Welcome to London!
Let’s make our way through this wonderful, vibrant city and take good care, as it is incredibly easy to get lost. So, you’ve just arrived at the airport. What next?
First of all, there are four airports in London: Heathrow, home of the most important airlines, followed up by Gatwick, Stansted and Luton.
Heathrow is connected to the city center by Piccadilly subway, which will probably make you feel a bit uncomfortable, as trains are quite narrow and do not really allow free movement. Also, maps in subway stations are not always geographically accurate, therefore you are strongly encouraged to purchase a city guide or even use GPS.
You will be surprised to see London is cosmopolitan, as you will meet people of various nationalities and ethnicities. A low percentage of British individuals choose to live in London, unlike other areas of the United Kingdom.
Speaking of traffic, let’s point out a few things a tourist should know about bus routes. Bus, as well as subway tickets’ prices, vary according to the distance of your travel. Buses usually take very short routes, so expect to get in and off several vehicles if you plan on traveling from the city center to suburbs, for example.
Sightseeing is one of the most exciting parts of visiting London. From the famous Big Ben to the London Eye, make sure your camera will run out of memory, as you will definitely want to remember this journey!
What’s more, most cultural institutions like museums do not usually charge their visitors. You can enjoy an exciting cultural experience while visiting The British Museum and National Galleries, as well as getting acquainted with real-sized wax replicas of the world’s most famous people at Madame Tussauds.
Saint Charles Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are representative of the British culture and history and should be part of any tourist’s itinerary. Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is also one of the main tourist attractions, try not to miss it!
If you plan on taking nocturnal walks, you should probably reconsider this choice or take trusted well lit and guarded routes. Public parks are not an option since gates are always locked around 11 PM for security reasons. London is a wonderful place to be, as rush and vibration will ensnare your senses and make you wish to return!