London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. No two visits are the same, and each adventure can reveal a different side to the Capital you had not yet discovered.
With so much to see and do, how do you make sure you take in what you need to? The key is to plan ahead and plan well. There is no way a weekend will be enough to see everything you want to, but you can squeeze every exciting drop you can if you know before you go.
Firstly, make a list of everywhere you want to go and be prepared to cut that list down. Once you have your finished list, pop them all into a map and see which are closest together so you know which ones you could do together, same day, same morning. This not only makes it easier to plan a route but also saves you money going back and forth where you don’t have to.
Look at where your most populated area is and consider booking your hotel right in the middle. Although the hotels may be cheaper the further outside of London you are, the trains also run slower and less frequent.Balance the cost and convenience of getting into where you want to be, against saving a few pounds on accommodation.
Many tourists and visitors try to avoid the tube as they are concerned it will be a little too chaotic or find the routes confusing. Although at rush hour it is, of course, very busy, once you can wrap your head around where you need to go, it is the quickest and most cost-effective way of getting around. Pick up a tube map or find one online at TFL and you will soon be whizzing through the gates like a pro. You can also use a contactless debit card at the gates which will save you hassle in queuing for tickets.
London is bursting at the seams with iconic buildings and people. As such, many of these attractions can be very expensive. Planning your weekend can save a lot of money by finding discount offers online before you go.
Natural History Museum
Arguably one of the best museums in the world, the Natural History Museum is a labyrinth of natural exhibitions. Although there are some exhibitions that you do need to pay for, in general entry is free!
Fly the London Eye
A real tourist trap but it’s still incredible to see London from a different perspective.
Plan to do this if the weather is fine. Otherwise, it can be a disappointment if the views are grey and cloudy.
Take In A Show
World-renowned for spectacular shows and magical musicals, the West End offers something for everyone. It’s well worth looking at a programme f shows across all theatres, not just the main draws such as Les Miserables or Cats. TicketOffice has discounted availability as well as exclusive deals.
It’s unlikely you’re going to spot Her Majesty in residence, but you will have the chance to see some the incredible State Rooms inside the palace.
St Paul’s Cathedral
The present Cathedral is the masterpiece of Britain’s most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. Be sure to go inside to really take it in. Tickets are cheaper if bought in advance.
Finish the day with afternoon tea
With so many options for this British tradition in London, hotels, cafes and restaurants pull out all the stops for your custom. Hotels are the fanciest with cake shops often a cheaper alternative.