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In London we recommend the following car hire offers

from 14 £ per day
Basic package

Good offers for a small budget

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13 Days from 13.07 - 25.07.2024
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from 15 £ per day

Small, agile and economical - that's all it takes!

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13 Days from 13.07 - 25.07.2024
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from 24 £ per day
All-round carefree package

This way nothing can go wrong - carefree and all inclusive!

e.g. Fiat 500
13 Days from 13.07 - 25.07.2024
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Discovering London by Car Hire

Exploring London with a hired car

The best way to explore not only London, but also its surroundings is to hire a car. This way, you can be fully independent and enjoy the area very conveniently. With Driveboo, you can easily compare different car hire offers and book your rental car directly online. London being the capital of the United Kingdom and the largest city in Europe, is one of the world’s most important business, financial and cultural centres. The City of London is home to the largest international banks and businesses. By housing around 240 museums, London is also the cultural capital of the United Kingdom. Further, the city has the world’s most developed metro network with 400 kilometres and 270 stations.

Where should I hire a car in London?

London is one of the largest and most popular metropolises in the world. Therefore, it is possible to hire a car in basically every part of the city. However, with its four major airports, London is usually visited by plane. For those choosing this means of transportation, it will be most convenient to pick up a rental car directly at the airport. The airports near London are all located in strategic locations – relatively far from one another. The main one is Heathrow Airport (LHR), which is also the busiest airport in Europe and seventh busiest airport in the world. Other airports in the area include:

Airport IATA-Code Distance to the city centre Location of rental car companies
Heathrow Airport LHR 19.3 miles Car rental desks at Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5
Gatwick Airport LGW 51.3 miles Car rental desks in both terminals
Luton Airport LTN 34.9 miles Car Hire Centre
Stansted Airport STN 39.9 miles Stansted Airport Car Rental Village

Insure your car hire in London

If you rent a car in London, you should always choose full insurance, regardless of the amount of time you plan on driving. When hiring a car, you should also pay extra attention to include a liability insurance with a high coverage.

Driving in and around London – traffic regulations in England

As usual, cars are driven on the left. Drivers from other countries are advised to first practice their skills on less frequented roads. All drivers in England must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driving licence. A European driver's licence is sufficient. All passengers must wear seat belts, but drivers are only responsible for themselves and minors.

Emergency phone numbers in England:

Emergency situation Phone number
Police 999 or 112
Fire brigade 999 or 112
Ambulance 999 or 112

What are the speed limits for rental cars in England and London?

Type of road Maximum speed in mph Maximum speed in km/h
Motorway 70 mph 112 km/h
Dual carriageway 70 mph 112 km/h
Built-up areas 30 mph 48 km/h
Single carriageway 60 mph 96 km/h

Explore the surroundings of London with a car hire

panoramic view of Oxford


Hampton Court Palace London

Hampton Court Palace

With a car hire, you can also visit various destinations in the area surrounding London. Worth a visit is Hampton Court, located to the south-west of the city, where many English kings resided up to the mid-18th century. The castle has a magnificent interior and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Take your car hire to a drive to the historic suburb of Greenwich, home to the Royal Observatory, Queens House and Greenwich Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also relax with a trip to Hampstead Heath: this is a beautiful park with stunning bathing lakes. Also the beautiful city of Brighton is always worth a visit, as well as the small town of Stratford-upon-Avon, northwest of London. An extraordinary day-trip destination is Oxford, the famous university town, which is located about 90 km northwest of London.

Destination Distance by car in miles Distance by car in kilometres Time
Hampton Court 4.6 miles 7.5 km 31 min
Greenwich 7.0 miles 11 km 36 min
Hampstead Heath 4.9 miles 8 km 36 min
Brighton 53.1 miles 85.5 km 1 h 16 min
Stratford-upon-Avon 102 miles 164 km 2 h 9 min
Oxford 59.6 miles 96 km 1 h 38 min

Discover London's Highlights with Your Car Hire

Westminster Palace London

Westminster Palace

Royal Botanic Gardens London

Royal Botanic Gardens

In London, there are four UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely the Tower of London, the Greenwich Astronomical Observatory, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the area including Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret’s Church.

Also worth visiting in the city are the West End and Leicester Square. You should also definitely see the famous Piccadilly Circus, one of the symbols of London. Other attractions of the area include Chinatown and Covent Garden, including the Opera House. Nearby, you will also find Europe’s busiest shopping street, Oxford Street, which is about 1.2 miles long. While being in London, you also need to see one of the city's biggest symbols – Big Ben. Another famous symbol of the city is Tower Bridge, one of the most beautiful bridges existing.

Those who want to relax surrounded by beautiful greenery should visit Hyde Park. This is one of several Royal Parks in London, located on both sides of the Serpentine lake and covering an area of 360 acres. The Boat Race on the Thames between the rowing teams of Cambridge and Oxford is an absolute highlight for many tourists and should not be missed on a trip to London in the spring.

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Rating of Brian B.

“Everything great, no problems. Gladly again.”

Rating of George <L.

“Everything went smoothly.”

Rating of Maren K.

“Very good service on site and very friendly. I got a very good explanation of the special functions in and on the car.”

Rating of Letizia A.

“Perfect advice and very friendly staff on site.”

Rating of Markus D.

“Friendly reception at SIXT counter! We got a free upgrade to larger car, since we were five. The rental car was found quickly and also the return was problem-free.”

Rating of Moritz M.

“Everything went very well.”