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London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and certainly the number one destination for overseas visitors to the UK.

Deciding what to see in London, how to get around London, when to go to London (and when to avoid), where to stay in London, what to include in your London itinerary, what to budget for London, and and a myriad of other questions can make planning your visit seem overwhelming.

In this post I will share my essential London travel tips for first time visitors. I write from my own experiences as I both have lived and worked in London as well as visited as a tourist numerous times over the past 50 years. I have a soft spot for the capital particularly around Christmas when decorations illuminate my favourite markets, streets and shopping locations and the smell of hot chestnuts permeates the frosty air. 

In this article I will also share my top London travel tips to help you plan your visit. You will also find in the second part of the article my recommended top sights to see for first time visitors, history lovers, market lovers, shoppers, children and more. This will help you identify the must-sees and plan your London itinerary for your visit.

 

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London travel tips for the first time visitor

 

1. TRY TO AVOID VISITING LONDON DURING PEAK TIMES

If you can try to plan your trip to London to avoid certain peak times of year. The busiest times in London are school holidays particularly in the summer months of July and August. This is also peak tourist season with both Brits and overseas visitors heading to the capital. 

Weekends and public holidays can also be fairly hectic especially around the main shopping areas such as Oxford Street and Covent Garden.

The run up to Christmas is always particularly busy and if you (like me) can’t resist the beautiful Christmas lights, markets and shops try to at least avoid the weekend before the holidays. It can be crazy at that time with thousands of visitors thronging the streets and filling underground stations. If you panic in crowds or in confined spaces avoid the underground around this time particularly around Oxford Street/Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden.

Peak times of day to travel in London are 06:30 to 09:30 and 16:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday when people commute in and out of London for work. It is cheaper to avoid these times on public transport and travel during off-peak for better prices.

 

READ MORE – Essential guide to train travel in the UK

 

2. BOOK ACCOMMODATION IN CENTRAL LONDON

Hotels are expensive in London and it is tempting to book accommodation further out of the capital. I would advise against this. It will ultimately cost more in travel time and transportation to travel into London each day. Why waste your vacation time traveling every day when you can be close to all the attractions?

I would budget as much as you possibly can for your London stay. In my younger days I opted for a cheaper option in London and regretted it. More recently we have stayed in London when catching the Eurostar to Paris and found the Hotel Megaro near St Pancreas to be an ideal option for early morning trains. 

Other areas I would recommend include the West End – Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square or South Bank and Bank Side. These are all central locations with most of London’s top sights within walking distance and convenient access to the Tube.

 

If you are looking for the best places to stay in London both TripAdvisor.com and Booking.com offer a wide range to choose from. 

 

3. LONDON IS A HUGE CITY – DON’T TRY TO DO TOO MUCH

It may be impossible to see and do everything you want in London. There are so many places to visit, things to see and experiences to have in London that it is easy to over plan or overestimate how much you can do. It can also be exhausting.

I would recommend identifying the “must-do’s” when you visit and plan your London itinerary around those. Book tickets/tour passes in advance so you benefit from skip the queue perks if they are included (I always purchase skip the queue tickets because I really dislike standing in a line when I could be seeing things) and also to ensure you actually can get a ticket. It can be difficult to get tickets on the day for many London attractions so I would always advise to plan and book ahead.

Some tickets are also cheaper if you purchase in advance. If an attraction is particularly popular tickets can also sell out so avoid disappointment and book ahead. I recommend booking tickets before you arrive in London for attractions such as the London Eye.

There are lots of sightseeing passes available for London.  I recommend buying one that includes skip the line benefits such as The London Pass which includes free entrance to 80 attractions in London (including the Tower of London, London Zoo, the View from the Shard and many more) and includes a one day Hop On Hop Off bus tour as well as discounts on shopping, dining, and entertainment. 

Which pass you purchase will depend on what you plan to see and do. The London Pass is a great option if you plan to see 2 or 3  of the attractions every day but it may be a case of calculating the costs of entry to each attraction versus the cost of a pass to decide of it is worthwhile for you. 

Other passes available include the Central London Pass which includes access to the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Banqueting House, Whitehall, the Royal Palaces Pass which includes access to the Tower of London, Hampton Court palace and gardens and Kensington Palace and the London Explorer Pass where you can create your own tour of London with a pass to 3, 4, 5 or 7 top attractions

There are lots of excellent tours of London available to book too. Choosing the right sightseeing tour or themed tour of London can be overwhelming. Read my comparison guide to the best walking tours of London to help you decide which tour is right for you.

 

The London Eye is one of London’s most popular attractions

 

4. USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN LONDON…

I would recommend NOT hiring a car and driving in central London. I speak from experience as I was required to drive in central London when I worked there and it is a stressful experience. 

It is much easier to use the excellent public transport system. The London Underground (Tube) is the best way to travel as it is quick and avoids all the congestion you find on the roads.

If however you want to see the city from above ground  I would recommend a hop-on hop-off bus or take one of London’s famous red double decker buses.

Also plan to walk between tube stations – don’t always jump on the tube or a bus – as there is lots to see as you walk around the city. Expect to do a lot of walking in London so make sure you have comfortable shoes and have the essentials with you. 

The weather in London can be very temperamental and change rapidly. It can be very hot in summer too so make sure you have pack the right clothes for your visit. Read my essential packing list for the UK in all seasons to help when you are planning your trip.

 

TIP – When traveling on London underground escalators make sure you stand to the right.

 

 

WHAT IS AN OYSTER CARD?

An Oyster Card is an electronic ticket which is preloaded with credit and is used to pay for public transport in London including the Tube, Overground, trams, buses and boats.

I recommend purchasing an Oyster Card as it is a cheaper option than buying single use tickets. Make sure you order your Visitor Oyster Card BEFORE you arrive as you won’t be able to buy it in London.

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR VISITOR OYSTER CARD

 

To use the Oyster Card  simply tap on the yellow card reader when you enter a station and tap off again when you exit. There is a maximum daily amount that can be charged too. Alternatively you can also use a contactless credit card and tap on and off as you enter and leave tube stations.

Children under 11 travel free on the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and buses and do not need their own ticket. Children aged 11 – 15 will need their own Oyster Card but can get a 50% reduction in fares for up to 14 days.  

If you need to top up your card during your trip you can do it at a station or in lots of shops. If you have money left on your card before you leave London you can get a refund (over £10) or keep the card for your next visit. 

 

TIP – If you are using an Oyster card on a London bus swipe the yellow card reader as you get on the bus and that is it. Do not swipe it again as you get off! You can’t buy tickets using cash for buses in London so you will need an Oyster card or a contactless credit card.

5. …BUT ALSO TAKE A LONDON CAB!

London cabs are synonymous with the capital and I would recommend traveling in one at least once during your London visit. Yes they can be pricy but there are times when I would advise that you take a London cab rather than public transport. For example don’t struggle on the underground with large suitcases – it is not the place to take large items of luggage.

If you are arriving from the airport book a transfer direct to your hotel or take the Heathrow Express to Paddington then get a cab/ Gatwick Express to London Victoria then get a cab.

 

HOW TO HAIL A LONDON CAB

  • Look for a cab with the light on top displaying the word “TAXI” as that means that it is available. Once you hop in and drive off the light is switched off.
  • Stick out your arm when you see the taxi (make sure you are standing somewhere the taxi can stop)
  • Once the taxi has pulled over go to the front window and tell him where you want to go.
  • You will notice the meter clicking over as you drive to your destination.
  • Some London cab drives are very chatty and have some interesting stories to tell – I always ask if they have picked up anyone famous in their cab!
  • Once you have arrived you will be told the final cost. I round up to the nearest £

 

 

 

6. HIRE A SANTANDER BIKE OR TAKE A RIVER CRUISE ON A THAMES CLIPPER

You will see Santander bicycle docks all around the city. These were introduced by the now Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he was the Mayor of London.

Bikes are charged at £2 for the first 30 minutes and you will need to use the Santander bike app to enter your credit card details to rent one.

Alternatively if you like the idea of cycling in London but are a bit nervous why not book a bike tour with a guide?

Another great way to experience London is to take a river cruise. I recommend jumping on a Thames clipper to Greenwich from Westminster. Oyster Cards are valid for use on the clippers too so no need to worry about buying a ticket!

 

Santander bicycles for hire

 

7. SAMPLE SOME ENGLISH FOOD

London really is a fabulous destination for foodies. I would recommend sampling some traditional English food and while this list isn’t exhaustive these are some to consider trying.

  1. Afternoon tea – there are lots of fantastic afternoon teas to try in London from the classic Ritz afternoon tea to themed afternoon teas including one on a red London bus!
  2. Fish and chips
  3. Sunday roast with Yorkshire pudding
  4. Jellied eels 
  5. Pie and mash
  6. Strawberries and cream with a glass of Pimm’s in summer (A Wimbledon classic)
  7. An English pint of beer in a traditional English pub with bag of pork scratchings
  8. A full English breakfast

If you are simply looking for a sandwich for lunch pop into a Pret a Manger. This UK sandwich shop chain sells baguettes, sandwiches, wraps, salads at a reasonable price. Tesco is also good for sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

 

READ MORE – 20 traditional English foods to tempt your tastebuds

 

8. ENJOY LONDON’S FREE ATTRACTIONS!

Visiting London is not cheap so its good to know that there are lots of free things to do there! Many museums and galleries are free of charge for visitors. The British Museum, Tate Modern and Natural History Museum are free and very popular with visitors.

Enjoy a stroll around one of London’s many parks. In summer head to Primrose Hill with a picnic for great views across the city. There are lots of markets to visit too including Borough Market, Brick Lane and Portobello Market.

The Sky Garden (London’s highest public garden) is another popular free attraction in London though you will need to book a ticket to ensure you can see them. (Bookings open 3 weeks before – click here to book your free ticket to The Sky Garden)

 

Don’t miss the chance to visit the Sky Garden

 

9. TAKE A DAY TRIP INTO THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE (OR WHY NOT HEAD TO PARIS?)

If you have enough time in your UK travel itinerary why not take a day trip from London by train? There are lots of great places to visit in a day including Bath, Oxford, Stonehenge and Blenheim Palace to name a few. 

If you really feel adventurous why not book the Eurostar to Paris? It will be a full day and busy but it is doable (my husband once met me in Paris for coffee via the Eurostar!). Click here to read my top tips for first time visitors to Paris

 

⇒Click here for prices and to reserve your Eurostar ticket to Paris! Bon Voyage!

 

Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge and even Paris are possible day trips from London!

 

10. PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS TO LONDON

  • Do be careful with your belongings in London. Unfortunately there are pickpockets in London I would advise always using a pickpocket proof bag/backpack when you travel. A few years ago I experienced an attempted robbery on the Paris Underground. All my valuables were in my cross body pickpocket proof bag the thieves were not able to steal anything. It was an unpleasant experience however. Read more about pickpocket bags and why I highly recommend using them in my Guide to the best anti pickpocket bags and backpacks.

 

  • Pay attention when withdrawing money from ATMs. Card skimming is a problem particularly around popular tourist destinations such as Oxford Street. If anything looks suspicious do not use the machine. If possible only use machines in banks.

 

  •  Tipping is not expected in the UK – leave 10% for good service but do check your bill in case a service charge has already been added. If you take a cab round up the fare to the nearest £

 

  • We drive on the left in the UK. Watch when you cross the road because if you are used to driving on the right you will look the wrong way! Always cross at traffic lights and don’t jay walk. London roads are busy and you need to concentrate when crossing them!

 

  • It can be very hot on the underground at any time of year. In winter shops can also be stifling. I recommend wearing layers so you can cool off if necessary. I would recommend carrying a bottle of water too so you keep hydrated. 

 

 

  • At the time of writing this article Big Ben is covered in scaffolding for essential repairs. It is scheduled to be reopen in 2021.

 

This is how Big Ben looks under all the scaffolding – work isn’t due to be completed until 2021

 

 

LONDON TRAVEL TIPS: TOP THINGS TO DO

I will be expanding on each of these lists in upcoming posts but these will give you some ideas of top destinations, attractions and sights to suit particular travel tastes and interests.

 

LONDON FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS  

These are just some of the most popular places to visit, things to see and activities to try when in London. As you can see you have lots of options and what you decide to do will depend on the time you have and your budget. There are lots of free things to do in London too which I have indicated in the list.

If you have limited time (a day or two) I would suggest taking a day tour to see the top London sights or choosing which you really want to do/see and planning your itinerary around those. Highlighted places in the list below are some of the attractions included (at the time of this article) in the London Pass which can be purchased for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6- or 10-days. This digital London Pass gives includes access to over 80 attractions plus a 1-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

To work out if will be cost effective for you I would compare the cost of the pass to the cost of entry to the attractions you intend to visit. The pass is generally worth it if you intend to see 2/3 attractions per day. One major advantage of the pass is that it does entitle you to skip-the-line at selected attractions. The London Pass is best if you are planning a short visit to London and want to see as many attractions as possible.

As I mentioned above there is also a Central London Pass available which includes entrance to the Tower of London and Crown Jewels, Kensington Palace and Banqueting House, Whitehall. More information coming soon on different pass options for London.

These are my recommendations of things to do and see in London for first time visitors. This list is pretty full but most of these could be covered in a 3 day itinerary of London. (coming soon)

 

  • Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard
  • Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
  • Westminster Abbey
  • The Tower of London and Tower Bridge
  • Trafalgar Square (free)
  • Piccadilly Circus (free) 
  • The London Eye
  • Enjoy the view over London from the Shard
  • Visit Covent Garden market (free)
  • Visit Harrods (free)
  • Shop on Oxford Street and Regents Street (free)
  • Take a Thames river cruise
  • Have afternoon tea
  • Take in a show
  • Hail a London cab
  • Ride a London bus

 

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  • London Museum/ Natural History Museum (free)
  • London Zoo
  • London Dungeons
  • National Gallery/Tate Modern/Tate Britain
  • National Maritime Museum Greenwich
  • Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • St Paul’s Cathedral and the whispering gallery
  • Visit one of the many markets! (free)
  • Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
  • Kew Gardens
  • Hop on hop off bus tour
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Windsor Castle
  • Kensington Palace 
  • Banqueting House Whitehall
  • St Paul’s Cathedral

 

READ MORE – Things to do in London in Winter

 

London travel tips for the first time visitor, featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

 

LONDON TRAVEL TIPS: THE BEST MUSEUMS IN LONDON

Below are some of the best and most loved museums to visit in London. A visit to the Natural History Museum is probably etched in the memories of most British people and I still love visiting as often as possible.

Perfect to visit on rainy days just be aware that during the summer and school holiday periods some of the museums can be very busy.

Most museums in London are free as indicated below.

  1. Natural History Museum (free)
  2. British Museum (free)
  3. Science Museum (free)
  4. Victoria and Albert Museum (free)
  5. Imperial War Museum (free)
  6. National Gallery (charge)
  7. Tate Modern (free though there are charges for special exhibitions)
  8. Churchill War Rooms and Cabinet War Rooms (charge)
  9. London Transport Museum (Charge for adults – children under 17 are free)
  10. National Maritime Museum Greenwich (Free) Royal Observatory Greenwich (Charge)

 

London travel tips for the first time visitor, featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time
‘Hope’ the blue whale can be seen in the entrance hall to The Natural History Museum

 

LONDON TRAVEL TIPS: THE BEST MARKETS IN LONDON

If you love markets you are in for a treat in London! With so many to choose from my. My recommendations if you are pushed for time? Covent Garden and Borough Market.

  1. Covent Garden – 3 markets the apple Market, East Colonnade Market and Jubilee Market(Central London)
  2. Borough Market – Fresh produce, groceries and good food  (South London)
  3. Portobello Market – antiques (West London)
  4. Leadenhall Market – covered market (Central London)
  5. Camden Market – books/clothes/jewellery (North London)
  6. Colombia Road Flower Market (East London)
  7. Billingsgate Market – seafood (East London)
  8. Brick Lane Sunday Market –  (East London)
  9. Spitalfields Market  (East London)
  10. Victoria Park Market (East London)
  11. Greenwich Market – (South London)
  12. Southbank Centre Food Market (South London)

 

London travel tips for the first time visitor, featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

 

LONDON TRAVEL TIPS: LONDON FOR HISTORY LOVERS

There is so much history to experience in London and when I was chatting about this category with my husband we decided it could be split into more sections depending on the period of history that interests you. In this list I have included historic London from Roman times to the Middle Ages and into the 20th century (World Wars)

  1. Tower of London
  2. Royal Observatory Greenwich/Cutty Sark/National Maritime Museum Greenwich (Greenwich is one of my favourite London destinations)
  3. Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms/Imperial War Museum
  4. Westminster Abbey
  5. Houses of Parliament
  6. Hampton Court Palace
  7. Banqueting House Whitehall
  8. The London Wall (Roman ruins)
  9. Trafalgar Square
  10. Brick Lane in Spitalfields
  11. Buckingham Palace
  12. State Opening of Parliament 
  13. Lord Mayor’s Show

 

London travel tips for the first time visitor, featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

 

LONDON FOR FANS OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY

For fans of the British Royal Family (and history lovers) there are many places of interest to visit in London. Also if possible include some of the traditional ceremonies in your London itinerary such as the Changing of the Guards or the annual Trooping of the Colour.

  1. Buckingham Palace
  2. The Tower of London and the Ceremony of the Keys
  3. The Crown Jewels
  4. Hampton Court Palace
  5. Windsor Castle
  6. Trooping of the Colour (held annually on the Queen’s official birthday)
  7. Changing of the Guards (Buckingham Palace)
  8. Westminster Abbey
  9. Kensington Palace 
  10. Banqueting House Whitehall

 

London travel tips for the first time visitor, featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

 

LONDON TRAVEL TIPS : THE BEST PARKS IN LONDON

With 3,000 parks Londoners have lots of green space to explore. In fact over 47% of London is made up of public green spaces (that is over 35,000 acres) These are my top choices – well worth a visit whatever the season.

  1. Regent’s Park
  2. Hyde Park
  3. Richmond Park
  4. Battersea Park
  5. Wimbledon Common (home of the Wombles)
  6. Greenwich Park
  7. Hampstead Heath
  8. Primrose Hill
  9. Victoria Park
  10. Crystal Palace Park
  11. Alexandra Park
  12. St James’s Park
  13. St Dunstan-in-the-East
  14. Kew Gardens 

 

London travel tips for the first time visitor, featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

LONDON TRAVEL TIPS: WHERE TO GO FOR THE BEST SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

So many shops so little time (or money) London is a paradise for shoppers. I love shopping in London and have been known to spend an entire day or two wandering Oxford Street.

Harrods Art Deco Food Halls are a must for me at any time of year but I find them particularly magical in the run up to Christmas. They have recently been renovated too. I am planning to visit in December so look out for my photographs on Instagram.

  1. Oxford Street for Liberty London, Selfridges and Fortum and Mason.
  2. Regent’s Street for Hamley’s Toy Store
  3. Knightsbridge for Harvey Nichols and Harrods (with its newly renovated Food Halls and Dining Hall it is not to be missed!
  4. Covent Garden – don’t miss exploring the shops around Covent Garden (Neal’s Yard is a hidden gem)
  5. Carnaby Street – Cutting edge clothing (and great bars and restaurants)
  6. Bond Street – For jewellery and designer shops
  7. King’s Road – Designer clothes 
  8. Jermyn Street – Men’s clothing

 

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LONDON TRAVEL TIPS: THE BEST MUSIC, ART AND THEATRE VENUES IN LONDON

  1. Tate Modern/The National Gallery/Royal Academy of Arts
  2. Carnaby street
  3. Shakespeare’s Globe theatre
  4. West End and Leicester Square – theatre
  5. Royal Albert Hall – iconic music venue
  6. Covent Garden – lots of street entertainers 
  7. 02 arena – live entertainment
  8. Brick Lane – Street art
  9. The Barbican

 

London travel tips for the first time visitor, featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time
If you love street art head to Brick Lane

LONDON TRAVEL TIPS: THE BEST SPORT’S VENUES AND EVENTS IN LONDON

  1. Lords Cricket Ground and the Oval for cricket lovers 
  2. Wembley Stadium  – Cup Final/Rugby League Challenge Cup Final
  3. Wimbledon for tennis fans
  4. 02 arena – live music venue
  5. The boat race between Oxford and Cambridge held annually in March/April
  6. The London Marathon held annually in Spring.
  7. Football grounds including Arsenal,  Chelsea, Tottenham 

 

London travel tips for the first time visitor, featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

 

LONDON TRAVEL TIPS: VISITING LONDON WITH CHILDREN

  1. Hamleys Toy Store 
  2. London Zoo
  3. Covent Garden – lots of street entertainers 
  4. London Eye for a great view of London
  5. Museums. The Natural History Museum is a firm favourite with dinosaur lovers and during the winter it even has an outdoor ice rink!
  6. Kew Gardens
  7. Hampton Court
  8. Greenwich 
  9. Themed afternoon teas
  10. Tower of London
  11. Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeon

 

London travel tips for the first time visitor, featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

 

ENJOY YOUR VISIT TO LONDON

So there you have it – my top 10 tips for London as well as my top places to visit in London whatever your interests.

Enjoy your visit. Please feel free to ask any questions below or join my group on Facebook. 

You may also enjoy my top tips for first time visitors to England where I share even more practical advice. 

 

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Author: Tracy

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