The United Kingdom has so much culture and heritage that it can often be difficult to choose where to visit first. But a good bet could be to start in its capital city. London attracts millions of visitors every single year, and while it may initially feel a little overwhelming or daunting, you will quickly settle into the ways of the city and are likely to fall in love with its unique charm. So, if this sounds good to you, it’s time to start planning your trip! Here are a few things that you might like to consider before you arrive.
Things to Do
First things first, you’re going to have to make some sort of itinerary. After all, you want to use your time as wisely as possible. There are so many things to do in London that often people who have lived there for their entire lives still haven’t managed to make their way around all of the tourist attractions! Here are some ideas to get you started on the right foot.
Food and Drink
London is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the world. In fact, it is home to an astounding seventy-two Michelin starred restaurants, ranging from one Michelin star to three Michelin stars. If fine dining is your thing, consider Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, or Club Gascon. If quaint, small-scale, independent and alternative restaurants are more your thing, take a look at what’s available on Brick Lane or in areas such as Shoreditch and Dalston. For something a little different after, why not visit some London rooftop bars and take in awe-inspiring views of the city with a cocktail in hand?
There are certain big sights that everyone seems to want to tick off their list when they visit London. Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and London Bridge name just a few. Trekking from one to another can be time-consuming. So if you’re visiting for a shorter period of time, why not take an open top bus tour. This will drive you around all of the major sites while a guide gives you a brief history of each and should be more than happy to answer any questions! Even better to see all these fantastic landmark from up above – and it’s also something different you must try once in your life: a helicopter tour experience! There’s nothing like seeing all the iconic buildings and the city’s architecture without all the crowd!
How to Get About
If you take a look at London on a map, things may well appear close together. But they can actually be pretty far apart, and the hustle and bustle of both pedestrian and road traffic can mean that you will either take a long time to get there by foot or get caught up in inner-city traffic. So, make use of the tube public transport system. Have your contactless bank card or a preloaded oyster card at the ready, as tube station barriers and buses don’t take cash.
As long as you are organised, you should be able to make this trip the experience of a lifetime. London really does have so much to offer almost anybody at any time of the year!
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