The UK is one place that makes the phrase “hustle and bustle” sound fun and exciting. There are endless things to do for families, couples or young adults who want to experience the true British culture. There’s a wide variety of good restaurants to satisfy different tastes.
And if you’re travelling on a budget, you can easily find a cheap hostel in London that can be your home away from home. If it’s your first time here, there are things you’ll need to know about London that can help you enjoy your stay without feeling like a stranger in a foreign land.
Get an Oyster Card from a Tube Station
London has a subway system that they call the Tube or the Underground. You can get your Oyster Card for a refundable deposit. This will help you save a lot of time and money as you go around the city. Kids below 11 can travel the Tube free, and children aged 11 to 13 get a reduced rate.
Visit Museums and Art Galleries for Free
You read that right. You can spend the day soaking up the rich heritage of London from the many museums and galleries scattered across the city for free.
Drive Left, Stand Right
In London, cars drive on the left lane. This may be a bit confusing for those who are used to the right side. So, be careful when crossing the street. And because public transport is cheap and easy, it’s best that you rely on that rather than driving your own car, especially if it’s your first time.
Tipping Isn’t Customary
It’s okay for waiters, barbers, bellhops and taxi drivers if you don’t tip them. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.
Keep these traveller tips in mind and save them for future reference, because after experiencing London for the first time, you’re going to want to plan your next visit right away.