London could perhaps be said to be the worlds most visited city. It has a unique combination of renowned museums, historic buildings, galleries, clubbing, entertainment and the best dining. In short, you can never run out of things to do or places to visit when you are in the city of London.
Before you visit London, you should at least know some highlights about the city. London is the capital of the UK ( The United Kingdom) and is set on the river Thames.
It is home to the busiest airport in the world, The London Heathrow, and could be accessed by other airports that include London Gatwick and London Stansted airports.
Fancy and expensive hotels, bread and breakfast, cheaper hotels and hostels; you name it, London has it. It’s no surprise that the city of London has all sorts of accommodation to cater for people from all works of life.
Famous hotels sit alongside smaller guesthouses, but currently boutique hotels are very popular among visitors to London. They are small and stylish, provide a real atmosphere with impeccable service. They are like a home away from home. Staying in one of these hotels or in fact any hotel in London can make your trip to London very enjoyable.
There is so much to see in London that even the residents haven’t seen it all. Have a plan of activities to engage in on your visit to London. Some important sites that you must visit include the Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, some of the treasures and paintings in the museums and galleries, The House of Parliament and Big Ben; a show at West End, and a pub for some drinking and dining.
If you are staying in a hotel, you can inquire from the hotel receptionist or concierge about the London City guide to plan you itinerary and purchase tickets for events. Bring your camera and camcorder along with you to capture every British moment.
Getting Around In London
How does one get around in London? Like all major cities, London has a modern public transport system. A comprehensive underground network known as the “Tube” takes you to all parts of the city. This underground network provided refuge to the citizens of London during the constant bombing of the city in the second world war.
The underground transport system in London is divided into zones making it easy for the London visitor to understand and get around at an affordable rate. If you intend to use the Tube a lot during your trip, ask for details about saver tickets. London’s famous red buses, the double-decker buses are easy to use and reasonably priced for central London journeys. You could also take the traditional London “black cabs.” Just like the yellow cabs in the US, you can hail the black cabs anywhere in the city and they will drive you to your destination, for a fee of cause.
Another option could be to rent a car, but if you are staying in the city, its far easier to use public transportation. Depending on where you’re coming from remember that the British drive on the wrong side of the road, (I mean left side of the road), so it might take some getting used to.