This London Travel Guid will make visiting the city simple. As the capital of the UK, London has always been the most popular tourist destination in the country. With its eclectic mix of cool neighbourhoods and rich history, it offers a wealth of different travel experiences and makes for the perfect city break, although you could also spend years here and never see it all!
From visiting the vintage shops of Shoreditch to having high tea at Claridges, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste in this iconic city. In this ultimate guide to London, you can find everything you need to know before planning your trip, including all the blogposts I’ve ever written on this amazing city.
When is the best time to visit London?
There’s never really a bad time to visit London as there’s always so much to do and see.If you want to make the most of the good weather though, consider visiting between May and August.
One of the best times to visit London is during the festive period. Oxford Street is decked with lights, there are Christmas markets all over the city, ice skating rinks pop up at some of the most iconic spots, and Winter Wonderland opens in Hyde Park. Most of the these attractions open towards the end of November.
Good to Know:
- Language: the main language spoken in the United Kingdom is English. Look out for fun cockney rhyming slang in the East End!
- Currency: the currency in the UK is the British Pound (GBP)
- Plugs: the plugs in the UK are type G, with a standard voltage of 230 V and frequency of 50Hz. I always recommend purchasing a universal adapter for your travels, so you’re never caught out!
- Safety: the UK is widely considered to be one of the safest countries in the world, particularly for solo female travellers. As always err on the side of caution and make sure to keep your whits about you. But you shouldn’t encounter too many problems. I have a whole guide on how to stay safe in London.
- Make the most of free stuff: there are so many free attractions on offer in London. You can find a list of 70 free things to do in London here.
- Buy an oyster card: or use your contactless debit card when boarding the tube, you’ll get a much better rate than with a singe ride ticket
- Walk everywhere: often tube stations aren’t as far away as they appear on a map and it might actually be quicker to walk!