1. You’re nearly hit by a city bike
Once called “Boris bikes”, London’s city bicycles are an iconic and ever-popular staple of London’s streets. So popular in fact that you’ll need to pay extra attention when crossing roads to make sure you don’t get hit by one.
If you find yourself having to dive out of the way of a city bike - mark this off your London Bingo card!
2. You experience the real stress of the tube at rush hour
In pre-Covid rush hour London, it wasn’t uncommon to see up to three tube trains arrive in a five minute window, each packed to the brim with groggy commuters. No matter how groggy they are, they’d find a way to launch themselves onto a very full train - and this can be pretty intimidating for the rush-hour novice!
And, while the rush hour might be a bit calmer after the pandemic, any non-Londoner will still need to work up the courage to launch themselves onto a packed tube. And don’t even think about getting a seat. Londoners will grab a seat faster than it takes you to even spot one, so expect to spend a lot of your journeys on your feet.
3. You get lost while exploring the streets of London
London is a metropolitan maze - even the most experienced Londoners get lost sometimes! So, remember: it’s completely normal if you end up getting off at the wrong stop, or getting lost in the backstreets of London. In fact, getting lost in London can actually be an exciting way to enjoy more of the city!
4. You get caught in a London tourist trap
This happens to every tourist in every big city, and London is no different. If you find yourself paying too much for a sandwich in Trafalgar Square, getting pressured into buying a selfie stick while posing by a famous monument, or paying an eye-watering amount of money for fish and chips - you can go ahead and tick this off your bingo card.
5. You spend over an hour queuing for the London Eye
The London Eye is a “must-do” for tourists. But, unless you book in advance, it’s likely you’ll be waiting for over an hour to see those amazing panoramic views you’ve heard all about.
But, long queues are normal. And even if you do end up queuing for more than an hour - don’t worry! Just tick this off your London Bingo card, and remember that the views are totally worth the wait!