London has one of the most extensive public transportation systems in the world. With a network of trains, buses, taxi cabs, and the famous Tube, you can get anywhere you want with relative ease.
Getting to Central London
Traveling from Splash Damage's home town Bromley into London's city center is best accomplished by train. Direct trains to London Victoria depart from the nearby railway station several times every hour and you'll find yourself in central London in less than 20 minutes. For train times and fares, please refer to the National Rail website.
If you want to try your luck by car (and we strongly recommend that you don't), you may have to pay the Congestion Charge depending on where in London you're looking to drive.
Whenever you're in London, you're most likely going to be getting around using the city's extensive subway network more commonly known as The Tube. For day trips, it's probably best to purchase a 1 day Travelcard which will allow you to freely travel on the lines within the specified Zones throughout the day.
For a map of the Tube network, along with Zone information, click here. Please note that while Bromley is not serviced by the Tube, it is located in Zone 5, and any Travelcard covering Zones 1 through 6 can be used to travel from Bromley into London by train.
The Tube frequently undergoes maintenance and engineering work, especially on weekends. The Transport for London website provides up-to-date service information along with a list of planned works.
The Tube network is not in operation from around midnight to 5:30 in the morning. Should you need to travel during this time, you can use London's labyrinthine web of Night Buses.
In addition to the Tube, London and its surrounding areas feature an extensive network of Buses. Travelcards are valid on these, but if you're looking to travel on buses regularly, a pay as you go Oyster card may turn out to be better value. Follow this link to view a collection of maps detailing bus routes in and around London.
As the name might suggest, Night Buses run in the late evenings and during the night, when the Tube isn't operating. While not as speedy as daytime transportation, Night Buses are nevertheless a great way to get back to Bromley after a night of clubbing or if you missed the last Tube or train. A comprehensive array of maps detailing the Night Bus network can be found here. For a map showing routes to Bromley, click here (Bromley is located in the lower right).
Finally, Tramlink is a system of trams spanning a small area from Wimbledon to Beckenham. Travelcards encompassing zones 3 - 6 are valid for Tramlink, as are pay as you go Oyster cards. If you have neither, Tramlink tickets can be purchased at any Tramlink station. A map of the Tramlink system can be found here .
Trains to Other Cities
If you're looking to travel to other cities around the country without using a car, Britain's National Rail network is most likely going to be your first choice. Tickets can be purchased at the local Bromley railway station. The Trainline website is a great way to find out train times and fares.
There are several airports around London that service destinations all around the globe. Listed below are the three major airports and how you can most easily get to them.
By cab: Taking a cab from Bromley to Heathrow (or vice versa) takes about 90 minutes and costs around £65 at the time of writing.
Public transport: Using public transportation, Heathrow can be reached in about 90 minutes by taking the train from Bromley South to London Victoria, followed by the Tube to Heathrow. A zone 1 - 6 Travelcard covers this journey. Please check Trainline for exact train times.
By cab: Taking a cab from Bromley to Gatwick takes about 1 hour and costs around £55 at the time of writing.
Public transport: Using public transport, Gatwick can be reached in little over an hour. Take the train from Bromley South to London Victoria, following by the train from Victoria to Gatwick. Please check Trainline for exact train times and fares.
By cab: Taking a cab from Bromley to Stansted takes about 90 minutes and costs around £85 at the time of writing.
Public transport: Using public transport, Stansted can be reached in about 2 hours. From Bromley South, take the train to London Victoria, then get on the Victoria line to Tottemham Hale and from there, take Stansted Express to Stansted Airport. Please check Trainline for exact train times and fares.