If you’re planning a trip to London and you’re reading this, Congratulations. You’re already well on your way to being a savvier tourist when you get here. As a young professional living in one of the most popular city-break destinations in the world, I thought I may as well impart some local knowledge to travellers visiting this great city. I have only lived here for 5 months, but trust me you do you learn fast!
Here are the 5 things written from the perspective of a local, to a tourist:
The city map is a must
To a tourist, getting your head around the London Transport system can be a downright terrifying prospect. If the tube wasn’t enough to handle, there are buses too. This nifty little app uses GPS to get you from A to B with ease, offering you bus, tube, taxi and by foot routes. It also tells you how much each one will cost and how long it takes.
Serviced accommodation in London
Well, great solution! If you are coming to London and planning to stay for some time, a serviced accommodation in London might be a great choice for you. Firstly, you save up to 35% compared to standard hotel rates. Secondly, you feel like at home as you have got old fashioned perks like TV and most importantly WIFI to keep you friends and family updated.
Thursdays are new Fridays
It’s true, we Londoners work bloody hard. So it’s not surprise that by Thursday we are ready to let off some serious steam. Thursday nights are one of the best nights of the week to go out, with most bars, restaurants and pubs filled with locals and an awesome atmosphere.
Know the shopping saving alternatives to Oxford or Regent street
Shopaholics, this one will help you no end. So I’ll say it, shopping on Oxford Street is hell, especially on a Saturday. It’s famed for its shops, but there are so many other amazing shopping streets in London offering you the exact same shops without the crazy crowds. Head to Covent Garden, The Kings Road, or Westfield Shopping Centre for an equally amazing but less crowded London shopping experience.
No tube, stick to buses
I am a huge advocate of the London buses. Daylight, phone signal and (quite often) a seat comes as standard, which is a pretty good bargain when you compare it to the tube. Wherever you are in London, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be a 5 minute walk from a bus that will take you where you want to go. It’s also a lot cheaper than getting the tube and many run 24 hours a day.