A Londoner’s Guide to Moving around London’s Centre

By : James Mcguire

Tourists can find a selection of transport choices for finding the sights around the borough, but the transport you decide upon, should to be framed around the amount of time you have available to move around.

1st Time Travellers (with plenty of time to see the sights):
For first-time visitors there’s a sustained flow of buses that run from Marble Arch through to Holborn (passing near to Covent Garden en-route) and this is the most glorious of routes to take. Oxford Street is one of on the principal shopping zones in London, where all the primary UK brands have their pioneering stores. You’ll find HMV, C&A, H&M among others. Hop off the bus at key points (Bond Street) and you’ll discover the classy designer label fashion stores, as well as historic stores (Regent’s Street) such as Liberty and Hamleys Toys (who supply toys to the Royal Family, an absolute must for families…there is no Toy store anything like Hamleys).

Early Bird Time Visitors (on a reduced time schedule):
If you’re on a quick visit or have seen the main tourist attractions before, the best form of transport is going to be the Underground. The City of Westminster has a number of lines that arrange the main zones very efficiently. rather than taking a bus from Marble Arch to Holborn, which could take more than forty-minutes if there’s gridlock, the tube will provide the same journey in less than 10minutes. The London Underground Central line is one of the main arteries in Westminster, cutting over from Queensway/Lancaster Gate across to to Holborn. While the Piccadilly line running from Kings Cross (Borough of Camden) through to Knightsbridge (where you can find Harrods) takes in Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus (the very famous advertising signage shown in historic films of London, it’s also where you’ll find the statue of Eros).

Making it even cheaper:
London isn’t cheap!, but at least, at the time of writing the exchange rate of the Euro against the Pound makes it, for the first time for a number of years a very attractive exchange rate for taking the plunge into this intricate city. The economics of ticket pricing combined and with the desire by authorities to keep Londoners through the turnstiles, means that, the cost of buying individual tickets makes no sense at all. For example a single stop may cost upwards of £2.00, but a one-day rover card that can be used across all the buses and tube’s (Londoners popular slang name for the Underground) may cost as little a £5.00. Tourists can also find seasonal travel option deals for longer periods of stay. Either ask your hotel concierge or directly at an Underground Station. Note, it is now very rare to be able to buy a ticket for a bus on the bus itself, at most bus stops there are ticket dispensers where you can purchase single or a travel-card directly. Once you have this ticket you can speed around the Underground network to the points of interest you are interested in seeing.

What about Taxi’s?
In London’s iconic archive along with the old Routemaster Bus, which is rarely seen in circulation, The London Black Cab is an icon to Londoners. The examination course that a cabbie (taxi-driver) needs to put themselves through in order to be granted a taxi-licence to drive, comes in the form of a strict course, affectionately known as “The Knowledge”. In order to pass this course, a cab driver needs to be able to pinpoint every single street in London. If they fail to identify the route they would need to take in order to complete a journey defined by the examiner, they fail. Unfortunately traffic is the problem in Westminster, so the only time that a cab journey is really worth it, is when you’ve done all your shopping and are utterly exhausted. At that point tumbling into a taxi is the best sensation in the World.
Author Resource:- If you’re visiting to London, Hyde Park is a superb starting point from which to discover the City of Westminster. According to Trip Advisor, one of London’s most luxurious 4 Star Hotels can also be found overlooking Hyde Park itself. But there is no shortage of accommodation in London so whatever you choose, you’re bound to identify something appropriate.The fundamental thing to remember when travelling around London, is that if you want to get their hastily, take the Metro, and if you want to enjoy the historic panorama, take the bus. But choose your transport wisely, and plan your time well, because London is a city first explored fully.
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