Luton is the biggest town in the county of Bedfordshire, which is 45km north-west of central London. Luton had a big straw industry back hundred's of years ago but now the main industry seems to be the local airport. Vauxhall, the car maker was also based here. Luton has a big town centre with the main Arndale shopping mall based here.
Luton is also home to University of Bedfordshire's main campus which means the town has a large student community which includes a really good, cheap, student night life.
The main football club is Luton Town, which was once a big football club in the 1980's but now faces to be kicked out of the English football league (April 2009). Other attractions nearby are Whipsnade Zoo, Luton Hoo and the Dunstable Downs countryside.
Luton also has its owns airport (London Luton Airport) which brings in lots of different people from numerous different cultures and countries, which in turn has brought many different variety’s of restaurants and shops to the area.
Luton Airport is London's forth major airport after Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, and is the major hub for Easyjet airlines, with Ryanair, Monach, and WizzAir also fly out of here. The airport is easy to get too, by train (with a shuttle bus service) from Luton Airport Parkway train station, 1.6km down the hill (the airport is based on top of a high hill overlooking the town of Luton), and coaches leave here for central London and connects to the other airports in the London Region. Luton Airport is also easy to get to by car, off Junction 10A of the M1.
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