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As London is such a huge city, anyone visiting the capital of the United Kingdom would be crazy not to plan what they are going to do beforehand. Naturally, as with any holiday or visit to an unfamiliar place, you will have likely already made decisions around how you are getting there and where you will be staying, if necessary. Therefore, we aren’t going to recommend the best airline or hotel for when you get there, but look at the considerations you should make for within London itself.

What should you think about beforehand, and why is it worth doing so?

Getting Around

Amazingly, people do still make the trip to London without knowing how they are going to get around when they are there. The biggest part of this is being prepared, and pre-paid travelcards or an Oyster card can go a long way to ensuring that you are ready to tackle London however you wish.

You generally still need cash for taxis though, which is worth bearing in mind.

Your Purpose

Why are you headed to London? Asking yourself that question will enable you to plan the rest of your activities when you are in the city. If you aren’t sure as to why you are visiting London then you will probably find yourself doing a little bit of some things, but not truly experiencing anything great that the city has to offer.

Where to Go

This leads directly on from your purpose, but now you’re looking at where you might specifically visit. Chances are that you will have a long list of things to do and see. Be honest with yourself, are you realistically going to fit everything in. Do you just simply want to “see” everything, or do you want to visit places and get a real feel for what they’re all about?

If anything, prioritising what you want to see will at least help to create your “to do” list for the next time you visit.

Eating Out

As humans are creatures of habit, whenever we visit a new place we tend to stick to trusted brand names whenever we want a drink or something to eat. Why travel somewhere new and then head to McDonald’s though?

While you can pick up a travel guide or just ask around the local area for the best places to eat, try looking up London forums online or restaurant review websites. Like most cities, the hidden gems of London are often down the backstreets and alleyways where you least expect to find them.

As a tourist destination, London is a city like no other, and to truly enjoy the experience you should plan as much of your trip as possible before heading there.

This article was written by Fare Exchange. Fare Exchange is a lead generation company focusing on the taxi industry, putting customers in touch with Canary Wharf taxis so they can travel around London with ease.