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Go beyond Big Ben, past the palace and St Paul’s, say so long to the Shard and leave Westminster Abbey in your wake. Sure, central London is packed with a dizzying array of attractions, but book London car hire and let the rest of the country beyond the capital weave its special blend of magic.

You’ll want to explore London itself, of course, ticking off the big attractions, such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the nation’s favourite art galleries. And no first-time visit to London is complete without a spin on the London Eye, a stroll along the River Thames or a show in the West End.

Getting around central London is easy and cheap on public transport, via pedal power or on your own two feet. There are money-saving tips for your London trip over on our blog, as well as advice on how to spend two days in London and a handy list of free things to do in our capital. But if you really want to get to know the areas outside of central London, you’ll need your own wheels.

There are plenty of downtown pick-up locations, if you want to rent a car in the city centre. Central parking spots and the peak-time Congestion Charge, however, are costly. Unless you need the car for a business trip, or you’re a Londoner escaping the capital for a few days, it’s wise to keep your car rental for journeys outside of the central zone.

A smart alternative, whether you’ve just landed or want to spend a few car-free days in the capital before venturing further, is to look for budget rental deals with an airport pick up. London’s airports offer a huge selection of car hire deals. Simply search for car hire at Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR), London City (LCY), Luton (LTN) and Stansted (STN).

If you are thinking of booking car hire, London is a great place to start your road trip. But don’t leave it until you get there to book. By pre-booking car rental in London, you will secure your ideal type of vehicle and make significant savings on the walk-up price.

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