Planning a jaunt to the big UK city? London is a must-do destination for travel lovers — and city lovers — and there is plenty to see and do in this bustling capital. A weekend is more than enough time to take in a great deal of sights and experiences, so here are some top tips to get you started.
Check Ahead for Any Events
London plays host to many different attractions and events throughout the year, so you may want to check what’s happening around you for when you’re planning to go (or maybe even want to decide on your trip dates based on events that are happening). Especially around big holidays like Christmas or New Year, there may be new and exciting events you’d like to make time for.
Walk if You Can
London is a big place, but taking your own free walking tour can be rewarding for seeing a lot of what there is to see. Especially when walking in the center near the biggest attractions, like the Houses of Parliament and to Buckingham Palace, there is a lot you will be able to experience and see for free without needing public transport or a city car.
This is also handy if you want to stop and do anything you happen to come across, like going inside a store or taking a moment to sit by the river.
Or, Take the Bus
If walking isn’t your thing, or you’d like to split your weekend between walking and public transport, buses are frequent and helpful in the city. You can even get sight-seeing bus tours with an open-top to allow you to take everything in.
Be sure to research buses ahead of time if you’re visiting from abroad and not used to London transport to help you feel more confident.
Choose Accommodation to Suit You
There are many different accommodation options for your London weekend, based on your preferences and budget. You might want a formal five-star hotel, of which there are plenty in the city, to make your experience truly special. A private hotel room would also be preferable if you’re looking for company for a night or for the weekend, like from Playgirls London.
If you’re looking for more budget options and don’t mind sharing, you can also look into affordable hostels in the city.
Consider Visiting the Theatre
London is awash with theatres, and a visit to the West End is one for the bucket list. Even if you aren’t the biggest theatre fan, this is an experience worthwhile when you’re already in the city, and it won’t even break the bank. Depending on where you’d like your seats to be, you can get extremely cheap theatre tickets to see your chosen show, and this is a great option if you’re looking to fill a night, or even take in a matinee show.
Don’t Forget the Free Attractions
A city weekend can easily get expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of free attractions in London, too, such as the British Museum. If sight-seeing is your number one priority, then you’ll be able to take in all the big sights for free, such as a walk along Tower Bridge, a view of Big Ben, and even catching a change of the guard at Buckingham Palace — all of which will cost you nothing.