Tips from a Londoner for international visitors

Renowned as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, London is a great city for visitors looking to see the very best that the UK has to offer. From Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London, the London Eye to Camden Market, there’s something for everyone in this bustling capital city.

If you’re visiting London from abroad then check out some of these tips on how to make the most of your time in this bustling city, brought to you by a local.

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Plan Your Trip In Advance

As well as the hotel and flights, you should make a plan for what you’re going to do while you’re in London so that you don’t fritter away your time and leave regretting that you didn’t see and do everything you wanted to. Check out the top attractions in London and then explore the ones that you’d like to see and include them into your budget and schedule. Make sure you leave some time to be spontaneous and experience some adventures as well.

Walking Will Show You More Than Public Transport

Free, good for you and a great way to see the sights, there are literally no downsides to walking. If you’re fit and able then walk wherever you can in London to see everything that this beautiful city has to offer. With stunning architecture, naturally glorious parks and quirky shops, there’s something enticing around every corner in this incredible capital city, so you should take the opportunity to see it by putting one foot in front of the other. You’ll also be able to burn off all the delicious snacks you eat during your trip!

Eat As Much As You Can

Speaking of delicious snacks, there are loads of tasty treats for you to discover in London. With a multicultural society, it’s understandable that you’ll easily be able to find something in the city that’s similar to what you eat at home, but I would urge you to avoid this and try some delicious new dishes instead. London is full of spectacular cheap eats, meaning that you can easily find the time and money to tuck into loads of different delicacies before you leave.

Use The Time To Learn New Skills

London is filled with exemplary education establishments that can help you to learn a new skill during your time in the city. One great skill to learn in London is English; whether you’re an outright beginner or just want to improve your vocabulary. By learning in London, you can immerse yourself in the language and British culture. Establishments like SKOLA English language School can support young people and their families in learning English and give them a vital life skill to take home with them. It’s better than a novelty hat!  

Browse The Shops

If a novelty hat is something you’d be interested in then don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to purchase one as well as learning English during your trip to London. The capital is full of incredible shopping destinations, meaning that everyone will be able to find something to tempt them. Whether you like designer luxuries or quirky handmade products, you’ll be able to find a treat that will epitomise your time in London and give you fond memories of your experience.

Incorporate Your Hobbies Into Your Trip

When visiting a new city, it can be hard to know if you’ll have fun and love every activity you do. The best way to make sure that you enjoy every minute of your trip to London is to theme your visit around the things you love the most. If you’re a nature buff then check out the Natural History Museum, or if you’re a sports fan then explore the range of sports themed attractions spread across the city. No matter what your passion is, you can fuel it in London.

Tours Are A Great Way To Learn More About The City

Tours aren’t just for tourists; many locals enjoy learning more about their home and finding out more about its history. From ghost tours to a Harry Potter themed walking tour, there are loads of unusual tours operating in London, meaning that you can see the city in a whole new light and indulge your passions at the same time! There are so many different options that I wouldn’t blame you if you decided to take more than one tour during your trip so you can really learn what this beautiful and bustling city is all about.

The most important thing to remember when visiting London is to have fun! There are loads of exciting things to do, see and experience in this thriving city, so use your time wisely and really make the most out of your trip.

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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