It's almost impossible to enumerate the things you can do and the places to see in London. But let's assume that you only got a few days for your London trip or you are regularly planning to go on day trips to London, what would be the most worthwhile things to experience there. Before rushing to book your flight or accommodation, take a few minutes to read how to properly prepare for your London trip.

1. Best time to visit

Best time to visit

London may be one of the bucket list cities that everyone wants to visit, but it also has a not-so-enviable reputation when it comes to its moody and unsettled weather. October is the wettest month of the year in London while late autumn and winter are the coldest periods with temperatures between 2 and 10C (35 and 50F). Rainfalls in London are a big part of the game so pack an umbrella with your suitcase. It is estimated that every month has 11 to 15 rainy days. Generally, London welcomes most tourists in spring and summer, which is also noticeable on the prices rise on accommodation and flights.

2. How to get there

London has approximately 10 million inhabitants. To serve this enormous number of people as well as the tourists that constantly flood the city, London is home to six airports: Gatwick Airport (LGW), Heathrow Airport (LHR), London City Airport (LCY), London Stansted Airport (STN), London Southend Airport (SEN), and London Luton Airport (LTN). Each of them has its good qualities but also some downsides based on visitors' reviews. Choosing an airport for your arrival/departure also depends on where you are going to stay in London or if you are planning to visit other neighboring cities. Gatwick Airport (LGW) is one of the top-rated and cheapest airport to fly into London and the UK as well. It hosts many airlines which makes it a great hub for inbound flights, especially the ones of low-cost airlines, from the rest of Europe and overseas. There are many transport options to go from Gatwick Airport to London city centre and back such as train, easyBus or car. In case you are flying from Gatwick Airport and you look for a safe place to park your car, you can easily and inexpensively reserve your parking spot via one of the available Gatwick Airport parking services.

3. How to get around

London is not one of the cities where everything is close within walking distance or a bike ride. Therefore, you should know in advance what are the most affordable and convenient transportation options for carefree day trips in London. The cheaper ways of traveling around London is public transportation, the Underground and the buses. Buy a Visitor Oyster Card to save money for journeys on the Underground, London Overground, the London red bus, tram, DLR, Tfl Rail, most National Rail services in London, Emirates Air Line cable car and River Bus services.

4. Where to stay

The closer the accommodation to the centre, the highest the price. But that doesn't mean that you can't find a value for money hotel that is not far from the centre. Top-selected areas for tourists are Covent Garden, which is pretty close to the National Gallery, Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, located in the same area as The British Museum and also not far from Madame Tussauds, Westminister, which is next to Buckingham Palace. If you'd prefer to be in closer proximity to the nightlife events in London and the street-style life, then you can look for a nice place in Camden Town, Shoreditch, Soho, or Brixton.

5. Things to do

Things to do

One trip to London is not enough time to see enough of this vibrant city. You should definitely benefit from the free entrance museums, namely, the British Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, and the Science Museum. To get great views of the city visit the London Eye or St Paul's cathedral. Certainly, there are more attractions, bars, and restaurants that offer mesmerising panoramic views of London. You can also enjoy a guided tour of the city with a boat ride on the Thames to admire the city's contradicting but well-synthesised parts that bring together its Middle Ages and traditional English past with the industrial modern scenery. Among others, London is famous for its verdant parks, like Hyde Park, St James Park, Regent’s Park, where people gather all year long, but especially on sunny and hot days.