4 Common Mistakes People Make When Visiting London for the First Time

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The UK capital has been one of the most popular destinations worldwide for decades. But there are still many mistakes that people make when visiting the city for the first time. Most are harmless mistakes, but they could mean that you end up paying more than you need to, or waste some of the valuable time you have to explore, rather than spending your time checking out what’s on offer.

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We’ve put together some of the most common misconceptions that people have about London and some things to watch out for so that you can avoid making the errors that so many visitors have made before.

Not making the most of the public transport

London has an impressive network of public transport, including the famous London Underground, trams, trains, and river taxis. Some of the services, like the tube, will take a little bit of research to understand, but the tame you take doing your homework will definitely pay off when you’re able to easily and comfortably get from one end of the city to the other, without spending a ton of money. Once you arrive in the city, get an Oyster card. This will make taking public transport much easier as it automatically processes payments; no need to wait in long queues for tickets.

Taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel:

You’ve just landed in London; you’re jetlagged and tired and you can’t wait to get to your hotel to have a nap and freshen up. With the rank of iconic black cabs right outside Heathrow, it’s no surprise that most visitors to London think it’s a good idea to get a taxi. But, what they don’t realise is that London’s airports are quite some distance to the city and very far from Central London. A taxi is going to cost you over £100, a black cab even more! Instead, your best choice will be the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station; it’s much cheaper than a taxi and only takes fifteen minutes.

Not booking a tour:

When you arrive in London, you’ll quickly see that there’s so much to do you’ll never be able to get through it all in the time that you have there. There are many London tours to choose from and they cover pretty much any possible way that you can see the city, from walking tours to bus tours or even private cars. Booking a London tour is a great idea if you’ve never been to London before; the tour will take you to all the main landmarks like the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben – allowing you to maximise the time you have and make sure that you see everything before you leave.

Underestimating the weather:

if you’re not from England, then let’s just say that the weather can take a bit of getting used to. Grey and constantly raining is a common stereotype of English weather, and it’s not really far from the truth. Make sure that you bring waterproof clothing along, just in case – yes, even in summer. If you’re lucky you might time your visit during a heatwave, where Britain turns into a Canary Island, but if not, then you can expect some showers. If you’re visiting in winter, make sure that you are prepared for just how cold it can get. The best option is to pack lots of layers so that you can easily adjust your clothing if the temperature changes. Which it does, quite a lot.

If you’re visiting London for the first time, don’t make any of these common mistakes! They may only be small errors, but they could cost you time and money.

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