London is a favourite destination for day-trippers, city breakers, and weekend getaways across the UK. But with so much to do, it can be difficult to plan a weekend there. To help you out, here is the ultimate guide to making the most out of your weekend trip to London.
- Stay in Central London
Before you begin to plan your weekend itinerary, it is essential to first decide where you are going to stay. Whilst it might be tempting to save a little money by staying outside of the city centre, staying in central London is a must to make sure you don’t waste any of your precious limited time commuting.
For a budget-friendly yet luxury hotel stay, why not try Dorsett Hotel, City. It is situated close to lots of tourist attractions such as the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. You can also easily get to other areas of London on the Tube, as the Dorsett Hotel is right next to Aldgate Underground Station.
- Manage your expectations – don’t try and see everything
Whilst you can see many of the sights in London during a two-day weekend trip, it is usually recommended to spend at least three to four days in the capital to truly appreciate everything. Therefore, try and manage your expectations and don’t try and see everything.
Consider how long you might want to spend at each place. Would you be happy taking a look at just the outside, or are you wanting more of an interactive and immersive experience? This will ensure that you make the most of the attractions that you do have time to see.
- Book in advance wherever possible for ‘fast track’ or ‘skip the line’ tickets
Let’s be honest – no one really likes waiting in line, especially when you know you have a limited amount of time. Booking your tickets in advance can offer you exclusive tickets which allow you to skip the line, saving you time to spend inside the attraction itself.
- Take advantage of public transport (especially the Tube)
The Transport for London offers many public transport services covering the entirety of the city. From buses to boats, public transport can allow for a quicker travel time than a taxi journey along congested streets.
The Tube is perhaps London’s most famous mode of public transport, a network of underground train lines that can get you from A to B in a matter of minutes. Invest in an Oyster Card or tap-in with a contactless credit or debit card to take advantage of their pay as you go price caps.
- Be prepared for all weather
The Great British weather is famously unpredictable, with heat waves one minute and thunderstorms the next! Don’t be caught out and let it stop you from enjoying your time in London. Make sure to pack clothing which is suitable for all kinds of weather.
- List everything you want to do and pin them on Google Maps
For an efficient travel experience and to spend less time and money travelling, plot all of your activities into Google Maps. This will allow you to group things together and get directions in an instant.
With this ultimate guide to making the most out of your weekend trip to London, all that is left to do is to get exploring and enjoy.