Your London Travel Guide For 2023

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It can seem like a bit of a cliche to say that there is ‘something for everyone’ in London- but it’s kind of true…

With over 2,000 years of history under its belt, a culture developed by 9 million people from every corner of the globe and some truly stunning landmarks, it should come as no surprise that London is simply amazing.

It’s one of the most visited cities in the world and has bundles of charm, world class food, and a nightlife that draws people from all over Europe.

London is home to some of the world’s greatest live stage performances found in the famous West End theatre district, where you can catch long-running performances like The Lion King, Wicked and Les Miserables.

You’ll also be able to explore some of the greatest museums and historic collections on the planet and see some of the most iconic sights known to man.

If you’re deciding on the location for your next adventure, then think no more- it has to be London.

You’ll get swept up in the history and energy of this miraculous city pretty much immediately, so make sure you follow this guide to visiting London in order to make the most of your trip.

Let’s take a look at some of the things you should know when visiting London.

Getting Here

Getting to London could not be easier- especially if you’re already in the UK.

But we are going to focus on arriving from abroad because if you’re in the UK and can’t get to London then you shouldn’t be travelling alone.

By Train

London’s train links are amazing.

There is actually a rail tunnel that crosses the channel, connecting the UK’s capital with the rest of Europe.

From Amsterdamn, in the Netherlands, it is a simple 4 hour journey on the Eurostar!

From Paris it’s even easier, so consider using the train next time you visit- it’s the eco-friendly choice after all.

By Plane

London actually has 6 international airports that connect it to the rest of the world and each one is linked to the city using the rail network.

You can fly into London Heathrow, firmly set in the top 10 busiest airports in the world, from pretty much anywhere and be in the city centre in 45 minutes!

Getting Around When You’re Here

London’s amazing public transport network is world famous, and very effective.

Here are the main ways you should use the system to get around.

Oyster Cards

The Oyster Card is one of the crucial items that you’ll need when exploring London.

It essentially allows you to ‘tap-on’ and ‘tap-off’ when using trains and buses in the city- which you’ll be doing a lot.

You can top the card up on the app using any currency you like, and it will give you discounted fares as well as discounts in many shops and restaurants around the city.

The Underground

The iconic London Underground, or Tube as the locals call it, was actually the first underground passenger train system in the world, after opening in 1856.

Back then there were only 6 stations and a few miles of track.

Fast forward to 2023 and you’ll find 272 stations, 11 lines and over 400 kilometres of track!

This will be your most useful tool when exploring the city.

Buses

The bus network is arguably even more expansive than the rail networks in the city, albeit a little slower.

But don’t be too quick to dismiss it; if you’re looking to get to an area with no tube stations then the buses are your answer.

They are incredibly regular, super reliable and pretty good fun- especially if you’re on a sightseeing bus!

Walking & Cycling

London has always been a great city for pedestrians.

Every major attraction is accessible on foot, and if you’re up for a walk you can see pretty much the whole city.

The city is increasingly great for cycling as well, with many new bike paths and cycle friendly areas appearing every year.

There is no greater pleasure than cycling the banks of the Thames in the warm sunshine.

Where To Stay

As you can probably imagine, there are quite a few places to stay in London- your choices are pretty unlimited.

If you’ve been searching for luxury hotels in London then you’ve probably come across The Montcalm Royal London House.  It is one of the finest hotels in the city and home to the Montcalm restaurant; a renowned place to eat.

So take advantage of the deal currently available and book your stay now.

Things To See And Do

There is a very long list of things to do in London, so here are the unmissable highlights!

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the most historic and intriguing buildings in the city.

It was built in 1066 after the Norman Invasion of Britain and stood ever since as a gem in the city’s illustrious crown.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is one of the most famous and iconic bridges in the world.

There are plenty of attractions and activities here, but one of the key ‘London moments’ is watching the bridge open for a passing ship! Magnificent.

Buckingham Palace

Home to the UK’s Royal Family since 1837, this staggeringly beautiful palace is surrounded by parkland and greenery and is one of the most visited places in the country.

Parliament Square

Parliament Square lets you tick off three things in one place!

First you have the stunning Houses of Parliament, then you have Big Ben, and finally Westminster Abbey- all in one location!

These are some of the most important buildings in the UK, and truly a gorgeous spectacle.

The West End

Catching a show in London’s West End is one of the true pleasures of visiting London.

It’s a cultural hive of talent and artistry. See a world beating show on the biggest stages, or head to an independent production- the choices are varied and wonderful.

The Museums

London’s museums are amongst the very best in the world.

The British Museum is unrivalled, and its 8 million piece collection tells the most comprehensive tale of humanity’s story.

You can also visit the stunning Natural History Museum to see some of the most mind blowing fossils and natural wonders imaginable.

Explore London 

So there you have it, some of the key things you need to know about visiting London.

Make sure you familiarise yourself with London’s inner workings before you travel, and get straight up to speed when you arrive in order to maximise your time in the Montcalm Hotel Chiswell Street.