An article giving advice on accomodation and how to have an enjoyable evening out in London.
It’s fair to say that when choosing accommodation for a trip to London, you get what you pay for. This doesn’t mean you can’t secure a good deal on a hotel or find a cheaper place to stay, but be careful. Hotels in London range from the cheap and less desirable to the very expensive and luxurious. Ideally, if you are on a budget, you’ll be aiming for something in between. Check the hotel online if possible. Most hotels offer the chance to take a look at the rooms, dining room etc on their website so you’ll feel more comfortable about what you are booking. It’s important, also, to be familiar with the location of your accommodation. If you are visiting London to see the sights, then you’ll probably want a hotel in the centre of London, rather than on the outskirts or in the suburbs.
If you just want somewhere to lay your head that’s comfortable and functional then you’ll find a wide choice at reasonable prices, but it’s always possible to book something a little nicer for almost the same price if you are prepared to shop around. The best way to get a good deal on a hotel in London is to go for one with a good reputation that is offering either a discount at that time or a booking which combines itself with show tickets. Most visitors will want to take a trip to the theatre while in London anyway, so this can be an ideal way to keep the costs down.
Theatre in London has everything from musicals like Cats and Joseph and his Technicolor Dream Coat, to Shakespeare and contemporary plays. It’s not unusual to see famous British actors, as well as some from abroad, on the stage in London, so these shows do get booked up quite quickly. Make sure you have your tickets for any shows you want to see before you travel to avoid disappointment, and check the location of the theatre and the distance from your hotel. Taxis are always easy to come by in London, but it’s worth having an idea of your bearings before you get there.
Public transport in London is very good and the use of it is to be advised when attempting to get from one place to another. Make sure you have your taxis planned, and sometimes even booked, before your evening out and be aware that driving yourself in the centre of London is both discouraged and notoriously difficult.
For the perfect evening out, combine the theatre with an evening meal. London has every type of Restaurant and bar you could think of, including an impressive selection of world foods, as well as traditional English pub food. The surroundings are usually interesting, the décor beautiful and tasteful and you never know, you may even have the chance to do a bit of star spotting while you dine!
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