Nestled in a melange of train links and bus routes, London is one of the best locations in Britain for a city break for many different kinds of individual with different tastes and curiosities. The perk of visiting London is that there is something for everyone, and it is a city that never calls it a night.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of a short trip to the UK’s vibrant capital, enabling you to visit all the corners of the city that are most ‘you’ during your stay.
Pick Your Season
When you visit will have a huge impact on your city break and is the place to start when planning your trip to London. To avoid large crowds of international tourists – and screaming children – it is advisable to visit in either spring or autumn. These are also your best choices in terms of weather because the summer heat in London can be very tiring and the cold in winter may prevent you from doing certain activities.
However, there is still a lot to do in London in winter, and if your perfect city escape involves long afternoons in art galleries, mugs of hot chocolate and ice-skating, winter may be the season for you.
Book in Advance
You can save a lot of money by booking some of London’s best attractions in advance and you can skip the queues, too. This does require organisation and you should be realistic about how many museums you can manage in 48 hours. Remember that the perfect city break is about exploring the city your way, as opposed to ticking off all the major attractions in a blur of tired legs and stimulated minds.
Live Like a Londoner
There has been a recent boom in city visitors choosing to rent apartments over hotels. Apartment rentals are an excellent idea as they give you much more freedom to explore the city at your own pace. If you are interested in living like a local, Native’s Aparthotels are available in some of the desirable areas of the city in order to place you in historic home settings to complete your luxurious trip to London.
Ride the Tube
Forget any other means of transport during your city break. It may be tempting to opt for a taxi service, but you will miss a quintessential London experience – and you will probably be stuck in traffic, too. One of the highlights of a London experience is to ride the tube and there are Night Tube services from Thursday to Sunday, to help you get home after a few drinks.
Don’t be Afraid to Embrace Your Inner Tourist
London is such a popular place because people feel free to express themselves. The way to experience the best of London is just to let yourself loose in the city and embrace all the art, culture, theatre and music it has to offer.
Take beaming selfies in front of Parliament and gaze at the marvellous cityscape from the London Eye. It is worth mentioning that most museums in London are free with regularly changing exhibitions – these exhibitions are a bit more expensive than many in the UK, but they offer unique experiences.
London deserves its title as one of the best capitals in the world and is the perfect location for a short city break.