Luton is a large town and local government district in the south-east of England, located 51 km (32 miles) north of London. It used to part of the county of Bedfordshire, but since 1997 it has been an administratively independent unitary authority. It remains part of Bedfordshire for ceremonial purposes. The town is known internationally primarily because of London Luton Airport, the home airport and headquarters of the low cost airline Easyjet.
Luton is a multicultural town with a population of towards 200,000. It was originally known as a center of the straw and hat making industry: hence "The Hatters", the nickname of Luton's football club. One or two hat making factories still exist in and around the Old Bedford Road area of the town. More recently, Luton was known as the home of Vauxhall cars and Whitbread brewing. Both are now shadows of their former selves.
First Capital Connect trains serve several stations in Central London, including Kings Cross Thameslink and Blackfriars
Luton Airport Parkway railway station opened in 1999 and is located south-east of Luton and west of the airport. A shuttle bus operates between the station and the airport, with a journey time of about ten minutes.
Luton is easily accessible by car. Situated about 5 minutes from the M1 junctions 10 and 11, travelling from the south/London and the north respectively. The A505 provides a link via Hitchin to the A1(M), and the Cambridge/Hertfordshire area.
Luton Tourist Information Centre is in Luton Central Library, St. George's Square, Luton, Tel: 01582 401579
Luton Museum & Art Gallery, Wardown Park, Old Bedford Road, Luton, Tel: 01582 546739 
Stockwood Park Museum, Farley Hill, Luton LU1 4BH Tel: 01582 738714 
Some surprisingly pleasant countryside is to be found around Luton. To the north of the town (in the village of Streatley) is a wooded hill named the Clappers, which is a good place for a walk. To the west of the town are Dunstable Downs, the eastern edge of the Chilterns and a popular place for walking, gliding and kite-flying.
Shaw's Corner, in Ayot St Lawrence (on the way to Welwyn Garden City). This was George Bernard Shaw's home and is now owned by the National Trust.
Whipsnade Zoo, just outside Dunstable.
Someries Castle - restored and reopened in 2008. Although always referred to as a castle it was actually a 15th century fortified manor house. Just outside town, close to the airport.
Kenilworth Stadium,1 Maple Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8AW , the home of Luton Town Football Club, offers footballing sights and sounds to the few thousand spectators who follow The Hatters. Kenilworth Road is best known to football supporters (and sociologists) as the venue for riots which broke out during and after a clash between Luton Town and Millwall in 1985.
There is a large South Asian with several mosques and interesting temples such as Guru Nanak Gurdwara to visit, as well as jewlery market and curryhouses.
Wardown Park, contains pleasant lake (to feed the ducks) and gardens plus the Luton Museum and Art Gallery, is housed in a large Victorian mansion in Wardown Park on the outskirts of the town centre.
Stockwood Park is another pleasant, quiet space to picnic and enjoy when there is nice weather. In case of rain,the Stockwood Discovery Centre, houses the unique Mossman Horse-Drawn Carriage Collection as well displaying local rural crafts and trades.
Luton Carnival, one of the largest summer carnivals in Europe.
Balti Nights, on on Wellington Street, just off the High Street by the Town Hall. Great value curry house, has an offer of a popadom, curry, rice and a naan for just £5. Lots of dishes to choose from and very vegetarian friendly. Despite the bargain prices they serve great curries freshly prepared and staff are very friendly and always remember you.
Bellini's, located in the town centre, is a bar and club by night, but during the day it serves up reasonably-priced, semi-Italian cuisine.
Lazim, in the Bury Park area, is a newly-opened Indian restaurant with delicious and affordable food; to get an incredibly-priced buffet, go for lunch or on Sunday evenings.
Leaside Hotel (listed in the accommodation section below) has the most varied menus, including British classics, Mediterranean food and seafood. Portions are generous and booking in advance is a good idea. A great range of food is also available at the bar. The mix of Victorian surroundings and unobtrusive modern touches make this place stand out in a town that many consider a desert for foodies. You should note that, at the time of writing, the main restaurant is closed on Sunday evenings, so do check if you are going on Sunday.
ZaZa, on Park Street. Authentic Italian family run restaurant. Huge portions and great value, a proper little piece of Italy in the heart of Luton.
For a quick bite, walk through the Arndale (large shopping centre) and grab some ethnic specialties in the market, such as an Indian samosa or savoury African pancake.
There are also franchises like Costa, Gregg's, and McDonald's. Aroma, the Asian restaurant in the Galaxy, offers a buffet; for cheaper prices, go for lunch.
Generally, if you keep your wits about you, you should not run in to any great trouble. Do avoid travelling on your own between midnight and 4am, as drunk people are often looking for fights. If a drunk makes a gesture towards you it is best to ignore them and keep walking. If you have been on a night out it is safest to get a licensed taxi, of which there are plenty.
It is not advised to wear a Watford FC shirt in town, especially in evenings or on Saturdays. Despite Luton Town's recent demise into insignificance, Watford are considered rivals of Luton Town FC, and Watford shirts are by no means inconspicuous (their team colour is bright yellow). Wearing a Watford shirt is unlikely to attract more than verbal abuse at the worst of times, but could turn ugly if you are not careful or if you respond. It is similarly not advised to wear a Millwall FC shirt in Luton.