London is a beautiful city that effortlessly blends fast-paced modernity with a venerable old school charm and there’s more to see and do than one could actually get to in one lifetime. If you want to enjoy the best parts of London and skip the worst, here are 10 things Not to do.
1. Don’t miss the happy hour
Just remember that drinks can get very expensive if you’re not taking advantage of happy hour specials. Just keep an eye on the price of stuff before you start to tie one on.
2. Don’t Skip Camden Market
This default marketplace is not only a great place to pick up some excellent international street food. It’s also home to booths that boast some of London’s finest crafts and trinkets.
3. Don’t Go to Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace does not really worth a prolonged visit. Some guards leave one door and take their posts while other guards go in. It happens very slowly, too. It’s a nice, pretty house, but there are better ways to spend your time in London.
4. Don’t Skip Out on the Countryside
If you have the opportunity to visit London, you should not miss the chance to take a train out to a coastal city like Brighton. The pebble beaches are stunningly beautiful and the independent shops and pubs are really quaint.
5. Don’t Eat British Food
Everything is boiled or smothered in strange gravy or just cooked until it doesn’t resemble anything like food. Fish and chips sucks. Bangers and mash is not good. Look for an Italian, French, Indian.. restaurant and you will probably find a delectable dining option.
6. Don’t Bring Up the Queen
No, the British people don’t think she calls the shots. No, they don’t all know her. But, a lot of British people actually like Elizabeth II, because she’s plucky in a very reserved, super British way. Since this topic is a minefield, it’s best to just avoid it.
7. Don’t Stop on the Sidewalk
They don’t appreciate when some tourist just stops abruptly on the sidewalk or at the mouth of the tunnel leading to the train platform. Move to the side or find an alcove. It’s annoying.
8. Don’t Skip the Tube
The London underground is not only very safe, it’s also cheap, easy to navigate, and it goes everywhere in the city. It’s the only real choice when you’re trying to get around and cover long distances efficiently.
9. Don’t Eat or Shop at a Chain
London has so many amazing food and shopping options that you’re doing yourself a disservice if you eat or shop anywhere that’s not native to the city. They’re not hard to find, just look around.
10. Don’t Be Late (or Impolite)
Londoners are a wonderfully cheerful and friendly people, but it’s a good idea to make sure that you don’t press your luck. Use the manners your parents taught you and make sure that you’re on time for your social occasions.
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