A First-timers guide to London

London Bridge

It has been over a year since I was in London, I only got to spend five days there but it was amazing. I felt as though I had stepped on to a film set of a historical drama.

London is a massive city so organizing a trip can be overwhelming.  Here I have put together a first-timers guide to London to help you make the most of your first trip to this amazing city.

 

The London Pass

House in Suburban London

 This Pass gives you access to over 80 + Iconic London attractions. Entry to the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and even Wembley Stadium is all included on the pass. Therefore, it is great value for money. The pass gives you access over a set period of up to 10 days for 150 pounds which is around $270 AUD. Yes, it sounds like a lot but it is worth it especially if you plan on visiting a number of attractions.

You can read more about here: https://www.londonpass.com/

Transport

London is an easy city to get around with an extensive rail network that covers most of the city. Both of its major airports Heathrow and Gatwick have their own express trains from the airport into London. It is a really cost-effective way of getting around.

 You can find more info about the underground, Heathrow express and Gatwick express here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/tube/

https://www.heathrowexpress.com/#/

https://www.gatwickexpress.com/

London also offers some great hop on hop off sightseeing buses over I would recommend the Original Tour Company who run six routes throughout London visiting most of London’s main attractions. You can choose from one, two or three-day pass that gives you access to all routes around London. https://www.theoriginaltour.com/en

There are also, of course, the famous black cabs. Resist the urge to get ones waiting out the front of the airport as they will cost you an arm and a leg. If you pre-book it once your off the plane you can save yourself a heap before your journey has even begun.

Accommodation

They’re thousands of options for accommodation in London depending on your budget and area your looking to stay it.

London is a well-connected city as long as you close to an underground station for you can’t go too far wrong. Here I have listed some accommodation options around London to suit your needs and budget.

 

Astor Museum Hostel 

https://www.astorhostelshttps:/

Located across the road from the British Museum and a short walk to the underground provides a great location on a budget. The Hostel features Large dorms 8-16 Beds, Smaller  Dorms 4 – 6 Beds and Private Twin Rooms ranging from £15 – £75 per night. It also features free wifi, free locker padlock hire and £ 1 Continental breakfast.

Lonsdale Hotel

http://lonsdalehotel.net/

This is another budget-friendly option with simple private rooms with a choice of a shared bathroom for £ 55 per night and private ensuite room for £ 65 per night giving you the perfect place to crash after a busy day sightseeing. 

The Royale Chulan Hyde Park Hotel

https://www.trc-hydeparkhotel.com/

If you’re looking for something more versatile with cooking facilities The Royale Chulan Hyde Park Hotel located across the road from Hyde Park is a great option. Featuring comfortable rooms with a small kitchenette with 2 burner stove and microwave perfect a longer stay with a Double room for £ 104 per night.

 

Attractions

They’re plenty of things to see and do in London no matter what you enjoy from the extravagant castles and palaces to a visit to Old Trafford you’re bound to find something!

 

Here are some of my favourites 

Windsor Castle 


I visited Windsor castle on a day tour which I would highly recommend most of the day tours depart from Victoria station in central London which is set up with several terminals for all the different tour companies.

The town of Windsor was also a highlight in itself with cobblestone streets and old pubs on every corner. There are also some gorgeous shops in the arcades that are definitely worth a visit.

 

The Tower of London

Being a massive history fan it is no surprise that I loved The Tower of London. The Team from the Historic Royal Palaces charity have done an amazing job of preserving and bringing the history of the tower to life and is definitely a highlight.

River Cruise Along the River Themes 

From Tower of London, you can get the Thames sightseeing river cruise which gives you a great view of London from the river which can take you all the way up to Westminster and you can get some great shot of tower bridges. 

 

 

Tours 

They’re also some amazing day tours you can choose from. I did my with Evan Evans they were really professional and knowledgeable about the places we were visiting and their buses were really comfortable.

  1. Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath

This tour visits three key historical landmarks of Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath giving you the chance to visit the queen’s residence, the historic archaeological site of Stonehenge as well as the ancient roman bath all in one day!

 

 

2. London In Style Tour with Afternoon Tea in Westminster Abbey

This tour visits 3 great attractions and as you’re with a tour you get express entry into the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey as well as a nice afternoon tea at the  Borough market.

3. Tastes of London: Borough Market and Gin Distillery 

This tour gives you a chance to get an insight into the oldest market in London as well as getting to visit Beefeater gin distillery to sample some of the finest locally produced gin.

I hope this has given you some tips and ideas for your first trip to London! If you enjoyed reading you can subscribe to get an email when I make a new blog post. You can also follow me on social media you can find on the socials tab here https://madiescapes.com/socials/

(P.S None of this is Sponsored this is all based on my opinions on what I would recommend)

~ Madi

 

 

 

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