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 maximize 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.

Be sure you stay in a nice hotel where you can get plenty of good downtime between adventures

In my opinion, a city-break is not the time to skimp on accommodations. Besides, fewer days means spending less, so why not splurge on a nice hotel that will give you all the comforts you could want, and more. Believe me, when I tell you, it’s worth it. You don’t want to spend a day on your feet sightseeing only to come back to a third-rate hotel to rest. You want to walk in the door and be catered to, relax in comfortable surroundings and enjoy a good night’s rest. That’s why I always look for five-star accommodations in London when I’m on a city break.

Give thought to the location of where you’re staying

You don’t want to be staying out of the city center 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. Plan ahead and spend your money where it counts and you’ll have an incredible time. And if you’re looking for savings on flights, you can always check out my tips on budget flights here.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 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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