If the lively London city is where you are considering spending your vacation this season and have booked cheap flight tickets on unbelievably low airfares for, then here is the all-important list of what to expect and what to let the locals expect from you!
Since, you are off for a London vacation, so naturally you are apprehensive about the weather. For a country that has made it its unofficial national pastime to discuss the climatic conditions on an hourly basis, no matter how hard you try, you simply cannot predict the London weather!
So before you board that cheap flight to London, make sure you carry clothing for every eventuality; because you never know when you have to bear the wrath of the London rain and when the sun comes out in full force! It is advised to carry along with you in suitcase clothes that cater to all weather. From summer tops to cardigans to windcheaters, all of these need to figure in your packing. Also make it a point to carry an easy folding umbrella with you in your bag once you start off your city exploration. Expect the unexpected and step out with bare necessities like an umbrella and raincoat.
When it comes to looking out for the best time to book your flights to London, it isn’t so much about when to go than when not to go. Few of the months that should be avoided are the start of August and the October ‘half-term’
When it comes to timings, nobody follows time as impeccably as the British. If you are looking forward to visiting the various museums, then opt for doing so on a weekday as the galleries are open for much longer as compared to that on weekends. While visiting areas like the High Street Kensington, Oxford Street and Knightsbridge, on one day of the week, either a Wednesday or a Thursday, the hours are extended form the usual six in the evening to around 7:30 or 8.
To make the most of your London city vacation, it is advised that you resort to traveling on foot as much as you can for the charm of the city is experienced and enjoyed the best, this way. But if you are traveling long distances, then opt for the London Tube. Vacationers are encouraged to purchase the Oyster card which comes at a cost of £3 and allows you to travel at highly subsidized rates. Yet another option available to you is to go for the Travelcard pass that allows you to travel on all public transport as many times as you want to in a day; all at the cost of £5.10 per day.
To talk of money, since you are vacationing at one of the most expensive cities in the world, you might want to keep that wallet well-stocked. But do not resort to using a lot of paper money as carrying it can prove to be too cumbersome. Make use of the numerous ATM's that are an integral part of the city or use credit cards. For first time travelers, do let your bank know that you are traveling abroad so that you do not experience any difficulty while drawing out many or using your card.
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