So London is a huge city with lots of neighborhoods and things to do. Well, it’s more like place to go see if you ask me. I guess it’s worth doing one day’s worth of going to these places. I recommend doing it during September – May, it’s not the high-season. I heard it’s a just a chaos of a place during the summer. One of the reasons being that London has tons of hotels, restaurants, several airports, and lots of places/attractions to go see. For example, all national museums are free of admission which means that you are guaranteed to see more people than artifacts. I went to the British Museum and all I saw was wave after wave of people including little kids and baby strollers. I think I might have spent an hour or less AFTER waiting in line for about an hour. I can imagine during high season, the wait will be much longer.
Tip: I recommend going on a day tour of London that way you understand how the city is laid out, how the traffic system (if you’re not familiar with cars on the left hand side of the road) works, etc. That way, the next day, you are more knowledgeable about the city and can figure out what you want to see and do next.
Of course, everyone seems to have this love affair with the British Royals which I’m indifferent about.
Another reason for the day tour is that tour guide will point out certain locations of interest that you might otherwise not know about.
Another big reason for the day tour is that the tour guide generally has skip the line tickets. This is helpful especially if you go during high season or on a weekend otherwise you just line after line of people. I’ve heard of stories of people waiting for almost the entire day just to get inside of a tourist attraction!
A good idea is to go on the Eye of London to see how far the city expands. I’d look to see if your tour does take you there because if it does, the guide can get you tickets without waiting. The problem is that you’ll still have to wait to get on the ride itself which is about 30 minutes in total – it moves very slowly.
There’s a reason why I consider London, one of the capitals in the history of the world. The British Empire at one point was so large and across the globe, there was a reason why the saying, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” was very true.
Still London, would be fun to live in for a year and then cut it out of there! The crowds of people just get to me. Line after line, wave after wave. Then again, if I got the chance to live there, I’d want to live in the suburbs in order to get away from all the density of people. Probably better to visit there.
Tip: If you are flying into Heathrow Airport, get the Heathrow Express app on your smartphone to buy tickets ahead of time that way you don’t have to wait in line to buy tickets. By getting the app and tickets on your phone, you can waltz right onto the Heathrow Express train which takes you to Paddington Station which is in Central London. From there, you can travel on the tube (subway or metro) or take the bus or take a taxi to wherever you need to go to.