably packs more history and culture into every square mile than any other nation.
- With Enjoy Car Hire, you can rent a car at Heathrow quickly and efficiently, with low prices, the confidence that comes with free cancellation up to 48 hours before the start of the rental agreement period, and a fantastic range of reliable vehicles that meet your travel requirements perfectly.
- Drop your details in our swift search engine for fast Heathrow car hire results or call our UK Support Team on +44(0)870 2120 to chat about your options – we’re always happy to hear from you.
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Driving in and around London Heathrow Airport
Driving from Heathrow Airport to central London is relatively simple – first, follow Faggs Road to Great South-West Road/A30, then take the Parkway/A312, M4 and A4 to Constitution Hill in London, the follow Constitution Hill and the Mall to your city centre accommodation.
If your Heathrow Airport hire car has a SatNav and you’re in the city for the first time, use it to reassure yourself, but since it might not factor in the latest diversions or roadworks, tune into LBC Radio for the latest traffic updates and give yourself plenty of time as the roads can be congested during rush hour.
In central London, there’s a recently introduced speed limit of 32 km/h in many areas, but otherwise the limit is 48 km/h in built-up areas, 96 km/h on single carriageways, 112 km/h on dual carriageways and 112 km/h on motorways.
Be aware that you might have to pay the congestion charge fee before driving into the Central London Zone, which covers Marylebone to Shoreditch and all the way down to Elephant & Castle and Victoria. The charging time is from Monday-Friday between 7am and 6pm, but there’s no charge on weekends. To find out whether you’ll need to pay, enter your hire vehicle details on the Transport For London site.
Furthermore, don’t forget that if you travel into London from the M6 toll road or via the Dartford Tunnel on the M25 you’ll have to pay a fee. Also beware of yellow box junctions – be patient while you’re waiting at a junction and don’t pull out until the coast is clear, because if you find yourself stuck in the yellow box and you’re blocking the path of other vehicles, it can be dangerous and you could be served with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) which can cost up to £130.
Bus lanes in London are indicated by blue signs and operate at different times of day – if you end up in a bus lane when it’s operational, this is another faux pas which can incur a PCN, as can stopping in red routes, which are indicated by a blue circular sign with a red cross cutting through it or double red lines.
Parking in London can be slightly tricky, but you’ll soon get the hang of it – you can’t park on double yellow lines or on the pavement, but if you find a signposted ‘pay and display’ area, you’re fine to park once you’ve paid your fee. Please remember to clearly display your ticket inside your car though – if a traffic warden can’t easily see it, you’ll be issued with a ticket and required to part with cash for a fine, regardless of the fact you’ve actually acted in good faith.
As well as buses, you might see more cyclists on roads than you’re used to, but simply give them the same amount of space you would do for a car and you can share the road safely. The best advice for driving in London is to stay calm, observe the speed limit and study the most common traffic signs beforehand if you’re unfamiliar with them.
Guide to London and South East England
There are so many things to see and do in London that even people who live here are frequently finding out new things about their city.
So you’ll always be entertained, but you’ll need to pick carefully to prioritise attractions. For starters, You can shop while you drop in Oxford Street, take in a top play in Shaftesbury Avenue’s theatre land, feed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square and even visit Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards ceremony in all its pomp and splendour.
There’s even more to London than these centrally located hot spots though. For instance, trendy Hoxton & Shoreditch have attractions like Brick Lane, where you can sample some of Britain’s best curries, and Old Spitalfields Market, where it’s easy to pick up unique arts, craftwork, antiques and cool clothing.
But if you want to sample the best of multicultural London, head to buzzing Brixton in the borough of Lambeth – it has a bustling night-time economy and awesome authentic Jamaican food at roots restaurant Healthy Eaters. Electric Avenue is the beating heart of the multicultural community here and famously inspired a smash-hit song of the same name by reggae artist Eddy Grant.
If you’re yearning for some fresh sea air, fish and chips, and beer or cocktails in lively bars and cafes, head out of town to Brighton in Sussex. Walking along Brighton Palace Pier with your significant other is a romantic treat and there’s energetic entertainment aplenty – slide down the helter skelter, spin around in the cup and saucers, and try the Turbo Coaster if you dare!
Canterbury in Kent is another nearby attraction that might spark your interest. Its stunning cathedral features Gothic and Romanesque architecture, it was founded in 597AD and is the headquarters of the Church of England. Walking in the town centre is like stepping back in time too – ancient Roman walls, cobbled streets and wattle and daub dwellings are still extant, so in a few steps you can traverse thousands of years of history.
Meanwhile, Margate is a Kent coastal hotspot around 15 miles north-east of Canterbury which has much to recommend it. There are some beautiful beaches and bays in the area – apart from the town’s magnificent Main Sands, try to take in Palm Bay, Fulsome Rock and Westbrook Bay too. But if you’re an art fan you’ll be in your element here too, because the Turner Contemporary art gallery hosts some of the most ground-breaking exhibitions anywhere in the world – featured artists include the likes of renowned sculptor Antony Gormley and master craftsman Freeman Vines. As you can gather, there are ample diverse distractions in Margate to satisfy every taste.
Dover is another delightful place to visit in England’s south east and you can drive there in under two hours via the A2 and M2. Its iconic white cliffs have been immortalised in song by Dame Vera Lynn and it’s a major transport hub for freight and passengers thanks to its busy ferry connection to Calais in France. Fans of engineering will probably appreciate a trip to South Foreland Lighthouse, where self-taught scientist Michael Faraday carried out ground-breaking experiments into the use of electricity in lighthouses, and St Margaret’s Museum offers even more insights into the fascinating history of this locality. Furthermore, if you fancy swapping roads for rails for a short while, hop on board the East Kent Railway, a superb steam train that chugs its way through awe-inspring countryside in elegant traditional style.
It’s evident that hiring a car at Heathrow Airport can open up a kaleidoscopic range of attractions in London and the rest of the south east UK – with Enjoy Car Hire, there’s no easier way to get on the road and embrace the best of this brilliant corner of Britain.
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