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How long have you planned to go to visit London?

This is our guide to the best of London!

For all of you that since young you learn how to dream, please never stop to do it. This was my dream since I was child: London.

The big city also known by the best seller book and movie of Harry Potter. Big city right? A city who’s got his charm but like all the big cities even some defects.

 

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Even if London is the biggest city in Europe, it is clear with a good guide you can easily see the best of London in a few days, but be ready to walk a lot.

First of all, the weather, but what we can do. This is the most typical problem for all the tourists, it could be too cold and always raining but think about us.

We are coming from the south of Italy where we always had sun, where during Christmas time we had 20 degrees. But, I have to say that is not too bad.

If you are planning your holiday and you are thinking about London I’ll suggest during springtime or even better summer, where the day is long and is not getting darker at 3 pm. But London is always beautiful even if is winter.

The first thing that you should know about London, especially when you will lend is that is got 6 airports and all of them well connected with the city centre.

We have London City, Luton, Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick, Southend.

The last one was open for a few years and is the most far away, but in the past two years is growing a lot. For the rest of it there a lot of easy ways to reach them, by tube, by bus ( which I’ll suggest booking via EasyBus), and by train

. More or less they are about the same distance, let’s say half an hour, it always depends how you want to travel, of course, if you will choose the train I’ll be quicker.

Once in the centre, if you will stay more then three days the best solution it will be to buy an oyster card.

Please forget about all the ideas that you have about public transport because it is completely different. In London is the best metropolitan system, where every two minutes you have transport even if is a pick time.

As we said the Oyster card is the most common solution. You can travel from zone 1-2 which the cost is £34.80. It seems like a lot of money but I have to say here to spend this amount of money is really worth.

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The best of London – WHAT TO SEE IN LONDON

The first thing that you could think about London is the famous “London Eye” where you can see London and all the shadows. The closest tube is Westminster close to the Parliament where you will find the “Big Ben” as well, the symbol of this big city. Walking around you will discover a lot of amazing places where you can relax and forget about the rest.

We will suggest you a nice walk along Southwalk. You can start this walk in front of Westminster and it will end in Tower Bridge, passing by the famous St. Paul Cathedral and London Bridge.

My favourite place here? Well, it will be always the SKYGARDEN. From this place, free access, you can see the best of London and print in your brain this amazing landscape on the city.

 Is located in the heart of the city, easy to reach it and the closest tube is Bank. The ticket is free, but you must book in advance, especially during the summer period is always busy. It’s a huge skyscraper where once you will arrive on the 35th floor, trust me, it will be amazing.

As the access is free, you can book the ticket only online and just for the month not for the following one. Usually, there is no restriction about the time, so if you spend more then an hour don’t worry about it, nothing will happen.

You can stop by and go to the bar for a drink, it won’t be cheap but at least you will enjoy the most beautiful panorama. The cost of the life here in London is expensive but when we are talking about shopping nothing is too much.

Of course, you cannot miss the best shops in the city, like Piccadilly, Regent St, and Oxford.

Be ready to spend a full day of shopping, starting from Trafalgar square, stopping by Starbuck or costa with a coffee and following towards Leicester Square, where you will find your happiness, the M&M’s store.

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SHOPPING IN LONDON 

Once arrived in Leicester Square you will walk to Piccadilly, where, in the middle of the square, there is Eros’s statue and from there towards Regent Street and you will enjoy all the shops around it. For example, if you have kids, or not, there is Hamleys, five floors of toys, puzzles, and legos.

After spending one hour in this shop you will reach Oxford Circus, where on your right-hand side, next to Marble Arch door and Tottenham Court Road, here you go the biggest Primark ever.

Do you know what is it? A woman’s dream, accessorize clothes, everything that you might need for men, woman, and kids. Be careful men when a woman goes to Primark be ready that it will be the end.

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THE MOST FAMOUS PARKS – The best of London

After this beautiful day even if tired, the best option will be going to one of the best places ever in London. Hyde Park. It won’t be Central Park but is one the biggest park of the English capital. For sure, most of you might don’t know that in this park there is Peter Pan statue, and the tradition is that to find it you need to get lost. This park is on the boarding of Green Park.

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Another big park, where from there you can reach the queen castle “Buckingham Palace”, where on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday you can see the change of the guard, every morning at 11.

If you are planning your visit during Christmas you cannot miss the Winter Wonderland with all the amazing markets.

The access is free, and the cost of each game raffle is £5 to £8. It is a different way to spend time with your friends or family, with a beer or a sweet.

Those are just a few tips if you are planning your trip and see the best of London. For someone who lives here is different and sometimes difficult, because when you are writing about your “city” you might not find the right words.

For someone who doesn’t live here, it could appear stupid or trivial but the magic of this city is that every moment, person, a day is special.

If you have the chance, it could be a week, a few days, prepare your luggage and fly, fly somewhere you always dream about it because this is the best way to live.

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  2. Great guide! It’s good to know that there are some beautiful places that can be done on a budget. I know London is very expensice, so will save this for later 😉

  3. Ahh a city I know very well! I also love walking along the southbank, and it’s free too! The costs really do add up here, and I totally recommend taking an Oyster card. It’s a must!

  4. London’s a really nice city to explore. A bit tough to see everything there is to see but can’t go wrong with any amount of time in London!

  5. It’s a very wise tip to visit in Summer when the days are longer. I did (also) visit in winter and it’s true, at five in the afternoon you have the feeling it’s already midnight.
    What I also love about London is the free entrance to most of the museums – a great way of saving a bit.

  6. I really enjoyed this review of London, if nothing it really solidified my wish to visit the place. I like how you explained different ways to get around the town, what sites to visit and to get the most out of the whole experience, really well written and full of good advice.

  7. Such a wealth of information on what to do in London. I’m not a big shopper and everything is cheaper in India, but I would love to see Buckingham Palace, maybe do the tour.

  8. Thanks for sharing this! This is really useful as London is an expensive city, so it is nice to know that it can be done on a budget. The prices always seem to put me off but now i will re-consider 🙂

  9. Good tips on London. I live in the city so for me I would budget by – WALKING the whole centre, there is always something to see, dont pay to go into attractions, just look at them and for food, sandwich from Tesco. Its a great way to save money. 😀 But yes, check out the parks. I love regents park and Hyde Park. Amazing.

  10. Thanks for the ideas! I’m heading to London in March and this was so helpful. I’ll definitely be getting an Oyster card and hitting up some of those parks!

  11. Hey Jekie, we are really happy to give you some useful tips. If you need other suggestions we are really happy to help you to organize your trip. We are based here, so we know very well this city, it is under our skin. Just let us know! 😀

  12. I found many useful tips about London in your post. We are planning a trip and I’ve made note of your suggestions. I’m so glad you visited your dream destination!

  13. I just come back from London and I must admit getting an oyster card and taking public transportation was very easy (unlike the last time I was there, guess I didn’t have luck…). The city is a great place if you want to do some shopping and visit a lot of interesting stuff. But don’t forget to do some research, as for example you can’t see Big Ben at the moment because of the renovation. I’ll gladly go back to London anytime !

  14. Great list of Best of London and that too in a budget. I would love to go for shopping in London and also stroll across green parks of London.

  15. Visiting London was a dream since my childhood and still is. Unfortunately, it gets quite expensive to visit from where I live so I am reserving it for a bit later. Thanks for such a detailed post, this will come in handy for my trip planing

  16. This is perfect! I am in London this weekend and have nothing planned- but this helps a ton with money and ideas!!

  17. This is a nice itinerary – I live here so I forget to see the city from a tourist perspective sometimes! I work in the heart of London Bridge by Borough Market so see some some of these sites everyday!

  18. Great post. I find a lot of the best things in London are free. Trafalgar and the National Museum and I always stay near to Hyde Park 🙂

  19. London is such an expensive city, this guide is great! When I was there I loved just walking around, which is free! Also, I shopped at take-outs – they have a great variety instead of going to a lot of restaurants – and the parks are amazing too!

  20. I have been to London a few times I find your article very helpful for someone who is new to London. What could be better than strolling through a London Park- St. James is my favorite!

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