Unlock London Like a Pro: Essential Travel Tips for First Timers!


Is it your first time travelling to London? You might be thinking about the best place to stay, how to save time and see London’s best attractions, the best time to visit and more. Read on to find some essential tips and tricks to help plan a seamless and delightful London holiday!

Book in Advance

From accommodation to London attractions and activities, making advance bookings means less time wasted in queues and better prices. Start by reserving a luxurious stay at The Montcalm London City at The Brewery Hotel, enjoying an idyllic location for you to make the most of your holiday with comfort-filled contemporary rooms and premium amenities.

For the most loved London attractions like the London Eye and the View from the Shard, booking your tickets well in advance will considerably increase your chances of hassle-free entry and exploration. If you’re looking to catch a musical or a play in London, pre-book your theatre tickets online to ensure the best seats with a great view, and include premium meal and drink packages, if you like.

Foresee Enough Time 

In case you’re wondering how much time you need in London, it’s highly recommended that first-time visitors spend a couple of days in London to simply explore its iconic landmarks and world-renowned attractions. Remember to explore at your own pace and leave some time for unexpected discoveries and hidden gems. Also, if the weather allows, discover London on foot like a true local Londoner!

Tip: Pack your comfortable walking shoes!

Visit Free Attractions

There’s a plethora of spectacular free attractions you can explore in London for an experience of a lifetime. With your stay at one of the best family hotels in London, start by exploring the city’s world-class, free-to-visit museums including the British Museum, the iconic National History Museum, Tate Modern and the V & A Museum.

No trip to London is complete without spending some time at one of its tranquil royal parks with a regal history for a classic picnic, people-watching or simply spending time in nature. If you want some great free views of the city, head to Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill for an unbeatable vantage point!

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours and River Cruises

One of the best ways to see the most iconic London landmarks for a wholesome experience is a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Start your day with a sumptuous meal at the Montcalm Restaurant and take a scenic spin around the city seeing Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and more as you hop off at destinations that you want to explore further. Also, if you’re looking to see the city from a whole new perspective, you must opt for the popular Thames River Cruise for an experience to remember.

Use the Iconic London Public Transport

London is a big city and seeing everything on foot is sometimes not feasible or weather permitting. You’ll be glad to know that London’s public transport is highly efficient and one of the quickest ways to get around the city. The London tube is your best bet for exploring the city’s unmissable offerings in a cost and time-efficient manner. You can also spot the iconic black taxi on your way or enjoy the classic red bus experience to explore your favourite attractions.

Use Oyster Cards and Contactless Payment Methods

With so many ways to get around London, there are also different ways to seamlessly pay for your travel. Use an Oyster card or a contactless pay-as-you-go to efficiently travel on National Rail Services including London Overground, buses, London Underground, DLR and trams. Buy an Oyster card at newsagents, or all Tube and Overground stations and simply tap it at the start and end of your journey. You can also use your contactless credit or debit cards for a convenient travel experience. As most of the city’s transport facilities are cashless, it is a must to buy Oyster cards and make use of contactless payment modes!

While you secure an opulent double room stay with Montcalm Club hotels, don’t forget to relish traditional British food, and venture off the beaten path to explore the capital city’s hidden gems!