22 Aug Top travel hacks for a London trip
Travelling to London seems like a hassle if you’ve never been here. Tube? Train? Bus? I already have a headache thinking about it. But even though London is a very busy city, it’s also one of the best in the world worth visiting, so before packing your luggage, have a look at our Top travel hacks for a London trip!
#1 Check the weather and pack accordingly
London weather is always tricky so always check the weather forecast before you pack. We’ve all experienced the hot sunny day followed by the cold rainy day. Typically, January is the coldest month, with an average low of 7°C and July is the hottest, with an average high of 19 °C. But still, London wouldn’t be London without this weather!
#2 Public transport? Oyster Card? Debit Card? Boris Bike?
Car ? Forget about it. London will be one of your biggest nightmares. However, the city is famous for its public transport. From Underground to Overground, buses and quick train rides, you’ll have plenty of transportation means to get to the place you want to visit. Make sure to grab an Oyster Card since it’s 40% cheaper than buying tickets. If you are in a sporty mood, you can even try Boris Bikes but be careful, always look right instead of left!
#2bis Stand on the right at tube stations…
… unless you want to experience the passive-aggressive wrath of a Londoner’s stare! In all seriousness, tube stations can get very busy, with quite limited space. The escalators up and down the stations have standing and walking lanes marked on them. Always stand on the right if you intend to stand and use the left if you plan on scaling the stairs faster than a gazelle!
#3 Book prior to your arrival
For If you don’t want to end up sleeping in a hired car, always book your Airbnb before coming to London! Since London is a very touristic city, properties are booked months in advance, so you should do the same Apartment rental is usually cheaper than booking a hotel room and can host your entire family. Have a look at FGproperties website to find the best apartments in London!
#4 Plan your day
Having your day planned before going out will help you save some precious time that you could use for sleeping after your long day! Why not try London’s famous brunch and then head to one of London’s most famous market? If you need inspiration you can check our previous blog post, pick ideas from them and create your own personal day plan!
#5 Lots of free attractions
Who said you had to pay for everything? London hosts plenty of amazing free attractions that you can experience without spending a penny. These include top art galleries and museums including Tate Modern, National Gallery, British Museum and outdoor spaces such as Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath.
Insider tip: Don’t miss free spectacles such as Changing of the Guards at the Buckingham Palace!
#6 Take your time
Rushing through your visits is the worst thing to do. You will never have the time to see everything as London is definitely a big city. Take your time, enjoy your visits and enjoy your holiday! 4 days might be the ideal length of stay if you want to discover well London and even though you can’t visit everything you’ll always have the chance to come back one day!
Tell us if you visited one of these quirky places 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!