Staycations seem to be all the rage right now – and it’s easy to see why. A vacation in the UK tends to go far beyond being cost-effective; it can show us just how many gems lay at our feet. And is there anywhere more vibrant and cultural than the capital?
Why not follow our top tips to plan the ideal holiday in London?
Pinpoint the right place to stay
First thing’s first: accommodation. Sort this out long in advance, and you’ll be more likely to secure a cheaper deal. But before you leap online to book, remember that a holiday lodging is more than just a place for sleeping – ideally, it provides food, entertainment and helpful staff.
So it’s vital that you find a place that can offer all three of these perks. A premium hotel or holiday apartment in London will guarantee a comfortable base during your adventure in the big city. Book somewhere decent as far ahead as possible, and you’ll be able to crack on with planning the rest of your staycation.
Create an itinerary
So, what’s the plan for your London staycation? Haven’t got one yet? No problem! Let’s start by identifying the three top attractions you want to visit. Afterwards, pinpoint them on a map, and see if there are any other spots nearby – and whether you’d like to explore them as well.
Likewise, you could check to see if any of the sites you’ve listed before are close to one another. If so, you may be able to squeeze two – or all – of the destinations into the space of one day, freeing up more time to explore. If you are up for a walk and want to explore on foot then taking a walking tour is a good option. There’s a really great Beatles London walking tour that even takes you to the art gallery where Yoko Ono and John Lennon met. It’s a type of tour that is a bit less common and it’s sure to be a good time.
Of course, you don’t have to create an hour-by-hour itinerary – so long as you’ve got an outline, you’ll be able to make the most of your staycation.
Plan ALL journeys
Once you’ve planned where to go for your London staycation, it’s time to work out how you’ll get there. True, tubes run frequently and are highly reliable – but head to a station during peak travel times, and you could struggle to find a seat while on board. The solution? Research the quietest times for travel.
As a general rule, the main public transport hubs are busiest between 7:00am – 09:30am in the morning and between 17:00 and 19:00 in the evening, though this can vary depending on the area. Consider when you’ll be using public transport, and you’ll be more likely to enjoy a stress-free trip to London.
Whoever said you need to travel far to have fun? Now that you’re all set, you can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime right in the heart of the capital.