Avoid public transportation if possible
When it comes to travelling to London from another location in the UK, it’s best to opt for private transport, and travel only with the people you’re going away with. Private cars will lower the risk of contagion en-route to London, especially when compared with planes, buses or trains. However, be aware of the congestion charge involved in driving through certain parts of the city, so plan your route accordingly.
Once in London, you should avoid public transport to move around the city, too. London is huge, and for this reason, public transport is woven into the very fabric of the city’s design, but don’t be fooled - it's easy to move around without it! While the London Underground is something most tourists want to experience, it’s not vital for getting around the key parts of London. In fact, the centre of London is easy to navigate on foot without exhausting yourself.
There are lots of maps that show that it’s quicker to walk the distance between key underground stops walking through the centre is actually a really good way to experience more of the city.
For longer distances, bikes are also a great alternative to buses or the tube. The Santander Cycles offer a great way to travel through the city without having to use public transport.
If you do need to use any public transport, make sure you keep your distance, and wear a mask.
Opt for self-catering apartments over hotels
London is full of accommodation for tourists. However, with the covid risk higher in shared spaces, places like hotels may feel less comfortable than they did before.
Staying in self-catered apartments offers a safe way for you to stay in London. These sorts of properties are private, therefore reduce the risk of spending time in a confined space with other people during your stay. By preparing your meals at home you can also avoid busy restaurants or the risks of not preparing your own food.
At Stay Central, we offer a range of self-catered apartments in the city centre that are deep cleaned after every stay. Here, you’ll have control of your own meals and will have the space completely to yourself. Furthermore, the central location of the apartments means that you won’t need to worry about using public transport to get around London.
Spend a lot of time in London’s open spaces
Despite being the capital city, London is very green, and is home to an abundance of open spaces and parks to enjoy. No matter the time of year, a brisk or sunny walk through one of London’s many parks is a safe option for tourists travelling in current times. Now, with fewer tourists in London because of the pandemic, this option has become even more appealing. We’ve written a whole article about the different parks available to enjoy in London.
But walking in London doesn’t need to be limited to the parks. There is so much history to be experienced and interesting sites to see while walking through the streets of the city, too. A great way to do this with purpose is by going on a walking tour. These are incredibly popular in London, and allow you to see the city while on foot, avoiding public transport and enjoying fresh air. Just be careful to keep your distance when in groups. We’ve written an article about some of our favourite walking tours in London.
There are also lots of outdoor performances well into the autumn. While this might be chilly, wrapping up warm with a mug of hot tea and enjoying an al fresco concert will certainly be memorable.