These are the services and such that I recommend for visitors to London, what I personally use myself or think are important for visitors to have.
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International airlines that go to London
Every country will have different availability when it comes to choosing an airline to get you to London. I personally am loyal to British Airways, who often codeshare with American Airlines and I am usually happy with them too. Recently, they’ve had some amazing deals on Premier Economy class seats, so keep an eye out for those.
Norwegian has low-cost flights to London from many cities around the world now. I’ve had both good and bad experiences with them. If there’s a significant price difference between a Norwegian ticket and say, British Airways, go with Norwegian, but I personally choose to pay a bit more to go with BA or Virgin Atlantic, because low-cost flights can often come with delays, cancellations, etc. You get what you pay for.
I personally use Uber because I often travel on my own and I like that I can do Uber Pool, which saves some money and is better for the environment.
Download the Uber app before you leave home, and use promo code Jessd418 to get a discount on your first UK ride. Only use Uber to get to your hotel from the airport if you’ll have cell phone signal (calls and data), don’t rely on the airport wifi.
If you won’t have cell service when you land in the UK, you can pre-book a taxi via Blacklane. I’ve not used them before myself but have heard a few decent stories about the service.
Accommodation in London
I have a free guide that helps you select what area to stay in, as well as has recommendations for hostels, hotels, and Airbnbs. Get that guide here.
I personally use Airbnb, Booking.com or I book hotels directly when I travel.
SIMs in London
In my experience, you can’t go too wrong with buying a SIM in London because no networks are particularly amazing here. You can pick them up at the airport, at most convenience stores and supermarkets, or order one from Giff Gaff ahead of time, they can send it overseas.
Unique London tours
I’m not a big fan of most organised tours however I have four that I highly recommend to my community.
Undiscovered London, a small, locally-run London business, does interesting, unique and affordable tours. They’re particularly great for meeting other travelers too. They offer:
I’m very proud to work with them.
Another tour that I personally love of is the Eating London East End Food Tour. It’s much pricier, but great for foodies. You’ll also learn a lot about London’s East End. They have other tours too but I haven’t personally tried any yet.
UK plug adapters
Unless you’re coming from the UK, then you’ll likely need to get a power plug adapter for your electronics.
For items that are dual voltage, get an adapter similar to this (make sure the input suits your own country.)
I don’t personally recommend trying to use single-voltage electronics with a converter.
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