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Top Tips to Help You Make the Most of a Daytrip to London

London is such a fantastic city to visit. There is so much to see and do that it’s impossible to feel bored – especially when you're there for a daytrip. In fact, there’s so much on offer that a day doesn’t seem long enough, and it isn't. But, if a day is all you have, it’s important that you make the most of it. Our tips will help you to do just that.


Tip 1: Book a Hotel

What sort of daytrip includes a hotel? The type where you arrive late in the evening the day before and spend the night in a hotel. This way, you get the entire day of your daytrip.


For example, imagine that you’ve planned your daytrip for a Saturday. You drive up or down to London to arrive for Friday evening and you spend a night in the hotel. This saves you the hour+ travelling that would otherwise eat into your day.



We recommend staying in one of the hotels near Victoria Station London. Victoria station is right in the middle of the action. It’s near to all of the biggest attractions and the best shopping streets, so you are ideally placed for a daytrip.


Tip 2: Wear a Jacket with an Inside Pocket

London is renowned for pickpockets and the best defence against them is to ensure that you secure your valuables. I’ve found that the best place to do this is in an inside pocket that has a zip. If you can fit your wallet and mobile phone in the pocket then it is ideal.


It’s much better than carrying a handbag or a rucksack, because both are very easy to steal – even then handbags that you carry across the body. You can still bring handbags and rucksacks, of course. Just make sure that your valuables are in your inside pocket.


Tip 3: Buy an Visitors Oyster Card

The Oyster Card is a pay-as-you-go transportation ticket. You put credit on the card and then you can just wave it at the barriers as you get into the underground stations, trains, or buses. It makes travelling around London so much easier.


You'll also find that you get fewer tuts and sighs from other Londoners. This is because you aren’t holding them up as much as those other tourists do.


Tip 4: Make a Plan before You Leave

It’s away worth making an itinerary for your day. Place the must-see locations earlier in the day, so that if the itinerary takes longer than you planned for, you won’t be disappointed that you didn’t get to see all the sights that you wanted.


Tip 5: Agree a Meeting Place If You Get Lost

It’s relatively easy to lose travelling companions in the throngs of tourists and busy Londoners. The best way to avoid any serious issues is to agree a meeting point. For example, if you become lost, you agree to meet up at Hyde Park Corner near the plaque or at one of the hotels near Victoria Station London that you were staying at the previous night. With mobile phones, the chances of becoming lost are small, but it does still happen so it’s better to be safe than sorry.


These tips will help you to make the most of a daytrip to London. If you'd like further information about hotels in London, then please visit http://www.vegashotel.co.uk/.


Non-Tourist Visits to Westminster & Pimlico

It’s unusual to find non-tourist guides to London, but when it comes to Westminster and Pimlico, it’s something that many people want. This is the business centre of the UK, and so naturally attracts business people from across the globe. At the end of a day of heavy meetings, complex brain drains, and “team-building” exercise, sometimes all you want to do is avoid the hoards and masses.


Avoiding the hoards isn’t easy in this part of town. It’s slap bang in the middle of London. It’s the middliest (yes, we just made that word up!) of the middle of town, so finding those quiet spaces can be difficult.



Sure, you can retreat to one of the many hotels near Pimlico London, but holing yourself up in your room, while offering escape, is not the best way to soothe the buzzing executive mind. Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of hidden gems in this area waiting to take your mind off things and ease your soul…


…many people like to escape into a good book, and with quaint speciality bookshops, like Travis & Emery, you're sure to find yourself travelling to strange and far off lands whilst ensconced in comfy armchair with you hot chocolate and marshmallows watching the busy people of the world pass by – what better way to spend an autumn evening?


Wasn't that a wonderful and magical picture of a great British pastime? And, speaking of magic, Davenports Magic Shop is a must-visit for anyone with even a passing interest in magic. There’s a Harry Potter-esque feel to the place. It has that rich, deep, wooden, and papery feel that you might associate with an ancient library full of secrets.


You imagine Olivander jumping out at any moment and shouting to you that he’s found your wand – “the wand chooseth the wizard!” If only you could magic away tomorrow’s meeting. You’d use the time to explore more of these hidden places.


…but maybe this is a bit too juvenile for you? Maybe you're looking for something a bit more upmarket – and hopefully with a few cocktails. Well, you're in luck. If you want to experience London from a 360o perspective, you could head to The London Sky Bar. On the 29th floor, it’s a view to be reckoned with. But this is an exclusive bar, and it isn’t always open to the public, so make a reservation if this is something you want to experience. You can experience such delights as open-comedy nights and even a silent disco! It’s a great way to relax.


If you're looking for a more traditional tipple, then head to the Albert Tavern, so called for being a favoured watering hole of the Queen’s Consort – Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. It’s a Grade II listed building and has all the charm we’ve come to expect from Victorian England. At the end of the night, it’s within a short walk of numerous hotels near Pimlico London and the perfect spot for winding down after a long day.