London at a glance
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” a smart man once said, and London truly does offer a new and unique experience every day. The historic capital of England is the most populated city in Europe and also the most diverse with over 300 languages spoken.
The city is known as the home to impressive treasures and attractions such as Big Ben, Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and London Eye to name a few. London is equally loved for its less known gems on the hidden side streets; the pop-up restaurants and bars, and the various events constantly taking place all over town.
The capital is not just a tourist attraction though; London is considered an ideal place for startups and tech firms to set roots due to all the amazing talent grown at the many universities in the city. If you are visiting London for the first time, book yourself a London serviced apartment, be aware that everyone drives on the left hand side, that the local currency is British Pound Sterling and not Euro, and that we take queuing as seriously as we do our pub culture – and that says a lot!
Culture and shopping
Most people have heard about the infamous Oxford Street and its unlimited shopping options. While locals tend to steer away from the busy street, tourists love it and it is understandable why; Oxford Street is home to an impressive amount of high street and flagship stores.
Nearby Bond Street boasts of luxury, and Regent Street and Covent Garden offer a wide variety of clothes, gadgets, jewellery, and accessories. London is also famous for its many markets where you can find anything from vintage clothes and antiques to quirky accessories and cupcakes. Renowned markets include Portobello Market in Notting Hill, Covent Garden in Central London, Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch and Borough Market for foodies.
Whether you are browsing for high end or affordable items, London has it all. Take a trip to Harrods and explore a luxurious lifestyle, or head to East London and Shoreditch for a more alternative and vintage feel.
For foodies, London is a true heaven. You can let your taste buds travel around the world and explore European, Indian, American and of course British cuisine all in one day. From high end Michelin starred restaurants to small food stalls at your local market, London’s food scene has is all.Londoners pride themselves on their pub culture and you will find your local pub busy any day of the week. Live like a true Londoner and indulge in a Sunday roast with cask ale.
The London Underground network, commonly known as The Tube, is the oldest underground railwork in the world and it allows commuters to easily get from one end of the city to another. London is divided into 6 zones with zone 1 being the centre.
The price of travelling with the tube depends on how many zones you travel. You can see all fares here.
When arriving into London it is recommended to get a travel card called an Oyster card, which is sold at all ticket offices. This card works on a pay-as- you-go basis so you can top of however much you expect to spend, or alternatively buy a weekly, monthly or annual pass. If you have a contactless credit or debit card, you can choose to use this instead of an Oyster card. You will pay the same fare and won’t have to deal with top-ups. Your travel card is valid on the tube, rail services, London Overground, DLR as well as the iconic red London buses as long as you are inside of London’s 6 zones.
If you wish to travel by taxi, make sure to always use a black cab, pre-booked taxi, or Uber to make sure you don’t end up in an unlicensed vehicle.
Staying in London
Whether you are staying in London for a couple of days or a couple of months, it is recommended to find yourself a comfortable and safe place to stay.Serviced apartments in London ensure a homely stay where you have the space to make yourself relax – a luxury often much needed after a day in the bustling city. Staying in a serviced apartment is considered more affordable than staying in a hotel as you have the ability to cook a home cooked meal and make your coffee at home rather than grabbing it on the go. No matter if you prefer the iconic skyline of The City, the business centre in Canary Wharf or the trendy bars in Shoreditch, there is always a London serviced apartment to suit your need.