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5 Things Not to do in London (Now or Ever)

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by Nathan Howard (subscribe)
Nathan Howard. I'm a second year student living in London. I like to share my experiences with other's to inform them on London and what it has to offer!
Published September 14th 2017
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Like many places, there's do and dont's, things that are must see and some things that are must avoid. Here, we look at 5 things not to do in London… not now, not ever.

Don't use an umbrella… even if it's pouring it down

You're walking through Oxford Street and suddenly the British weather takes a turn for the worse, pouring with rain. Whipping out your umbrella may seem like the best and most logical solution, you may wonder? Well, it's not. It's not because in London everyone will have the same idea, creating a swarm of umbrellas, which you'll have to dodge if you're not wanting to get hit in the face. Either way, simply take shelter in a coffee shop or have a wander around your favourite retail store, it's a much better (and safer) option.

Don't ask us if we know the Queen (we don't by the way)

The Queen, a royal and proud British figure who can be seen all around the world and on our TV screens. Believe it or not, for someone like this, the vast majority of the British public do not know the Queen and probably has never seen her in person. Sorry to break it to you… but we don't know her and probably neither will you.

Avoid museums on weekends

Okay, so this one can't always be helped, but unless an absolute must, avoid visiting museums and galleries during weekends. You know that one painting in Tate Britain you've always wanted to see? Well, prepare for chaos in any major London gallery or museum in order to get a glimpse of your favourite piece of work. With weekends in London being a popular time when tourists flourish, you can avoid the lengthy queues and shoulder barging simply by visiting on a weekday instead. This same rule goes for bars and clubs, London nightlife is incredible all day every day- so going out on weekdays can actually be better than weekends in the big city.

Don't drive

If driving through central London seems an easy feat, think again my friend. Rush hour is every hour in zone 1 so getting to places by the underground tube is the best way to tick off all your must-see sites! What could take a 10-minute walk, takes you the same to drive, so be wise and get the tube! For an even cheaper way to get around, London bike stations can be found scattered all over, with a cost of just £2 for 2 hours worth or riding, certainly a great way to dodge traffic without spending a small fortune.

Be wise

We all know London can be an expensive city, just ask the many multi-millionaires who live there. However, London doesn't have to cost you as much as what the media may lead you to believe. Even in central London, deals on classic pub lunches, or even happy hours for that much-deserved cocktail can be the difference between paying a fortune and a reasonable amount. Do your research before hand, search near-by places and deals in your local area. Also, don't let people on the street talk you into deals for tourist attractions which could be found much cheaper ... like I say, just do your research! As well as this, just use your all round bargain hunting skills. If you are a student, see places which include student discounts. If you are booking in bulk, be cheeky and ask for a discount.
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