There is a reason why London was recently voted the top place to visit in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2019 and that is because there is so much to do! Take a sneak peak in our video below.
We want to give you some of our best tips to enjoy your stay in London!
Best Way Round – Tube (Underground)
Make sure when you arrive in London you buy an Oyster Card. You will have to pay a refundable deposit of £5, but you will need this if you want to pack in everything within a short stay. Expect to pay around £6-7 per day using the tube. Remember to hand your card back into a kiosk for a full Oyster Card refund at the end of your trip.
Best Place To Stay – The East London Hotel
Just outside Central London in Bethnal Green is The East London Hotel. Situated close to the tube, the hotel is the ideal place for a short stay.
The hotel is sleek, functional and cosy; and comes at a great price compared to comparable chain hotels. Make sure to book direct with the hotel and get another 10% off.
Click here for the website to receive discount.
Best Instagram Shot – Neal’s Yard
Neal’s Yard is situated in Covent Garden and has now become a tourist hotspot. Once a former derelict yard, Neal’s Yard now boasts many independent businesses.
What draws visitors to this ‘off the beaten track’ courtyard is the colourful array of buildings that surround it – ideal for snaps!
Best Place For a View – Shard
The current highest building in London, The Shard, has the best landscape views of the city. After being screened through tight security, you will go up two elevators to reach the top deck.
Once at the top you will have a 360 panoramic view of Central London. The platform is good for photographs – dependent on where the sun is shining – and you will be able to see beyond London on a good day.
Note: Any keen photographers will not be permitted on the viewing platform with a camera tripod. This was taken off us before going up.
Best Place To Eat – Borough Market
Borough Market is full of an array of food from small businesses and for us was the number one place to find something eat.
From hallomi wraps to salt beef bagels the market has something for all. Please note that during the weekend the market can be very busy, so do expect the crowds when you visit.
Best Tour – UK Parliament
As a UK citizen I only recently found out that I was entitled to a free tour of parliament. After booking several months in advance, I was able to take a 90 minute tour of the ‘mother of parliaments’
If you are a fan of british politics you will be able to spot Members of Parliament in the morning inserting their prayer cards into their seats to secure seating for the day ahead. We saw Vince Cable MP, Philip Hollobone MP and the Deputy Speaker whilst on the tour.
The link to book a tour of parliament is here and is open to non-UK citizens.
Best Museum – The British Museum
The British Museum is packed full of historical monuments.
Upon entering you will be amazed at the Great Court’s glass roof and you will get lost in the many rooms the musuem has to offer. From Ancient Greece to 18th century Japan, the museum will have your attention for at least a day.
This musuem is free to enter and will be busy, so expect some queuing to enter and busy exhibitions once inside.
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