London has a lot to offer for pretty much anyone who visits.
It is home to a unique culture that has been refined by 2,000 years of history and has some world-beating attractions.
It can seem like a cliche to say that there is something for everyone here- but it is kind of true.
World class museums, an incredible theatre district, extraordinary art galleries, amazing venues and of course, great British pubs.
The city itself is a sprawling mass that for the most part is based on mediaeval roads, that are based on Roman Roads; so it can seem a touch chaotic at times. Especially when you throw into the mix the 9 million residents and 600 square mile footprint of the city.
So how on earth are you supposed to navigate the city, let alone see all the attractions you had planned on seeing?
Well, luckily for you, London is also home to a world class public transport system.
So you don’t have to be intimidated at all by this gargantuan metropolis.
Book yourself into the best hotel in London and get ready to explore one of the greatest cities on the face of the earth.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you should know before you go, and the icons of the city that you absolutely can’t miss.
London’s public transport network really puts you in charge of your own time in the city.
It’s a comprehensive network used by millions of people every day and essentially covers every area you could possibly imagine.
Let’s take a look at the main things you need to know.
The Oyster Card
The Oyster card will make all of your travel worries disappear.
The handy app will help you to navigate and allow you top up your card using whatever currency you like.
The card itself will allow you to tap-on and tap-off when using the trains, buses and river taxis in the city, negating the need for confusing tickets.
You’ll also get discounted fares and many other deals in restaurants and concessions around the city.
It’s really worth having.
The Underground, Overground and Train Network
London’s underground, or ‘The Tube’ as it’s known by locals, is one of the key ways of getting around the city fast.
There is over 400 kilometres of track which services 272 stations spread all across the city centre and beyond.
You’ll also find the overground rail network that fills in the holes, and the rail network that actually links London with the rest of the UK- all of these systems let you use an Oyster Card to travel! Too easy!
London’s double decker buses aren’t just a pop-culture icon, they are used by Londoners and tourists every day to move around the city.
They can be a great fun way to get around, and you can even ride the open top sightseeing bus!
Walking and Cycling
London is wonderfully pedestrian friendly.
There are hundreds of areas specifically designed for walkers and tourists to enjoy the city without the need for a car. You can reach all the major landmarks in the city on foot, and explore the depths of London in a way that no other mode of transport would allow.
Cycling is also on the increase, as each year the city extends and improves its cycle network. Cruising the banks of the Thames, or skipping all the traffic at rush hour whilst seeing the sights is one of the very best ways to experience the city.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for that effortless blend of luxury and comfort then look no further than the Montcalm at the Brewery; it’s one of the best hotels near Chiswell Street London, placing you right in the thick of the action.
You’ll also get to enjoy The Montcalm Spa during your stay, to help your exploration-weary legs to recover.
London has an incredible blend of cultures curated by millions of people from all over the world, over the course of 2,000 years.
Now London stands as one of the most creative and inclusive cities on the planet.
Institutions like The British Museum and the Natural History Museum are unrivalled.
They offer the very best collections anywhere on earth, and explore the very foundations of the natural world and human culture.
You’ll also find world class art galleries like the National Gallery and The Tate Modern.
Displays packed with some of the best masterpieces ever created by the old masters fill the galleries of the National Museum, whilst the very best of Modern Art populates the stunning Tate Modern.
London’s West End is one of the finest and most historic theatre districts in the world.
You’ll find long running classics like The Lion King and Les Miserables; and new companies producing independent performances that would impress the best of the best.
The Iconic Landmarks
The city has its fair share of iconic structures that are recognised around the world, and it would arguably be impossible to view them all in a week, so here are the unmissable gems.
The Tower of London
Built in around 1070 CE, The Tower of London has stood as one of the most fascinating buildings in the country.
It has been used as a menagerie, torture chamber, prison, execution grounds, Royal apartments and much, much more over the span of its life.
Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world.
You can tour the engine rooms, visit the control room and even cross the glass floored walkway between the two towers, 43 metres above the Thames- but seeing the bridge open to allow a ship to pass is one of the iconic London sights.
The Houses of Parliament
Home the British Government, but more importantly a staggeringly beautiful palace that sits on the banks of the River Thames.
You’ll also find the incredibly iconic ‘Big Ben’ here, looking better than ever after a recent renovation.
London boasts an incredible history dating all the way back to 49 CE.
You can still see evidence of the city’s Roman founders in The City of London area, where you’ll find parts of the original roman wall, an amphitheatre and a temple.
Be fully prepared for your trip to the city, and make the most of your time here by following this guide- don’t miss out on any of the key sights or attractions and ride the public transport like a local.
There really is a lot to see, so don’t panic if you don’t manage to squeeze everything in- the city will still be here for you to visit again.
Enjoy your time in the city to its fullest by staying in one of the best Finsbury Square London Hotels; the Montcalm at the Brewery.