The Essential Tourist’s Survival Guide to Visiting London

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There are essentials that Londoner’s cant live without, check out Eat Sleep Shoot Travel’s top tips to make the most of your time in London,

Get an Oyster

20140727-223440-81280625.jpgIf you only buy one thing when you get to London, make it an Oyster card. ( £5 deposit is payable) These handy pay-as-you cards are issued by Transport for London (www.tfl.gov.uk) and make travel on London’s buses, trains and tubes much cheaper and easier. Using an oyster doesn’t just save time, but it saves money, a central London cash tube journey is £4.20, while using an Oyster card the fare is only £2.20. Can be picked up any tube station including Heathrow, and Oyster ticket shops.

Get a Map

20140727-224440-81880415.jpgDespite everyone owning a smart phone , nothing will replace the humble A to Z London map book.

Long after your phone battery
has died , the A to Z is worth its weight in gold with every London street clearly marked , you can pick one up at any bookstore.

 

 

Do your Web Research

There are a number of sites to check that will save you cash, & give you itinerary ideas here’s are my fav’s

http://www.lastminute.com – as it says on tin last minute deals for literally everything Hotels , trips , attractions , spa days , show tickets .

http://www.opentable.co.uk – a London restaurant discount booking site that finds the closest restaurants to your location or budget , discounts can be up to 50% off.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com
– not necessarily a tourist site , but sometimes they have great deals for all so worth checking out.

http://www.airbnb.co.uk
With the average London hotel room hitting £160 per night, AirBNB is an ideal solution to finding accommodation . Also by having an apartment, you can make your own meals saving more cash for that big night out. Just pick somewhere near to transport links and within zone 3 of the tube map as a rule so your not wasting time travelling back & forth.

http://www.southbanklondon.com – For all things cultural in London , theatre , gallery events , art , head to the the Southbank located steps from London Waterloo station on the river always good for an afternoon stroll.

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See London from the River

Cruising down the Thames is a great way to see London and rest your weary legs. Check out http://www.thamesclipper.com for times & routes and the good news is you can use your oyster.

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Check out a Museum

Great for a rainy day , London’s museums are world class and more importantly most are FREE …

Here are the big ones:

British Museum
Where: Bloomsbury
Open: 10am-5.30pm every day, till 8.30pm Fri. Closed 1 Jan, Good Fri and 24-26 Dec.
Description: An always busy and always fascinating collection of over eight million objects. Themes include Leaders & Rulers, Animals, and Money.

Museum of London
Where: London Wall
Open: Every day 10am-6pm. Closed 24-26 Dec.
Description: One of the world’s largest urban history museums. Exhibitions include the story of modern London from 1666 to today.

Science Museum
Where: South Kensington
Open: Every day 10am-6pm, except 24-26 Dec.
Description: Vast museum of advancements in science, medicine, technology and industry. Suitable for young and old alike.

Natural History Museum
Where: South Kensington
Open: Every day 10am-5.50pm. Closed 24-26 Dec.
Description: Life and earth science specimens in five collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Paleontology and Zoology.

National Portrait Gallery
Where: Just off Trafalgar Square
Open: Every day 10am-6pm. Thu-Fri until 9pm.
Description: Founded in 1856, it has over 195,000 portraits, from modern subjects to paintings from the 16th century.

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Get good waterproofs

Last but not least , London is well known for its unpredictable weather. The day may start sunny & bright but by lunchtime there could be torrential downpours, ALWAYS carry a foldable mac or an umbrella.

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5 comments

  1. What about the V&A museum? That is my favourite museum in the whole of London and it’s free! It’s just a 2 minute walk away from the Natural History Museum and Science Museum but is often overlooked – I guess because more families go to those museums.

    If you’re looking for a more relaxed museum then I definitely recommend the V&A. It has seemingly endless corridors of things to see and galleries across several floors. The last time I went I got lost but found a whole collection I never even new existed! It also has fantastic collections of Asian and Islamic art which are really quite something. And the little fountain in the central square is great to sit by for lunch!

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