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How to Have the Perfect London Vacation

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Okay, there is really no perfect vacation. However, you can still turn your vacation to near-perfect by following a few tips about preparation and booking. Vacationing indeed takes a lot of preparation and planning. With the right moves, you can transform your London vacation into one your best holidays ever. Here are a few tips that can save you a lot of time and money: #1: Research, research, research. Before booking your London flights, do take time to research online vacation deals. Rates fluctuate according to season, so it is very important to know the price range of your plane ticket and chosen hotel before booking. Take note that midweek vacation flights are cheaper than weekend ones. Before buying your ticket, make sure you check the official website of the airline that you have chosen.

#2: Study, study, study. I don’t mean to turn you into a nerd. What you actually have to study are London maps. They can be confusing for first-timers, so take time to acquaint yourself with the major areas where the main attractions are located. Always carry your map with you in London. If your hotel or other establishments supply you with a free map, then you do not need to buy one anymore. In the event that you get lost, hiring a taxi is a good way to get you safely to your destination.

#3: Choose a strategic hotel Select a hotel that is near your place of interest. If you are interested in monarchy and tradition, look for a hotel close to Buckingham Palace or the Houses of Parliament. If theatres are your passion, find a hotel near West End. If you are a shopaholic, select a hotel close to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Victoria & Albert.

#4: Take a Scenic Tour The best way to get acquainted with London is to take a tour on a double-decker sightseeing bus right after you arrive or take a romantic River Thames cruise at night.

#5: Explore the London Museums Since London sports some of the best museums in the world, you should not miss visiting a few of them. Most of them have free admission. The best options are The Victoria & Albert Museum, National Gallery, and the British Museum. Museum shops are great places to find unique gifts and souvenirs.

#6: Pay Half Price for London Theater Tickets The Leicester Square TKTS ticket booth offers a wide array of West End shows on the day of performance. This is the only official seller and you can pay half the price plus a £2.50 fee. For a complete listing of the calendar of events during your time there, buy a copy of Time Out London.

#7: Plan ahead of time To make sure that you do not miss any of the sites that you want to visit, plan your itinerary ahead of time. Make a realistic schedule of your tours and activities and utilize maps and online information to structure your vacation. The most important thing in a vacation is enjoyment. You can make a rigid schedule and itinerary for yourself but you can always be spontaneous and break away from your original plan if you see something that you think will allow you to have more fun. You cannot see everything in London within just a few days, but do your best to visit the city’s best highlights during your brief vacation.

 

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