General Checklist/Guide on what you should do when visiting London…
- Know exactly what you are visiting for and what to expect.
Whether browsing what to do in London, deciding to meet up with anyone or simply going for the thrill of it all, always have a game plan for what you expect to get out of this trip. Simply put London is massive, you will not get through it all in a day or even a week depending on what you are looking for so if your time there is short like mine was, ensure you are prepared and enjoy what you set out in doing otherwise you will find yourself mindlessly wandering between coffee shops like myself if you arrive prematurely.
- Plan transport ahead of time.
There is a lot of travelling whether you live within London or outside but one thing is certain planning ahead in this area saves a lot of time. I will do a breakdown of what you can do to make travelling easier depending on your location…
ALL – Purchase an Oyster card and travel to your hearts content along the tubes of London but make sure you are aware of the routes and lines required as it is not a simple process, especially for first timers. As I said London is a big place and the underground is a god-send for getting around.
UK National Travelers – Highly suggest using National Rail Enquiries as it provides a list of tickets available for travel and is massively cost effective compared to driving all the way down yourself, especially if visiting Central London with parking prices that are practically extortionate.
Non-UK Worldwide Travelers- Use Google Flight to compare plane tickets for direct travel to London based on the price you’re looking for. It links to outside sites so you know you’re not just getting prices under the one website itself.
- Save spending/safety money
This is entirely dependent on what you are visiting for but simply put London will have higher prices than the rest of the UK and couple this with exchange rates for foreigners and you can have yourself a hefty bill even for a small trip. Now this is just a general take home advice on life but save up and ensure you have a safety net of money for your travels for anything that goes wrong as well as money for leisure and food. Ultimately be smart and don’t go into debt over a trip to London because that’s not worth it for anyone and its not clever.
- Be wary
Ultimately this is a major city and you cannot trust everyone so just make sure you be wary of your surroundings and don’t get caught up in gazing at sights. Pickpockets are common and if you’re especially worried simply buy a padlock for your belongings. Especially important for those considering Hostels within London who wish to be cost effective in travelling, check online for further reviews as I cannot speak for myself doing a day visit.
- Have fun!
At the end of the day as long as you get something out of this trip it was worth it. It need not be long or too short just get something out of it and have a good time. Too many holidays and trips are made with guides who show you the sights but offer nothing in terms of enjoyment and so I say explore with some focus and make the most of the journey you plan to make to London and maybe you’ll get to see more next time…