London Tourism & Travel Guide

London is a magnificent melting pot and an exemplary showcase art, culture and beautiful urban spaces - both contemporary and historical. England’s largest city is home to some of the world’s most magnetic Gothic architecture, and a prolific arts and theatre culture. A few must visit places in London city are the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge. Head to the Buckingham Palace and catch the "Changing of the Guard" at 11:30am from May until the end of July. Tourists can view the Crown Jewels, and also take a mandatory picture with a guard. Most of London’s museums have free entry, so take it all in from Tate Modern to the City Museum to the National Gallery and the Historical Museum. Make a stop at the Westminster Abbey and revel in the bustling Trafalgar Square that is the heart of London. For something more intimate, take a walk down to the Borough Market that has probably the best food and produce in London. Grab yourself a Cornish pasty or a plateful of the signature fish and chips before you leave London city.
Best time to visit

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.

Budget
For Budget Travellers: INR 2000 - 3000 a day
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 4000 to INR 5000 a day
For Luxury Travellers: INR 15000 and upwards
Visa Info

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals do not require a visa, and can enter the UK with either a valid national identity card or passport. Indian citizens need to apply for a Visitor Visa via their local VFS centre.

 

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.
Vinith
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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Liverpool
Then, we booked accommodation in Liverpool (£30). Moose cafe for breakfast. The best breakfast I had! IT IS SO GOOD. I want to book a ticket to Liverpool just for this! That salted caramel pancakes with poached apples.. £7 if I'm not wrong! Huge portion!
Bristol
The only August travel was a long weekend of partying in Bristol (one of my favourite UK cities) with friends.This blog was finally launched after 5 months of hard work and teaching myself how to use word press from scratch. Sh*t Just Got Real was my first post, which reflected that suddenly our upcoming adventure was becoming a realityAndy handed in his notice at work and we finished selling, giving away and storing our belongings, and put our Norwich house up for rent. We also spent hours working through our exit plan to ensure we had all loose ends tied up in The UK, a rough idea of our route to Cambodia and that we had the relevant visas sorted out.Selling belongings for long term travelI also spent much of the month caring for my Mum after she’d badly broken her arm falling off her bicycle. All in all it was quite a very busy and quite stressful month. At the end of August it was time to start saying farewell to our friends and family over a string of goodbye catch-ups and one final big leaving party. All great fun but also tinged with sadness!SeptemberAt long last we left the UK to travel, and to live and work abroad in early September.It started with a weeks villa holiday near Santanyi in Mallorca with my family, including my two little nephews. It was a gorgeous villa with a pool in a picturesque setting a bit bit out in the sticks. We had some time relaxing at the villa and a couple of day trips out to nearby beaches and towns. It was lovely to have that week with my family before we left Europe for the foreseeable future
Sheffield
How to get to Bakewell, Peak District: We took Bus 218 from Sheffield Interchange. Bus 218 departs from Sheffield Interchange every hour at half-past the hour and takes about 45 minutes to reach Bakewell.Travel Tip: You might want to check out Chatsworth House, about 3.5 miles from Bakewell, Chatsworth is a beautiful stately home standing on the banks of River Dervent. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, it has passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.If you are doing a day trip, you should try to get to Bakewell by 9 AM as that would give you enough time to explore the national park as well as the town.
Oxford
Since we had a comfortable overnight journey, today we were all fresh and ready to have an exciting day ahead. Today, we are supposed to go to Oxford city in south east of London. It is a 2 hour train journey from London and we reach Oxford by 10 am. There was a city bus tour here again, but since we had the entire day to spend in Oxford our preferred choice of exploring the place was by walking around. We took a map of the city from the train station and we labeled the route we had to take, it was a circular walk around the city.The buildings in Oxford demonstrate an example of every English architectural period and its known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined in reference to the harmonious architecture of Oxford's university buildings. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English speaking world. Our walk leads us through the heart of the historic city centre illustrating in itself the history of Oxford and its university and the map in our hand gave us the description of the architecture and traditions of its most famous buildings and institutions. Even though I was not a good student myself or much of a book reader, I felt it was a prolific day spent in Oxford, a city also prominent for its medieval university. Our day ended with some good coffee and we reached back home in London at around 8 in the evening.
Bruges
If you've seen the cult dark comedy In Bruges, you know exactly what to expect in this peculiar city. It's a prominent world heritage site according to UNESCO and that automatically makes it a haven for art connoisseurs. It's also called the "Venice of the North" so you can imagine how many new fairytales of your own you can create whilst walking down the cobbled roads to the whitewashed facades of historic churches. Spring is meant for daffodil carpets spread all over the city.Famous for: Beer and art.Things to do: Climb up the 366 stairs of the medieval Belfry Tower. Admire the flemish primitive artworks at Groeninge Museum.Weather in January: Average temperature is 5 degrees celsius. Remains dry, but nippy.Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 62,000For more details, read this.

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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