London City is awash with tourists from all over the world, all year round, because the city abounds in tourist attractions – ranging from historical museums to modern galleries, art exhibitions to taste fusions, and fun parties to educational activities. London has something to offer tourists of all ages and interests.
Thinking about becoming a London tourist? A bit of helpful information for you:
If you plan to visit London, there is some basic information that you need to know, and which will help you plan your trip better, make the most of your stay and decide which places are worth visiting.
- Tourist Information Centre: London’s major tourist information centre is the Britain and London Visitor Centre, or BLVC. This is located at 1 Lower Regent Street. This centre’s opening hours are:
Monday 9.30 – 18.30
Tuesday to Friday 9.00 – 18.30
Saturday 10.00 – 16.00 from October to May; and 9.00 to 17.00 from June to September.
Sunday 10.00 to 16.00.
- The best month to visit London is September. The weather is normally good during this month. This month is also loaded with activities and festivals like the Seafood festival in Hay’s Galleria and Jazz Festival in Soho. This month is also the start of the theatre and opera season.
- In the UK, the “normal” times for meals and shops are as follows: Breakfast tends to be between 7 and 9am; Lunch is earlier than in much of Europe, served between 12 and 1.30/2pm or 2pm; Evening meals can be any time between 6pm and 8.30/9pm. Although in London you can eat whenever you like, times are a often bit more rigid outside the capital. Shops are usually open from 9am until 5.30pm non-stop, Monday to Saturday, though again, London is an exception.
- When looking for a hostel or accommodation in London, always consider proximity to the tube stations. While you can always get other public transport, the tube is usually faster and more reliable. So browse for several hostels in London prior to deciding on a reservation or booking. If you’re out for the evening, it’s vital to know that the London Underground stops around 11.30pm/midnight. If you need to get around London later, you can use Night Bus routes (generally much slower and much less frequent than the same routes during the day) or taxis. Licenced black taxi cabs are more expensive than unlicenced minicabs, but much safer, and the black cab drivers know London like the back of their hand.
- If you are travelling with kids, plan your itinerary carefully in advance, and of course make sure you include activities that will entertain the kids. This is to avoid making them feel bored during the visit. London has several tourist attractions for kids.
- When choosing tourist attractions to visit, most tourists would prefer the natural attractions. But there are also man made attractions that are worth being part of your visit itinerary like the Madame Tusssauds, London Dungeon and London Eye.
If you find out a bit about London before you come, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it more!
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