London is one of the world’s most visited cities, and for good reason. It’s filled with cultural and historical attractions that are well worth exploring. Before we get started the most important rule for us Westiners when crossing the road. Look right instead of left as they drive on the other side of the road (I can’t explain how many times I was honked at by angry motorist or approach the drivers side thinking it was the passengers side). Better yet look both ways and be safe…
Ok, here are 10 tips for first timers in London:
1) While you won’t be able to get a glimpse of the Queen’s quarters in Buckingham Palace, there are actually rooms that are open to the public. Select areas are open for guided tours, so you may want to purchase your tickets in advance.
2) The Palace of Westminster is one of the most iconic buildings in England. Home to the Parliament, this historic hall offers a number of tour options, and you may even be able to sit in during a debate.
4) For a classic British lunch in London, pop in to one of the many pubs in the city to enjoy a beer and a serving of fish & chips.
5) In London, exchange your currency at a bank in order to avoid high fees. The pound is the British form of the dollar. Banks will have the current rates posted, so you can see what your dollars will get you in terms of pounds. *Remember £10 is not $10.00 CAD. It’s more like $20.00 CAD. I know that sucks for us Canadians.
6) There are many popular and iconic sights that come to mind when thinking of London, like Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Tower Bridge. If you want to be able to see it all in one trip, plan on spending at least 3 to 4 days in the city, if not more. You want to be able to spend some time touring each attraction before heading off for the next.
7) Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. You can book in advance at some of the finest hotels and restaurants throughout the city.
8) Catch a performance in the city’s West End, the theater district that rivals Broadway as the world’s best place for drama. Venues include the Apollo Victoria, Piccadilly, and Donmar Warehouse, just to name a few.
9) Come in the off season. As with many travel destinations, London sees more tourists during the summer months. Plan to come in the spring, fall, or winter if you prefer lighter crowds.
10) Plan your itinerary in advance. London has so much culture and history to offer visitors, and you can easily get overwhelmed without proper planning. Do your research before arriving so that you can see as much as possible during your stay.
Rudderless lands in London. Host Christopher Rudder visits some of the main sites (Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London etc) hangs out with family and finds the secret to good fish and chips.
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