Making the Most of a Trip to London

Posted by - December 14, 2011 | Category: Contributing Author

London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and has plenty to offer to the 14 million or so international tourists that visit on an annual basis.

There are a host of attractions and sites of interest and another appealing factor is that there are plenty of hotels, hostels and apartments in London for visitors to stay in, so accommodation is in ample supply. From plush Canary Wharf apartments to budget hostels in boroughs like Camden, there’s bound to be something to fit every budget.

Here’s a selection of the best things to see and do to make sure you manage your time wisely if you plan on heading to London in the not too distant future:

Explore the free museums

Visiting free attractions is a great way of soaking up a bit of culture and keeping costs to an absolute minimum as you fill your days with interesting activities. In London, there are many free attractions, including the likes of the Tate Modern, National History Museum, National Gallery, Science Museum, National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory. It costs absolutely nothing to enter, so it really is worthwhile taking advantage of these.

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Pound the pavements

Another tip for keeping a tight control of your purse strings while in London is to explore as much of the city as possible on foot. This is especially relevant in central London as you can easily walk from, say, Hyde Park to Tower Bridge in a couple of hours taking in the likes of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the Tate Modern and the Tower of London as you pound the pavements.

Take in London’s exclusive nightspots

London has a vibrant nightlife and part of the reason for that is there are a couple of exclusive venues that you should definitely consider visiting. One of which is the Ice Bar, which is the UK’s only permanent ice bar. Everything in it – from the bar itself to the ‘glasses’ you drink out of – are made from ice. Another unique nightspot is Dans Le Noir. This is a restaurant where you dine completely in the dark to heighten your senses. Do a little research about what other potential surprises London could have in store and it may just be the difference between having a great stay and having an amazing time in the English capital.

Hit the West End

New York has Broadway and London’s answer is the West End, which is packed with theatres showcasing some of the most well-known productions around. Even if you wouldn’t class yourself as a ‘theatre type’ as such, it’s certainly worth checking out the streets in and around Leicester Square as you may be able to pick up some cheap tickets at one of the most ticket kiosks. Soho and Covent Garden are both in close proximity to Leicester Square and are the perfect place to take in a pre or post-show drink or bite to eat. 

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