London calling

The flight is only an hour long, the public transport system is so efficient and the sights are simply spectacular.

No matter how many times you visit London, there’s always something new to discover. It’s one of those cities with so many tourist attractions that it is impossible to see and do everything on one trip.

I returned to the city for the seventh time during reading week and did things I have never done before. I witnessed the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, saw 10 Downing Street and went to Platform Nine and Three Quarters to get my train to Hogwarts.

The London Dungeon is an attraction that is definitely worth visiting. On this tour you get to explore the gory and gruesome history of London and meet characters such as Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and Guy Fawkes. It is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

There is no point in going to London without seeing a West End show. Whether or not you are into musicals, it is something that must be experienced. They can be fairly expensive but you can book them in advance online or get them on the day at TKTS in Leicester Square for discounts.

Although it is often described as an expensive city, there are ways to see the city on a tight budget. Flights tend to be quite cheap and as for accommodation, there are so many hotels and hostels that you can always find a bargain.

There are passes that allow you to go to two, three or four of the big tourist attractions for a discounted price. The London Eye, Madame Tussauds and the London Aquarium are all available in this offer.

Many sights in London don’t cost a penny to see. Take a stroll along the Thames to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge and much more. Many of the museums and galleries are also free to visit.

The London Underground makes it so easy to get from A to B in the city. With so many routes and trains coming every 5 minutes, you can make it from one end of the city to the next in no time. If you’re a frequent visitor of the city I would recommend getting an Oyster card, which works in a similar way to the Leap card and will save you a few pound.

Aoibheann Diver

Image Credit: David Clarke

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