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Best Ways to Get Around London

London, the capital of England, is a vast metropolis having an area that can contain four cities of the size of New York or 50 cities like Paris. Getting around the city can be quite a nightmare unless you know exactly how to reach your destination primarily because there are 320 basic routes even for taxis, 25,000 streets involved with them and 20,000 landmarks and places of interest in a 6-mile radius of Charing Cross alone.
Whether you are staying in the city or whether you are visiting it for business or for pleasure, it is important to know which would be the best mode of transport to go to your place of interest, and whether you can go there on foot, or by bus, tube rail or by cab. Moreover, you have to know exactly which tube or bus to take or which route to follow. It is also important to know the approximate time that would be needed by each mode of transport and the best time to avoid the rush hour traffic.

Walking
One of the advantages of staying at Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel is that you will be located in the midst of most places of interest and as such moving around should not present a problem as you can simply walk to some of the attractions of the city. A simple walking route can take you to a number of attractions such as starting off at the London Eye you can walk towards Big Ben, through Whitehall and end up in Trafalgar Square for an afternoon at the National Gallery to peruse all the famous paintings and sculptures on display. Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square are also just a short walk away from there, and soon you may even find yourself wandering around Covent Garden, and exploring the street vendors for some knickknacks that you never thought you would be interested in.

Taxis/Black Cab
If you are not interested in walking and if you do not wish to take the trouble of finding out about the route to take or which bus or tube to board, the most convenient but also the most expensive way is to take a black cab. There are different types of taxis from cab to mini cab and the oldest to the newest. Licensed taxis can be called by phone service and cabs operate 24 hours a day. Taxi fares are metered but expensive and prove to be economical only if you are travelling in a group. The cost of using a black cab depends on the distance travelled and the time taken for the journey. They are most convenient as all that you need to do is to give the address of your destination, sit back and relax.

London Underground (Tube) Service
The tube is the cheapest mode of travel in London and to achieve greater economy, it is best to buy a one day or 3 day, weekly or monthly Travelcard that will enable you to use buses, tube services and suburban trains as much as you like.  These cards are priced based on the number of zones they cover. Children up to 15 get a 50% reduced price on underground and buses. The underground is undoubtedly the best way to travel in the city as it avoids the congestion on the roads that can be very high at peak times. The tube is also the fastest way to travel within the city. It would be best to pick up a map of the Underground network so that you can work out the different lines. These maps are available free of charge from all train station ticket offices.

The Transport for London web site is ideal for accessing information regarding the best way around London. You can enter starting and stopping locations on the journey planner accessible from the website page. It will calculate the best route, including the tube, bus and foot. It also offers route maps that you can print and keep with you during your journey.

Buses
London buses are a comfortable, cheap and enjoyable way of seeing London. Timetables are displayed on many bus stops and mini maps are available at any tourist information centre and they are great for finding out which buses are available on the bus stops and which bus stop would be best for you. Buses are a good alternative to the tube mainly because they also enable passengers to see London as they move around their route. All London buses now have written and spoken announcements with the bus destination and the name of the next stop, and all buses (except Routemasters) are accessible for disabled people including those in wheelchairs.

Buses may be considered to be slow at times due to the many stops but the benefit of being able to see all the fantastic sights that the city has to offer can only be enjoyed if you are travelling above ground.

Cable Car
A great way of getting a panoramic view of London’s skyline is to take a cable car ride, such as the Thames Cable Car takes to the skies, that gives a bird’s eye view of the London landscape. It is a 1km journey between Greenwich and the Royal Docks and it gives visitors views of Olympic Park, Canary Wharf Financial Centre and the Thames Barrier.

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