Nothing can truly prepare you for the hustle and bustle of a trip to London. There is so much to do and so many crowds in a city so big that you may spend half your time traversing the 1000 square kilometres that make up Greater London’s vast expanse. Whether a fresh face to the city or a hardened veteran, there is always a few things you can do to prepare yourself for the trip which will make everything run smoother and therefore lead to a greater enjoyment of everything the city has to offer.
Oyster or contactless travel
To save money on travel try investing in an oyster or contactless card. The fact is that buying tickets every day for your tube journeys will end up being far more expensive than topping up your oyster card. If you’re visiting London for a longer period of time you can invest in weekly or even monthly travel cards. The cost of thesde are dependent upon which zones you are travelling through, a weekly travel card for zone 1 therefore, is far cheaper than a zone 1-4 travel card as you are staying fairly central. With this in mind, for a cheaper London experience try finding accommodation in zones 1 or 2 as travelling times can be substantially long and tiresome, just ask any commuter!
Check the weather and dress accordingly. London is no stranger to a freak rain downpour and as with much of the UK, one hours sunshine could be another hours hurricane.
When to travel
Avoiding Peak hours can mean that your fare is cheaper as well as smoother. Generally, you should try to avoid travelling between 8 am and 9.30am as well as between 5.30pm and 7pm. This is due to the massive influx of commuters coming to and from work through the city’s transport network.
If you find you have to travel at these times and the weather suits, a Boris Bike could be the answer to avoiding congestion and getting where you need to be as quickly as possible. What’s more, it’ll be a great way for you to see more of the city and keep fit.
Flights in London airports
If you are travelling from abroad, try booking flights into inner city airports to make your travel to accommodation such as London City suites by Montcalm Chiswell Street simpler and quicker. Airports such as Luton, Stanstead, Heathrow and London City Airport have great links into the city centre.
Unique London Views
On a clear day try a visit to the London Eye or Muswell Hill to really see London in all of its glory. Other places to find a great view include Canary Wharf and the Shard, where you can gain a perspective of London’s size.
Where would a trip to London be without an exploration of its rich history? Try a trip to the Tower of London, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum to gain a great perspective on how far London goes back. What’s more, many of London’s museums are free to attend!