There’s no denying that London is a popular city in the UK to visit, whether you’re coming from another part of Britain or have flown into the country from Europe or elsewhere.
Many people from the UK know that London is a busy and bustling place to visit – even during the week when visitor numbers are low.
You’re likely reading this article today because you’re planning to have a weekend trip to the capital, but you don’t want to be feeling stressed out.
With that in mind, here are some practical ideas you can consider for a stress-free weekend break to the big smoke:
Don’t Stay In The City Centre
You might think that it’s best to stay somewhere right in the middle of central London. After all: it’ll mean you’re right in the heart of the action?
The truth is, staying slap bang in the middle of central London is a bad idea for two reasons: firstly, it’ll be expensive, and secondly, you likely won’t get much sleep due to noise levels!
Instead, it makes more sense to stay outside of the city centre. For example, a hotel near Shepherds Bush tube would be a great idea.
Use Public Transport To Get Around
London has an excellent public transport infrastructure – TfL – comprising the world-famous London Underground tube network, buses, suburban trains, including the DLR (Docklands Light Railway), and river ferries.
On top of that, you can also catch a cab to take you directly to destinations during peak times. Driving in London is not for the faint-hearted, so it’s worth using the public transport system there instead.
Have An Itinerary
You’re only visiting London for a weekend, so it’s a good idea to have a list (written or mental) of places you want to visit during your stay there.
If you don’t have an itinerary, you may waste the limited time you have – especially if much of that time involves figuring out where to go!
Consider using websites like TripAdvisor to give you some inspiration for points of interest and attractions to visit.
Plan Plenty Of Rest Breaks
London is a big city that spans an area of just over 600 square miles! As you can imagine, there are plenty of things to see and do in central London. You’re probably hoping to see as much of the city as possible in the two or so days you are there.
However, walking around a lot, jumping on the tube, and getting involved with various activities can be exhausting. That’s why you shouldn’t forget to plan plenty of rest breaks during your travels.
Look For Discounts Online
One final thing you should do is use your smartphone to find cheaper ways of visiting specific points of interest and getting something to eat from various restaurants.
As you might know, London can be an expensive city to visit. However, it’s possible to spend your weekend without needing to sell an arm and a leg by looking for discounts online.
For example, you can download discount codes or vouchers to use that will let you into attractions at heavily discounted rates compared to what you would have paid at the doors.
Good luck – and have fun during your weekend trip to London!