Tips for visiting London

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Tips for visiting London 2017-12-13T11:10:44+00:00

If you’re heading to London, here’s some useful tips to help you make the most of your stay.

TRAVEL

Oyster Card: If you plan to travel by underground, bus or Thames clipper, get yourself an Oyster Card (children under 11 travel free). These plastic smartcards will give you the best fares across the network and you can buy them at any underground/rail station or newsagent-style shop in London. You simply pre-load credit onto the card and then at the end of your visit, you can either keep it for next time or return to a ticket machine and get any remaining credit refunded.

Contactless: If you have a Contactless payment card, you can also use this to pay as you go across the transport network. In order for it to be Contactless, your card must feature the symbol to the left.

 

Travel App: There’s an excellent free app called ‘Citymapper’ which helps you find your way around (make sure you download the London version). You simply key in your starting point and end destination, and it will tell you all the different ways to get there, the time it takes, any costs and even how many calories you’ll use if you walk!

Airport Transportation: Have a look at Airport Cars, they’re usually very reliable – www.airportscars.co.uk.

STAYING IN TOUCH

Pay as you Go UK SIM Card: It’s fairly straightforward to get a UK SIM Card to use in your unlocked phone. You can usually buy them from any of the high street mobile phone retailers such as Carphone Warehouse, O2, Vodafone etc. Might be useful to have your passport and other key documents with you just in case the shop requests to see these. Most airports have options too: if you’re flying into Heathrow for instance, there should be a ‘SIM Local’ or ‘We Know London’ service desk at most of the arrival terminals, where you can pick up a card.

ATTRACTIONS

London Pass: If you intend to visit 2-3 major attractions a day, then it might be worth considering the London Pass – a sightseeing pass which gives you discounted access to 60+ attractions around London including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Kew Gardens and Thames River Cruises. Find out more.

THEATRE TICKETS

Theatre Performances: There’s always a huge range of theatre shows on in London – in fact you can choose from over 200 performances a day. Visit Official London Theatre for the full list. If you select the date you’d like to go, it will show you all the performances for that day.

Discounted Theatre Tickets: For last minute and discount theatre tickets, head to the TKTS booth in the heart of Leicester Square. You can buy theatre tickets for performances on the day or the following two days, but you must go there in person.

London Secrets

Well you found my secret sliding menu, so maybe you’re interested in finding some of London’s secrets – the stuff that is hidden in plain sight if only you knew where to look.

So here’s some starters to whet your appetite.

On the clock above Horse Guards on Whitehall, you’ll see a distinct black smudge by the number 2. This marks the hour at which King Charles I was beheaded outside Banqueting House on a cold January afternoon in 1649.

Bombed during the Blitz, all that remains of St Dunstan in the East is its tower and a rather peaceful garden where the church once stood. A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle.