Whether you want to experience the hustle and bustle of the tube or have a gentle stroll on the Boris Bikes – you’ll never be stuck for ways to get around Westminster London.
The London underground
The UK is home to the oldest tube transportation system- and there’s nothing quite like it! With our prime location Urbanest Westminster is within walking distance of three different major tube/overground stations; Westminster, Waterloo and Lambeth north. I would strongly recommend speaking to the tube staff and requesting for a student Oyster card application form, making it easier (and cheaper!) for you to travel on the tubes in the future.
• Served by Circle, District and Jubilee lines
• 9 minute walk from Westminster accommodation
• Served by Bakerloo, Northern, jubilee and Waterloo & city lines
• 7 minute walk from WBSA
• Waterloo Railway station connecting you to places all around the UK
• Bakerloo line – station closure due to renovations but reopens January 2017
• 5 minute walk from Urbanest Westminster
With so many different tube lines to choose from, getting around couldn’t be easier. If you’re not too familiar with London, this is the perfect way to explore our beautiful city. To help you, Transport for London provide a journey planner service helping you get from A to B whenever you’d like – https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/.
If you don’t quite fancy being packed like sardines on the tube, London’s bus services are a great alternative. With a bus stop – Lower Marsh Stop K- right outside the property, travelling to iconic tourist spots like Trafalgar Square is easy! If you walk slightly further out, in front of St Thomas’ hospital is a bus and coach station which heads towards the Vauxhall with the 507, C10 and 77 buses stopping through.
With fears of global warming destroying our earth the previous mayor of London, Boris Johnson, teamed up with Santander to operate a bicycle hire for the public. For a small fee, these bikes (commonly known as Boris Bikes) are a great way to get around with parking rails situated all over the city.
Working in partnership with local authorities, Urbanest encourage such initiatives to encourage other means of transport around London. In doing so, they offer residents at each of their properties a free bike hire throughout their stay to cut down on harmful CO2 emissions. This is a great way to shred those alcohol calories from last night’s heavy night out as well as a way to get your general fitness levels up.
When living in Urbanest Westminster, you’re surrounded by London’s most iconic building with top tourists attractions at the front of your door. If you cross the road you’re on Westminster Bridge with the Big Ben and Houses of Parliament to your left and the London eye on your right. Being so central means within a 15 minute walk you can find yourself in Covent Garden enjoying a drink whilst watching the Punch and Judy, or an 18 minute walk to one of London’s most iconic clubs, Ministry of Sound.
A good app to download would either be CityMapper or Gogglemaps to help you find your way through the streets of London.
If neither tube, bus, nor walking – in any possible combination – can get you where you want to be, when you want to be there, taking a typical London black cab is always an option. It is quite pricy, but also definitely the most comfortable way to travel. Also, if you’re not 100% sure where you’re going, the cab driver will probably know where to go, even if you don’t. There are also some handy cab apps that you can now use which are much cheaper than a black cab such as uber, cabbie etc.
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