TOP 5 tips for first time visitors to London

If you love traveling like I do, planning a city trip is one of the most inspiring things to do at the beginning of the year.

With so many new hotspots, there is one city that is on my list every year: London!

The mix of modern and historic surprises every time, with the first or tenth visit.  When you are planning a city trip to London for the first time, there are some important things to consider.

With the 5 tips in this article, you can save lots of time and money while exploring this fantastic city in the most fun way!

TIP 1: Compare your transport options
I’m not exaggerating when I say that London’s transport options are endless. In general, the Underground (Tube) is the fastest way to travel in the heart of London. An Oyster Card, is the cheapest way to pay for your transport.

TIP 2: Receive your free Travia Guide to transport in London
Traviatours loves saving you time and money, therefore we created the free Travia guide to transport in London. We explain how the Tube and Oyster Card work and inform you about London’s other public transport services. After reading this guide, you will know what works for your city trip! To receive your free guide, please enter your email address in the pop up message.

TIP 3: Limit the meters you cover per day
Wanting to do too much in one day, can be exhausting and it will not let you enjoy London to the max. Narrow down the area that you want to discover and explore that part in a relaxed pace. Allow some time to have an “Pint” in a pub or to browse at a market.

TIP 4: Take a walking tour from an Underground Station
Check this itinerary from London Bridge Tube station to Milennium Bridge.

Get off the Tube at London Bridge Station, walk out of the Tube station and take the Borough High Street (on your right). You will then arrive at London Bridge.
With this popular walking route, you can enjoy awesome views of the City on the other side of the Thames. There are many pubs and restaurants to choose from for a pleasant break.


Things to see & do on this route:

At the end of this walking route, you arrive at Bankside, where you will see the Milennium bridge.

Attractions to see near Milennium bridge:

  • The iconic Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Tate Modern:International modern and contemporary art (FREE museum). From the bar/restaurant on the 9th floor, the views from St Paul’s towards the Shard are stunning.

If you prefer visiting attractions as View from the Shard, London Bridge Experience, HMS Belfast and City Hall, you can exit London Bridge station at the Tooley street exit.


TIP 5: See London’s famous landmarks from a hop on hop off bus 

When your time in London is limited, the Hop on hop off Sightseeing Bus Tour  is a good and fun way to see London’s famous landmarks. You can hop on and off as much as you like at 80 stops in Central London. Tip: stay seated during the whole itinerary and listen to the audio guide for interesting facts about London. The tour that passes the highlights of Central London, takes approximately 2.5-3 hours if you stay on-board for the full itinerary. When taking an hop on hop off the next time, you will already know where you want to hop on and off! 


Happy travel planning!

Travel greetings,

Elisabeth J.

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