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London is one of the most amazing and diverse cities in the world, but it is also one of the busiest and most densely populated places to visit. Millions of people call London their home and millions more visit every day from around the world to see the beautiful sights and famous landmarks.
If you’re new to the city then it can be easy to get caught up in its fast-paced nature and finding your way around can be quite difficult. The London transport system is the best in the country though and we’ve put together a guide with tips and tricks to help you move around the city easily and get to places you want to be.
If you’re hoping to visit London and see some of the historic attractions or go shopping in the luxury retail districts then it’s important you have an idea of where you want to go before you arrive. If you’re staying at the Montcalm at the Brewery London City and want to visit the famous shops on Oxford Street then take a quick look at a Tube Map and you’ll see that the quickest way is to take a short walk to St Pauls Station and then ride the Underground to Oxford Circus. Having at least a rough idea of the places you want to visit and the things you want to see will help you plan your route in advance so you’re not late or left feeling overwhelmed.
It can be difficult enough for a first-timer in London to decipher the city’s Underground map without having to worry about queueing up for tickets and trying to use one of the machines at every new station. A visitor’s Oyster Card will make the process of travelling around the city so much easier because you can just scan it as you walk through the gates without any fuss. The prices for visitor cards are often lower which means you can also save a little extra money on your city break.
The London Underground is probably the quickest and easiest way to get around the city in a lot of cases, but there are times when other forms of public transport can be better. During the morning and evening work rush, the Tube gets very busy, which means you could find yourself waiting in long queues and taking twice as long to get where you need to be. Try looking at bus routes and seeing whether you can take one of London’s famous red buses to your destination instead. Taxis are another great way to get around because the drivers will know the city streets well and can figure out the best route to take.
Ask for help
One of the great things about London is how friendly everyone can be and how helpful the city’s transport staff are. If you find yourself stuck or you’re worried whether you’re going the right way then don’t be afraid to ask a Tube attendant or even another commuter. Never hesitate to ask our friendly staff at the Brewery Hotel for directions or advice before you head out for the day.