To celebrate Louis’s 30th birthday, we flew to London and Paris for a 10 day vacation. We flew the budget Scandinavian airline because it was a direct flight in their new Boeing 787, Dreamliner, The flight to London was as pleasant as one can expect on economy class, food was purchase only and the economy seats had very limited amount of sitting room. Thankfully, the flight was direct from LAX and it was a straight shot to London.
We arrived at the London Gatwick airport around lunch time the following day. The shortest form of transportation from Gatwick Airport to downtown Victoria Station is the Gatwick Express. The online price in March 2015 for a one way ticket from Gatwick Airport to Victoria Station is 17.70 pounds. I believe if you purchase the tickets at the Gatwick airport, it will cost about 10% more. To travel around the downtown metro system, we also purchased a travel Oyster card at the Gatwick airport. There is a 3 pound non-refundable deposit for the Oyster card and for 3 days in London, we found that 15 pounds each person was enough to get us around the city. This is much cheaper than buying single tickets at the metro station. However, compared to other metro fares around the world, London’s public transportation is not cheap.
We rented a small AirB&B apartment a short walk from Victoria Station. After grabbing a falafel at a nearby farmer’s market we were off sight seeing.