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London is a city which is famous all over the world. It’s almost always on the list of destinations for people planning to travel Europe. There’s little wonder there; walking through some areas of the city is an experience unlike any other. To make sure you get the most out of your trip to London, there are several helpful tips you should keep in mind. Here are a few of the most important ones.
First of all, get a visitor oyster card. London is one of the most expensive cities on earth, and you don’t want to be sinking loads of money into public transport. If you’re planning on seeing everything London has to offer, then getting a visitor oyster card is definitely the way to go. Compared to a day travel card, you’ll be able to use public transport much more affordably. You’ll also enjoy a variety of discounts on restaurants, bars and some tourist attractions. Although London is a beautiful place, it’s also exceptionally crowded. You might find that “excuse me” isn’t a very common phrase out there! For this reason, I urge you to order your visitor oyster card in advance and skip the queues.
There’s so much to see and do in London, it’d be pretty tough for you to fit it all into one day. If you only look around one attraction though, it has to be the British Museum. As a seasoned traveller, I’ve seen my fair share of historical exhibits, but this one really stands out. The British Museum is probably one of the most impressive collections of historical stuff in the world. Many of the exhibits were “liberated” during the days of the British empire, so there are very few cultures which aren’t covered. The most famous exhibit is probably the Rosetta stone, but the intrigue doesn’t stop there! The famous bog mummy, the Lindow Man, is also preserved in one of the display cases. The Elgin Marbles, taken from the Parthenon of Athens, also make for a stunning display. The British Museum is just one of many incredible attractions which are free to enter (make a donation if you can!)
Before you leave, make sure to do some budgeting for accommodation, food and other necessities. As I mentioned before, London isn’t cheap. You’ll probably want to find accommodation as close as possible to the city centre. Generally, the closer you get to this, the more expensive rooms will be! Take your time during your search for London vacation rentals. You may be surprised by the deals you come across! Even if you still end up paying a price that makes you gasp, it’ll be good to strike it off your budget straight away. When you have set limits for spending, London won’t be nearly as much of a financial drain.
There you have some of the most useful tips for visiting London. Once you take some financial and organisational precautions, you’ll have a much easier time of enjoying the city. I can’t list everything you’ll want to see, so jump right in!
This is a contributed post, written by Laura Scott.