It’s a pretty safe bet to say London is one of the most visited cities in Europe- and maybe the world.
In 2018 – pre-pandemic of course – the city attracted a staggering 40 million visitors in a year. And that should come as absolutely no surprise; London’s list of things to see and do is almost endless, and you can be sure that there is something for everyone.
Follow this travel guide to help you to maximise your time in the city; don’t waste time figuring out currency and ways to travel when you’re in London- there is far too much to see!
Let’s take a look at how you can make the most of your time in London.
Make sure you are on top of these steps before you start your journey.
Getting ahead of the game means that you won’t be left unable to pay for train tickets or getting caught in rain showers! You’ll have all the time in the world to enjoy this incredible city.
The Best Time to Visit
London gets a pretty unfair wrap when it comes to the weather.
Sure, in peak winter it’s cold and grey and the days are short; and yes it does rain a lot. But don’t let that put you off.
Spring- Springtime offers crisp, clear mornings and is an explosion of colour and life- this is the best time to explore the city’s world famous parks.
Summer- London’s summers are packed with blue skies and warm days. The city spends its time in beer gardens, parks and beautiful town squares and there are music festivals all over the place.
Autumn- Autumn is a time of colourful trees and wonderful halloween celebrations. Planning your route around cafes and stunning indoor venues is a great way to get around.
Christmas- The Holidays are truly magical in London as the city comes to life with tens of thousands of colourful lights and stunning displays. Christmas markets appear all over the city and the buzz of Christmas can be felt pretty much everywhere.
In essence, what I’m trying to say is this: there is not really a bad time of year to visit the city. There are great times to visit, and good times to visit.
If you’re aiming for the summer then pack for warm weather, and maybe bring a light jacket that’s easy to carry.
Winter can be chilly but is often cheaper, so bring warm clothes and make sure you have an umbrella, just in case!
London uses the Great British Pound so make sure you have a travel card, or cash to get you through your trip.
No one in the UK will be able to accept Euros!
English is the main language in the UK, although London is home to 9 million people and the diversity is incredible so you may hear many different languages as you roam the streets.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of amazing hotels in London, but choosing one that is centrally located is super important as London actually spans an area 15 times larger than Paris!
Book a room at one of the incredible Park Grand Hotels London for a super central stay. Try the Park Grand Paddington Court Hotel for a luxury stay in one of the best hotels near Lancaster Gate Station.
Easy access to the whole city is guaranteed and you’ll get to enjoy a stunning, in-house Park Grand Restaurant.
Getting Around During Your Stay
As we previously mentioned- London is pretty huge. It is also extremely easy to traverse, thanks to its incredible public transport network.
Let’s take a look at how you can get around this awesome city.
The Underground and Overground
London’s world famous underground rail network was actually the first system of its type to open. In 1853 there was one line a handful of stops- fast forward to 2023 and there are over 270 stations connected by 11 lines for the Underground alone.
When you add the overground into the mix you really do have a comprehensive network. This is probably the fastest and most efficient way to cover huge areas of the city as fast as possible- and one of the busiest and most used public transport systems on the planet.
London’s black cabs are also pretty iconic, and still make for a great way to get around- despite heavy competition.
Hailing a cab is easier than ever thanks to a new app, and you can even ask for an electric one! The cab drivers knowledge of the city is second to none, and their route finding abilities are awe inspiring.
London’s double decker buses are yet another icon of the city, and they allow millions of Londoners access to the city every year.
With the bus network complimenting the rail system you really can go anywhere you want, with relative ease.
Using the river as transport is a dying notion- but it absolutely shouldn’t be.
See the city from a great new perspective, and get around quickly. If your destinations are anywhere near a river bank, there is no faster or more pleasant way to cross the city than by boat.
Cycling is arguably the best way to see London. There are bikes all over the city available to rent called the Santander Cycles, and plenty of cycle lanes and bike friendly areas.
All you have to do is download the app, select a bike and ride to your next destination. Easy!
If you’re not going to cycle, then surly walking is the best way to experience any new city.
Get to know the buzz of the streets, see the city’s best sights and do it all at your own pace!
The Unmissable Attractions
London is truly full to the brim with incredible attractions and amazing landmarks, but the three listed below are amongst the very best.
The Official residence of the British Royal Family, Buckingham Palace is a stunning architectural gem and attracts millions of tourists every year.
The Changing of the Guard ceremony is particularly popular with tourists.
The Tower of London & London Bridge
The Tower of London is one of the city’s most historic buildings, and one of the most striking castles in the country. Learn the bloody and eccentric history of this stunning building, and meet the ‘Beefeater’ guards who care for the structure.
London Bridge is quite literally right next to the Tower, and is one of the most iconic bridges in the world. Cross the Sky Bridge, visit the engine rooms and see the stunning bridge open.
The City’s Parks
London is one of the leading cities in the world in terms of ‘green space’, and the many parks that populate the city are truly gorgeous.
Each one is worth visiting and offers something totally different- so get back to nature and explore the wild world within the city.
Explore London Now
So there you have it; everything you need to know in order to maximise your stay in London.
Don’t get caught up in the logistics of visiting a new city, follow these tips and make your next visit an absolute breeze!
After a full day exploring you’ll be able to return to your stunning room at any of the Park Grand Hotels and enjoy the best London hotel restaurant on offer.