How to make it as a tourist in London*
If there ever was a beaten path to be trodden, making the trip down to London should be it. Regardless of whether you’re visiting from just down the road or the other side of the world, our nation’s capital truly offers something for everyone.
Steeped in history, yet one of the leading cultural lights in the world, you may well have planned a trip over to the big smoke sometime soon. If you have, you’re probably wondering how to get the most out of your visit. After all, with everything to see and do, there’s always going to be a worry you’ll miss out on something.
While this article won’t throw a huge list of tourist attractions your way, it will give you a few key tips to becoming the perfect London tourist.
Plan ahead with hotels & travel
It doesn’t matter where you’re headed on holiday, planning ahead will save you time, stress and money. In a place like London, where good accommodation and peak travel times are always in high demand, it makes even more sense to get things sorted as soon as possible.
As soon as you decide London is your destination of choice, take a look into the best hotels. Good places at reasonable prices will go very quickly, so if you see a deal you like, don’t hesitate to snap it up.
For both travel and accommodation, think about timings to save money. You’re most likely to get the train down, so look into securing off-peak tickets to save big. As for hotels, if you fancy going out of peak holiday dates, you’ll save a serious amount on some of the top places.
With all that there is to enjoy and take in in London, you want to be in the thick of the action. London’s a very big place, and it’s easy to make the mistake of finding and booking some great accommodation, only to find out it’s on the outskirts of the city. Especially, if you’re only doing a weekend like many do, you want to spend as little time travelling as possible.
Find somewhere right in the middle of the madness. It might cost a bit more, but it’ll feel oh-so worth it once you’re there to have the capital at your fingertips.
Master the tube
Speaking of travelling, why not get into the spirit of things and take the tube? With all the traffic and general congestion, you might find yourself losing time and money sat in an Uber or black cab. The tube isn’t too hard to figure out, and you can get a sense of London life whilst getting about practically.
Most of the stuff you’ll want to see will be based fairly centrally, so you should find getting around on a day to day basis fairly affordable, whilst fitting in nicely with the locals.
Mix iconic with unusual
What do most people think of when they visit London? Big Ben? Buckingham Palace? Tower Bridge? All the big names essentially, indeed London has some of the best and most storied sights in the world.
Now, there is nothing wrong with seeing all the big guns, after all they’re classics for a reason. However, it might be a good idea to mix in some of the less traditional stuff alongside doing the standard London tourist routine. London is a constantly evolving city, with new, weird and wonderful attractions springing up all the time, with some less familiar older spots to visit.
Whether it’s exploring the riches of street art around the city or swimming at Hampstead Heath, embracing some of the lesser knowns of the capital alongside the headline acts will help you really get a taste of the city, and round off your trip nicely.
In the end, there’s really no wrong way to see London. With a multitude of different ways to see the city, it’s up to you to choose how touristy, quirky or chilled out you want to be. However, no matter how you do it, you’ll almost certainly want to go back and see more in the future.