London is a fascinating city for both young and old. If you’re looking for fun days out in the holidays, look no further than a mini break in the Big Smoke. Here are some failsafe tips to help you plan the perfect urban adventure.
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Book in advance
If you have dates in mind, start making arrangements as soon as possible. Work out how you’re going to get to London. If you book train tickets online in advance, you’ll often save a significant amount of money. You may also wish to think about investing in a family railcard if you don’t already have one. If you don’t have access to regular train services, investigate coach travel.
Once you’ve sorted transport, have a look at accommodation options. Most people stay in hotels when they go to London, but there are other options. If you’re travelling with children, why not rent an apartment instead? You’ll have your own space to chill out after a busy day of sightseeing, and you can cook your own meals to save money. Check out websites such as Room Club for ideas.
If you’re interested in catching a show in the West End or enjoying the views from the London Eye, it’s worth having a look at tickets before you go. Online rates tend to be cheaper. Best-selling musicals also tend to sell out fast.
Create an itinerary
You don’t need to plan your trip with military precision. But it’s a good idea to have a rough itinerary in place to save you time and make it easier to get around. Have a look through some guidebooks and search for recommendations online. Work out which sights and attractions you want to visit. Try and group sights in a similar area together to cut travel times. If you’re rushing to pack everything in, you could jump on a tourist bus. If you have outdoor activities planned, make sure you have a backup plan if you wake up to torrential rain.
Highlights you may want to incorporate in your plans include Buckingham Palace and Leicester Square. London Zoo, the Tower of London and the Natural History Museum are also well worth a visit. If you’re fans of sport, head to the Emirates or Stamford Bridge or walk in the footsteps of the greats at Olympic Park. Walk over Tower Bridge and take a trip down the South Bank. Book tickets for the London Eye and look out for the Houses of Parliament.
Look out for discounts
London is notoriously expensive, but you can often take advantage of incredible offers. Many of the museums are free, but you can also buy combined tickets for attractions that charge. Search online for 2-for-1 restaurant and entertainment vouchers.
London is bursting with attractions and it’s a great place to take the kids in the holidays. Plan your trip in advance to eliminate any stress and make sure everyone has a fantastic time. Booking transport, accommodation and entertainment in advance can save you time and money.