Car Hire in London

London is one of Europe's leading tourist destinations and the financial capital of the UK. The city and surrounding areas are easy to discover in a hire car, enabling you to have maximum flexibility to explore the area at your own pace.

Our team of car rental advisors are wholly committed to delivering a stress free car hire experience in London. We compare all of the car hire companies in the London area, making it really easy for you to find and book at the best rates.

We make all of the fees, including things like insurance excess, security deposits, cross border charges and local taxes, clear and easy to understand throughout our entire website, so that you have no nasty surprises when you arrive in London to collect the car.

London is a popular destination for car hire, with many 1000s of people choosing to explore the city in a rental car every month. The most popular car hire pick-up location in London is London Heathrow Airport (LHR) airport. London Heathrow services over 30 million passengers per year making it the UK's busiest airport.

On our website you'll find special deals including free extra drivers, GPS, no excess, low security deposit and much more. Hiring a car with an extra driver included is always much cheaper than paying at the desk.

You can pay on our website using any credit or debit card. However, if you have no credit card, check out our premium cover options. Premium cover will usually let you collect your car hire in London with a debit card but always check the terms and conditions as this does vary between the different rental companies.

Small car, SUV or People carrier? We got you covered.

Not sure what size or type of car to hire for your rental in London? We compare all of the options on offer, including small cars, large cars, SUVs, convertibles, people carriers and even minibus rentals. Whether you need a car for a family vacation or a business trip, you can be sure to find your ideal rental with us at an affordable price.

We compare prices for SUVs of all shapes and sizes, including Jeep Renegade and RAV 4 which are ideal for 2-3 people with smaller suitcases, we also have options for larger SUVs perfect for moving groups and luggage around London.

Driving round in London doesn't have to be boring, especially if you rent a convertible. We have them in all shapes, sizes and budgets from a Fiat 500c to Mercedes and Porsche.

At Stress Free Car Rental, our car rental advisors are trained to help you find a car or minibus that meets your seating and luggage space requirements. All you need to do is to reach out to our customer service team.

With free cancellation on most rentals and a price match guarantee, why not book you rental with us today?

Map of London nearby car hire locations

Driving and parking in London

In general, the city is very busy and can get very congested making it hard to move around as quickly as you would like. However, with prior information on the issues that affect Londoners when driving in the city, you will find it easy to navigate with a rental car. Besides having information available regarding London traffic, you also need to have all your documentation in order. Some of the driving documents for foreigners that you will need while driving in London are listed below.

  • Driving license – Your license must be valid to allow you to drive within the UK. For non-UK citizens, the license must be valid at least for one year from the time you arrived in the country.
  • Passport – To hire a rental car in London, you need to present a passport or an identification document with your photo. In some cases, you may be asked for an address to your hotel or travel documents such as airline tickets.
  • Insurance - UK laws require motor vehicles to have a valid insurance certificate. The certificate is even more important when renting a car as the paperwork might be requested by traffic police when driving. If you have a driver, they need to be insured under the same agreement.
  • Driving permit (international) - The document isn't critical when driving in London especially for license holders from the US. In some cases, car rental companies may require it before handing over a vehicle to you.

Car hire collection documentation for UK residents

If you have a UK driving license, you'll need to take along a recent utility bill (in some cases for the same address as the credit card you're using to collect the car). You'll also need to provide a driving license check code when you collect the car. To obtain a check code on the DVAL website you'll need your national insurance number and your driving license number. Be sure to do this before you set off to collect the car as without it you'll be unable to collect the car.

Speed limits in London

London is a busy city that sees an incredible amount of traffic within a given day. Speed limits are displayed in miles per hour instead of kilometers like in other countries. The police often use speed cameras to enforce the limits.

In general, the speed limits in London are:

  • City roads: 30 mph
  • Open roads: 50 mph
  • Motorways: 70MPH

We recommend that you do not drink any alcohol whilst driving. It is also important to know that London drivers are expected to have a blood alcohol limit of less than 0.08%. This is similar to many cities in Europe as well as the US. To have a good time in London, consider taking a taxi after a night out to reduce the chances of getting arrested by driving your rental car. Additionally, the fines given to violators of either the speed limits or those caught driving under the influence of alcohol are high and could lead to imprisonment.

London driving charges

Congestion is a major problem in London. For this reason, London city council introduced a congestion charge which applies to vehicles driven into the city during peak hours, which are from 7 am to 6 pm. The charge is applied throughout the week except for weekends and is paid in advance at a daily rate of £11.50. Payment can be done online or through the phone for easier management of the congestion zones. Fortunately, the zones have a large "C" in white displayed within a red circle for easier identification by drivers. Also, the lack of payment will result in fines to be paid by drivers of the violating vehicles.

Check the terms and conditions of your car hire if you plan to drive within the congestion zone area. Different car rental companies have different policies in place as to how they charge for this, with some automatically adding the charge to your invoice and some requiring that you register for the charge yourself.

Besides the congestion zones, London also has the Ultra-Low Emission Zone which is targeted towards vehicles that exceed particular emission standards or they are charged. It is operational all day and night throughout the night and payment is made daily. The Low Emission Zone applies to residents of the larger part of London and targets vehicles that are considered to emit pollutants and need to meet particular emission standards. These vehicles include lorries, coaches, and minibuses which are not charged a daily rate when they stay within particular emission standards.

Parking in London

Street parking can be an impossible task with many restrictions put in place by the city from morning to evening in London. Thankfully, there are car parks in the city operated by National Car Parks (NCP) and Q-Park which offers space at reasonable costs. These parking spots can be booked earlier before driving into the city to avoid unnecessary delays.

NCP operates at least one hundred car parks within the city which also includes some at airports. If you are collecting your rental car at Heathrow Airport or one of London's other airports, you are likely to use a car park run by NCP. Alternatively, Q-Park is in charge of sixteen car parks across Central London in areas such as Harley Street, Soho, Victoria, Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Park Lane, Trafalgar Square, Knightsbridge, China Town and Queensway among others.

Parking prices in London

Parking in the streets of London have restrictions that apply throughout the week except for Sundays. Every street has its requirements which make it important to check for signs with important information before parking. When you have paid for parking for your rental car, you need to display it on the vehicle dashboard or windscreen.

In general, the costs for parking through NCP or Q-Park depend on the street or borough you plan to leave your car. Luckily, it is easy to know the exact price for your parking by checking the particular websites and typing in your preferred parking location. Also, you can choose to purchase a seasonal ticket to eliminate the need to pay daily whenever you need to park.

In case your vehicle is found to have contravened the parking restrictions in the city, you will be slapped with penalty charges. The notice is usually placed on the vehicle or you may find your rental car clamped. Vehicles whose parking is not paid in time can be charged fines of between eighty and one hundred and thirty pounds. Payment made within fourteen days attracts a discount of 50% from the original amount given on the date of issue. Vehicle owners can pay the fines in person, by phone, post, or online. If you find that you have been issued with a parking violation or speeding ticket for your car hire after you've dropped off the car, most car rental companies will charge the fine amount to your credit card along with an administration fee.

Tips for driving in London

Driving your hire car in London is a great way to learn more about the city and its unique sites. To ensure you experience fewer hiccups on the road, it is advisable to be familiar with the traffic rules in the city. Most times, they are similar to other cities in Europe but may have one or two unique to London. Some of these driving rules include:

  • Vehicles in London are expected to keep left at all times except when overtaking another car on designated roads.
  • Seatbelts for all passengers are compulsory for the driver and passengers in any vehicle. Driving without a seatbelt attracts a fine of £500. Children in cars must be strapped into a car seat for their protection.
  • Plan in advance about the route you are going to take when driving in London to avoid getting lost. If possible use a GPS device for directions but don't over-rely on it as unexpected changes may take place on the roads.
  • Mobile phones are not allowed when driving except when calling emergency service providers.

Some of the SUVs for rental in London

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mercedes GLE 4x4

Jaguar F-Pace

Mitsubishi Outlander Mercedes GLE 4x4 Jaguar F-Pace
Category: Large SUV Large SUV Large SUV
Great for: Lots of boot space and most versions can transport seven people. Lots of space in the front and back seats and a wonderful looking interior. Brilliant handling, a lot of fun to drive and a decent amount of storage space.
Not so great for: Poor fuel economy and reduced rear head space for an SUV of this size. Not as much capacity for luggage as some competitors. Adequate for 4 passengers but not great for more passengers.
Most popular rental model and options:
  • Engine size: 2L
  • Gearbox: Automatic
  • Fuel Policy: Full to full
  • Average insurance excess: £1,300
  • Average security deposit: £1,425
  • Engine size: 3L
  • Gearbox: Automatic
  • Fuel Policy: Full to full
  • Average insurance excess: £1,350
  • Average security deposit: £1,550
  • Engine size: 2L Diesel
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Fuel Policy: Full to full
  • Average insurance excess : £1,200
  • Average security deposit : £1,550
Driving: Automatic transmission makes the Outlander easy to drive, especially if you're renting an SUV somewhere that drives on the opposite side of the road than you're used to. The non turbo charged version can feel a bit sluggish especially when compared with other SUVs of this size. Good acceleration and a good amount of pull for towing. Brilliant for long motorway journeys. Quiet in the cabin at speed on the motorway. A bit of of road noise especially in models with larger wheels. The best handling to be found in this class of SUV.
Dimensions and fuel efficiency:
  • Vehicle dimensions: 4.695m x 1.8m x 1.68m
  • Boot space: 463 litres
  • Boot space with rear seats down: 1,602 litres
  • Miles per gallon: 32-38mpg combined
  • Fuel tank size: 45-60 litres
  • Vehicle dimensions: 4.92m x 1.94m x 1.77m
  • Boot space: 490 litres
  • Boot space with rear seats down: 1,915 litres
  • Miles per gallon: 29-40mpg combined
  • Fuel tank size: 85 litres
  • Vehicle dimensions: 4.73m x 1.93m x 1.67m
  • Boot space: 650 litres
  • Boot space with rear seats down: 1,740 litres
  • Miles per gallon: 47mpg combined
  • Fuel tank size: 60 litres
Passenger space: Great space up front and a sufficient amount of room in the middle seats. The centre middle row seat suffers with reduced head room. The back two seats are suitable for children or small adults. The Mercedes GLE comes with 7 seats as standard. Lots of space in the first two rows of seats but the third row can be a little bit cramped, especially for tall passengers. Plenty of space and headroom up front, even for taller passengers. Decent space in the back for 2 passengers but cramped for 3.
Luggage capacity: More than enough space for three full size bags in the boot when the car is in 5 seat mode. The slightly high boot entrance makes loading a a bit harder than some other large SUVs Lots of storage space with the seats down (almost as much as a small van). Can easily hold up to 8 carry on sized bags in the boot with the normal seat configuration. Plenty of boot space for a couple of large suitcases, a small cabin bag and a pram. You can also fold down the rear seats.
Overall rating: 6/10
9/10
9/10

Example car rental prices at London

Pickup on 2020-11-09 at 10:00, dropoff on 2020-11-14 at 09:30 in London for a 35 year old lead driver

Europcar availability at LONDON CITY AIRPORT

VOLKSWAGEN COMPACT DIESEL

5-seat Compact
or similar

VOLKSWAGEN COMPACT DIESEL
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Europcar

£209.52

FIAT 500

4-seat Mini
or similar

FIAT 500
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 3
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Europcar

£146.70

FIAT TIPO

5-seat Compact
or similar

FIAT TIPO
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Europcar

£189.00

FORD FOCUS AUTO

5-seat Compact
or similar

FORD FOCUS AUTO
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Europcar

£315.78

Pickup on 2020-11-09 at 10:00, dropoff on 2020-11-14 at 09:30 in London for a 35 year old lead driver

Europcar availability at LONDON CITY AIRPORT PRESTIGE

MINI COOPER

5-seat MiniElite
or similar

MINI COOPER
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 0
Small bags: 2
Number of doors: 3
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £2000
Theft excess: £2000
More info
Europcar

£566.94

MERCEDES BENZ SLC COUPE

2-seat IntermediateElite
or similar

MERCEDES BENZ SLC COUPE
Passengers: 2
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £2000
Theft excess: £2000
More info
Europcar

£976.44

MERCEDS BENZ C CLASS SALOON

5-seat PremiumElite
or similar

MERCEDS BENZ C CLASS SALOON
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £2000
Theft excess: £2000
More info
Europcar

£624.72

BMW X3 2.0 D XDRIVE M SPORT

5-seat PremiumElite
or similar

BMW X3 2.0 D XDRIVE M SPORT
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £2000
Theft excess: £2000
More info
Europcar

£803.22

Pickup on 2020-11-09 at 10:00, dropoff on 2020-11-14 at 09:30 in London for a 35 year old lead driver

Europcar availability at LONDON EXCEL PRESTIGE

MERCEDES BENZ SLC COUPE

2-seat IntermediateElite
or similar

MERCEDES BENZ SLC COUPE
Passengers: 2
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £2000
Theft excess: £2000
More info
Europcar

£976.44

MINI COOPER

5-seat MiniElite
or similar

MINI COOPER
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 0
Small bags: 2
Number of doors: 3
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £2000
Theft excess: £2000
More info
Europcar

£566.94

MERCEDES C 220 AUTO

5-seat PremiumElite
or similar

MERCEDES C 220 AUTO
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £2000
Theft excess: £2000
More info
Europcar

£698.22

BMW X3 2.0 D XDRIVE M SPORT

5-seat PremiumElite
or similar

BMW X3 2.0 D XDRIVE M SPORT
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 2
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £2000
Theft excess: £2000
More info
Europcar

£803.22

Pickup on 2020-11-09 at 10:00, dropoff on 2020-11-14 at 09:30 in London for a 35 year old lead driver

Europcar availability at STRATFORD INTERNATIONAL STATION

FIAT 500

4-seat Mini
or similar

FIAT 500
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 3
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Europcar

£198.42

VOLKSWAGEN COMPACT DIESEL

5-seat Compact
or similar

VOLKSWAGEN COMPACT DIESEL
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Europcar

£257.82

VAUXHALL CORSA

5-seat Economy
or similar

VAUXHALL CORSA
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Europcar

£210.00

FIAT TIPO

5-seat Compact
or similar

FIAT TIPO
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £250
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Europcar

£234.18

Pickup on 2020-05-04 at 10:30, dropoff on 2020-05-09 at 10:00 in London for a 35 year old lead driver

Keddy by Europcar availability at LONDON CITY AIRPORT

FIAT 500

4-seat Mini
or similar

FIAT 500
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 3
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Limited
Security deposit: £700
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Keddy by Europcar

£107.79

VAUXHALL CORSA

5-seat Economy
or similar

VAUXHALL CORSA
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Limited
Security deposit: £700
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Keddy by Europcar

£113.97

FIAT TIPO

5-seat Compact
or similar

FIAT TIPO
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Limited
Security deposit: £700
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Keddy by Europcar

£141.18

VAUXHALL ASTRA

5-seat Compact
or similar

VAUXHALL ASTRA
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Limited
Security deposit: £700
Damage excess: £1100
Theft excess: £1100
More info
Keddy by Europcar

£141.62

Pickup on 2020-11-09 at 10:00, dropoff on 2020-11-14 at 09:30 in London for a 35 year old lead driver

Green Motion availability at Green Motion London City Airport

Toyota IQ 3dr

4-seat Mini
or similar

Toyota IQ 3dr
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 0
Small bags: 2
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Limited
Security deposit: £1205
Damage excess: £1205
Theft excess: £1205
More info
Green Motion

£67.50

Toyota IQ 3dr

4-seat Mini
or similar

Toyota IQ 3dr
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 0
Small bags: 2
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £50
Damage excess: £0
Theft excess: £0
More info
Green Motion

£275.63

Fiat 500

4-seat Mini
or similar

Fiat 500
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 0
Small bags: 2
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Limited
Security deposit: £1205
Damage excess: £1205
Theft excess: £1205
More info
Green Motion

£68.13

Fiat 500

4-seat Mini
or similar

Fiat 500
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 0
Small bags: 2
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £50
Damage excess: £0
Theft excess: £0
More info
Green Motion

£276.29

Pickup on 2020-11-09 at 10:00, dropoff on 2020-11-14 at 09:30 in London for a 35 year old lead driver

Dollar UK availability at GREENWICH

FORD FIESTA

4-seat Economy
or similar

FORD FIESTA
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unknown
Security deposit: £500
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Dollar UK

£164.17

FORD FOCUS

5-seat Compact
or similar

FORD FOCUS
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unknown
Security deposit: £500
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Dollar UK

£179.65

Volkswagen Golf

5-seat CompactElite
or similar

Volkswagen Golf
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 5
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unknown
Security deposit: £500
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Dollar UK

£205.63

BMW 3 SERIES

5-seat Intermediate
or similar

BMW 3 SERIES
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unknown
Security deposit: £750
Damage excess: £1250
Theft excess: £1250
More info
Dollar UK

£280.57

Pickup on 2020-05-04 at 10:30, dropoff on 2020-05-09 at 10:00 in London for a 35 year old lead driver

Hertz availability at LONDON CITY APT

HYUNDAI I10

4-seat Mini
or similar

HYUNDAI I10
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 0
Small bags: 2
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1000
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Hertz

£124.2

VAUXHALL CORSA

4-seat Economy
or similar

VAUXHALL CORSA
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1000
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Hertz

£131.28

VAUXHALL ASTRA

5-seat Compact
or similar

VAUXHALL ASTRA
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1000
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Hertz

£162.3

RENAULT CAPTUR

4-seat Compact
or similar

RENAULT CAPTUR
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Full To Full
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1000
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Hertz

£162.3

Pickup on 2020-11-09 at 10:00, dropoff on 2020-11-14 at 09:30 in London for a 35 year old lead driver

Hertz availability at STRATFORD INT RR STN

KIA PICANTO

4-seat Mini
or similar

KIA PICANTO
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 0
Small bags: 2
Number of doors: 2
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1000
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Hertz

£113.52

VAUXHALL CORSA

4-seat Economy
or similar

VAUXHALL CORSA
Passengers: 4
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1000
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Hertz

£120.18

KIA CEED

5-seat Compact
or similar

KIA CEED
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors:
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1000
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Hertz

£183.06

VAUXHALL ASTRA

5-seat Compact
or similar

VAUXHALL ASTRA
Passengers: 5
Large bags: 1
Small bags: 1
Number of doors: 4
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Policy: Unknown
Mileage: Unlimited
Security deposit: £1000
Damage excess: £1000
Theft excess: £1000
More info
Hertz

£144.72

About London

London is the capital city of the UK and is the base of government in the country. It is a financial centre and has always enjoyed a privileged location in England for many centuries. Before becoming the famous city it is now, London was ruled by Romans who founded it under the name Londinium. Its influence grew because of the presence of a major port and made it a target of attacks from Vikings and other foreign powers.

In the 9th Century, Danish Settlers took over the area and began trading which opened up lots of businesses resulting in the town becoming an urban center. The wealth of the town and the growing economic power attracted invasions from other Danish armies and the Normans. The invasion by the Normans saw the establishment of a King of England, named William Duke who built the Tower of London.

As the years went by, the ports in London became an important hub for the distribution of products across Europe. The 16th-17th century saw trade expansion that boosted the economy and consequently its population. In 1694, the Bank of England was founded and it became very successful providing financial flexibility that gave London its footing as a financial hub. The town continued to operate within the boundaries set by the Romans but later expanded due to an increased population brought on by the industrial revolution. By the 19th century, the city had become a recognized international trade center as well as a financial capital.

In response to the exponential growth in London, the County of London was created to make administration easier. The division of the county resulted in 29 electoral units which included the city and metropolitan boroughs. In 1963, new changes came into place which included the setting up of a division of London that comprised of thirty-two metropolitan boroughs and the old town. These divisions are the ones that make up the current one in London.

Getting to London

London is a popular destination for tourists and sees millions of visitors make their way to the city all year round. As one of the most popular cities, it is easily accessible using several transport options. It is well connected by air, road, or rail making it easy for visitors to get to the city at their convenience. If you are planning to visit London soon, here are some options to get to the city you can check out.

  • By Air: London has several airports that are well maintained and meet international standards. The airports are served by hundreds of airlines that fly into London daily and at different times. The major airports that connect to international destinations from the UK city are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London city airport, and Southend airport. When you land, you can find your rental car waiting for you at any of these airports making it easier to connect to the next location.
  • By rail: Traveling by train across Europe is quite exhilarating for those visiting London for a holiday. Visitors can get to the city through main and smaller stations spread across Central London and beyond. The major stations that serve the city are eight in number and include Paddington, Euston, King's Cross St. Pancras, Charing Cross, Liverpool Street, Waterloo, London Bridge, and Victoria. All these train stations have trains that connect to the airport for the benefit of travelers. If traveling from Paris or Brussels, consider taking the Eurostar Train which reaches London in about two hours, thirty minutes.
  • By road: Getting to London by road is possible from neighboring countries and is a great way to explore other locations as you make your way to the city. You can choose to travel by bus or other public transportation to get to London in good time. Upon arrival, you can hop into your rental car and enjoy driving yourself to various destinations in London.

Places close to London

London is a captivating city that is hard to leave because of the numerous attractions and activities it offers visitors. However, it does not hurt to take the opportunity to explore other places close to the city that have other attractions on offer. Fortunately, these places close by can be accessed by road, making it easy to get into your rental car and make a quick visit at your convenience. Here are some places to visit nearby when in London.

  • Camberley: Camberley is a quiet town that lies to the southwest of London and can be easily accessed by road. It is located near major motorways, namely M3 and M4 with some of its population living in suburbs located within the town, it has some unique attractions which include the Surrey Heath museum which comprises historical exhibits from the region. Lightwater Country Park is also a great location when looking for some serenity. The park is filled with trails and ponds that are worth exploring when in Camberley. Accommodation in the town is available for all budgets and includes hotels, lodges, and guesthouses among others.
  • Reading: Reading is a large town located in the south of England bordered by River Kennet and Thames. The town has lots of restaurants on the riverside and shops that give visitors a chance to enjoy their meals while overlooking the water. The reading festival is one of the largest events in the town that attracts thousands of people every year. Some of the attractions that you must check out in the town are the Reading Museum, Reading Abbey, and Prospect Park. These famous sites reveal the history of the town, nature exhibitions, and medieval ruins which can all be visited in a day.
  • Milton Keynes: Milton Keynes is a unique town with a lot to offer visitors coming from London. The town is a mixture of the Victorian era and modern life which makes it appealing to people of all ages. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities, you will find them all in the town and its environs. Nature lovers can visit the Parks Trust which comprises a nature reserve, lake, and wildlife all in one place. Gulliver's dinosaur and farm park is also a great place to interact with animals at the petting zoo and dinosaur showcase. If you prefer staying indoors, consider visiting the popular Snozone.
  • Southampton: Southampton is one of the popular port cities driving distance from London. It is filled with unique architecture displayed through many buildings that have historical significance. Its attractions include SeaCity Museum which is a model of the Titanic and has interactive maritime activities for visitors. The Solent Sky is another exceptional museum that showcases planes and information on aviation history in the area. Besides, the museums, you can visit St. Mary's Stadium which is home to the famous Southampton football club. The stadium has been in existence for over a decade and is a "must visit: for soccer lovers.

Road trips from London

London is a vibrant city that can captivate your mind and emotion as you move from one location to another during your holiday. However, there's so much more beyond the boundaries that form the city that is worth exploring. The UK has other exciting cities that you can include in your itinerary and visit as part of a road trip. With a hire car, you can plan for day trips or longer ones to some of the areas listed below.

  1. Bath – The beautiful city is home to Roman baths that were built 2,000 years ago around the natural springs in the city. Even after the Romans loosened their reign, the city has maintained its reputation as a wealthy and fashionable center. The city also has other attractions that keep it at the top of mind of those that are looking for a break from London. The Jane Austen Centre is a popular attraction named after a famous writer that provides intimate details of her life. If you love fashion, then a trip to the Fashion Museum will give you a glimpse into Regency Fashions located in the Assembly Rooms. The Pulteney Bridge which has many with shops lining its landscape is also another sight to behold in Bath. If you prefer taking a tour, you can get to explore famous sites with a guide explaining their significance historically.
  2. Oxford – High-quality academic learning and Oxford are synonymous because the town is home to the well-known Oxford University. The city which is defined by the academic prowess of its famous university still has other attractions worth noting. It is common to come across amazing architecture while strolling in the streets as well as a lot of information on the history of the town. Whether you enjoy indoor or indoor activities, you will find something to do in Oxford. Luckily, Oxford is not far from London, making a day trip to the area in your rental car possible.
  3. Canterbury – If you have never visited a medieval city in the UK, then a day trip to Canterbury should be part of your itinerary. The city has been at the center of Christianity as it hosts the famous Canterbury Cathedral, which is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is also possible to book a tour of the cathedral to enjoy the services of a guide with information and history of the cathedral. Besides, the cathedral, the city has charming streets with medieval houses that are amazing in their architecture and overall look. Make plans to visit the gravesites of famous leaders namely St. Augustine plus King Ethelbert to pay your respects.
  4. Edinburgh – Besides London, Edinburgh is one of the most visited cities in the UK. It has been beautifully preserved as is seen in its many historical buildings and rich culture. The people are hospitable and their cuisine is worth every bite throughout the day. Although attractions in the amazing city are many, some stand out and attract lots of visitors from various destinations. Some of these attractions include the Edinburgh Castle, Royal Botanical Garden, and National Museum of Scotland among others.

How to Rent a Car in London with One Way Fees included

Many of the vehicle providers we include in London allow you to pick up the vehicle in London and drop off the vehicle at a different location. If you've selected a different drop off location for the rental, the prices you'll see displayed on our website will include all extra fees for this. You'll also see a breakdown of the additional charges on the payment page.

Car Hire in London with a Low Security Deposit

When you pick up the car, you'll often be required to leave a security deposit on your debit card or credit card. The security deposit can vary significantly subject to the make and model of the vehicle and the excess amount. Car rental Security deposits in London can vary between £100 and £2,300.

If you book a rental in London with Premium Cover included, you can reduce the deposit to cover only fuel (usually less than £100), which is fully refunded to your card when the rental is returned with a full tank.

Hiring a Car in London with No Cancellation Fee

All of the car rentals we list on our website in London include free cancellation. Free Cancellation means that you're able to cancel the rental and receive a full refund at any point up until 48 hours before you collect the car.

If you've purchased the Essential Cover product to insure your car hire excess, you're able to cancel this and receive a refund anytime up until the booking collection time.

All refunds are processed by us in less than 24 hours. If you decide to cancel the booking, the money will be back in your bank account in 7 days.

Renting a Car in London with Unlimited Mileage

We offer both limited and unlimited mileage rental.

Limited mileage rentals in London can often be less expensive than unlimited. For limited mileage rentals, the mileage allowance will always be clearly displayed. If you decide to book a rental with limited mileage, you will be liable to pay a per mile additional fee if you exceed the daily allowance. The total mileage allowance for the rental period is calculated as (the number of rental days multiplied by the daily allowance). You do not have to stay within the daily allowance on every day, as long as the total miles used throughout the rental does not exceed the number of days multiplied by the daily limit.

If you decide to book a limited mileage car hire, it's receommended to check the costs for excess mileage. You'll find these in our term and conditions section.

Renting a Car in London without an Excess Held on Your Credit Card

The rental car will be covered for accidents and theft as part of the rental price you will see displayed on our website. This insurance is also known as Collision Damage Waiver (CDW).

Although all of our rental cars in London include CDW in the price , there's also often an insurance excess, which is held on your credit card on collection. The insurance excess is the amount you would be required to pay if the vehicle is written off, severely damaged or stolen. The the excess on hire cars can be high. It's often between £900 to £2,100. If the car is returned damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you will have to pay some or all of the excess.

On collection of the hire car, the excess is held on your credit card as a 'pre authorised' transaction. This means that the money is not taken from your card as a regular payment, it's held as a pending transaction until you drop off the car. You don't usually pay foreign currency charges on credit cards for pre authorised transactions, so provided the vehicle is returned in the same condition as when it was collected, the amount is fully refunded to your credit card with nothing further to pay.

If you're paying by debit card, the insurance excess amount will be taken from your account and fully refunded when the car is returned. If you plan to use debit card on collection, as the excess amount is often high, we recommend to either buy Premium Cover on our website or to buy top up insurance at the rental desk.

If you'd like to hire a car in London with a £0 or reduced excess take a look at our Premium Cover options.

Car Hire in London with Cross Border Fees Included

If you want to pick up your rental in London and take it over the border , we strongly recommend to review the terms and conditions. Most car rental providers require that you inform them when you collect the car; and usually charge additional fees to top up the insurance. If you do not let them know, you might find that the rental car will not be insured when you cross over into a different country.

You'll find the information relating to cross border charges and fees by checking the Rental terms and viewing the Cross Border Rules section.

If you cant find the cross border information please get in touch with one of our car rental advisors and they'll be happy to help.

How to Hire a Car in London with Child Seats

You can take along your own child seats and booster seats for your vehicle rental, so long as they meet all of the legal safety requirements for use in London.

You will have the opportunity to add them to your rental when you make a booking on the website. Child seats and booster seats are paid in local currency when collecting the rental. Although it's highly unusual for them to be unavailable, their availability is not guaranteed by most car rental companies in London

Car hire throughout the COVID pandemic

As always ensuring safety remains our top priority. As before the crisis and throughout we include free cancellation with a full refund on all hire cars. Throughout April and May, we've significantly reduced our cancellation and refund lead time, we now process all refunds within 24 hours of receiving a cancellation request - with the refund usually clearing to the customer's account in less than 7 business days.

Enhanced rental car cleaning and sterilisation processes at London United Kingdom

All of our car rental partners are carrying out extra cleaning processes during the ongoing pandemic. Here's an outline of some of the further measures being carried out.

Europcar have implemented extra car deep cleaning measures. Keys are disinfected between all rentals and placed in a sealed envelope once disinfected. Infection risk has been further reduced by ensuring that a zero contact policy is in place at the rental desks, with each desk area cleaned thoroughly between every customer collection.

Enterprise, Alamo and National locations in are providing a complete clean pledge. This involves the deep cleaning each vehicle between each rental .

Between each rental, Hertz and Thrifty are carrying out a multi stage cleaning and sterilisation procedure, including rigorous cleaning of the keys, door handles and steering wheel.

New protocols are being implemented by Greenmotion, involving the installation of protection screens and hand sanitiser units at rental locations. Employees are also now wearing protective equipment including masks and gloves. All cars are being thoroughly sanitised between each rental.

We will continue to update this information as soon as it becomes available.

Things to do in North London

  • Stroll through Regent's Park Regent's Park is one of the most recognized outdoor recreation spaces in London. The A-Grade royal park is a serene environment that is perfect for those looking for a restful morning or afternoon. It is home to the London zoo, boating house, and a beautiful rose garden. Among the three attractions at the park, the most sought after is Queen Mary's Garden which hosts over 12,000 roses. The roses in the garden are 85 varieties and include the famous rose flower known as Royal Parks. When walking through the park, you also get to enjoy the whimsical fragrance that makes you come back again and again. If you prefer to see flowers booming, consider visiting in June.
  • Take a dip in Hampstead Heath Ponds Cooling after a hot day in London is best done at the Hampstead Heath Ponds which has several bathing ponds. The ponds are located on a lush green space and are open to both men and women. Splashing around in the ponds will set you back £2 daily for an adult ticket, which is quite reasonable. You are also assured of a hot shower afterward- at least at the pond dedicated to ladies. Besides spending time at the ponds, you can decide to end your day by walking to Parliament Hill to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city's skyline.

Things to do in South London

  • Board the Cutty Sark If you love going back in time and discovering the history of a building or an attraction, then boarding the Cutty Sark is right up your alley. Cutty Sark is one of the few tea clippers remaining and can be found in Greenwich at Thames edge. In 2007, a fire incident almost destroyed the ship but it was salvaged and restoration completed to reveal a more beautiful upgrade. The 65 meter-long ship was raised three meters beyond the existing dock, giving visitors a chance to admire it from below.
  • Go dinosaur-spotting at Crystal Park Palace Crystal Lake Palace located in south-east London is a great place to visit in the summer. It has various facilities and pretty walkways that lead to areas that make it possible to discover more about dinosaurs. The park also has a maze that is worth exploring and ruins of an old aquarium. Even with the other activities going on at the park, the many life-size sculptures of dinosaurs spread throughout the area is the main attraction. If you like, you can hire a guide to walk you through the park to see all the creatures on display plus offer important information on the dinosaurs.

Things to do in East London

  • Explore Columbia Road Flower Market Londoners love flowers and are always open to visit markets and buy a bunch or two for loved ones. One of the places that is a "must-visit" for flower lovers is the market on Columbia Road that has beautiful flowers on sale every Sunday. Besides spending part of the weekend buying flowers, you can also buy a fruit tree or bedding plants to set up in your home patio. Additionally, turning up early at the market guarantees you fewer crowds and more bargains.
  • Admire ArcelorMittal Orbit Climbing up a 376ft tower might sound scary at first but with some confidence, you can reach the top and enjoy a spectacular view. The two viewing platforms and tunnel slides on the ArcelorMittal Orbit give visitors a chance to get their adrenaline pumping as they scale the tower. Besides its unique architecture, it is a great way to enjoy the adventure by hurtling down the slide. If you prefer to keep your eyes open when taking the drop you will be able to see out through plastic windows placed at strategic points.

Things to do in West London

  • Spot deer at Richmond Park Richmond Park is an expansive grounds in west London that covers 2,500 acres, making it one of the largest in the city. The park is home to hundreds of deer who roam the grounds freely without any human interaction. Most times, the red and fallow deer which are a majority in the park are relaxed and can be easily spotted. However, from September to October and May to July which is the rutting and birthing season, respectively, you may not see them as often because they keep to themselves. After watching the deer, visitors can also visit King Henry's Mound to view the city in all its glory.
  • Vintage shopping in the road market at Portobello Notting Hill is considered to be an affluent area in London with many well-known people residing in the vicinity. However, this has not stopped the setting up of the Portobello Road market that caters to the needs of antique lovers. It has many stalls that sell vintage clothing, street food, and eccentric antiques. If you love odd yet captivating collectibles and pieces, then a visit to the market should be on your list when in London.

Have any questions about London United Kingdom?

Can I cancel my booking in London United Kingdom if I change my mind?

Yes, you can cancel your booking with a full refund anytime up until 48 hours before you collect the car.

What should I take with me when I collect the car in London United Kingdom?

To collect your car the lead driver should present a Valid driver's license, Passport or National Identity Card, Credit or debit card in the lead driver's name, Home and local (hotel, villa etc) address and a Booking confirmation email. Any other requirements at collection will be clearly explained in your booking confirmation email.

What's the cheapest fuel policy for car rental in London United Kingdom?

All of our rentals in London United Kingdom include a full to full fuel policy. You'll collect the car with a full tank of fuel and be asked to leave a small deposit for fuel when you collect the car. The deposit is refunded when you return the car with a full tank.

Is the car rental fully insured?

Car rentals in London United Kingdom are usually fully insured with an excess amount. You can either purchase Essential cover for the excess or choose Premium cover to reduce the excess amount to zero. We clearly explain all of the insurance details every step of the way.

Car hire Brands you can trust in London United Kingdom

LONDON CITY AIRPORT

Address
LONDON CITY AIRPORT
KING GEORGE V DOCK, SILVERTOWN
LONDON
E16 2PX

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

LONDON CITY AIRPORT PRESTIGE

Address
KING GEORGE V DOCK
SILVERTOWN
LONDON
E16 2PX

Location
On Airport

Opening hours

LONDON EXCEL PRESTIGE

Address
LONDON EXCEL PRESTIGE - ONE WESTERN
GATEWAY ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK
LONDON
E16 1XL

Opening hours

STRATFORD INTERNATIONAL STATION

Address
International Way
Olympic park
LONDON
E20 1YY

Opening hours

LONDON CITY AIRPORT

Address
LONDON CITY AIRPORT
KING GEORGE V DOCK, SILVERTOWN
LONDON
E16 2PX

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

LONDON CITY AIRPORT PRESTIGE

Address
KING GEORGE V DOCK
SILVERTOWN
LONDON
E16 2PX

Location
On Airport

Opening hours

LONDON EXCEL PRESTIGE

Address
LONDON EXCEL PRESTIGE - ONE WESTERN
GATEWAY ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK
LONDON
E16 1XL

Opening hours

STRATFORD INTERNATIONAL STATION

Address
International Way
Olympic park
LONDON
E20 1YY

Opening hours

Green Motion London City Airport

Address
London Regatta Centre
1012 Dockside Road
London
E16 2QT

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

BECKTON

Address
1 Claps Gate Lane
Beckton
London
E6 6JF

Opening hours
Monday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Tuesday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Wednesday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Thursday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Friday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Saturday: 08:00:00 to 16:00:00
Sunday: 09:00:00 to 16:00:00

GREENWICH

Address
Plot 5
Morden Wharf
Tunnel Avenue
Greenwich
SE10 0PA

Opening hours
Monday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Tuesday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Wednesday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Thursday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Friday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Saturday: 08:00:00 to 16:00:00
Sunday: 09:00:00 to 16:00:00

LONDON CITY APT

Address
LONDON CITY AIRPORT
LONDON CITY AIRPORT
E16 2PX

Opening hours

STRATFORD INT RR STN

Address
INTERNATIONAL WAY, OLYMPIC PK
LONDON
E20 1YY

Opening hours

WOOLWICH

Address
5 PETTMAN CRESCENT
WOOLWICH
LONDON
SE28 0AJ

Opening hours

BARKING

Address
UNIT 21, RIPPLESIDE IND ESTATE
BARKING
IG11 0RJ

Opening hours

ILFORD

Address
970 ROMFORD ROAD
ILFORD
LONDON
E12 5LP

Opening hours

LONDON HEATHROW GB

Address
SHERATON HEATHROW HOTEL
MIDDLESEX

Opening hours

GREENWICH

Address
PLOT 5, MORDEN WHARD
GREENWICH
SE10 0PA

Opening hours

BARKING

Address
UNIT 21 RIPPLESIDE IND ESTATE
BARKING
IG11 0RJ

Opening hours

CLOSED LONDON BOW

Address
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR
145B BOW ROAD
LONDON
E3 2SA

Opening hours

Sightseeing in London

London is a top tourist destination with several attractions that are a "must-see" when in the city. Its landmarks are a mix of modern and historical sights that can spark anyone's interest. Even better, the attractions can be accessed at no cost but some require a reasonable fee to visit. Some of the famous sites are kid-friendly and ideal for families. Below are some of the favorite locations to check out when in London.

  • London Eye: Located in the heart of the city is the London Eye which gracefully rotates over the Thames River. The observation wheel is 135 meters tall and is a beautifully engineered piece that is a representation of the capital city. When at the top of the wheel, you can expect an exhilarating experience while in the glass capsules or VIP private pods. The interactive guides explain the view in several languages as you enjoy the changing look of London at a 360-degree angle. Make sure you get a 4D experience of the London Eye at the beginning of your visit and see the city in unique perspectives accompanied by special effects such as smell, bubbles, and wind among others. Opening times at the London eye are from 10 am to 6 pm but can sometimes extend to 8:30 pm.
  • Buckingham Palace: A visit to London without touring Buckingham palace will make your trip incomplete. The place is the Queen's official residence and is open to members of the public during summer (July to September). Get an inside look at the staterooms that have been lavishly furnished and learn more about the royal family through their display of treasures. The palace has 775 rooms which include 19 staterooms that have been beautifully decorated and always ready for official functions and receiving guests. It also has a Throne Room that is for wedding photos that involve the royal family. A grand staircase stands in the palace with pieces of art by famous artists displayed on the walls. For a better experience at Buckingham Palace, it is advisable to book a tour which lasts about two and a half hours. Entry to the palace for a tour will cost you £25.00 for each adult ticket.
  • Sea Life London: The Sea Life Aquarium in London is the largest in Europe with a diverse collection of marine life. It is one of the largest attractions in the United Kingdom and located in the middle of the city. Visitors to the aquarium get to enjoy an interactive journey as they discover the ocean and its wide array of marine life. The journey takes visitors through a glass tunnel that allows you to walk under the ocean while feeding sea animals, watching displays by divers, and experiencing touch pools. Besides opening up the aquarium to the public, it is also a project by Sea Life Network to safeguard the seas and its residents for future generations. Additionally, the aquarium is open all week from 10 am to 6 pm except for Saturdays where it closes at 7 pm.
  • Madame Tussauds: Madame Tussauds is a wax museum that brings history to life with spectacular wax figures. The figures are more than three hundred are mostly celebrities, world leaders, and sports figures that are respected in their industry. The museum has fourteen interactive areas that give you a glimpse into the life of glitz and glamour. Besides interacting and posing for photos with the wax figures, you also get to see how the figures at the museum are created by sculptors. Madame Tussauds is opened throughout the week from 9 am to 5 pm but extends to 6 pm on Sundays. Buying tickets is allowed online and has to be done in advance before going to the museum.

Restaurants in London

The restaurant scene in London is diverse and offers travelers a lot of choices when it comes to meals for the entire day. It is possible to eat at one restaurant for breakfast, move to another one for lunch, and sample a different menu for dinner. However, these numerous options can sometimes make it hard to choose a restaurant and book a table. Whether you are looking for a local favorite or a popular restaurant, you will get one that meets your needs. Here are some restaurants in London that you can visit visiting the city on holiday.

  • The Dairy The Dairy is known for its flavorful meals that are characteristic of its owner famous chef Robin Gill. It offers a full menu of modern British meals that are sold at reasonable prices. Patrons at the restaurant get to enjoy a wide variety of meals which include snacks and full course meals. Some of the dishes served at the Dairy include chicken mousse, Jerusalem artichoke, Tamworth pork, and Yorkshire mallard among others.
  • Rules Rules is one of the oldest restaurants in London and was established in 1798. It boasts of a wide menu that comprises of mouthwatering traditional British dishes. The interior is well styled making patrons feel comfortable as they eat different meals. Some of the favorite meal choices at the restaurant are roast grouse, sticky toffee, and bread and butter pudding. Although the meals at the eateries may be a bit pricy, they are worth every penny.
  • Llewelyn's Llewelyn's located in Herne Hill is a local restaurant established in 2017. Its dining room is set in a Victorian theme which is complemented by a Scandi design that provides the perfect backdrop. The lead chef Lasse Petersen has a modern European menu for patrons of the restaurant that consists of sharing mains and small plates. Although the menu is extensive some of the popular dishes include cavatelli alongside pumpkin, salted ricotta and hazelnuts; lamb kleftiko with pickled mackerel, horseradish crème, and pink fir. Dishes at Llewelyn's are pocket friendly whether you are alone or with friends.
  • Elystan Street Modern British cuisine is what Elystan Street is known for in the London food scene. The Chelsea-based restaurant comprises of new cuisines made with a professional technique plus delicate portions. When planning to visit the restaurant expect an excellent welcome, exquisite flavors, and big portions. Hearty meals such as truffle chicken and mushroom crumpet are a favorite of many followed by meat in season served with vegetables and fruit dessert. Meal prices at the eatery are affordable regardless of your choice of dish.

Car hire terminology explained

Excess reimbursement insurance

Choosing this policy ensures you'll be reimbursed for the excess you have to pay to the rental car company .

Excess reimbursement insurance also usually covers other possible costs, such as towing, cleaning or admin fees, or misfuelling costs.

CDW (Collision damage waiver)

CDW is included with all rental cars at London. CDW provides insurance protection for damage in the same way the insurance cover you have on your personal car does. It includes an excess which you can cover separately (See Excess reimbursement insurance). Our website also list car hire that include CDW with a zero excess

Theft liability cover (theft protection)

Car hire at London is covered for theft liability included in the price displayed (usually with an excess as listed on the site).

It insures the amount due if the hire car is stolen. Theft liability is subject to an excess , which means you would need to pay the first part of any claim (usually between £800 to £3,000, depending on the deal, the car rental company and the location.

If you choose to insure your excess , however, you will be refunded for the of the excess you have to pay (See our essential cover). With Premium Cover your excess amount is often reduced.

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