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Groupon Getaways - London City Guide

by Viktoria Müller

Groupon Getaways - London City Guide

A cosmopolitan melting pot of history, entertainment, nightlife, endless sights and incredible shopping, London promises both locals and visitors a vibrant mix of glamour. Heading to London soon? We’ve collected some helpful tips and information for you on London attractions, sightseeing tours, London’s transportation system, what to eat, where to shop & what not to miss out on!


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From the stylish streets in the East, to the upmarket townhouses in the West, London is made up of various pockets, each offering a different atmosphere and city experience. Make sure you check out our Groupon Travel deals for London to find your perfect base for your trip and to spend less on your hotel & more on fun activities during your stay!
 


We kick off with some bad news - be prepared: London is one of the more expensive capitals in Europe. The good news: it’s absolutely worth it & there are always options on how to explore a city on a shoestring.
The size of the city, the amount of things to do, the diverse history, cultural opportunities and all of it’s colorful and vibrant life can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning. It seems like there is never enough time to explore all of it and the big question remains ‘Where to start?’. Our advice: Find out what is important to you before arriving and plan your days in the city accordingly to get the most out of your trip!
 


Groupon Getaways - London City Guide

No doubt, London is a huge city - thus, be prepared for some traffic. The cheapest (and most likely the quickest) way to get around and travel between neighborhoods is the tube. It’s one of the best underground subway networks in the world, relatively easy to navigate & it will bring you to all the sights you want to see. Make sure you buy an Oyster card right at the beginning of your trip. It can be reloaded and used on the tube as well as on the city buses. ‘City buses’ is the key word that makes you think of the iconic red double-decker buses in London straight away we guess! They are indeed a great option to see some sights while going from one place to another. Thus, don’t miss out on enjoying one of those iconic rides through the city.
 

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Groupon Getaways - London City Guide

London is separated into many different neighborhoods and each of them has a very unique flair. You will almost feel like every neighborhood is a little stunning city for itself - and they all add up to the unique flair of London!

Covent Garden: Covent Garden is in the West End and you can for sure find some of the best theaters of the city here. Apart from that, it’s a must go to area for all fashion lovers, as Neal Street is a shoe lovers paradise!

Camden: Camden Town is most famous for its mix of markets, boutiques, cuisines and live music venues. We love to hunt for vintage treasures in Camden’s markets and taste some excellent food from around the world here!

Soho: Are you looking for an eclectic mix of shopping options, nightlife & dining? Look no further than Soho. If we have to put it in 3 words: it’s multicultural, vibrant & colorful! So who’s in for a night out in London?

Kensington & Chelsea: If you loved the movie Notting Hill, you will also love strolling around this area! It’s home to some of London’s most posh shops and luxurious residents.

Westminster: It might be a bit touristy, but it’s still a must see while you’re in London! The main sights here are the House of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Shoreditch: Known as East London’s smart hipster hotspot, Shoreditch is a creative hub where lots of great food, nightlife, street art, vintage shops & boutiques are waiting to be explored. If you are looking for the real local experience, join one of the tours offered by local street artist!


Groupon Getaways - London City Guide

No doubt, London is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. But you can still do lots of things for free or one a really small budget and we have collected some ideas for you!

The National Gallery: With free access to over 2,300 paintings from altarpieces to the Impressionists, there's something for everyone

The Museum of London: This museum located on the Isle of Dogs, east London tells the history of London's River Thames and the growth of Docklands - and you can dive into history for FREE!

The British Museum: Discover over two million years of human history and culture for free! The museum’s permanent collection is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire.

The Changing Guard: World famous and a striking display of British pomp and pageantry - don’t miss the free ‘Changing the Guard’ ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.

There are lots of free events happening throughout the city - from art exhibitions to concerts & readings - just keep your eyes open! Be creative and don’t let your budget stop you from exploring this beautiful and stunning city!
 


Groupon Getaways - London City Guide

… London’s famous Pub culture!

Having a pint or two in a traditional London pub is actually a great way to learn about the city’s rich history. The choices are countless from pubs claiming William Shakespeare as a fan (The George Inn), to the ones with courtyards where Queen Elizabeth I is once said to have danced (Ye Olde Mitre Tavern). No doubt, grabbing a spot at the bar of one of these pubs with a long backstory is a great finish for you full day of sightseeing, shopping & strolling around London.

… High Tea
If the royals are having their afternoon tea, it can only be a good thing, right?! You will find it all in London: from classic black tea & scones to fancy cakes and champagne. No matter if you want an extraordinary experience in one of the most luxurious hotels or if you go for the classic and less pricey version - we are sure you will love your own high tea experience during your stay in London.

I guess after you read through our little guide, London is finally calling! The British capital is, for some really good reasons, the most visited in Europe. Whatever you are looking for on your trip - London has it! So better start packing and booking your trip!

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