Tips on a Successful City Break in London

If you’re heading off on a city break to London, a fantastic destination full of things to see and do, you will want to maximise your time as much as possible, so you can cram in everything your city has to offer. There’s no denying that a city break can be tiring, but they are worth it in order to experience the true way of life in a particular part of the world.

In order to get the most out of your time, follow these handy tips, and you should be able to pull out every last second.

Stock up on rest beforehand

You don’t want to be starting your break tired out from the travel aspect, because you will slow yourself down and waste precious time. Instead, think about how you can get plenty of rest before you travel, and how you can make your travel day less stressful and less tiring as a result. A good way to do just that is to spend the night at the airport, or close by, the night before, so you don’t have to worry about getting to your terminal, and you can chill out during the evening. My personal experience has been in London with large UK airports, and I’ve booked several of the Gatwick Airport hotels through Airparks before, which I can highly recommend. A rested start is the best possible foundation to build on.

Give thought to where you stay

You don’t want to be staying out of the city centre because you will spend precious time commuting in and out, not to mention a fair bit of time figuring out the public transport system at first. Instead, try and stay somewhere central which fits in with your budget, so you’re right in the heart of where you need to be.

Do plenty of research

It’s important to do plenty of research into your destination before you go, so you can identify the main sights you want to see, and target your time towards them. You don’t want to be wandering around aimlessly, missing the good stuff and seeing the not so good stuff, so knowing where you’re going to start with will be a big help. Visit Britain is a great resource when traveling to London.

Book tables and attractions ahead of time

If you’re desperate to see a certain attraction, book tickets online before you leave home, because not only will you not have to queue up at the desk, but you may also find you get a discount for pre-booking. The same process can be applied to booking tables at popular restaurants – you won’t get a discount, but you will get the table you want without having to wait.

A little forward thinking is the way to maximise your time in your city of choice.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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