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Published On: Tue, Mar 21st, 2017

Touring London on Your Own Terms

A large number of people prefer to explore a new city on their own, rather than joining a predetermined tour with a guide. If you’re among such people, London is a great place since it is a well-planned, safe city. Moreover, there is a plethora of information available that can help you tour the city, visiting the most important landmarks and attending the most exciting events. The London Tourist Information Center is a great resource.

The first step, however, is to look for budget hotels in central London, so that you are right in the heart of the city. If you book early, you can find cheap hotels in Central London The Paddington Hotel, which offer a comfortable and enjoyable stay without busting your budget for the trip.

A multi segment panoramic image of the London skyline from the Bermondsey banks of the Thames. 2008 Photo by DAVID ILIFF

What Information Can I Get?

You can simply walk into one of the many London Tourist Information Centers spread across Britain and collect maps, brochures and related tourist guides. You can call ahead for any information that you may need.

These information centers provide you with free and paid resources. Either pick up free brochures and maps or spend a little bit of money and get the detailed tour guides. You can also choose to download a London Planner or travel map. Enquire at your hotel’s reception and they should be able to direct you to the closes London Information Center. So, now you can travel around and also enjoy a comfortable stay at one of the budget hotels in Central London.

What is the London Planner?

A London Planner is a handy official visitor guide that provides you with all the information required to plan your stay in this amazing city. You can grab your copy of the current month’s edition to get the most up-to-date information. However, this may be available only at select outlets. The utility of the London Planner is not limited to foreign visitors alone. Even if you are a resident of London and wish to plan a day trip, this can be your best companion. Whether you want to spend a day in the city with family or friends or visit theme parks or safari parks, just grab a London Planner and get going!

What Are London Travel Maps?

While the London Planner may be your first companion, London Travel Maps should be your second. These maps are completely free of cost and help you plan your routes better. In fact, you can even find your way to the hotel accommodation you have in London. Wherever you are, consult the map and make the most of the day.

Here is a list of London Travel Maps that you may wish to pick up:

  • The London Leaflet
  • Tube Map
  • Bus Maps
  • DLR Guides
  • Over Ground Map
  • River Services Map
  • Accessibility Guides
  • Cycle Maps
  • Tube Station Toilet Map
  • Walking Maps

Some of the budget hotels in Central London keep these maps. So, don’t forget to ask for your copy on arrival.

Author: Dharmendra

This photo was taken on June 9, 2012 in Bermondsey, London, England, GB, photo/Martin Hesketh

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