Travellers coming from American tend to become enamoured with idea of visiting England at one point in their lives. Certain romanticism for the British culture and everything that it entails seems to have splintered into the minds of many. There are several reasons as to why that could be; one of which being, the cultural influence of British movies. Besides, the British accent naturally seems to, funnily enough, perk the interest of Americans. As a result of all this, many Americans come into London with preconceived notions and expectations about the city.
Here, we’re going to provide you with some of the best tips as an American, so that you get the most of your stay in London. For one, pack as light as you can. Hotels, even the luxury ones, tend to be relatively small in size. Additionally, you’re here to immerse yourself in the culture, not to move everything on and over to here.
While there is such a wonderful assortment of attractions here, you’ll need to choose wisely. There’s always a potential opportunity cost with going to one attraction over another, so you’ll want to use your time in a manner which provides you with the most immersive, and memorable experience of the city.
The first tourist attraction we recommend avoiding is Madame Tussauds. While its mannequins are stunning, there’s not much more to see than that – and you can find its better equivalent in New York City. The Changing of the Guard is one of those events that is spectacular but is just a little too overcrowded. The London Aquarium – well, it’s nothing particularly special.
Instead, opt for attractions that give you insights into British history and offer great views. St Pauls Cathedral falls in both categories, sitting on the highest spot in the City; it offers glamorous views and is, without the doubt, the best cathedral in the city. Tower London offers so much information inside its tour and gives you a breakdown like no other – offering gems of information about the engineering and infrastructure of the tower bridge, and its significance to the capital.
Just nearby, the London eye, perhaps one of the most famous attractions in the city, is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the city. Though, we feel that you’d just do as well by visiting the Gherkin or the Shard, both of which offer higher views.
Interestingly, times on trains, etc. to show up in the 24-hour format, i.e., 22:00 as opposed to 10:00 pm. If you ever do find yourself confused, subtract 12 from the time format and you’ll get the time you’re used to. If you’re looking for a luxury in London as an American, consider the Marble Arch Hotel London Oxford Street and the London hotels special offers.