Tips for exploring London

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Explore London this summer for under £10!

It’s no secret that London can be a costly place to visit. Plan carefully though and it’s possible to see some of the best sights for under £10 by taking advantage of the huge public transport network across the city.

If you have an Oyster Card, it’s even cheaper with a Day Travelcard on the buses costing just £4.40. If you are visiting London for the first time, consider buying an Oyster Card as it’s the most convenient way of getting around the city.

Sloane Square, Belgravia and Westminster

Start early at Sloane Square and the Duke of York Square, where you can pop into the stylish Saatchi Gallery to catch the latest contemporary art or enjoy a morning coffee at the Gallery Mess (both open from 10am).

From Lower Sloane Street, catch the number 11 bus. The 11 is a great route that meanders through some of the most popular sites in London so head for the top deck and a seat at the front for the best views.

The bus will take you from Sloane Square through Victoria and Belgravia, and east down Victoria Street – the path to Westminster. Victoria Street has undergone a good deal of renovation in recent years and there are some smart shops and offices surrounding the main station.

As you turn into Victoria Street, look to the right and you will catch a glimpse of Westminster Cathedral, then Scotland Yard on the right and up to the magnificent Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Jump off the bus here and take a walk around. Entry to Westminster Abbey is £18 for adults but you can visit the Cloisters, College Garden and St. Margaret’s Church for free.

Stroll around the square to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, cross over the road and turn left down Parliament Street. If you continue walking for 5 minutes, you’ll find Downing Street on the left. If you are in need of refreshment, take the first left on Parliament Street, onto King Charles Street, down the steps past the Churchill War Rooms, and cross over into St. James’s Park. Bear right and as you go round the pond you will see the popular Inn The Park, a café where you can sit outside to refuel.

Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and the Strand

Jump back on the number 11 bus and it will continue down Whitehall passing Horse Guards Parade on the left, up to Trafalgar Square before then turning on to the Strand. Keep your eyes peeled for Nelson on his column, the huge lions and the fountain of Trafalgar Square.

Just after Charing Cross station you can jump off the bus again and walk the tiny streets through to Covent Garden, where you’ll find the old market, the Royal Opera House, the London Transport Museum and plenty of street entertainment and eateries where you can enjoy lunch.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Alternatively jump off at Trafalgar Square and climb the steps to the National Gallery, a fantastic museum that is free to enter. Inside, look out for Monet’s famous Water Lily Pond and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, along with a vast range of Renaissance masterpieces from Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael and Michelangelo.

National Gallery

National Gallery

Head back on to the Strand and on the number 11 bus, you’ll pass Somerset House, Fleet Street and Ludgate Circus before arriving outside St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Fleet Street

Fleet Street

  St. Paul’s Cathedral and Holborn

After a restoration in 2010 for its 300th birthday, St. Paul’s Cathedral is in great condition and you can admire Sir Christopher Wren’s work up close by climbing the 530 steps to the famous Whispering Gallery of the dome and some of the best views of London.

St Pauls Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral

Explore the area around the cathedral (the Museum of London, the Old Bailey and Guildhall are just moments away) or hop on to the number 8 bus for a short trip down High Holborn to Bloomsbury Street. Get off at Bloomsbury Street and walk for 5 minutes to the British Museum or alternatively, stay on the bus and get dropped off on Oxford Street for a spot of retail therapy.

Oxford Street

Oxford Street

Oxford Street, Marble Arch and Hyde Park

From Oxford Street catch the 94 to Notting Hill. This route will take you down the length of London’s most famous shopping street to Marble Arch and the huge sculptures near Speakers’ Corner.

Rounding Cumberland Gate, the bus will then head west down Bayswater Road. You will be able to enjoy views for the full length of London’s largest Royal Park, Hyde Park, before arriving at bohemian Notting Hill.

Exploring London

There are loads of ways to enjoy London and its diverse collections of sights, museums, restaurants, bars, theatres – the list goes on. So what’s the secret to a great visit? Make like a Londoner and enjoy our fantastic public transport system – just make sure you stand on the right!

Explore London with a pre-loaded Oyster card, tickets to Kensington Palace and more with Radisson Blu Edwardian this summer.

This is a guest post by Radisson Blu Edwardian.

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One Response to “Tips for exploring London”

  1. jaklien
    July 3, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Great tips. Great for when I get some visitors from Holland.

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