Air travel doesn't get much shorter than flights from Manchester to London with a typical journey taking around an hour. With this route the least expensive London airport to land at is often Heathrow, although for your preferred dates, one of the other airports - Gatwick, Stansted, Luton or City - may prove to be more cost-effective or convenient.
There are usually plenty of services available on this route, which should allow you to tailor your departure times to suit your needs. From Manchester to Heathrow, for example, flights depart right through the day from early in the morning until the evening, and likewise for the return.
When it comes to location, Heathrow and London City are the two airports that can be found in Greater London. Heathrow is in the west of the city and connected to the London Underground system on the Piccadilly Line. Taking the Tube into central London will take around 50 minutes, and there are three stations it can be caught from - one for Terminals 2 and 3 and one each at Terminals 4 and 5.
London City Airport is the most central airport you can land at. It is also connected to the Tube by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which runs to stations such as Woolwich Arsenal, Canning Town, Canary Wharf, Stratford International and Bank, which is 22 minutes away.
Gatwick is some 30 miles south of central London, a journey that can be completed in 30 minutes using the Gatwick Express rail service to London Victoria. There are trains four times an hour, which run for 21 hours a day, with the only break from the airport being between 1.35am and 4.35am.
The Stansted Express is a similar rail service to Liverpool Street station, a journey that takes 45 minutes. From Luton the Thameslink services operates up to six trains an hour, to and from St Pancras International, London Bride, Farringdon, London City Thameslink and Blackfriars.
Heathrow also offers rail services, while the majority of London airports offer bus services for completing an onward journey. All of the airports offer taxi and car hire facilities, from companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.