Thursday, 5 February 2015

London Feature | Dos & Donts

Planning a trip to somewhere you've never been can be difficult if you don't know how the city works. I've already touched on a few tips and tricks to keep in mind for your visit to London, but I always wanted to give you a little bit of advice to keep in mind of what to do and what not to do.


- Look for deals!
Use sites such as Groupon, Wowcher, LivingSocial, VoucherCloud, to look for deals, everything from restaurant deals to 2 for 1 attractions, you can always find cheaper alternatives if you take the time to do your research.

- Pack light
Even if you don't want to, you probably will shop whilst in London. It's impossible not to, even if you're here on more of an educational visit, you will come home with memorabilia, so make sure you save yourself some suitcase space. 

- Book in advance
This may seem like an obvious one, but even I mess up with this sometimes.
Sometimes its easy to underestimate how busy central London will be, and if you on a whim decide that your family of 5 fancies eating at a certain restaurant you may be faced with waiting an hour for a table. It's always worth it to book before the hunger pangs kick in!

- Carry change
This comes as a shock to many people that visit London, but if you're in a train/tube station or even sometimes just in public, you have to pay to use the toilet. It only costs around 30p but you're better safe than sorry to carry just a small amount of change with you.


- Travel during rush hour!
If you can avoid it, then do.
Don't travel between 8-9am and 6-7pm, not only will you massively regret it, but it will probably take double the amount of time to get to wherever you're going.

- Look for hotels in Central London
I know that the idea of staying in a hotel overlooking Oxford Street may be sound perfect, but trust me, it will be a bad idea. Not only will you pay probably 10x more, but travelling through heaps of people with luggage will not be worth it.
Do your research, look for hotels a little bit further out but still with easy access to tourist attractions. Not only will you save money, but only after you've witnessed a busy Oxford Street, will you know the pain!

- Be roped in by sales people
They are everywhere, whether they want to sell you cheap theatre tickets, sign you up to a charity or force you into their restaurant with a 10% voucher. 
Take the time to plan your day, where you will eat, what you will do, book everything in advance and you will be fine and not risk being scammed or being pressured to eat something you don't really fancy. 

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