There are few Servas hosts in the city centre, but many hosts in London live in interesting, multi-ethnic neighbourhoods, which are as worth exploring as the better known historic sites. Travel links by underground, bus and train are plentiful.
Hosts in London receive many requests for hospitality and so may not be able to host you. It is worth considering contacting hosts in Regions A, B, E and G, which are fairly close to London, with good transport links into the city.
|Servas Britain Regional Co-ordinator (London North):||Ronald and Shalini Conn (host 127)|
|Servas Britain Regional Co-ordinator (London North-East & East):||Wendy Taylor (host 136)|
|Servas Britain Regional Co-ordinator (London West & North-West):||Terri Horn (host 158)|
|Servas Britain Regional Co-ordinator (London South-East, South & South-West):||Alison Newbery (host 174)|
|Assistant Co-ordinators (London):||Brian and Anne Heagney (hosts 130)|
|Number of Servas host households in the region:||64|
|Peace activities in the region:
Many British peace organisations have their headquarters in London. London hosts are often involved in local peace-building activities.
A peace walk was recently organised by London hosts, visiting landmarks in London associated with peace events.
|Main areas in London:
London has developed as a capital city and expanded outwards over centuries. Many of its outlying areas were originally villages and still have their own particular character. this is a brief list of some of London’s main areas – some well known and some not so well known:
|Transport in the region:
London has good rail and underground rail networks, which cover most of the urban and suburban areas. It also has a good system of local buses. However, public transport costs in London are high, and taxis are also very expensive. A Travelcard for all transport zones (1-6) can be bought from stations, newsagents and tourist offices (cheaper after 9.30 a.m.). If you are in London for a week or more, buy an Oyster card (from stations or some newsagents) and put credit on it – this will reduce your travel costs.
See the Transport for London website for more information (opens in a new window).
There are tourist offices in various parts of London and at the airports. The main tourist office is near Victoria Station.
If you have trouble finding a Servas host to stay with, there is information about alternative accommodation in the front of the Servas Britain host list. Hotels can be booked through tourist board offices or at some of the larger stations.