You will need:
- A Travel Card – This is probably the best and cheapest way to get around London. For around £9 it will cover all trains, tubes and buses within London (except Sight Seeing buses).
- A map of London and a tube map.
- Hand sanitizer – London is great but you never know what germs are lurking on handles or hand rails.
- Change – Most toilets in stations and around London charge around 30p but don’t always have change available, so make sure you do.
- Water and a snack.
- Something with a hood – even if when you start your journey it looks sunny, you never know with English weather.
- A watch.
Now that you’ve got everything, here are a few top tips to make sure you get the most out of your day.
1.Plan ahead. There’s too much to see and do to fit it all into one day, so pick things that really interest you. You should also check to make sure attractions are open on the day you want to visit and see if it’s possible to book in advance to save queuing.
2.Know where you’re going before you go. Tube maps only show the tube lines and stations, not what’s around them so its best to check before you go. You can look it up on the attractions website, use Journey Planner or ask at the information desk.
3.Sort out your tickets before you get to the ticket gate. The underground is a fast pace environment and you don’t want to cause a pile up. Have your ticket to hand as you arrive at the gates to save time.
4.Look forwards as you walk. It sounds pretty obvious, but people don’t. Try and be aware of what’s happening around you whether its people walking, cars and buses or cyclists. If you do want to stop to look at something around you or to check your map/phone, try and stop out of the way of the people walking behind/towards you.
5.Avoid rush hour. There will be a lot of busy people in suits rushing to and from work between 7:30 am – 9:30 am and 4:45pm – 6:30pm. If you can, avoid getting the tube at these times as it will be really crowded. If you absolutely must travel at these times, allow yourself extra time to get there.