Planning a Trip to London – Everything You Need to Know

Planning a trip to London this year? You’re far from alone. While travel may have been off the cards for most of us over the past couple of years, more people are being vaccinated, the travel restrictions in many countries are lifting and more of us are considering getting away on a break than ever.

Of course, the world is your oyster, filled with potential city breaks, beach holidays, sports getaways and more. London, of course, has great appeal – and that’s why roughly 30 million people visit it every single year. But what should you focus on when planning your trip to London? Here are some suggestions to get the ball rolling.

Travel Restrictions

A key area to consider when travelling anywhere nowadays is travel restrictions. The UK currently doesn’t have any restrictions when it comes to travel in and out of its borders. You don’t necessarily need to be vaccinated or have PCR testing to head in or out. This makes international travel into these areas a lot more simple and straightforward. Of course, you should always make sure to keep up to date with the news in case of any changes.

Transport

There are countless routes into London, both nationally and internationally, so shop around for the best option for you. You can fly into one of its major airports, you can get the Eurostar in from countries like France, you can drive and into one of England’s ferry ports, then drive to London if you want to bring your car, or you could use the rail system if you’re travelling in from other areas of England. The best option for you will depend entirely on your personal needs and circumstances.

If you decide to fly in, London has a few major airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick. When considering various transport options, you should ensure that you keep things such as TUI flight extras, flight times, and travel insurance in mind. 

Once you’ve arrived, the city’s excellent public transport system makes it easy to get around. The underground tube network is the most popular and convenient way to get around. There are also overground train services, buses, taxis, and water travel options if you’re feeling adventurous. The tube is the quickest and most reliable way to get around the city and can be used with a contactless bank card. 

Accommodation

London

Make sure to book your accommodation before arriving in London. While you may be able to bag last minute details in some places, London is a very high demand city, so you should do what you can to prepare in advance and secure a space to rest for the night. Choose accommodation near key areas you want to visit. This could mean hotels near Hammersmith, Kensington, Shoreditch, Wembley or anywhere else. Some central or particularly popular areas will be higher cost than others, so if you want to stay further out, you can rest assured that London has a great public transport system that can get you from your hotel to major sights easily.

An Itinerary

Plan your time in London beforehand, as you can often find advance bookings or tourism passes can save you money and secure you entry. Many also include queue jumps, allowing you to access sights and monuments without the major wait. London is packed with things to do, so make sure to consider what is most important to you and avoid overly filling your schedule. From Buckingham Palace to the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, the London Dungeons, Madame Tussaud’s and so much more, there’s something to meet everyone’s needs.

Hopefully, some of the guidance above will help you to get your trip off to a good start!

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