5 quick tips for a trip to London*
There aren’t that many cities in the world that could fill a book full of travel tips, but London is definitely one of them. Whether it’s your first, second or fifth trip, it’s still a daunting experience and one that doesn’t get easier.
The size of the city doesn’t help in this regard, nor does the cost. Fortunately, you can minimize some of these effects by planning beforehand, and brushing up on your stuff online. And, as luck would have it, you’ve found exactly the right article!
So, without further ado, here are five quick, simple tips you should know before your next visit to London!
1. You don’t have to take out a loan to eat
Far from it. While London has a reputation for being less-than cheap, doesn’t mean you have to succumb to this effect. Sure, you could splash the cash and buy expensive meal after expensive meal, but why bother? You have plenty of other choices.
Prices in supermarkets like Tesco are comparable to their counterparts outside London, so get your lunch cheap. Plus, you’ll save time rather than waiting for a table at one of London’s many expensive and pricey restaurants and cafes.
2. Brush up on your history
For history fans, London is a goldmine. Even if you’re not interested in the subject, it’s still an important part of any London visit and shouldn’t be ignored. Certain historical attractions are spread about the city, so make sure you’re staying near all the best ones.
One of the biggest is the Natural History Museum, and it’s a stone’s throw from the serviced apartments in Chelsea. This also situates you not too far from Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, so history fanatics are spoilt. Many of these attractions are arguably staples of the London experience, so try your best not to miss out.
3. Get a London Pass
Speaking of London staples, the London Pass will get you into many of the aforementioned attractions, and more. What’s more, for some attractions, your entry is fast-tracked, allowing you to skip the lengthy queues and lines.
The London Pass isn’t even that expensive, and it can be bought online before you go. Even if there are some attractions you don’t fancy, you’ll still save time and money over paying for individual tickets.
4. Visit outside London
London is beautiful, but the surrounding areas have plenty to offer too. It’s rather easy to find a coach or bus that will take you on a day-long excursion, and I highly recommend doing so.
Some of the best day trips include Cambridge and Bath. Cambridge is worth it for the sheer scope of King’s College, and it’s permitted to walk around the grounds. Just don’t damage the grass!
5. Avoid the Tube at rush hour and get an Oyster Card
The Tube is busy at the best of times, and during rush hour, it’s nigh-on unbearable. Hundreds of people crammed in a small metal tube does not equate to a nice travel experience. Avoid it at rush hour at all costs, and use the buses or bike service instead. If you end up using the bus, you can check your Bus time and track your bus’ distance on an app like Moovit.
And finally, consider buying an Oyster Card before you leave. You buy them online before you go, and they’re mailed to your home. This card can be used on virtually any mode of public transport, and offers you discounted fares too.