Queuing for entry can be extremely time consuming and very irritating when you have only limited time to see everything. There are ways to avoid this problem – but you need to prepare and think ahead.
Early starts can make a different. Find out when your chosen attraction is due to open and be there early, so that you are close to the head of the queue. You will get through any security and obtain tickets much more quickly. Booking a stay in hotels near Wembley Stadium is also a good idea as it is the most popular spot among travelers.
Obtain advance tickets for any special events, exhibitions or major attractions. Again this will help you speed through the entry procedure as any queues will be much smaller.
Obtaining a London Pass in advance is a great way to reduce the amount of queuing especially if you are planning to visit a site such as the Tower of London. The card offers fast track entry and allows you to skip the queues. Work out what you want to see in advance. Arrive early, book a stay in one of the popular budget hotels in north London and head for the most popular attractions like the Crown Jewels. You will get in much faster, and will then be able to spend time relaxing and exploring other areas rather than waiting in a queue.
Likewise buy theatre tickets or book popular restaurants in advance. You know that the seats or a table have been allotted you – all you have to do is turn up and enjoy the evening.
Queues can be one of the biggest problems when travelling around London. Taxis can be hailed on any street, you just have to wait for a taxi with its light lit up to pass by. Alternatively use the Airdnb app and order up your taxi.
Buy an Oyster card. These are really useful because when you use the buses or underground, all you have to do is place the card on the barriers and away you go to your destination. But do remember to swipe the card when you leave – otherwise it will continue paying for the trip as you will not appear to have reached your destination!
If using public transport, try to avoid the busiest times of the day – especially around commuter times from 7.30 to 9 am and 4.30 to 6.30 in the evening. This is when Londoners are going to and from work. The sheer numbers of people waiting to use the train or bus means that you may have to wait some time before you can get on – and even if you do, it can be very crowded and uncomfortable.
Lunchtime and early evening are busy times in restaurants and cafes. Eating and drinking outside those times will be much more enjoyable, relaxing and far faster!
Above all plan your day in advance. Try and visit as many places as possible within one area while a resident at Best Western Palm Hotel London. This will reduce your travelling time. For example, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament can be easily combined with Downing Street, Horse Guards Parade and Trafalgar Square. Trying to add in somewhere like Tower Bridge or the Tower of London the same day involves a much longer distance.