London Travel Tips – What You Need Before You Visit

(Last Updated On: January 19, 2023)

London is an amazing city and when you visit London you’re sure to discover it’s magic.

During your London trip there are a few things you should know before you go.

You can save money across London attractions, keep the locals happy and find easier ways around when you’re visiting London.

London Travel Tips

1. Pay Attention to the Flow of Traffic

london left hand side

Being on the road in London may be hazardous if you are from a country that drives on the right, as the UK drives on the left.

When you’re crossing roadways, keep an eye on traffic flow and street signs.

If you’re ever unsure, just look for a group of people traveling in the same direction and follow their lead.

2. Always Make Sure to Have An Umbrella

The UK is well-known for its unpredictable weather, and rain may strike at any time of year.

You can expect snow from November through mid-March. In the event that you are out in the snow, pack a few extra outfits.

3. Walking is Sometimes Faster than the Tube

walking vs tube

The Tube system in London is well-known across the world, and as a tourist, it’s easy to be swept away by the hype and use the Tube everywhere.

However, walking may sometimes be faster.

Take a look at London’s maps to see if you’ll need to take the tube on any of your trips that require two or three Tube stops.

4. Stick to Shopping on a Weekday

Although Oxford Street is home to many of London’s luxury brand outlets, it can be quite crowded on weekends.

To have a better shopping experience, wait to go during the week.

5. Explore with a Bike

london bike

In London, you don’t have to be shy about renting a bike on a clear day and taking in the city from its paths made just for bikes.

With new bike rental places opening up all over the city, it’s easy to find one near you.

6. Have a Universal Adapter with You

The majority of devices in the UK use a type G plug.

Make sure you bring a universal adapter for your phone and other devices.

Purchase one from back home so it’s cheaper, as in London they will cost more.

7. Make Use of the River Bus

london river bus

The Thames river cruise is one of the greatest activities in London.

If you want to save money, the river bus is a fantastic alternative.

The best times to use the river bus are outside of working hours when there isn’t as many people.

Also, don’t forget you can use your Oyster card on board!

8. Make Sure You Have the Right Credit Card

All over London, credit cards are accepted.

Check whether your card offers free international transactions. If not, consider getting one that does so you may save money.

9. Explore London with a Local

London with a Local

The greatest way to get a feel for London is to go with a local.

Find a Londoner and walk the city streets with them to learn more about it.

Also, don’t forget to visit the greatest pubs in London while watching a rugby or football game with a local.

10. Enjoy a Day Trip Outside of London

A quick drive away from London are several attractions.

If you have the time, travel to these places. Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath, and Oxford are some of the greatest day excursions from London.

11. Avoid High Season

london high season

London is a renowned tourist destination and 52 million people visit the city every year.

If you want to enjoy your time in London, it will be important for you to travel during the shoulder season.

These months include April and May before the summer rush and then October and November, these are also some of the most dry months.

12. Get An Oyster Card

To save money while in London, get an Oyster Card as soon as you arrive.

With these cards, you only pay for the distance you travel on buses or trains, which is much cheaper than paying a flat rate.

13. On Escalators Stand On The Right

london escalator

If you’re ever in London, make sure to stand on the right side of escalators so the locals can rushing by on the left! It’s not an obscure tip, but it is vitally important to those who live there and are always busy.

14. You Do Not Need to Tip

Londoners usually don’t have to tip at restaurants because there is often a service charge automatically added to the bill.

Even so, if you want to leave a little something extra for outstanding service, 10-15% is appreciated.

15. Get Your Tickets Beforehand

london eye

If you want to beat the crowds and visit London’s top attractions without tourist stress, book your tickets as soon as they become available.

Planning ahead is key during high season, so get your tickets while they’re hot!


  • Tamara M

    Hey there! My name is Tamara, welcome to my little world! I’m a 20-something-year-old from Toronto, Canada (though I’m rarely there) and I’m super passionate about exploring the world, photography, and cooking delicious plant-based recipes. I created this blog to share my favorite places, adventures, restaurants, accommodations, and travel tips with all of you and keep a bit of a travel diary for myself.

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