5 Things to Know Before Visiting London

London is a vibrant city with seemingly endless things to see and do. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or staying for longer you’ll want to make the most of your time in the stunning UK capital. If this is your first trip to the city then here are a few things you need to know before you arrive.

1.   Hop on a Red Bus Before Hailing a Black Cab

Public transport in London is a great way to save money and to experience the city like a local. Picking up an Oyster Card is a must if you’re planning to use public transport regularly throughout your stay as they offer great savings and can be used on trams, buses and tubes, opening up routes to the entire city. It’s also worth knowing that children under 11 can travel for free with an adult using an Oyster card meaning public transport is a fantastic cheap way to explore the city with your family.

2.   Museums Here are Free

London is bursting with history and culture, home to over 300 museums and galleries, many of which are completely free. What better way to spend a rainy London day than exploring the world-class exhibits of The British Museum or admiring astounding artwork in The National Gallery.

3.   Londoners Are Foodies…

…And you will be too. London is famously a melting pot and the city’s food markets are a culinary reflection of this. With food markets popping up across the city you won’t have to look far to find something to get your stomach rumbling. Borough Market has been trading since around the 12th century making it London’s oldest food market and here you’ll find vendors serving up everything from Cypriot street food to Argentine sweet treats. Our top tip would be to turn up with an empty stomach!

4.   The Truth about Tipping

Unlike their neighbours across the pond, Brits have a rather relaxed approach when it comes to tipping. Tipping is rarely essential or expected, with exception to the occasional service charge being added to your bill if you’re dining with a large group. That being said tipping is ALWAYS appreciated, so if you feel like you’ve experienced outstanding service then leaving your bartender or server a tip of 10-15% is a great way to show your satisfaction.

5.   Theatre Tickets Don’t Always Break the Bank

London’s West End is notoriously expensive, but with some of the world’s best shows gracing London’s stages you won’t want to miss out on an unforgettable experience. Heading into Leicester Square you will find ticket offices selling heavily discounted theatre tickets. You’ll snatch up the best deals by purchasing tickets the day of the showing and if you’re flexible regarding what you want to see.

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