Essential London Tips from Travellers

Download a London underground map from the internet and carry a print out with you for your comfort. We reach the station and at the station ask for the Oyster card, it's basically a prepaid card which is used for travelling in London underground trains. Just fill the card with a certain amount of money and flash it at the entry/exit in all stations. The money will get deducted from your card depending on the distance travelled by you.
You can also use this card to travel in buses in and within London. We filled the card for 20 pounds each. This saves you the time and also money of buying tickets, every time you travel in train or bus. Do not take the taxis, unless you have lot of money to spend, as taxi travel is quiet expensive especially when you are holidaying on a shoe string budget.
London is about all good things life can afford to give you to keep you pampered, so basically a bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else! You bet that the statement mentioned is true. So pack your bags and make it quick, because if you have a love for travelling, then London is the place you need to rush to immediately.
Keira Rose
If you have plans to: 1) shop 2) watch musical 3) visit the tourist attractions 4) visit the markets 5) go to museums, I’d recommend at least 7 full days. Well, at least that’s the time I wish I had. I wish I could visit more markets (I only covered Camden Market and Borough Market) and I wished I had a night (where I wasn’t so exhausted after walking the whole day) to club. London is a prime spot for a couple of other day trips out as well, and if you do want to visit other parts of UK, be sure to allow even more time.

Public transport within London costed me SGD 60 for that 4 full days. Each train ride costs ~SGD 5, while the bus is relatively cheaper. I noticed that the bus drivers are separated from the passengers by a transparent panel sandwiched between them and the passengers, unlike in France where there is no physical barrier between them. I thought it symbolised the emotional connection between the driver and passenger quite representatively too.
Meals cost easily SGD 20. There are SGD 15 options if you look hard and aren’t fussy aka street stalls or fast food chains.
I’m sure London needs no introduction, nor mapping. I came to realise how more Singaporeans than I expected have moved to London to do their bachelor’s degree. Wished I had the time to meet up with them too, but time was very tight on my trip there. I’ve been procrastinating on this post for the longest time now simply because of the sheer number of places we’ve visited (and the accompanying photos that follows).
To keep things organized, I have laid out my content in the following order:
Personal touch- CNY celebration, climbing trip, Matilda musical
Tourist hunts
Food & markets we’ve visited are reserved for a separate post.
Isabel Leong
Contrary to popular belief, Tower bridge is not London bridge. London bridge is an ordinary-looking bridge that was built in 1973, and is walking distance from borough market. Tower bridge on the other hand is located at Tower hill tube station and is painted in white, blue and red for Queen Elizabeth II's silver jubilee in 1977. And because it spans across the River thames, it's extremely windy and cold during winter (there's a Starbucks on the lower south side of the Thames if you need to grab your cuppa warm joe to bear the chills).
Yanting Chan

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At a glance

A 5-day guide to exploring London:

Day 1: Visit St. Paul's Cathedral, and take a walk down the Millenium Bridge; head to the museum of Tate Modern, the theatre of Shakespeare's Globe and lastly the Borough Market, for sampling some local fare. 

Day 2: Start your day by walking down the Trafalgar square; visit the National Gallery – world's most visited art museum; catch a free street art performance at the Covent Garden; go shopping in and about the streets of Oxford, Regent and Carnaby.

Day 3: Head to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament; cross London Eye and Westminster Abbey off your bucket-list; go to the historical Buckingham Palace and end your day with visits to the museums of National History and Victoria and Albert.

Day 4: Visit the magnificent Tower of London and catch the Tower Bridge Exhibition; explore around the ruins of the church of St. Dunsten in the East; stroll down the Victorian markets of Leadenhall and Camden.

Day 5: Go to Notting Hill and visit the Portobello Market; unwind at the popular Hyde Park; make sure to see the 19th century London landmark of the Marble Arch; have dinner at any of London's pubs and watch the beautifully lit up London Eye shimmering away into the night.

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Events & Festivals in London

March to May sees the most tourists as late spring in London is when the city is at its most beautiful. The end of March brings with it the Boat Race – a legendary rowing battle by the Thames, between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The popular London Marathon occurs in April – the 42 kilometre long run stretches from Greenwich up to Buckingham Palace. May sees the Chelsea Flower Show wherein tens of thousands of tourists stop by to see the gorgeous flower displays at the Chelsea Royal Hospital.

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Best Time to Visit London

Peak Season is from March to May. Though tourists head to London pretty much all year round, late spring is when the city is at its most beautiful.

Shoulder Season is September to November welcomes the famous autumn foliage to London. Various historical festivals occur during these months, making it the perfect time to visit for a taste of London’s tradition and cultures.

Off-season: December to February are the months when the tourists start thinning out. Henceforth, the accommodation and travel costs reduce. The weather is extremely wet and chilly during this time of the year, so make sure you pack accordingly.

Budget for London
For Budget Travellers: INR 2000 - 3000 a day
  • Accommodation in hostels and basic rooms in guesthouses: INR 1500-2000
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 800-1600
  • Public Transport by the tube and buses: INR 125 - 300
  • Sightseeing: INR 800 - 900
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 4000 to INR 5000 a day
  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 2500 - 3500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 2000 - 2500
  • Local transport in local taxis: INR 300 - 400
For Luxury Travellers: INR 15000 and upwards
  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 10000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 3000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 500 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 2000 and upwards

Visa Information for London

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals do not require a visa, and can enter London with either a valid national identity card or passport.

Nationals of 56 countries but do not require a visa for travel purpose for up to 6 months.

Nationals of Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates may apply for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVA), which is valid for tourism and study, and stay for up to 6 months.

Nationals of China and India who have a valid Irish Short-stay Visa and endorsed with "BIVS" and who have cleared immigration in Ireland can visit the UK visa-free until their current permission to enter/remain in Ireland expires.


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