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A Visit to London

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''Although people keep a few days to tour London, it's possible to do the major sites in about 2 days.''

London Tour : Short on time? London in a day and a short trek to the suburbs. Many travelers incorporate London and its suburbs as part of a larger European tour. Ideally, tourists have at least a few days to tour London, but it is possible to do a quick tour of the major sites.

How to go about it : I suggest taking one of the many double-decker tour buses to Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the Tower of London, the River Thames and other famous sites. These buses are seen in most major cities throughout the world and feature a hop-on, hop-off style.

Make sure you take the underground : While touring any new city, I recommend experiencing the underground. The London Tube happens to be the world’s oldest underground. Using the Tube, destinations such as Piccadilly Circle, Hyde Park, Leicester Square and St. James Park can be easily accessed.

The pub culture: don's miss it : Pop into the Mayflower for a beer in the oldest pub along the River Thames. If you are in the Notting Hill neighborhood, check out the Fish House for some traditional fish and chips.

The countryside, just outstanding : If you are interested in experiencing the countryside and smaller English towns, consider traveling by train. While in England, I stayed in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire and traveled into London via train.

Rickmansworth, like many English towns has a High Street with shops, restaurants, a beautiful stone church and local pub.

While in the suburbs, I ventured to the Royal Standard freehouse (pub). The Royal Standard is the oldest freehouse in England. It is located in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. The menu is traditional English food. I enjoyed the chicken, mushroom and leek pie with mash on the side.

If you have more than a few days : Explore London in greater detail. Take time to tour the historic sites that most interest you. Also, travel into the countryside to experience other famous areas such as the English Lake District with its rolling hills and lakes as well as the Cotswolds.

Tips : Travel off-season for the best hotel rates. Hotels.com, Booking .com, Hotwire or other booking websites can land you good rates however, be careful booking last minute during high-season. When using these sites you can read reviews and specify your standards. If you are willing to stay outside the city center, the prices tend to be cheaper and you can easily take the train into the center of London for sightseeing.

Do purchase a London Pass with free-entry to over 60 attractions. Passes can be purchased with travel included. Passes vary from 1 to 6 day passes. Prices range from £47-£102 for adults and £30-£72 for children.

Peak season : Peak season is April-September. I recommend traveling slightly off-season for lower prices on accommodations and fewer crowds. Be careful to avoid travel on major holidays, as prices can be
high.

Be prepared for high prices in London and check out the weather as it rains often. You should come prepared with the proper raingear.


Source / Review By : Kendy Shupp

Kendy is originally from the US and now resides in Norway. She enjoys traveling with her boyfriend in her free time.

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