London is fast and London is slow. London is traditional and London is modern. London is much more than these binaries. This 2,000 year-old settlement is now one of the most coveted tourist destinations worldwide and for good reason(s). We have for you all you need to keep in mind before you pack your trench coats and boots to set off for what will be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life, no matter how far you have travelled and no matter how many times you’ve already visited London. By Shubhanjana Das
The Best Time to Visit London
If you can’t see Hyde Park in its full bloom, you wouldn’t know what you have missed out. Hence, we suggest you get your tickets to London anytime between March and May for this is Spring time when London unveils a whole new side to itself. Christmas time is also super busy in London for obvious reasons.
Transit in London
When you travel like a local, you feel like a local. When you feel like a local, you will know you have experienced the place in the richest way. The subway (or the tube), buses, cabs, trains, and boats are some of the most popular means of daily commute for the locals. The further you move from Central London, the higher your travel expenses will be. If you’re staying there for a considerable period of time, getting a smart card is a wiser decision. It saves money and you get to meet the people who make London the city that it is!
The Top 5 Places to Visit in London
If you’re there for a month or two days, these are the five places that you shouldn’t miss at any given cost:
1. Big Ben
Were you even expecting anything else to be on the #1 spot? The Big Ben has gone on to become a national iconography and a synonymous visual to London.
2. Buckingham Palace Tour
Every summer, Her Highness the Queen opens her residence up to the visitors and it’s nothing short of a cultural, historical, and artistic expedition in itself. The Buckingham Palace is one of the world’s few remaining working palaces.
3. Tower of London
This Yeoman wonder is a 900-year old building, which holds claim to being one of the world’s most famous structures. Royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and a zoo — the Tower of London has, at some point in history, fulfilled very different purposes.
4. Coca-Cola London Eye
Another iconic imagery that comes to the mind at the mention of London is the London Eye. This is your ticket to viewing London and as many as 55 of its landmarks from a bird’s eye view, all under half an hour!
5. Madame Tussauds
Let’s admit it, this is the closest you’ll get to clicking pictures with the most real-life structures of legendary figures from all backgrounds and from all over the world.