London: UK’s capital city, and a popular place for tourists the world over. If you’re planning to visit, we hope you have a wonderful time. However, there are a few do’s and don’ts we think you should adhere too, ensuring your holiday in the city is a fantastic one, and not a complete washout (hint: don’t forget to bring your umbrella).
London: The Do’s
Do look at London’s schedule when you are booking your stay in London, as there are festivals and events that only happen once a year. Whether you’re looking for a food festival in London, something musical, or an event to satisfy your inner film buff, there is loads to do, so don’t miss out by visiting at the wrong time of the year.
Do pick up an Explorer Pass, as London can be notoriously expensive. The pass will get you into some of London’s best attractions at a discount price, and in many cases, will also allow you to get ahead of the poor tourists waiting in line at the door.
Do make the most of of the free things to do in London, as there are many attractions and sightseeing opportunities that won’t cost you a penny. Some of the museums are free to enter, such at the Tate Modern and The National Portrait Gallery, and you don’t have to spend any money on popular sights, such as the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and the raising of Tower Bridge.
Do take in London’s history, as there is much to learn in this fascinating city. Check out our guide to London Through The Ages to whet your appetite to the places on offer, from the palaces of Royal London through to the sites of the city’s ‘finest hour,’ the British resilience of wartime London.
Do hire a bike, as you can see much of London on two wheels, saving you the stress of London’s tube stations at rush hour, and helping you to navigate London’s busy traffic much easier than in a four-wheeled alternative.
London: The Don’ts
Don’t forget your umbrella, as you can’t always trust British weather. We told you this at the beginning, but there is nothing wrong with a reminder.
Don’t stick to all the touristy places, as there are loads of cool and quirky things you can do in London, that is more than waving a flag at the Palace, or spending too much time trying to see everything that the guidebook tells you to do.
Don’t stay in an expensive hotel, unless you have the money to do so. London accommodation can be expensive, but there are plenty of affordable places to stay, from airbnb’s to charming bed and breakfasts. There’s nothing wrong with it roughing it a little in a youth hostel, either, especially if you are trying to stick to a limited budget.
So, there you have it. All the do’s and don’ts you need to help make your stay in London a worthwhile one. If you do visit, let us know what you get up to, and add to our do’s and don’t list by giving us an account of your experiences.