As one of the most visited cities in the world, London is busy, vibrant and jam-packed full of tourists. So how can you skip the crowds, save money and make the most of your London travel?
Find out with these quick London travel tips, guaranteed to make your life easier when you get here!
1. Check the Weather in London and Pack Accordingly
The weather in London can be very temperamental so always check the weather forecast before you pack.
When I was there this summer the temperature reached 38°C! A few days later it was cold and raining.
Typically, January is the coldest month, with an average low of 7°C and July is the hottest, with an average high of 19 °C…
But you never really know!
2. Book your London Hotel Prior to Arriving
I made the mistake of ‘winging it’ in London once and I won’t do it again.
Dan and I ended up sleeping on the outskirts of London in a car we hired.
London is always busy. London will always have herds of tourists visiting – no matter what time of the year it is.
3. Travel at Off Peak Times
Low season is between January and February and shoulder season is between mid-September and November and then again in March and April.
Not only will you be able to skip some of the crowds during low season, accommodation and entertainment rates will be cheaper.
Not only are there peak times of the year to travel to London, there are also peak times of the day to travel within London.
Peak times are Monday to Friday between 06:30 and 09:30 and between 16:00 and 19:00.
If you use public transport to travel outside of these times, you’ll be charged an off-peak rate which is much cheaper.
4. Do NOT Hire a Car in London
Unless you want to face the London Congestion Charge and incredibly high parking fees literally everywhere you go, we wouldn’t advise driving inside of London.
Not only does it work out to be really expensive, it’s also super stressful.
Take it from us. We learned from our mistake when we attempted to navigate London in a ginormous Transit van.
Stay central and walk everywhere, rent a Santander bicycle or simply catch a cab or public transport – much easier!
5. Purchase a Pre-paid British Sim Card when you Arrive
Instead of being sucked in to purchasing one of those global sim cards before you travel, just buy a local pre-paid sim when you arrive in London. They work out to be cheaper and it’s always easy to find somewhere to add credit.