Navigate Your Way Around London Town – Our Top Ten Tips
Covering a whopping 607 square miles, London can be a daunting city to try to navigate especially when you first arrive – but don’t panic. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was London – so take your time and enjoy this exciting city. Here are our top ten tips to navigate your way around London:
Download the London Underground Tube Map App route planner or grab a map from your local Underground station – this will ensure you can get to places quickly, easily and safely. The Citymapper App is also very useful to instantly compare all travel options in real-time across all transport modes – as is Google Maps, of course.
Go contactless – remember, you don’t need an Oyster card to travel. Simply touch and go on any bus or Underground with a contactless payment card.
Stand to the right – this is essential when travelling on the Underground. Always stand to the right on escalators and Mind the Gap!
Walk where possible – it’s good exercise and you get a better feel for the city.
All aboard London’s storied red buses which are cheaper than the Underground. You pay when you board using contactless credit or debit cards to ‘touch in’.
On ya bike – London’s Santander Cycles system, better known to Londoners as ‘Boris bike’, nicknamed for Boris Johnson, London’s ebullient mayor, who introduced them are also another great way of getting around town. There are more than 11,000 of these self-service public bicycles at over 781 docking stations situated across London. You can hire them on a pay-as-you-go basis with a credit card, or register to get your own key.
Rich mix – check out the many local (and creative events) happening such as the weekly Maltby Street Market housed under 19th–century railway arches in SE1, Boxpark’s shipping container pop up in Shoreditch or the ‘blooming’ Columbia Road flower market each Sunday. Time Out London, Metro and the Evening Standard are good places to find out what’s on/ what’s hot.
Look around and look up – make sure you look up when wandering around. London is a stunning city and plenty of things to see above eye level.
Ask a local – contrary to popular opinion, not all Londoners are unfriendly! Although Londoners may lead a fast-paced life and prefer a quiet tube journey, don’t be afraid to stop to ask a local for help – they will probably be able to let you in on short cut and great places to go off the beaten track.
Embrace – everything London has to offer and you will gain a wealth of new and exciting experiences which will last with you forever.