Covering a total of 607 sq miles, London can be a daunting city to try to navigate – for locals and tourists alike. It’s so big that no one could begin to see all of it, not even if they lived there their whole life. With attractions spread far and wide, you’ll need a calm head, good shoes and a reliable companion to help you find your way. And we don’t mean your partner.
From mobile apps to maps, there are plenty of ways to come prepared.
Here are the best ways of finding your way around:
Luckily there are a number of mobile apps that have been created to help you find your way around the city, from tips to the best eateries and the rich history of streets you’re walking around. LondonPass App is the perfect resource for a fact-packed and useful guide to the city. Discover London by area or by attraction, explore the underground with the tube map and plan a fun day out with the detailed itineraries.
If you prefer something a bit more traditional and don’t have a smartphone, you can’t go wrong with a simple A-Z London City map. A staple in most Londoner’s handbags, the A-Z is the bible to London with every nook and cranny detailed in this portable map. The perfect option if you can’t rely on your phone battery and great for indulging in a bit of old-fashioned exploring.
Carrying a small Tube map around in your pocket may not help you find your way above ground, but it will certainly help you navigate London’s extensive underground system. With colour coded routes, the map is a handy helper to explore the city below pavement level. If you prefer things the digital way, why not download a tube map to your smartphone to help you track real-time tubes and plan your journey duration; even allowing you to avoid certain stops. If you need more information, any ticket desk at the tube stations will provide free maps and helpful tube wardens are always keen to point you in the right direction.
Need to get from A to Z but not quite sure how long it will take? Use Google Maps to help you plan a dynamic route around London. Whether you want to rent a bike, walk or catch the bus, Google Maps can tell you the quickest routes and even let you know what time the public transport is running. If you want to visualise where you’re going to end up, use Street View to get an idea of where you’re heading. Great for those who struggle with a sense of direction!
Ask a local
Contrary to popular opinion, not all Londoners are unfriendly! Although Londoners may lead a fast-paced life and prefer a quiet tube journey, don’t be afraid to stop to ask a local for help – they will probably be able to let you in on short cut and great places to go off the beaten track.
With the London Pass here’s plenty to see and do; from top London attractions like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, to unique experiences like a Thames River Cruise and the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle. Get free and fast track entry into 60 of the best sites in and around the city, as well as a free guidebook and travelcard.
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