Travel in North London
||To make the most
of north London and the capital as a whole you should
be prepared to do some travelling. But by taking on a
“by any means necessary” attitude you should
find the experience an interesting one.
The main reason you need this attitude is because on the
whole, the preferred transport of choice is the car but
as with many cities in the world traffic can play havoc
with your plans. London is notorious for its congestion
problems and the best advice to any traveller to the capital
would be that when you get to where your staying, park
your car and leave it there for the duration of your stay.
As well as traffic, London car commuters also have to
deal with the congestion charge. This is a charge
of £8 for anyone who drives in the centre of London
between the hours of 7am-6.30pm. The only road users who
get to avoid this charge are taxi drivers and motorcyclists.
With regards to the north of the capital, this charge
begins from Pentonville Road/ City Road which crosses
the areas of St Pancras and Finsbury.
If you want to get around on four wheels without having
to share, then using one of London’s many taxis would be the best bet. There are two types of taxis which
operate across the capital, the black cabs, which
can be hailed as they pass, and private hire cabs that need to be booked in advance.
However the best way to get around London is to use the
public transport system, namely the underground
tube services, overground rail services and the network of red (double decker) buses.
The most useful of these is probably the underground tube
service as it is easy to understand and gets you where
you want go quickly. Tube trains cover the vast majority
of the capital and run frequently, usually every few minutes.
The main lines that operate in the north of London are
the Jubilee (grey), Northern (black) and Piccadilly (royal blue).
And the most useful station for connecting to other lines
is Kings Cross/St Pancras which links overground rail
services to the underground Circle line, Hammersmith and
City line, Metropolitan line, Piccadilly line, Victoria
Line and the Northern line.
Buses are another way to travel around north London.
These are probably best used for short trips if there
are time restrictions, but if not you then a leisurely
ride on the top floor of one of London’s red double
deckers can often be a pleasant way to get a cheap tour
of the area.
Tickets can be purchased for single journeys on any of
these forms of public transport but you can also buy ‘travel
cards’, which allow you unlimited travel
on your chosen form of transport for a certain time period
(day, weekend, week), however there are combined tickets
For the purposes of public transport, London has be split
up into 6 zones, Zone 1 being central London with Zone
6 being closer to outskirts of greater London. Combined
‘travelcard’ tickets are sold in Zones and
allow you to travel freely within these zones on buses,
trains, tubes and the DLR.
However as with many cities around the world the most
accessible and reliable way to get around is on foot,
so why not grab your comfy shoes, get to grips with a
London map and get walking!