Londoners always get through those rainy days. Now that the burning sun is out, the weather’s warm, the birds are chirping and the sky’s blue. People often believe that this city endures so much rain but this not at all true. When the days are longer and the evenings become shorter the best thing to do is to spend more time outdoors, exploring the beauty of London.

A London double decker bus at Victoria station

Hibernation is well and truly over, so forward planning is crucial for a quick getaway since no one knows when the heatwave will strike again. But the preparation isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. As obvious as it might seem, planning carefully ahead will help simplify your day.

More and more people are moving around London lately, day and night, looking for something to do but there is never a dull moment in this city.

The perfect plan for a great day out:

  1. Book trips and top up your Oyster card online. It’s quicker to obtain and cheaper! If you’re not sure what this card is, it is a much needed item to get you travelling around. 
  2. Have two getaway bags prepared at any time. One for the beach or for the swimming pool and the second, a picnic bags for a trip to the park or fairground. This is like an emergency bag that will save you time and money at a moment’s notice.
  3. Prepare a list of 5 attractions or places to visit as early as February. Choose a few then look out for ways to make a booking and how to get there. You might not be able to book five trips, but at least you’ll have a wider choice.
  4. Look out for upcoming events or exhibitions and vouchers offering reduced prices.
  5. Prepare a to do list.
  6. Look out for money off vouchers and buy tickets for entry into the attractions. (Booking online can be cheaper and convenient) Group bookings also work out cheaper If travelling in a group. Children of a certain age, Senior citizens and the less able might get reduced tickets. Combination tickets also work out well since you can see more than one attraction on one deal.

London Eye

Take a look at the London Eye combination ticket here.

Invite a group of friends or family – It’s more enjoyable as you can all share ideas about your experience. But if you prefer to travel solo, that’s fine too. Musicals are great fun too! London is well known for these.

Aldwych Theatre London

Russell Square Underground Station

  1. If you’re travelling by public transport, give yourself enough time to travel by leaving home early and remember to pack these essentials in your backpack:

A Bus pass

Oyster card

Contactless card (only for emergencies)

London Underground Tube station

Train tickets

A view of the City of London and the Thames river

 

Westminster Bridge

  1. Carry a purse or wallet full of notes and coins but keep safe.
  2. Pack a raincoat (in case the weather is inclement)
  3. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
  4. Take the buggy or pushchair for the tot with tired legs.
  5. Prepare and pack a light lunch like sandwiches, deserts, with some water and drinks in a cooler bag.
  6. Load your camera with batteries or charge it up then transfer old images onto Cloud or a disc to allow room for new ones. Then make sure you take it on your journey to capture those memorable images. Alternatively, just use your camera on your phone, as it’s so handy and less bulky to carry around.
  7. Create a template list for food-shopping to keep for your next trip to save time and energy.

Do you have an essential that you couldn’t possibly do without on your great day out? Feel free to add to this list in case something’s missing.

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