London is one of the most visited cities in the world. This exciting city is home to some of the world’s most astonishing architecture, culture, fashion, and history. With it’s endless attractions, restaurants, cafes, pubs and some of best shopping districts in Europe, it is no surprise London is so popular.
Here are our best tips for first time travelers to London.
Get a Visitor Oyster Card
London’s public transport system is excellent, but it is also expensive compared to other major cities in Europe, so if you are planning on making more than one or two journeys on the bus or underground, you will definetly need to purchase a Visitor Oyster card. With this card, you will always receive the cheapest fare when you travel on the underground, bus network, suburban trains and the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) (DLR). You will also avoid the long queues at ticket offices!
Get a ‘London Pass’
The London Pass has been designed so you don’t have to carry around cash or queue to buy tickets; saving you time and money. As well as this, you can feel like a VIP with the London Pass as you are granted Fast Track Entry into a select number of London’s most popular attractions.
The London Pass is available for 1, 2, 3, 6 or 10 days meaning you can choose the duration of Pass that best matches your trip for maximum flexibility.You can use your London Pass from the day you activate it until the last day of your pass duration. Your pass will automatically expire at the end of your 1, 2, 3, 6 or 10 days. After your pass has expired the card will stop working and will not allow you entry into any further attractions.
The London Pass is also subject to a “purse value” of maximum gate prices (a total value of attraction entries) related to the number of days on your pass. For example; with a 6 day adult London Pass (online price: £139) you get a whopping £575 worth of attraction entry! If you exceed your “purse value”, the pass will expire
London’s many Free Attractions
London is well known for the high number of free attractions and landmarks that you can visit. The Tate Modern, the Southbank Centre art complex, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the British Museum and so much more – are all FREE!
Tipping is not commonplace
Tipping in London (and across the UK) is not required and it is already calculated into the cost of your bill. Of course, if you are really pleased with the service provided, a tip would always be welcome.
Cars Drive on the Left
Remember, when crossing the road in London (and the rest of the UK) you need to look right.
Learn Military Time
This tip is for those that come from countries that do not regularly use military time. Most times in the UK are displayed in 24 hour military time.
The weather in London (and most of the UK) is unpredictable and weather reports are usually only accurate for 2 – 3 day periods. It’s no surprise the British are known for talking about the weather so much! You’ll be well prepared if you pack a small umbrella in your bag. If there are clouds in the sky, it can rain at a moment’s notice!
London is not the UK
The UK is connected by a well-run rail network, which means you can take the train to any city in the UK from London. The UK is so much more than it’s capital city, so take time to see some of this beautiful country. For places only 1-3 hours away, we recommend visiting Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Brighton, Stonehenge, The Cotswolds, The New Forest, Canterbury,Bath.
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