London is a vibrant bohemian city jam-packed with things to do and see. Culture abounds as London combines a modern city with traditional design. Here’s your ultimate travel checklist for England’s capital.
Bring a camera
London is filled with sights to see, the traditional tourist attractions of Big Ben, Parliament and Buckingham Palace are but a few of the photo opportunities you’ll have round the city. Try to get a few snaps of a Beefeater doing anything but standing still outside Horse Guard’s Parade or snap a few shots of boats drifting along Camden Lock. Regardless, you’ll be happier to have it than not!
Bring your walking boots
London is a big city, huge in fact. From South East to North West it’s filled with things to do but when staying in the centre, you need to have a good pair of walking boots to keep you going. London is the type of city that’s best explored by foot, so make sure you are travelling the city light. Say you can’t store luggage at a hotel or hostel, you can use luggage storage from Safestore, to drop any heavy or excess baggage off for any period of time before you start checking out what the city has to offer.
Book yourself a show/concert/sporting event
Unsurprisingly, London is constantly host to countless concerts, plays and sporting events. Have a look at what’s going on before you arrive to get a good deal on some cheap tickets. The West End has discounted tickets for certain shows and concerts are often booked up well in advance so be sure to investigate the nightlife before you arrive! TimeOut London is a great source of information for upcoming events.
Bring your big pants
One thing London certainly has an abundance of is good food – be it one of the wonderful oriental offerings of China Town or a back-alley burger joint; London can cater for just about anything you could ever fancy. Explore countless markets for street eat delights, there is something for all tastes in London.
Bring your wallet
While London is a beautiful cosmopolitan city filled to the brim with history and culture, it is also a costly one. London ranks as the tenth most expensive city in the world and 6th in Europe so be sure to stash away a few extra travellers’ cheques because you may well need them.
It should be said while London can be expensive it can be a wonderful place to explore cheaply, with cheap eats and free events constantly going on meaning you can always manage a good time, regardless what’s in your wallet!