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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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.
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.
Luggage transfers for Heathrow and Gatwick airports
There are a few reasons why you might need to book a luggage transfer:
– You don’t want to lug your stuff on public transportation
– Your flight lands much earlier than when you can check into your hotel
– You need to check out of your hotel early, but your flight is in the evening and you want to make the most of your final day without having to go back to your hotel to get your luggage
– You want to head right out and explore as soon as you land, and not have to bring your stuff to your hotel first
– Your family will struggle handling all of your baggage (little kids, perhaps?)
You can book luggage transfers through AirPortr for both Gatwick and Heathrow airports, plus if you’re flying British Airways, they can check your bag in for you too.
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.