Do you have an upcoming trip planned to London? There is plenty that awaits those visiting the city and if you are first time visitor to London, it can be all the more exciting. Alternatively, it can also be quite baffling for those not accustomed to the fast pace of life and the overwhelming crowds found across the city particularly, in the holiday season. Summer and spring are when visitors flock to the city, so if you visit during that period you need to be prepared for the noise and the throngs of tourists.
Staying at a property like The Chilworth Paddington Hotel will make things much easier and reduce the need to travel long distances. An added benefit is when the stress and noise tend to get too unnerving you can unwind at The Chilworth Spa, without having to step out.
One English custom that is a must experience is that of afternoon tea. For the best Paddington afternoon tea in the area, there is none better than The Chilworth London Hotel afternoon tea packages to choose from.
Some tip to have a more pleasurable stay in the city are:
Consider opting for an Oyster Visitors Card: If you are heading to the city on your first visit, it is obvious you would like to see the major attractions across London. That will involve plenty of travel using public transport (unless you decide to rent a car). When using public transport like the Tube or the bus, the most cost-effective way is to get yourself an Oyster visitors’ card. They are topped up easily across the city including the tube stations and the daily fare limit is capped. That means once you reach the threshold of the pre-set upper limit you will not have to pay anything extra. This is a great way to save on travel costs especially if you have a lot to travel.
Do not travel during rush hours: if you not comfortable travelling in crowded spaces on public transport, it is best you plan your travel around London carefully during the non-rush hours. The early mornings and evenings tend to be extremely busy with people travelling to and back from their offices. The tube gets overcrowded and the road traffic gets congested also. The solution is to meticulously avoid those peak hours. Besides, you will have to pay a higher fare as well during rush hour travel.
Get acquainted with the travel rules: The city is segregated into 6 distinct travel zones. That means the greater the distances you travel away from zones 1 and 2 the more expensive it will be. Zones 1 and 2 cover central London and are the cheapest fare wise. Since most of the tourist hot spots are found in these zones there really is not much need to travel any further for sightseeing. In fact, since more of the attractions in central London is within walking distance of one another, it is more convenient and cost-effective to explore the area on foot.