Hello friends and followers!
As promised we’re back with more great tips just for you! Here are the top 10 about our latest visit:
1) Museums – lots and lots of them, for every type of person! And they are all amazing. The best part? A lot of them are for Free! You are welcome to leave a donation but other than that you can enjoy a little bit of world culture without any cost.
2) The Tube (subway) – it’s great and it takes you pretty much everywhere in the city and it’s outskirts. So if you are planning to stay for a few days this is definitely the transport you want to use. It’s divided in zones (1 to 6) and you can choose the area that best works for you according to the place you are staying (see Oyster card bellow).
3) Trains – they’re super comfortable and fast but I bit too expensive for my taste…. unfortunately sometimes it’s the only way you have to get to where you want in a decent amount of time.
4) Buses – surprisingly cheap and a great way to get around! We used them in the areas the tube didn’t cover and were presently surprised with it. Also the drivers are very nice and will let you know where your stop is, in case you are totally ignorant as to your location, like me! 🙂
5) Oyster card – this is the greatest invention ever! Basically it’s a reusable card that you buy for £5 and charge with whatever amount you want or buy a 7 day pass (our option). The pass allowed us to do unlimited travels in the tube and most buses. It’s a much better option than it’s “touristic” relatives. You can buy them in most tube stations.
6) Camden Town – I had never been there and now I want to go back every time I’m in town! It’s a super freaky multicultural street market with great food for a very friendly price and lots of fun shops to get some souvenirs. It used to be used as horse stables and it was recovered and turned into a market. Absolutely must visit!
7) London Zoo – I have to admit I was a bit disappointed… For some reason I was expecting it to be a grand place full of wildlife in great enclosures, absolutely adapted to the animals that inhabit it. Unfortunately that’s not the case… I think most of the enclosures could use an upgrade and definitely some maintenance. It also started raining that day, which didn’t exactly help the situation… I don’t regret going there but I don’t think I would do it again. Tourist tip: it’s cheaper to buy the tickets online in advance.
8) Street art – performers are everywhere and a lot of them are really good. I loved sitting in some of the main squares/gardens having my awesome chicken sandwich while watching some of these great artists perform. Sometimes we just have to stop and appreciate what’s around us!
9) Musical shows – absolutely worth every penny! I know they are a little bit expensive but this was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen (if not the best). It was my first time and I definitely will be doing this again. Do yourself a favour and make sure you watch one at least once in your life! Tourist tip: check online for special prices. If you’re an adventurous person you can stand in line just before the show starts to try and get a last minute ticket for a great price.
10) Hyde Park – a piece of relaxing heaven right in the middle of the busy city life. If you need a break this is the place you wanna go to. Ducks, swans, pelicans and squirrels… A little bit of wildlife surround you. Plus the gardens and lakes are impeccable (British style!). And of course you can get some close contact with the animals who are used to people and will come begging for food.
And here it is! I hope you enjoyed our tips and can use them the next time you visit London.
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