London is undoubtedly near the top of every budding traveller’s Euro-trip list. However, to make the most of a city that was once the centre of the world’s largest empire, it helps to get the inside track first. Here are a few tips that will help you plan a perfect trip.
It’s expensive, but…
There’s no denying that London is an expensive place to visit. However, as a counteract to that it also offers many high-quality free perks, from the world-class Tate Modern art gallery to the Natural History Museum.
Alongside such major institutions, the city also hosts a bustling live music and comedy scene, enabling you to find a great show any night of the week without having to pay an entrance fee.
Although better known as a sprawling metropolis, London also contains some of the most famous parks in all of Britain.
From Hyde Park to Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Park, such areas are steeped in history and provide a relaxing break from the walled-in mazes of the London Underground. They also offer some of the city’s greatest views, with Primrose Hill above Regent’s Park a particularly good spot for skyline photography.
Keep central, but stay local
The best sights are in the central boroughs, best recognised by Zones 1 and 2 on the Tube map. If you’ve only got a day or two, then it’s not worth straying beyond these boundaries.
However, within such metaphorical walls, you should try your best to root out the smaller, less busy streets, from the labyrinthine alleys of Soho to the medieval lanes lining the old City. Such gems will give you a better glimpse of the real, less-congested London.
Ditch the checklist
So many tourists spend their whole time in London jumping from one landmark to another, barely taking a breath in-between.
Stop, slow down and relax. The city has so much more to offer if you spend a few hours each at a handful of attractions rather than a few seconds at every one. Not to mention that the more time you spend above the surface and not in the Underground, the better your memories will be.