London and specifically central London is studded with attractions around every nook and corner, making it ideal to explore on foot. With most of the landmarks and tourist spots easily reachable it is not worth spending time and money to use public transport to access these gems. What better way to plan a tour of the city then to get a bit creative and plan your own self-guided tour of London.
Choosing to stay in a central location like at accommodation in Paddington, will certainly be an advantage.
Staying at the Park Grand Hotel Paddington would be an excellent start off point from which to set out on your exploratory stroll around the best attractions in the city centre. After a hearty full English breakfast at The Grand Restaurant, you could set off on a leisurely amble around the neighbourhood.
A few tips to plan your tour around central London include:
Create a list of prospective attractions: Before you set off on a jaunt around London, you need to plan and create an itinerary of the places you are interested in visiting. For this, you could refer to Google maps or a guidebook to determine the distance from each other. Use the hotel you stay in as a jump-off point, to select the nearest attractions and get an idea of the distance you would need to walk and how many you can manage to cover on a single day. Keep in mind to allocate ample time at each of the spots you visit, unless you would be okay with a whistle-stop tour of most.
Discuss the itinerary with those you travel with: If you are travelling solo to the city, it is no hassle and you can choose to visit only those places that you are keen to explore. However, if you travel with family members or friends it is a totally different scenario. You need to discuss the spots you intend to cover during the trip and there should be unanimous agreement about the places to be visited. You need to take into account the interests and ideas of others as well to ensure that everyone enjoys the trip equally. This is more so if you have the kids accompany you, as there should be ample kids-friendly attractions to keep them engaged as well.
Get practical: While it would be lovely to visit as many attractions as possible on the trip, you need to be practical if you want to do justice in covering the spots you visit. From learning about a landmark’s history and other interesting information about every spot means you allocate enough time for each place. Also, remember to consider the time needed for lunch or any other pit stops to enjoy refreshments during the walking tour.
Pack sensibly: If you are gung-ho about exploring the city centre on foot rather than use any mode of public transport, you need to be dressed according to the weather conditions. Most important of all ensure you carry a pair of very comfortable shoes if you intend to walk a lot during the trip. With the weather in the city very whimsical all year round, make sure to wear appropriate clothing and waterproof shoes. Carrying a brolly is highly recommended in case the heavens open up.