As Samuel Johnson once said “Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Well I tend to agree with him. There is no place like London. There is plenty to do and see and taste and smell.
Tips I feel are important for visitors to London :
- Try and stay in central London, this way you can get around the major attractions by walking or with a short tube ride. You will find cheaper accommodation on the outskirts but the time and cost of getting into central London often out weight the saving.
- Buy an Oyster Card and add some credit. You can use this card for any public transport ie busses and the underground. If you run out of credit you cab top it up at any station. If you use the public transport out of peak times you’ll be charged an off-peak rate which is cheaper and will save you money.
- Buy a London Pass which will give you access to about 60+ London attractions with discounted prices.
- Check the opening times of attractions and shops so you don’t get there and find them closed. You can check this on openingtime.co.uk
London is known for its amazing markets – try Camden Lock, Portobello Road and Brick Lane.
Oxford Street is the main High street in London where shops such as Top Shop, Primark, American Apparel, H&M and Urban Outfitters are all situated. For something more unique try Camden Town. Don’t forget the world-famous Harrods.
HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS
This is my favourite way of getting around the main London attractions.
The buses do 3 different routes and stop at different attractions along the way. You can hop on and hop off at any place along the route.
Take a walk around the pristine well-kept parks for a breath of fresh air. Maybe relax on the grass with a picnic. Famous parks are Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Regent’s Park.
EATING & DRINKING
Try a tradition British Pub for some comfort food the Brits are known for – bangers and mash with gravy, good roast dinners, steak pies and of course fish and chips. The old pubs are often full of history and quite quirky with lots of character.
Many places also have happy hours – look out for them.
West End shows are world famous and home to world famous musicals. You should try and book in advance if there is a particular show you want to see as they fill up fast and you wouldn’t want to miss it. If you are not fussy about what you see, there is an official ticket booth in Leicester Square which sells unsold tickets for shows of the day and are very discounted.
- The London Eye
- Tower of London
- Madame Tussauds
- St Pauls Cathedral
- Trafalgar Square
- Piccadilly Circus
- Buckingham Palace
- Tower Bridge
- Westminster Abbey
- Big Ben
- The British Museum
- The London Dungeon
- Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
- Kensington Palace
- The Tate Modern Museum
- The Natural History Museum
- The Victoria & Alfred Museum.