London is a diverse and exciting city with so much to do, so much to see, and many ways to fill your time. If you consider visiting the city itself this year, you need some basic knowledge to nail down. So here are some things out-of-towners need to know about London, and you will be able to hit the ground running.
What to do in London?
If you are thinking about a visit to London when travelling, you probably have a special place in your heart. Exploring the London Eye is a good place to start your visit. See Charles II’s loo at Hampton Court Palace, which is an amazing to look at. Pay a visit of Covent Garden where you will find out a few hidden noses and ears around the whole area. Go shopping on Oxford Street to tantalise all your shopping taste buds. However, don’t miss out London’s best street-food markets. There’s something for almost everyone like arts & crafts, antiques, fashion, fruits and veggies. Some of the top London markets include Portobello Road Market, Camden Lock Market and Brick Lane Market.
Transportation options to get you where you need to be
London is a very tourist friendly city that is easy to get around. The city provides several options in terms of transportation. Firstly, taking a public bus is a convenient option for getting around. What else? You can catch a cab that is much easier. Trains are also common, easy to use and cheaper. However, if you wish to hire a luxury car in London, don’t forget to bring your state-issued driver’s license. Besides, using car rentals would be great to venture more into small places in the city itself.
Free attractions not to be missed
Go to Big Ben for free at first. This is one of the unmissable places you should spot. Many museums as well as art galleries are also free. Some must see’s are the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. You will be able to enjoy a mixture of rich heritage and diverse culture London has to offer. Obviously, donations are welcome to help with the upkeep.
When to visit and weather considerations
Before planning your trip to London, it’s important you look up the weather. Don’t go to London in winter, plan to visit once the city thaws out. As a matter of fact, January is the coldest month. Last but no the least, make sure to pack an umbrella as London weather is notoriously unpredictable. If possible, it is highly recommended to bring a raincoat.
Where to stay?
Before booking your trip, decide where you want to stay. In fact, London hotels offer the perfect pillow for every person. Book your accommodation accordingly. Make sure all the best deals are available before you reserve a hotel room. As a case in point, you can check through Airbnb, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, etc.
Carry a map and use the London App
Maps help you get to your destination very easily. You can add all the locations to your map. On the other hand, you can download the London App on your smartphone, which is really helpful. Furthermore, the Tube Map London Underground App works as a map if you don’t want to carry a map. And without the need for an internet connection, it will probably help you get to the place you want to be.
What to avoid when visiting London?
There are few things you should definitely avoid to make sure your epic London trip is one you will never forget. Do not stand on the left, always stand on the right to leave space for people in the London Underground. Apart from that, it’s true London has it all, but travellers should never pay full price for an attraction without checking the attractions’ websites and other discount websites. It’s also important to note that Oxford Street can be something of a stressful ordeal. You can’t peruse the shops at your own pace on Saturdays and Sundays because it’s too crowded. Finally, if you’re lost, don’t be afraid to ask for directions. No one will bite you.
To put in a nutshell, those tips may not seem easy to digest at first glance, but don’t worry, you will learn in no time when going to London. In addition, there are plenty of ways to keep you busy all over the city.