11 Oct Things you should NOT do when coming to London
Now that you know why renting an entire property is a better experience than staying in a hotel, you’re still wondering what are the things you should do to make the most of your stay. Well, we’ve taken the issue the other way around and we are sure that there are things you should NOT do to enjoy your trip to the fullest. Have a look at the list of “Things you should NOT do when coming to London”!
#1 Don’t book at the last time but not too early either
Booking early is good but booking too early might not be the best solution. This does not mean that you should book your place at the last minute. The best way to be sure to have plenty of choice and the best prices is to look 3 to 4 months before your trip. Usually, it’s at this time that hotels and Airbnbs offer discounts to be sure to have a good number of bookings for their season. Using comparison sites also might save you a couple of bucks!
#2 Not look the location when booking
“I did not know that my Airbnb was that far away from the city center. If I had known I would have booked somewhere else!”. You’ve heard this at least once in your life and now you should avoid making the same mistake because the location is key to enjoying your stay. A good location can save you a lot of transportation expenses. North London? South? East? West? Center? There are plenty of things to visit either way but make sure to look at what suits you the most by looking at the description of the area. You wouldn’t want to be surprised when arriving, would you?
#3 Not look at the things you should do
Booking is good, planning is better. When visiting a city, alway have in mind what you are doing next to avoid wasting precious time searching for things to do. How to achieve that? Inform yourself about the activities in your area and areas around you.
#Not visiting other places than the center
London is definitely a big city with some interesting places to visit for tourists. However, to enjoy your holidays to the fullest you should not restrict yourself to London shopping centers (Oxford Street/Regent Street area). It might be a decent area to buy clothes/go shopping but there are a lot of other places to see and discover. If you’re adventurous, you can also take the train to visit cities located less than 1 hour of train from London such as Bath, Cambridge or Brighton. And trust us, you won’t be disappointed!
#5 Don’t eat near a tourist area / not trying local food
The food near any major attraction is going to be double the price and half the same flavor as of what you’ll find elsewhere. When restaurants know people aren’t coming back, they don’t have to worry about consistent quality. And anyway, what do tourists know about quality local food, right? They just arrived. It’s all amazing to them, and many are happy to return home talking about how they ate “amazing” fish & chips in front of Big Ben. Restaurants lack the incentive to be top-notch!
Tips: have a look at our blog-post concerning the best British dishes to try when coming in London
#6 Don’t exchange money at the airport
Currency exchange is the trickiest part when coming to London. The island has decided to say no to the Euro so you’ll have to convert your money each time you go to the UK. Change bureaus located in the most touristic areas will have rates that will make you lose a lot of money when converting into British Pounds and back to your home currency. To avoid this, use the Revolut card or Transfer Wise (free when you register). You’ll be able to change currency online without fees!
Tell us if you tried FG Properties and what did you think of it! With FG Properties we can find you an amazing apartment near those places for you to have a great trip to London!