London Travel Tips: Top 10 Hacks For Travelers to London Share
1. Pack Appropriately
The things you pack for your trip to London has EVERYTHING to do with the temperamental weather.
British fashion is predominantly revolving around the country’s highly unpredictable weather. But, here’s the rule of thumb: never trust the weather forecasts. When they say it’s going to be warm and sunny all week, prepare for rain and cold anyway.
One item that you can confidently bring is a scarf because it is exceptionally versatile. When it’s sunny, you can use it to protect yourself from the sun or when it’s cold, it will keep you warm.
2. Fly into low-cost airports
One of the oldest tricks in the book to save money when booking flights is to fly into an alternative airport.
Don’t rule out the possibility of landing in slightly further away from the city center because even with the added cost of the train or bus, it might work out a lot cheaper than flying into major airports.
Use the “nearby airport” option available on most booking sites such as Skyscanner and Expedia to see the fare difference to fly into various airports.
Most budget airlines offer low-cost flights to alternative airports such as Gatwick and Stansted with cheaper landing fees.
3. Use an Oyster Card
The Oyster Card is a pay-as-you-go electronic smartcard which can be used to pay for all public transportation in London. If you plan to stay in London for a couple of days, then this is your cheapest option to travel in and around the city.
Fares vary depending on the type of transport you use, the zone(s) you travel in, the time and day you travel. Just load your Oyster Card and your good to go.
You can buy it before you leave and get it delivered to your home address so you’ll be ready as soon as you arrive in London.
4. Learn the language
Sure you speak English but the question is, is it British? They have tons of words that means completely different with what you might have known. If you’re an Aussie, you might give them a laugh when ask to borrow a thong.
Also, don’t get into argument when they say it’s autumn season during your visit but you actually insist that it’s fall. It pays to read and learn a few words and phrases to be aware of the British terminologies.
Walking is life in London. Besides, you will see much more of the city when you walk along its multitude of streets.
Soon you’ll realize that places are a lot closer than they seem and you never know what you might stumble upon just wandering the streets.
For example, from Leicester Square to Covent Garden, the walk will take less than 3 minutes, which is a lot faster that going underground on the tube and most of all, it’s free! You’ll get yourself some exercise, too.
6. Drive on the left
Personally, I would not advice for you to drive in London because the transport system is sufficient enough to visit the top attractions.
But, should you want to drive to visit the outskirts of the city or avoid the rush hour in the tube or bus, you can navigate the streets with a little insider knowledge: they drive on the left. Not only that, they use roundabouts where traffic continually flows around a center island.
You won’t run into trouble as long as you remember that traffic in roundabouts always has the right-of-way, while entering vehicles yield.
7. Take an umbrella
Save shopping for rain gears in London by bringing your own collapsible umbrella or raincoat. At the very least, check the weather forecast on the BBC before you leave your hotel room every day.
If it starts raining cats and dogs (as they say in England), you can also duck into a shop, café or museum and get out of the rain.