Recently I have been to the UK (United Kingdom) during my summer vacations. I have seen this country in movies and heard a lot about it from my grandfather. He is a retired military personnel and fought in the second World War for our country. But now times have changed and so are the people. As a child, I used to read magazines through which my desire to visit London grew more.
Recently, while reading about England tourism, I got to know about the best Jack the Ripper tour, which made goosebumps in my body. I want to explore the UK the best I can and I also thought to visit this place and added it to my checklist. As I reached the airport, it was like a dream come true, I was in London, the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Well, it was not difficult for me to locate the places and people are also friendly over here. As now, I am back so, I would like to share some tips for those who are visiting the UK for the first time.
Avoid Oxford Street on Saturday’s
When you are in the UK then, you must be avoiding weekend shopping on Oxford Street. There are a large number of crowds on Saturdays and Sundays and most of the time there is no space on the roadways. So, if you want to shop on Oxford Street then, you have to choose the timing of mid-morning and starting days of the week. On a weekday, crowds are much lesser and it becomes easy to shop from the shop at your own swiftness.
Boris bikes are cheap to hire
If you want to save your maximum money then, Boris Bikes are the best way to see the beautiful city. With the Boris Bikes, you can enjoy your afternoon with relaxation and you will also save you loads of time. You can take Boris Bikes on rent at a cheap price, any time.
Get an Oyster Card
Oyster Card is very useful and helpful when you enter in the UK. The card will save your money and time both. Grasp an Oyster Card which is almost free, with a small refundable deposit from a Tube Station.
Fly into low-priced airports
You can take inexpensive flights from budget airlines such as Ryanair or Easy Jet. There are many airports in England which charge low landing fees like London Stansted Airport. Stansted is around 45 minutes by train and 1 hour by bus to the city centre.
Museums and art galleries are FREE
If you are a history lover, then there are loads of stuff that may hold your breath. Like, the Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, The British Museum and much more. All these sites are free for the visitors. You can make your whole day so special by visiting such marvels. You will get a chance to enjoy or see many historical artefacts and the rich heritage the city has to offer. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy all these places if you are planning your trip to England.
Grasp discounted rail and tube fares
The best part of the London is, if you are under the young age of 26 and over the age of 60 and you are travelling with your family then, you are eligible to take a Railcard from any railway station in London. The card will give you 33% discount off rail travel and tube travel at off-peak times. You can save your maximum money if you are visiting the city many times because this card will valid for one year.
Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes creative non-fiction and prose fiction. Her works have appeared in Romance Meets Life, Flash Fiction Press, MTLS, Saraba Magazine, Sentinel Magazine and others. Her first novel, Finding Love Again, was published by Ankara Press. She owns and manages Creative Writing News.