If you’re thinking of making a trip to London, then it’s worth spending a bit of time planning ahead to make sure that you get the most out of your trip.
Whether you’re planning an overnight stay or just a day trip, here’s what to do. Take a look at some of these dos and dont’s for travelling to London.
Do Indulge In The London Culture
From the West End theatre, London, to the Tate Modern on the South Bank of the Thames, to the City itself, London has a lot of cultural landmarks. In fact, London is so full of cultural attractions, it can be challenging to figure out where to visit and what to do.
If you want to make a trip to London, then its a good idea to create a schedule. A schedule will help you to plan out where you’ll visit and when. If possible, try to visit places that are geographically arranged along the tube map. You could, for instance, start at Bank and visit the Bank of England, and then take the central line to St Paul’s, then Leicester Square and so on, visiting landmarks along the way.
Don’t Waste Time At The London Eye
Unless you have a thing for big Ferriss wheels, then the London Eye probably isn’t worth the trip. The queues are long, and the views aren’t spectacular. You can get a much better view of the City from St Pauls or the restaurant at the top of the Gherkin (30 St Mary’s Axe).
Do Find A Hotel That’s On Budget
Hotels in London can be surprisingly expensive. London is home to some of the wealthiest people in the world and has more people with a net worth greater than £30 million than any other in the world. All those wealthy people push prices up.
The good news is that you can find hotels and private rooms in London near to popular underground stations in the suburbs, at a fraction of the price that you’d pay for somewhere central. It’s worth looking outside of the middle of town to save a bit of money (if you need).
Don’t Wait For The Changing Of The Guard
Although it might sound romantic to wait for the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace, it’s probably not worth the wait. Sometimes you can be waiting for up to two hours before the guards change their duty shift. If you do want to see the guard changing, hire a guide. Guides can tell you exactly when a change is expected, so you can arrive 10 minutes beforehand and watch it happen live, without wasting your precious time.
Do Visit Borough Market
Borough market has been the site of trading in London, UK, for nearly 1000 years. Every day, small sellers from all over the capital meet to sell their wares. Borough market is the go-to place if you want to buy any rare cooking ingredients. It’s well worth a visit.
So there you have it: some dos and don’ts for visiting London, the biggest city in Western Europe.