A Beginner’s Guide to London

London welcomes visitors from all around the world, and as one of the most visited cities in the world, it can be easy to feel like you’ve already been there. But there’s nothing like standing in front of Big Ben as it chimes, or gliding along the river on a riverboat! Take a look at our beginner’s guide to find out the must dos and sees.

Transport

One of the most important parts of any trip, knowing how to get around is important. London has lots of easy to use options, including the London underground, buses and taxis. The underground can seem confusing but it gets easier the more you use it. There are stations all over London, making it one of the better ways to get around the city, because it is pretty reliable. The iconic black taxi cab is a more direct way of getting to where you want to be, though you will have to contend with congestion, and a higher price. Finally, buses are cheap and reliable too.

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Art and Culture

The V&A – the Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the world’s best museums. With 150 galleries showcasing everything from furniture to ceramics to sculpture to fashion, spanning centuries. Admission is free for the permanent collection, but there is a charge for temporary exhibitions (and you’ll usually have to buy tickets in advance).

See a West End Show – head to Leicester Square to get last minute tickets for the shows that are on.

Natural History Museum – another free museum with hundreds of unique specimen collections.

The National Portrait Gallery – this gallery has the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, but you won’t find them all in London. There are a number of locations across the UK that hold the collection.

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Sights to See

There are some places in London that you simply have to see:

–          Houses of Parliament – open to all visitors to watch debates or take a tour.

–          Big Ben – you can also book a tour of Elizabeth tower.

–          Tower Bridge – visit this famous Victorian bridge.

–          The Shard – London’s highest viewing platform.

–          Buckingham Palace – the queen is only in when the royal standard is raised along with the Union Jack.

–          Westminster Abbey – a 700 year old building, the church has a rich history.

–          London Aquarium – great for kids and adults alike.

Wherever you choose to visit during your trip to London, we hope you have a great time.

 

 

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