8 tips for organizing a trip to London
If London is your next travel destination or it is one of the options that you consider, in our post we give you eight tips to organize a trip to London and make the most of it. Take note!
1. Plan your route and your accommodation
For us this is the second step when starting to plan a trip. The first would be to buy the flights :). London has many tourist attractions, not only in the city center. Planning your visit in advance you will get the most out of your vacation time.
For a short weekend visit, in Westminster you will find things for a couple of days. So it may be a good idea to look for accommodation in the area and avoid traveling unless you want to see something outside the center.
For a longer trip you have more flexibility to decide what to see each day and where to stay. However, there are many things to do and to see. If you want to make the most of your trip, we recommend that you mark on a map what you want to see. Choose for each day 2-3 things that are nearby to spend the day in that same area. And not everything is seeing and visiting places of tourist interest. Enjoy the day to day of the city on the terrace of a cafe, having a pint in a pub or sitting in a park to rest.
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2. London Pass
The London Pass is access to certain tourist attractions with a single card. Prices range from 79 Pounds for the 1-day adult pass to 201 Pounds for the 10-day pass. The pass includes visits to most of London's paid attractions such as Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London,…
Review the list of paid attractions you want to visit and calculate the price of tickets separately. It is possible that if you want to visit several things in 2-3 days, it will be much better to buy the pass with the included tickets.
Visit the London Pass website to see prices and attractions.
3. Free plans in London
In London there are many things to do for which you do not have to pay anything at all. The main museums are free and some of its main attractions are public, such as the markets of Camden, Portobello or Borough, Hyde Park, famous stages such as Trafalgar Square or Picadilly Circus,...
If you are interested in learning more, check out our post with 10 free things to do in London.
4. Excursions outside London
If you have one spare day, you can take advantage of it to get to know the surroundings of London such as Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford, Cambridge or Dover. In one day you can visit any of these places and many more as we told you in our post with 5 1-day excursions from London.
There are companies that organize them, some of them can be reached by public transport or you can rent a car to get there and go your own way
5. Transport in London
The best option for transport in London is to buy an Oyster Card. This card is a prepaid card that costs 5 Pounds that are refundable upon return. The trips you take cost half the usual rate and have a maximum spending limit per day and per area. So even if you exceed that maximum expense you will no longer pay more during the day.
The Oyster Card has a visitor version. It is ordered online and sent to your home. The price is 5 Pounds plus shipping and in this case, it is not refundable. The advantage is that you have discounts at restaurants and other tourist attractions. Check their website to see all available options.
6. European Health Card or travel insurance
For the time being and until changes are notified after Brexit, to travel to the United Kingdom and have free healthcare, you only must apply for the European Health Card. The card is free and is requested at INSS offices, by phone or online (in Spain).
This card covers travelers who are temporarily in another EU country with the same conditions that they would have in the public health service of their country. If you are traveling from January 2021, the current conditions of use of the European Health Card may be different.
This card does not cover assistance to private doctors or flight delays, loss or theft of luggage, etc. For this you must pay for a travel insurance with these coverages. Eurochange readers have a 5% discount on the IATI travel insurances. Click on the banner.
7. Currency exchange
To travel to London you will need to change your Euros to Pounds. At Eurochange you can make your exchange with the best rate and without commissions. Change the Euros you need before your trip and, on your return, you can change your leftover Pounds (the notes, not the coins) back to Euros.
In addition, don’t worry about the amount of Pounds to carry, since with our Buy Back Service you can return your leftover Pounds with the same rate your paid for them. Check the conditions of our Buy Back Service.
8. Must-have in the suitcase
We have already arrived at the suitcase so we assume that all of the above is under control.
It is surely not the first time that you hear that the weather in London is unpredictable. Well it's true. In the same day it can be sunny, airy, rainy and sunny again. So in your suitcase you should not miss an umbrella or raincoat and, in case you go in the summer, a jacket that will keep you warm in case it cools.
Another thing you should not forget is a power adapter. For about 10 or 15 Euros you can buy multiple adapters that will serve you for almost all countries in the world. Get one of them and always carry it in the suitcase.
Traveling to London after Brexit
As of the date of this post, the United Kingdom is already outside the European Union, but the regulations that will regulate tourist traffic between them have not yet been established. To date you can travel with your Spanish ID, but we recommend that you prepare the Passport just in case. It never hurts to carry two documents and leave one of them in the accommodation.
As of January 1, 2021, the new regulations with the corresponding changes are expected to be in progress.
Are you missing something else to prepare your perfect trip to London? Have a good trip!
June 22, 2020