Being one of the most visited cities in the world, London, the capital of England is the ideal destination to visit for so many reasons. But before paying a visit to the land of scintillating London, there are a few tips you must know.
Each one of the tips listed is to make your visit a seamless and enjoyable experience. London is a very large city, and on top of that, it is as busy as it gets. Now, the fact is there are over 50 to 100+ things one needs to know before visiting, but I’ll be listing the crucial ones.
Here are 7 London travel tips you must know before visiting.
1. Book a Hotel before your Arrival
Everybody deserves a comfortable and affordable place to relax and catch some good sleep especially after a day’s tour, and I know just the place for that. The MOXY London Excel Hotel offers luxury and convenience. Well located with easy access from the Airport and in the heart of the city, you should do well to book for a room weeks before your arrival.
2. Hop On Hop Off Bus
The Hop On Hop Off Bus is an incredible way to explore the top London sights and attractions, as it enables you to pick the places that interest you. The bus weaves its way through the London streets making stops at the top sights and attractions in the city. You can hop off to go see an attraction and then hop back on when you are ready to move to the next location.
3. Enjoy London
It is important to take this very tip into cognizance and here is why; as I mentioned earlier, London is a very busy city, and sometimes the rush might get to you. When this happens, you probably just rush through every site you visit, move to the next and try to cover as much as possible before the day runs out. Well, with that you’ll not really enjoy your visit here, you have to savor every moment, go slow and that way you will see how interestingly wonderful the city is.
4. Visit London Markets
From cheap food to valuable antiques, jewelry, fresh produce, etc. Visiting a few London markets has always turned out to be very rewarding as you may end up walking back to your hotel room with some valuable household goods. Make sure to explore the market, it’s quite an adventure of its own.
5. Go Shopping
Needless to say but for many visitors in London spending a couple of days shopping is exactly what the doctor ordered. It is time to take advantage of the stores and boutiques, where you can purchase some of the top brands and some one of a kind item. Visit Oxford Street for some of this high-end boutique like American Apparel, H&M, TopShop, etc.
6. City attractions with Amazing Views
Places that must be on your list are places like The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. To catch a sheer glimpse of all of London in such spectacular angle visit The Roof Gardens, a bar located in Kensington. Also, Primrose Hill located near the Regent’s Park is another spot to relax for breathtaking views of this beautiful city.
7. London’s Parks
The beauty of some of these parks has been able to woo a number of visitors from all around the city. Want to relax, feel nature or take a breath of fresh air? Then visit London’s’ Park for some lone time, family time or even hanging out with friends. This includes Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St. James’s Park, Regent’s Park or Victoria Park.
- Do well to pre-purchase a Visitor Oyster Card as it will save you a huge amount of money.
- Museums and art galleries are FREE but they accept and appreciate donations
- Tipping is not obligatory but like in the case above, it is also appreciated
- London’s weather is a no go, always check the forecast and go out prepared
- Purchase a local Sim card on arrival
- Out here, Cars drive on the left
There you go! I hope this piece has been able to enlighten you about some of the tips to consider before visiting the city of London? Do well to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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