The world has a whole host of desirable destinations that you’re probably going to add to your bucket list at some point or another. However, capital cities tend to have a certain allure to them, drawing in hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of visitors on an annual basis. If you yourself are planning on heading to London, here are a few different tips and tricks that will help you to make the most of your trip.
Book Accommodation Outside of Central
London is a large and sprawling city. The sites and events that you’re probably going to want to attend are likely to take place in central North London. However, any accommodation located in central North London is going to come with an extremely high price tag attached. Nine times out of ten, you would be better off booking a room a little further out, like a hotel near London Heathrow Airport. This will offer great luxury at the same time as having a smaller impact on your bank balance. London is renowned for its brilliant transport links, so you can make use of these when it comes to getting from your hotel room to any destination around London.
Familiarising Yourself with the Tube System
Now, most major cities have buses and trains. However, London has its own unique underground system that is generally referred to as the “tube”. This is an underground rail services that networks the expanse of central London and can help you to navigate various attractions. It can, however, get extremely busy and can be extremely fast paced, so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the system before trying to catch the tube yourself. Apps such as Citymapper can let you know exactly what lines you need to catch, where you need to get off, and where to go from this point onwards. This can reduce the pressure and give you a sense of confidence in where you’re going. Another thing to bear in mind with London’s transport system is that cash is not accepted. You will either have to use a contactless card or purchase a ticket in the station before attempting to head through the barriers.
Making the Most of Free Attractions
One of the benefits of visiting London is that there are a whole host of free attractions on offer. Consider visiting the Natural History Museum, the TATE, the National Portrait Gallery, and the British Museum. Besides museums, there are the Houses of Parliament, Greenwich Park, various markets such as Camden Town, and plenty of places filled with street art, such as Shoreditch and Dalston.
Of course, you will have to put a whole lot more effort and planning into making your trip to London as eventful and fun-filled as possible, but hopefully these few pieces of advice will help to get you started in the right direction!
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