London is a super popular destination and for good reason. The city has beauty, walkable streets, historical attractions, pubs galore, and a lot of culture.

While you'll be tempted to take a selfie in front of an old-fashioned, bright red telephone booth or enjoy some of the local food, there are so many other things that you want to think about when researching what to do during your time in this British city.

Here is a travel guide to London and 10 things that you should know while planning your trip.


Visit The Amazing Galleries And Parks

London is a great city with a lot of arts and culture, so there is plenty for you to do during your trip. You can visit Tate Britain, the National Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery (which features both photos and paintings).

The Crazy Tourist suggests that you see the London Eye (the super famous Ferris Wheel), take a boat ride on the Thames, go shopping on Oxford Street, and visit both Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath for some time in nature. The great thing about London is that every street is so beautiful and the architecture looks so cool that you'll spend a lot of time walking around.

Visit In The Spring

When is the best time to book your trip to London? According to is when you want to go, which would be March, April, or May.

It's true that many people book vacations for the summer when it's easy to get time off, but London has gorgeous spring weather so this is something that you want to consider. Bring some stylish boots (that are made for walking through this beautiful city) and get ready to take a lot of photos of everything that you see. Yes, you can expect some rain, but that happens year-round in this amazing city.

The Best Hotels To Book

When you're choosing a hotel, you always want to make sure that you're paying an affordable price and also close to public transportation. DoubleTree by Hilton London - Westminster is a great hotel to book. It has many positive reviews on Trip Advisor and it's near the Waterloo tube (subway/metro) station, the Theatre District, and Trafalgar Square.

You can also stay at the Strand Palace Hotel, which is a four-minute walk from Convent Garden Market, also a must-visit as you can walk around and try out different food. There are also two tube stations nearby.

Stay In Central London

In order to make the most of your time in London, you definitely want to stay in a central location, which will give you access to any neighborhood that you wish to visit. The last thing that you want to do during a vacation is to spend too much time in cabs or on the subway. It's also helpful when your hotel is in a walkable location so you can get out on foot if the weather is nice or you want to explore the neighborhood.

According to Visit London, Westminster, the West End, Covent Garden, and King's Cross are considered part of central London, so these would all be perfect areas to stay in during your trip.

The Restaurants Are Diverse And Delicious

When it comes to where to eat in London, the sky is really the limit. You can get traditional hearty British comfort food, healthier fare, and pretty much any type of cuisine that you're looking for.

Of course, you want to try some fish and chips when you visit London, and the perfect place to order them is at The Mitre, a pub located on Greenwich High Road. If you're looking for a healthy meal, dine at Squirrel which has interesting salads.  You can also dine at Dishoom, a very popular restaurant that is praised for its Indian food.

Definitely Take The Tube

Part of the fun of traveling is feeling like a local, and the best way to do that in London, England is taking the tube.

The tube, or the underground as it's also called, is really easy to figure out, which is a big relief since some public transportation systems can be pretty confusing. According to Visit London, you can get an Oyster card, which will make the most sense financially as you can get one called a "visitor Oyster card." The system has nine zones and London is zone one.

Don't Miss Out On Big Ben Or Buckingham Palace

There are many London landmarks that you don't want to miss out on. Make sure that you see Big Ben, the gorgeous clock that is located at the Palace of Westminster. While you can't physically go on a tour or go in this clock, you can tour Elizabeth Tower which is right there, so you'll be able to see it really well.

You also can't go to London without going to Buckingham Palace. This is a piece of history that you can't miss and you'll want to take some photos, that's for sure.

Your Credits Cards Will Work But Bring Some Cash, Too

The currency used in London is the pound. Visit London says that Mastercard and Visa will work in London, so you can definitely use those when you're dining out or shopping. It's always a good idea to have some cash with you, too, so you'll definitely want to convert some money into pounds before traveling.

Someone shared on Trip Advisor that 50 pounds for each day that you're going should be safe, but many have suggested that since you can find an ATM in many neighborhoods, you can see how it goes and take out money if necessary.

The Best Time For Flight Deals

Although the best time of the year to go to London is the springtime when you're talking about the weather, you won't be able to beat the flight deals at other times of the year. says that you'll find the best airfare prices from Christmas until the middle of March. You can also get good deals in September and October. Most importantly, not traveling on a weekend or a Monday will make sure that your airfare is as affordable as it can be.

The History Of London

London, England has a really rich history that you'll be excited to learn about. According to London City Break, the current organization of London dates back to 1963 when it was split up into 32 boroughs.

Many of the suggested sightseeing adventures in the city also enable you to learn about the history. You can see Westminster Abbey, which was a huge part of medieval life during that time period or make a trip to the Tower of London, which William the Conqueror ordered in the 1070s.