If London is on your travel bucket list (if it’s not, it should be), you’ve probably already started getting your itinerary together, and you may feel overwhelmed by all of the choices you have to make.
London attracts around 30 million visitors from around the world every year, and it’s not hard to see why. Spanning 1,572 km², there are hundreds – if not thousands – of sights to see, tourist attractions to enjoy, pubs, bars and restaurants to frequent. So, how can you cram it all into one short weekend?
Plan down to the very last second
This tip might not be a great one for those who prefer to live and travel spontaneously, but strict planning is important where London is concerned – especially if you only have a short stay booked. With so much to do and see, you’ll certainly the run the risk of running out of time if you don’t prioritise and meticulously plan.
If you’re super organised and committed, why not consider downloading a scheduling app that allows you to input exactly where you want to be at a specific time, so that you can keep track of your movements and schedule.
Look for the best deals
The capital of England can be expensive, that’s for sure. In saying that, however, there’s nothing stopping you from utilising the best deals out there! If you look in the right places, you’ll be able to find discounts and deals on anything from tourist attraction entries and food and drink, to train travel.
When looking for national rail tickets, try to book in advance of your departure in order to secure the best price.
Choose your hotel wisely
It’s probably hard to believe just how important your choice of hotel is, seeing as it’s quite likely you’ll not be in it much… Well, trust us, it is important. In fact, the hotel you choose to stay in could quite literally make or break your weekend trip to London.
Think carefully about the location of your hotel and how much it costs, and don’t underestimate the importance of looking at previous customer reviews associated with the property. If most of the sights you want to see, and the restaurants you want to try, are in one specific area, you might not want to pick a hotel that requires you to get multiple tubes and buses to and from.
Go with someone who has the same interests as you
If you’re only in London for a short time, it might be wise to go with somebody who has the same interests as you, so that there’s no conflict of interests. If you’re a fan of museums but your traveling companion loves pub crawls, and there’s not enough time to adequately give to both activities, one of you is bound to be upset.
It’s perfectly fine to have different interests, but you might be better off pairing when there’s more time to do and see exactly what each of you want to do.
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