Tips to Plan a Trip to London


London is out of the most visited tourist spots on the planet and is home to some of the best attractions in Great Britain. From its stately palaces to iconic museums, among plenty of other attractions, it has something for everyone. It is no wonder than that it has more than 16 million visitors every year.

With such a heavy influx of tourists you will find some of the finest hotels in London city. It offers a wide variety of places to stay at from impressive 5 star hotels to budget accommodation that cater to all types of tourists.

A fine place to stay in London is the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch, which apart from offering the best in comfort and luxury is affordably priced, while being ideally located in Central London. A few tips that might come in handy when on a trip to London are:

Enjoy a traditional English breakfast: While in the past the Brits were not exactly known for their choice of cuisine they certainly have come a long way since.  Although one thing they have always been renowned for is their classic ol’ English breakfast! While in London all you need to do is to pop into a restaurant and ask for the full English breakfast to begin your day with a hearty and scrumptious meal. You can bet it will leave you satiated well in to the afternoon, when of course you can have another popular traditional English offering, a spot of afternoon tea! While there is many a variety of a classic English breakfast, it generally consists of bacon, toast, baked beans, two eggs and a baked tomato. All of this is accompanied with splendid English tea – what more could you ask for?

Go on a free walking tour: For those who are visiting the city for the first time a great way to begin your exploration of London is by opting for a free walking tour. There are a number of popular free walking tours to choose from which are accompanied with a characteristically informative and chatty guide. While these tours are for free it is always recommended to leave a tip or two for the wonderful and interesting experience you have. These tours cover all the major tourist attractions including iconic attractions like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament among many other prominent places.

Sign up for an iconic Double-Decker Bus Tour: One of the most iconic of British symbols is its famous red double-decker buses, which can be seen plying on routes across the city. These are ideal for a hop on hop off tour of various parts of London. There is plenty of free information that is shared on board while you pass some of the city’s most famous landmarks and a great way to visit the most famous tourist spots in the city. It is a convenient option for those who are not too keen to trot along and explore the city on foot.

Get an Oyster Card for use of the Tube: The best way to save on transport costs is to buy an Oyster Card which can be used on the Tube, and other modes of public transport like the DLR (Dockland Light Railways), the double-decker buses and certain ferry services on the Thames. It can help to save a substantial sum on transport expenses as there is a daily cap on the amount one spends on public transport in the city. A very cost-effective way to travel and visit the numerous attractions to be found all around the city!

Visit the top museums for free: London houses some of the best museums in the world. And the good news is that most of the prominent museums are for free. They are informative and exciting places to spend many an afternoon exploring them at leisure. Two of the best museums not to miss on a trip to London are the Natural History Museum and the British Museum. They are also out of the most popular and visited attractions in the city, so expect to find plenty of people and long queues outside. A good way to beat the crowds is to visit them early in the morning before most visitors throng to the museums.

Take a walk along the South Bank: If you want to explore one of the most iconic spots of London take a leisurely stroll along the Thames River’s South Bank area. It has a number of well known attractions in and around to visit like Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and other notable tourist hotspots. All you need to do is cross the bridge across the Southbank and it is a magical place to visit at sunset. It offers a most memorable and pleasant stroll although the place is invariably bustling with tourists in the area.