The Park Grand guide to travelling around London

London Culture

It’s no secret that making your way around the UK’s busiest city can be a tad stressful, especially if you’ve never been before. No doubt you’ve been warned about travelling in London with all sorts of horror stories about endless queues and impossible public transport systems but don’t worry, it’s not all that bad.

Here at the Park Grand Hotel London, we strive to make sure your London experience is the best it can be. To help reduce the stress of travelling and help make your city break more relaxing we’ve put together this handy travel guide. There are tips and tricks to ensure that you find your way comfortably and easily to the Park Grand London Paddington.

Book ahead

There’s nothing worse than getting to the train station, bus stop or airport and realising you’re short on money or you don’t have enough time to queue up for a ticket. This is an awkward experience everyone’s been through and there’s nothing fun about it. You can avoid the stress of getting left behind by booking all your tickets in advance. The beauty of the internet means that most transport organisations, including the Underground, now let you buy your tickets well in advance. This means that when the ticket officer asks for your ticket you can whip it out straight away. Being prepared will ensure that you get to the Park Grand Hotel London and start your holiday off without any stress.

Peak times

There’s no escaping the fact that London is the busiest city in Britain and sometimes there’s nothing that can be done about the huge queues on the Underground. Fortunately, though there are techniques to avoid the masses and escape the big crowds. The busiest times tend to be early in the morning and late afternoon when the flocks of commuters are making their way to and from work. If you plan your travel around these times it should make the entire experience a lot easier and less stressful.

Oyster Card

Without a doubt, the best way to get around the city is on the Underground. The iconic subway system is the fastest way to get from A to B in London, which is why it gets so busy. Although it is convenient, riding the Underground rails can get a little pricey. That’s where an Oyster Card comes in. Visitors to London can buy a tourist Oyster Card which will give you discounted travel prices. That means you can drastically reduce the amount of cash you have to dish out on travel, freeing up more spending money for fun things.

Map App

The modern age is a beautiful thing and has made it so much easier for even the most hopeless traveller to find their way around. Before you head to London be sure to download a map app on your phone in case you lose your way. Being able to type in a destination and get instant directions in the palm of your hand makes traversing London a lot easier.