While many people that are visiting London for the weekend will choose to travel by public transport including trains and coaches, there is always the option to drive.
Driving around London isn’t the easiest thing to do and requires somebody with a fairly good sense of direction as well as a great deal of confidence behind the wheel.
If you are choosing to arrive at the Montcalm Hotel London City by car, check out our top tips for arriving safely and stress-free.
Remember about congestion charges
Driving is unfortunately blighted with many hidden costs and anyone that drives in London will know all about the congestion charges. If you are using a Sat Nav, you could try to find a route that avoids them. Otherwise, make sure you have cash or a card to hand in order to pay the charges.
Be aware of your surroundings
While this is important no matter where you are driving, you definitely need to make sure that you have your wits about you when you are journeying to London in the car. Not only are the roads much busier, there are also more pedestrians and cyclists to content with, both of which could jump out on you at any time. Be sure to keep an eye on what’s going on around you and avoid listening to any loud or distracting music.
Bring something to keep the little ones entertained
As is the same with any long car drive, you want to make sure that the kids are kept entertained and as quiet as possible for the duration of the journey, allowing you to focus all of your attention on the busy road ahead of you. Try bringing them storybooks, something to colour or even an iPad, all of which are sure to engross them while you travel to the Montcalm Hotel London City.
Take snacks and water
You’d be surprised how long it can take to drive to anywhere once you are actually in Central London. With bus lanes, taxi ranks and flurries of pedestrians all fighting to get to where they need to be, the hold ups can sometimes be time-consuming. It is also much more difficult to pull over in London and pop to shops, so it pays to stock up on drinks and refreshments for the journey. Even if you do forget, at least you’ll be able to grab a drink and a bite to eat when you arrive at our hotels near Liverpool Street Station.
Plan your route
There is nothing worse than not knowing where you are going while driving in London. The drivers here aren’t the most patient either, so don’t expect much sympathy if you decide to pull your map out at the traffic lights and check for directions. Be sure to use Google maps and decide on an appropriate route or better yet, come with your trusty Sat Nav.