Life hacks for visitors of London

It does not matter whether you are a tourist or a local resident. Tips that make life easier in the metropolis or make it more pleasant to visit – is always a good thing. We have prepared 12 recommendations for you that will be useful in London.

In an airport.

1. Avoid traveling on express trains to / from the airport. Gatwick and Heathrow airports offer trips on express trains, but they are much more expensive. If you are not in a hurry, it is better to take the usual train. The road will take more time, but you will save money.

2. Avoid the largest airport - Heathrow. The larger an airport is, the longer the queue, the farther to go, the more difficult the terminals are and the more likely that you will be stuck in the queue, get lost and miss your flight. This refers to the giant Heathrow. If you want to simplify your life, choose a smaller airport.

3. Register your carry-on baggage. It sounds trite. However, if in other countries it is possible to carry one or two extra pounds in a bag, in the UK it will not work. Airports here are ruthless when it comes to the allowable baggage norm. You have to pay for every extra kilogram.

Traveling in London.

4. Buy a smart card Oyster. Oyster cards are used to pay for travel in public transport. They are cheaper than paper tickets. In addition, the owners of these cards receive discounts in restaurants, shops and entertainment establishments. If you do not spend all the money you put on the card, you can request a refund.

5. Carry the card the way that it can be quickly reached. If you have a card, keep it in a secure outer pocket of your jacket, purse or bag, which you can just touch the turnstile.

6. Keep Oyster cards away from contactless bank cards. During the payment of trips, it is possible to accidentally use a contactless bank card, which also can pay for public transport, so be extremely careful.

7. Explore the areas of London. London is divided into zones that begin with Central London (zone one). A trip from the center to zone two costs £ 6.60 per day, and from zone one to third - £ 7.70. The price depends on how far you go.

8. Avoid traveling during rush hour. Every day two million passengers use the London Underground. From eight to nine in the morning, 414,000 people pass through stations. From five to half of the seven in the evening, 778 thousand Londoners are trying to return home. Therefore, if you do not like to feel like sprat in a jar, avoid rush hour rides.

9. Stand on the escalator on the right. The left escalator strips are designed for walking, so if you do not plan to go up the stairs, stand on the right.

Sightseeing.

10. Take advantage of free tours. In London, there are many sights, galleries and museums. But, before you part with your money earned by overwork, why not to check what you can see without additional costs?

11. Look at street art. In London there is stunning street art, especially in Waterloo, Shoreditch, Camden and Hackney. And if you walk, you will find also very interesting bars, cafes and restaurants.

Helpful advice.

12. Need Wi-Fi? In London, there are many restaurants and cafes with free Wi-Fi. If you need to read an email or upload photos, you can also visit the Barbican or the National British Library.

We hope that these tips will help you to focus on pleasant experiences. Wishing you unforgettable travel to London!

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