One of the busiest cosmopolitan cities in the world attracting over 30 million tourists each year, visiting London means there will always be hustle and bustle to deal with. Whether you’re trying to navigate the Underground or get onto the London Eye, you’ll find there are queues almost everywhere.
But this doesn’t mean you can’t avoid these queues and make the most of your time in this amazing city. Here, we’ve provided some of our top tips to help prevent you from getting lost in the crowds in London.
Plan your itinerary
With such a wide variety of activities available in London, it can be difficult to know exactly where to start, especially if you want to fit in as much as possible. The best things to go see will always have a large crowd, regardless of when you decide to visit. Although, if you plan beforehand, you can find the quickest route between each activity on your agenda.
You should avoid using public transport during peak times, which are typically when people are travelling to and from work. Just make sure to book a ticket to London Kings Cross station in advance so that you’re guaranteed a spot on the train. There’s also making your way around on foot, which means you’ll likely avoid the heavy traffic spells.
Skip the queues
You’ll find there are large queues to visit the major attractions in London, such as the London Eye, Tower of London and Madame Tussauds. Whilst waiting in these queues isn’t the worst-case scenario, it can take up valuable time that could be spent doing something more exciting during your break.
Fast track tickets or ‘skip-the-queue passes’ may cost slightly more than your standard tickets but allow you to bypass the queues of most attractions with ease. For example, a normal queue size for the London Eye could take 45 minutes for you to reach the front, whereas a Fast Track pass could see you looking down on the city in less than 20 minutes.
Ditch the fine dining
Yes, London is full of incredible restaurants and places to eat, yet most require a reservation to even come close to finding a table. This doesn’t mean you still can’t find incredible food spots, so long as you don’t mind ditching the famous brand names.
Why not visit one of the many food markets or street vendors in the city? Not only is this food delicious, but it’s also cheap. You’re then free to take the food wherever you go and enjoy it somewhere much quieter.