Travel to a small drizzly island off north eastern continental Europe and you will find one of the world’s truly global cities. Standing for almost two millennia, this city combines the old and new, and everything else in between. Sure, join the hordes of tourists updating their profile pictures at the cities most well known attractions; but when it comes down to it, Big Ben is just a big clock and Buckingham Palace is the opulent home of a tax-dodging old lady (the Queen almost certainly won’t be home either).
Besides the stereotypes, there are a myriad of opportunities for a good time in London: physically impossible is it to be stuck for something to do in the UK’s capital. In an attempt to ensure you are not paralysed by the burden of choice we’ve come up with a few tips to help you get the most out of your visit.
- Tower Bridge Experience. For just £9 you can climb to the top of the famous bridge and take in its views, while also traversing its glass walkway allowing you to watch the traffic below. Short of buying a helicopter you won’t get many better views of the city.
- Instead of spending £20+ to spend half your day queuing for over-sized ferris wheel (The London Eye), why not climb to the top of London’s most recognizable landmarks, St Paul’s Cathedral. The less pricy £15 entry fee buys you the same 360 degree views of the city from the cathedrals dome, but also grants you access to one of the most impressive church buildings in Europe: killing two birds with a cheaper stone.
- The British museum, the Natural History Museum, the Science museum, the National Gallery and the Tate Modern. All of these attractions are free and easily accessible in central London
- Avoid Taxi's: take the Tube, fairly uncomplicated to navigate, quicker and cheaper than overland alternatives, the tube will take you almost anywhere you want to go in the city.
- The city is full of parks, and there is no open container law, put two and two together and you’ve got yourself a day out for the cost of a couple of cans. Bring an umbrella!