Tricks & Tips for Traveling to London for the First Time
Are you planning a future trip to London? While traveling is on hold for now, London is an incredible city, It’s a place that everyone should experience at some point in their life.
There is something for everyone. Along with an endless list of cultural and historic attractions to see.
London can also be a tricky city because it is so big and so busy with both tourists and professionals.
Here are a few handy tips for traveling to London for the first time.
Perhaps the most important tip is to plan your trip in advance. You will want to know where you are going and how you are going to get there.
That way, you can maximize your time and avoid having to figure out the best routes on the day.
London is incredibly big so you need to work out a plan. It is also very well connected by train and underground.
It should not be too challenging to create an itinerary. Such as trains to Highbury and Islington if you are exploring North London.
If you arrive in London and your hotel isn’t quite ready to check in then never fear, you can still go off exploring and have a wander while you are waiting.
You may be wondering what you can do with your suitcases, as you don’t want to be dragging them around for the next few hours.
If your chosen hotel doesn’t have the option to leave your luggage there while you go out then you could utilize the option of storing it at one of the local stations.
Left luggage london bridge is one such option to explore, for a small fee you can store your luggage for as long as you need.
Focus on One Area
As mentioned, London is an enormous city so you won’t be able to see it all in one visit.
This is why it is a good idea to focus on one region at a time. One where there are lots of smaller areas to explore.
Simply walking around these areas is a nice way to soak up the atmosphere and also to get your bearings.
A few good places to consider include:
- Covent Garden
- South Kensington
Avoid Busy Periods
London will always be busy as a capital city and business hub. There will be times when it is quieter which will make traveling much less stressful and easier.
This will include times outside of school breaks and weekdays.
Keep in mind that public transport can be very busy in the mornings. This is when people go to work. Then again around 5ish when people are returning home.
While you may want to see the major attractions during your trip to London, you should also try to go off the beaten path. That way, you can get a more authentic experience.
You can do this by researching in advance, asking locals, and also simply exploring on foot.
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By doing this, you are sure to find cafes, pubs and other establishments that will give you a proper London experience.
By following these tips, you should have a fantastic time in London. Hopefully, you will get to enjoy all that this incredible city has to offer.
Maybe, with a little less stress.
Do you have any tips for those traveling to London for the first time?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.