London is one of the most highly visited cities in the world. There are so many attractions, landmarks, and activities, that the city caters to almost every kind of traveller. However, because it is so large and busy, it can be overwhelming for the first time visitor. For some tips on how to enjoy your stay to the fullest, read on!
Buy a Visitor Oyster Card
Visiting a busy, bustling city can be a nightmare for travellers. And, the British tradition of queueing can soon give you a headache, unless you are a hardened traveller. One way to escape the monotony is to buy a visitor Oyster card. You simply load it up with credit and use it to access London’s travel network of buses, trains and the underground tube system. Similar to travel cards used in cities such as Amsterdam, the Oyster Card takes the stress out of traveling.
Visiting the theatre, or a musical? Then book online. This also applies to other attractions that have an entry fee. If you have decided where you want to visit, then booking online will get you in with the minimum amount of fuss. Buying a ticket on the door can mean having to wait for hours, time which could be better spent enjoying the local sights rather than wishing the queue would go just that little bit faster. Pre-booked ticket holders are usually fast-tracked straight in, especially if the tickets are time stamped.
Many cities around the word charge money to visit museums and art galleries. However, London is home to numerous free attractions. From the British Museum, to the National Portrait Gallery, to the Tate Modern, there’s something for everyone.
Avoid the Tubes During Rush Hour
London is a city that is always running on full speed. You will soon find this out if you are travelling on the underground tube system – especially if you choose to travel during rush hour. Where possible, avoid travelling on the tube during the hours of 8am – 9.30am and 4.30pm – 6pm. And, if the tube looks too full, move to the end of the platform and wait for the next train. They’re only 3 minutes apart on the main lines.
What better way to capture the essence of London, than by exploring the many traditions it has to offer? The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is a very famous example, as is London’s Key Ceremony. And, if you are feeling a bit peckish after your sightseeing, there is no better tradition than afternoon tea. The Landmark London Hotel, for example, will provide you with the quintessential English experience. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can savour the delights of the East End’s traditional ‘Jellied Eels’.
London has a lot to offer as a holiday destination. It is fast paced and exciting, but it is a good idea to take a few precautions as well. Keep your personal belongings safe, and maybe use a pre-loaded credit card that you can top up just in case you bump into a pickpocket or two.