10 Important Things to Know Before Visiting London

These are some things to know before your first visit to London. My ten tips will make your visit to London easier and help you not stick out as a tourist. London underground tips, how to tip in restaurants, and how to pronounce some of the trickier names, and more.

**Updates and corrections:
– They call it the River Thames (not Thames River)
– For all oyster cards, zone charges have increased. For example, travel via zones 1-2 for the day (plus any bus rides) it costs Β£6.60 the most for that day

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22 thoughts on “10 Important Things to Know Before Visiting London

  1. Well, I am in London once or twice a year, and if I am asked by someone what they should know before, I always give the following three tips which a the most important ones according to my point of view:

    1st, an Oyster Card is not necessary if you are in London for a few days only. You can use your credit or debit card with NFC chip for all tubes, busses, etc. as well, and you are charged the same as with an Oyster Card. So you avoid the time and effort to purchase an Oyster Card, paying Β£5 deposit and returning the Oyster Card and claiming back your deposit and remaining credit.

    2nd, chose for Heathrow, Gatwick or city airport, if you have a choice. Public transportation to/from other airports is extremely overpriced. Do not take Heathrow or Gatwick Express but regular tube (Heathrow) or regular trains (Gatwick).

    3rd, accommodation is a lot cheaper if you stay outside of the city center. In the city center, hotel prices are extremely expensive and/or of bad standards. I often chose for Croydon. It’s close to the city (15-20 mins by train), there is a pedestrian zone with stores, supermarkets and restaurants, and hotels only cost a fraction in relation to the city.

  2. so my question for you is. If I’m going to London for should I got for a hotel or do you think that I should get an airbnd.

    1. A cheap hotel outside london.. like in illford i stayed in cheap hotel but the metro goes to the city so its no problem

    1. They lost their licence last year. Because you can’t have a taxi service following one law and the other following a different one. To be honest the underground is top notch.

  3. I’m getting my hopes up by watching this but whether I end up going or not, it’s good info to know, and will help me understand all the British YouTubers I watch πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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