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First time visitors to London may be thrilled and excited to see the major attractions but to make their trip memorable it becomes crucial to research, plan, and prepare in advance. Many things need to be planned like where to stay? When to visit? What to do? What to see? Where to eat? First time visitors to London can visit TripIndicator website and look for detailed suggestions.

Comprehensive guide for first timers visiting London

London is a large city

Metropolitan area of London is ginormous, so if you plan to stay for few days then stay in close by location you wish to explore.  Staying outside the city because accommodations are cheap can add to your cost of transport and time. Therefore, staying in central London is good for first time travellers allowing them save time and money on transportation. Moreover, your overall trip budget will not suffer as you will need less days to see more.

Check out the London tourist attractions map to find a suitable hotel around the places you desire to see. For example, with kids you can choose a hotel located on South Bank, which is near London Eye. Staying in central London makes it easy to visit main attractions because many of them are at walkable distance or within short bus drive.

Oyster card

It saves your money and time related to travel related expenses, which gobble cash fast. Oyster card allows you to journey at discount price.

Grab low cost flight

Flight tickets for landing at Heathrow can be expensive than arriving at Stansted, so choose low-cost flight tickets.

Free art galleries and museums

You can enjoy rich London heritage for free at the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, British Museum and more.

West End show ticket for cheap

If you are not very fussy about what you see at the West End theatre then visit TKTS booth in Leicester Square. Unsold tickets for same day show are sold at TKTS booth for half the price. If you are lucky, you can get best seats available.

Pick railcard

If you want to pick a Railcard then you need to be below 26 years and above 60 or travelling with family. It is a card, which offers discount of 33% on tube and rail travel during off-peak times. If you visit city many times then this is a massive saving option.

Tour London for CHEAP

Hop-on, Hop-off buses can be expensive but if you are not in a hurry then jump on-board Red London bus and save a lot. In less than two dollar you can grab a 24-hour bus from Marylebone Station and get seated upstairs. You will pass the Regent St., Piccadilly Circus, the Leicester Sq., Downing Street, House of Parliament, the Big Ben, and London Eye. You can hop off here to experience Southbank on foot.

Hire a bike

You just need a credit or debit card along with good direction sense. If you wish to relax at noon then rent a bike and pedal across the town. You can experience the city in a joyful way thus save significantly.

You can enjoy street food and even get a peek inside Buckingham Palace. People in London are amazing and friendly. You can make some good friends here!