The pulsing heart of the UK, London is home to a wide variety of characters. The city is famous for its serious business quarter and its chic high streets. When you travel to London, you will likely know what you want to see. Make sure that you plan your trip before you get to the city. There are many great places to visit in London, and you will want to see them all.
Getting around in London
Finding your way around the vast city streets will be tricky, but you will soon get the hang of it. Make sure that you buy yourself a map before your visit or download Google Maps for your smartphone. The underground is the best way to get around in the city. You will need to buy an Oyster card when you get to London. You can put money on the card so that you can travel on public transport. Buses and the underground no longer accept cash, so getting a card is vital.
See the main sights
Whilst in London, you will want to see the main sights. You should set aside around a day to see some of the main attractions that the city has to offer. London Bridge and Tower Bridge are must-see places as they make fantastic photo opportunities.
Take the Tate Boat
If you are an art lover, you must take the Tate Boat to see the two Tate galleries in London. The boat takes you on a trip up the river between the two galleries. The Tate Modern is home to many of the weirdest examples of art the world has to offer, whilst the Tate Britain has classic art pieces. Seeing both will allow you to sample the two main fields of art in the UK. Plus, the boat ride itself means you will get to see the skyline from the river.
Find the perfect accommodation
Knowing where to stay in London is difficult. The city has a wide variety of regions from which to choose. You might find that it is cheap to stay on the outskirts of the city, rather than dead in the center. Look for accommodation outside of the city center to get the best deals. For example, you might find that staying in Kensington Town is a cheap alternative to staying in the center of London.
Look out for pop-up stores
London is full of young, creative people. As such, you will often find a range of pop-up stores in the city center. These stores will sell anything from original artwork to designer clothes. The stores are open for a limited time, meaning that you can buy some individual pieces from them. Make sure you look out for adverts or flyers about pop-up stores so that you can find some great deals.
Drink coffee in an abandoned toilet
One hidden treasure, just off Oxford Street, sounds a little odd but is wonderful. The Attendant is a small cafe in what used to be a gentlemen's public toilet. The converted coffee shop is below street level; you have to walk down some stairs on the street to find it. Once inside the cafe looks... Well, it still looks like a toilet, only much cleaner. You can enjoy a latte underground whilst in the center of London.
Visit the British Library
While you are in London, you must visit the British Library. The library is home to plenty of incredible books and individual pieces. You might even get to see some of Shakespeare's original pieces or marvel at some of the drafts of the Magna Carta. The building itself is quite stunning as well, and so the library is worth visiting.