The capital city of United Kingdom and one of the largest cities in the world, London, attracts many tourists each year. Filled with several historical places boasting of the British culture in addition to the many parks, gardens, shopping streets and landmarks, London is loved by the people who visit it. If you’re someone who is planning to visit London for the first time, then here are a few things that you should know.
- Staying in Central London will save you time and money
It is very common to choose a hotel away from the city centre in order to save some money, however staying in central London will make things easier for you especially if you’re going sightseeing. Instead of spending money on transport, you can stay in central London and see more place in the limited time than you usually would.
- People in London drive on the left
The cars and drivers in London keep to the left while driving which is the opposite of what it is in most countries. It can be confusing if you are a first-time visitor, therefore make sure to look both to your left and right before you cross the roads.
- Figure out your transportation using technology
The transport in London can be quite confusing. You can resort to Google Maps to help you find your way or the CityMapper app that gives you various means to travel along with the cost.
- The currency used in London is pounds
A 100 pence equals 1 pound. Pence is sometimes referred to as just “p”. A “fiver” means 5 pounds and a “tenner” means 10 pounds. A “quid” is a slang and usually refers to pound. You can exchange cash at the Post Office and spend it at restaurants or jewellers London.
- Use Oyster Card for transportation
If you are visiting London on a budget then opt for using Oyster Cards for public transportation instead of cash tickets which are expensive.
- Use the bus for transportation
The London bus routes are well connected and cheaper than using the tubes. Hop on to a bus to tour the major attractions in London.
- Service charge is at 12.5%
If you’re eating out at a London restaurant then the bill will come with a 12.5% service charge that you are expected to pay unless the service was extremely disappointing. If the bill doesn’t have service charge then you can leave a 10% tip.
- Ask the locals for restaurant recommendations
There are plenty of restaurants in and around London and visitors can ask for recommendation from the hotel staff or local people in order to experience the international cuisine of London.
- Buy theatre tickets on the day
Avail the huge discounts on theatre tickets by buying them on the day from Soho and Piccadilly Circus for all the top shows.
- Shop from the famous streets
London is known for its shopping destinations like Oxford Street but you can also visit The Kings Road, Regent Street and Hatton Garden Street which is famous for wedding rings Hatton Garden.
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