Travelling to London

London is accessible by air, sea and – thanks to the Channel Tunnel – even by land (if you’re coming from Europe)!

Please note that the closest stop on the Tube (London Underground rail system) to the Cumberland Hotel is Marble Arch. Click here for a map of the Tube

By Air: London is served by five airports. All are connected to central London by train and bus, or you can hire a taxi or a car.


About 20 miles to the west of London. You can get into Central London by:

  • Taxi. London is served by Black Cabs and minicabs. A Black Cab from Heathrow to the Cumberland Hotel will cost between £50 and £80 (August 2015 prices) and take about an hour – both cost and time dependent on traffic. These are easy to book at terminals. Minicabs will be cheaper but need to be booked by telephone.
  • Heathrow Express train services, leaving Heathrow every 15 minutes for London Paddington Railway Station. Journey takes about 15-20 minutes, and Paddington is just one mile from the Cumberland Hotel (about 7-8 minutes taxi ride – about £10 depending on traffic in August 2015).
  • Heathrow Connect train services. Journey time is about 25 minutes from Heathrow Central.
  • Piccadilly Line Tube services. These are cheaper but take longer. The Piccadilly Line connects with the Central Line (for Marble Arch, near the Cumberland Hotel) at Holborn.
  • Coach service to Victoria Station (overground and Tube connections).  Journey takes from 40 to 90 minutes.
  • Bus: journey to central London approximately 90 minutes.


About 28 miles south of London. To get into Central London:

  • Gatwick Express trains run every 15 minutes between South Terminal and London Victoria Station. Journey time is 30 minutes. Victoria is connected to the Tube network.
  • Trains: regular connections to St. Pancras International Station and London Victoria trains stations (connected to the Tube).
  • National Express runs frequent coach services between Gatwick and Victoria Coach Station. Journey time varies according to route – most are about one hour 20 minutes.
  • EasyBus offers an express bus service between Gatwick Airport and Earls Court/West Brompton.
  • Taxi:  You can ask the driver for an estimate of how much your journey will cost beforehand.


About 40 miles north east of London. Get into Central London by:

  • Stansted Express trains. Trains run every 15 minutes, terminating at Liverpool Street station (connected to the Tube network).
  • National Express operates a 24-hour coach service to Victoria Station with a stop at Marble Arch (for the Cumberland Hotel).
  • EasyBus offers a low-cost express bus service between Central London and Stansted Airport. Journey time is one hour and 15 minutes direct and non-stop to London (Baker Street).
  • Terravision offers three different coach services into Central London.
  • Taxi into London costs about £99 (August 2015 prices). Black cabs do not operate from Stansted although you can catch one to the airport. 


About 35 miles north west of London. Get into Central London by:

  • Shuttle bus (10 minutes) to Luton Airport Parkway train station and then frequent trains to London (from 21 minutes) with East Midlands Trains.
  • Thameslink  trains to BlackfriarsCity ThameslinkFarringdon and St Pancras International (train/Tube connections).
  • National Express coach services – about one hour and 15 minutes.
  • EasyBus, including stop at Oxford Street/Marble.
  • Terravision coach service into Central London, including stop at Marble Arch.
  • GreenLine bus 757.
  • Taxi – a metered trip will cost around £80 (August 2015). Or enquire with the mini-cab company beforehand to find out how much your journey will cost.

London City

Only about six miles east of central London, this airport caters for short-haul flights from Europe and special flights from New York.  Get to Central London by:

  • Tube. The airport  has its own stop on the Docklands Light Railway, which takes you to Tube interchange stations.
  • By bus – there are two different services serving the airport but interchange will be necessary to get to the hotel.
  • Taxi – there are usually taxis queuing for customers at London City Airport.

Other Airports

There are many other airports throughout England from which it is easy to reach London, for example Birmingham, and Oxford, especially if you are arriving via a European city. Please check their websites for further information.

By Eurostar

Eurostar trains connect Paris and other European cities via the Channel Tunnel. Trains arrive at London St Pancras International. From here you can take a taxi, bus, or the Tube (requiring at least one change) to the hotel.

By Ferry

England is connected to various European destinations, including Ireland, France, Spain, Holland and Belgium by ferry services. London is accessible by train and bus connections from the ports served by these ferries.

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