The Beginner’s Guide to London
Guest writer Aaron (Jack the Ripper Tours)
Heading to London for the first time? If so, then don’t be afraid! England’s capital is packed to the brim with amazing things to do, places to go and even more helpful advice than you can shake a stick at!
If you have never been to London, the first question that springs to mind is what have you been waiting for? The second question is where are you going to start? Now that is a question that will take some answering, because how can you be expected to pick just one thing from the wide range of attractions that are just waiting for you?
That’s where we come in, as experienced London guides here to nudge you in the right direction.
Worry not about getting lost on the Underground, it’s all part of the fun! But seriously, London’s tube service is second to none and connects the entire city with quick and reliable transportation that you simply won’t find anywhere else on the British Isles.
Visit the London Underground website for service updates and for a helpful map of all the different lines that run through the city.
If it is your first time visiting London, no doubt you will be eager to undertake a spot of shopping on the world famous Oxford Street. Top tip: be prepared for crowds, and lots of them.
You will also find it useful to carry a bottle of water, or other drink, with you if you are planning to spend a good few hours on Oxford Street. With mainly department stores and high street outlets making up the district, there are not too many places to drop in and grab a drink – and places that do are always packed.
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If you are a sports fan then you will find loads of venues of interest in London. Just some of the most historic and grandest venues include Wembley Stadium, Lord’s Cricket Ground and the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (better known simply as Wimbledon).
Fans of all sports will have a field day visiting some of the best stadiums in the world, especially if you head towards Stratford where you will find the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which maintains the legacy of the incredible 2012 Olympic Games. The stadium itself, now renamed the London Stadium, has since been converted into a football stadium hosting West Ham United games, although athletic events still take place at the venue in the summer months.
Looking to scratch beneath the surface of what you’ll see when you first arrive in London? If so, then head towards attractions such as the Tower of London, the Dungeons and the Jack the Ripper tours, where you will be amazed, astonished and disgusted in equal measure at events that unfolded on our very streets!
These tours are not for the faint hearted, and the horrors of yesteryear may well leave you awake at night but are full value for money for anyone who is keen on their history. Don’t say that we did not warn you!
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
If you are at all worried about heading to London and finding nothing for you, then don’t be. No matter your taste, you will be sure to find something that takes your fancy – all you have to do is explore our great city.
The first time you come to London will certainly not be your last, with the city’s amazing tourist destinations and vibrant nightlife guaranteed to draw you back in for more.