I love London with all my heart.. For me it is a capital of monarchy, beautiful architecture and red buses. So far, I’ve visited London once – with my family and my boyfriend and I really loved it there. Even though I’ve been there for 10 days, I didn’t have time to visit everything. but I am sure I will go back there in the nearest future and I will share my experience with you!
I’ve created this London Mini Guide with places I’ve been, so you could find some useful tips if you can’t decide where to go or what to do in London. I hope it will be helpful for you!
London has 2 airports: Heathrow and London City. London City is a really small one, it’s perfect for people who don’t like to spend too much time at the airport around a lot of people. It is also pretty quiet there. At our trip to London we chose London City airport.
To get from the airport to the city you can use a taxi (cab) or the subway. Some people like travelling by subway, it is also a good money saver. A taxi will be more expensive of course, but you won’t regret it. Taxi’s in London are unique, you won’t find the same one anywhere in the world.
For traveling in the city you can buy a day travel card which is cheaper than one ticket alone. You can also buy a prepaid one (Oyster).
If you are planning to visit a lot of sights, go out for dinner and travel a lot by public transport, you can buy a London Pass. It’s a pass which allows you to visit over 60 destinations, skip lines and eat in the restaurants with discounts. You can combine it with transport and a free hop-on / hop-off bus tour. More info here.
When it comes to hotels, the choice can be hard. There are several hotels I would recommend – The Cumberland Hotel, Best Western and Charing Cross.
The Cumberland is one of the luxurious hotels in London. I really liked it’s lobby! The location is perfect as well – around 2 minutes walk from Oxford Street. If you prefer comfort and high quality, this one is for you. More info here.
Charing Cross is the one we’ve stayed in. I really liked it: it combines luxury and comfort for a really good price. The building is absolutely gorgeous. Charing Cross is located right next to the metro station ‘Charing Cross’, 5-10 minutes walk from the centre. The interior is really sophisticated – the old elements combined with the modern ones. I fell in love with the elevator design! The room where I stayed was pretty big. Really good bathroom with a bath and a shower cabin. More info here.
If you don’t want to spend money on the hotel, but still prefer quality and comfort, Best Western can be an option for you. It is way cheaper than the other hotels, but it is known for it’s high quality. And there is one right in the centre of the city! More info here.
Besides, there are a lot of a world-famous streets in London – Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Baker Street and King’s Road.
RESTAURANTS & CAFES
Food in London is very expensive. If you don’t have breakfast included in your hotel, it is better to buy it at the supermarket. I really liked Marks & Spencer. If you want to go out for dinner, I recommend to go to the traditional English pub (there is one next to Charing Cross), visit famous TGI Fridays, Hard Rock Cafe or Planet Hollywood.
Most of the shops are located on Oxford Street. There you will find stores as Zara, TopShop, River Island, Fossil, American Apparel and Selfridges. Click here for the full list. More luxurious ones like Michael Kors, J.Crew, Liberty and Burberry are located on Regent Street. There you will also find Hamleys.
If you want even more luxury, visit Harrods (Brompton Rd, London).
- pack clothes for different seasons – it can be very cold or very warm any time
- always take an umbrella
- tubes are the best way to travel