Flying visits: How to approach a whistle-stop tour of London

Ideally, you’d take a week. In fact, some people might take even longer.

Unfortunately, circumstances sometimes dictate that a trip to London is condensed into just a meagre few hours. This is still completely worthwhile for a lot of visitors, who take it in their stride and blitz around the best parts of the city in record speeds.

If you’re a little unsure of the above though, today’s guide is for you. Whether you have got a 24-hour stopover, or you just happen to have a few hours until you move onto a different location, here are some tips that can help you get the most out of the capital.

Don’t drag your luggage around the entire day

It’s a fabulous city, but London can be draining. If you are carting around a suitcase for the day, these sensations are lifted a notch. It is for this reason that we would consider looking at the luggage storage options in London, which can at least provide you respite for a few hours as you whizz around the city.

Admittedly, you’ll need to budget time to drop off and pick up your bags, but this will be well worthwhile for the good of your shoulders!

Book in advance

It is one of the busiest cities in the world and unfortunately, regardless of what you try and plan, you will probably have to brace yourself for queues.

One way in which you can navigate around this is to book your attractions in advance. If you are planning to turn up on the day, it might be hours before you enter the attraction of your choice. Instead, if you buy online you’ll not only save on the cost of entry, but you can usually select the time you are entering said attraction and give yourself a lot more free time.

Consider the hop-on hop-off bus

They are not for everyone, but there can be a time and a place for the hop-on hop-off bus. Put simply, this is a tourist bus that will take you around the main sights in the city, in an open-top format, and allow you to take them in at a much quicker speed than if you were walking.

Savvy travelers use this as a scenic equivalent to the tube and for the purposes of a whistle-stop tour, this might prove to be one of the shrewdest choices of your day.

Sample London cuisine

We get it; some people will suggest that there’s simply no time to eat when it comes to one of these fast and furious stops in London. We happen to disagree.

Sure, a three-course meal at the Ritz is probably off the cards, but something a little shorter should most definitely be considered. It might be a quick lunch in Covent Garden, or somewhere that holds London in equally as much charm and allows you to bask in the sights whilst receiving energy for the quick afternoon ahead.