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5 tips for traveling to London for the first time

Are you ready to visit one of the most important cities in the world? If you are thinking of traveling to London for the first time, there are a number of things you need to know before doing so.. Do not miss our tips to make the trip and the experience unforgettable!

London is one of the most visited cities in the world. Millions of tourists come to it from all over the world. But how to make the most of your experience? What should you know before arriving? Take note of these tips:

5 tips for traveling to London for the first time

London has a particular lifestyle. It is important that you take this into account and, above all, that you know some tricks to save, something that always comes in handy when we travel. Pay attention!

1. Exchange currency, but not at the airport

Heathrow Airport

In London the official currency is the pound sterling, not the euro. At first glance, this may complicate things a bit, however, it has an easy solution. If you are one of those who organize trips well in advance, all you have to do is go to your bank to exchange euros for pounds.

If you have forgotten, We advise you to make the change at a London bank or at any transport station. There are also some exchange houses around the city. Of course, never do it at the airport: airport exchange rates are not the most advantageous and you may lose out with the transaction.

On the other hand, to move around the city, Carrying a percentage of your money in cash and paying as much as possible with a card is enough. You may even find it much more comfortable. But remember, you better not change at the airport!

2. Don’t forget the power adapter

plug adapter

If the currency is different in England, so are the plugs. All electrical devices that you are going to charge need an adaptersince the electrical voltage is 240 V, 20 volts more than in Spain.

Although our devices accept these voltages, UK plugs have three pins, which already makes the adapter indispensable. You can find them relatively cheap, for no more than 20 euros. Keep this in mind if you are going to travel to London for the first time, it is essential to, without going any further, charge your mobile phone!

3. Decide if you are interested in the London Pass

westminster abbey

The London Pass is a tourist card that includes for a good price visits to the most important monuments in London, such as Tower Bridge, Saint Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey.

This option is interesting if you are going to travel to London for the first time, you are going to be there for several days and you want to discover the city in its entirety. It will help you save time and money.

However, if you are traveling on a budget or prefer to see things at your own pace, it may not be the most recommended option. In any case, the decision is yours and It will depend at all times on how you want to organize your trip.

4. Oyster card, the best way to use London transport

london buses

If you are going to travel to London for the first time, you should know that the way to get around on public transport par excellence is the Oyster card. It is a reloadable card that you can easily buy at the airport and that allows you to use the various means of transport to move quickly and easily around the city.

 

Both the price of the card itself and what you have not spent to top up the Oyster card will be recovered when you return it.

However, if you are going to buy the London Pass, let us tell you that this pass includes the Visitor Oyster, a practically the same card, only with discounts. No amount is refunded when returning it, but it also has advantages. You can purchase this card before traveling to London. It’s up to you!

5. Umbrella, the ally in your backpack

London Parliament and Big Ben

Perhaps this last tip is one of the best known. Who has never heard that it always rains in London? The cause is excessive humidity, which causes the weather to change several times a day. Therefore, our advice is not to trust.

You may check what the weather is going to be like before traveling to the British capital, but even if there is sunshine and a great temperature, remember, time can change. To solve this problem, it is best to carry your best ally in these cases: the umbrella.

If you carry a small umbrella, you can easily store it without taking up hardly any space in the backpack. It can also be useful to wear a raincoat that is not very bulky. We hope you are lucky, we all want good weather when we travel!

And here are the tips we can give you if it is the first time you are going to travel to London. The key is to organize your trip in advance. This way you will get important discounts and, above all, you will avoid unpleasantness. Enjoy your stay!

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