London is a vast vibrant city. It is home to over eight million people and some of the top tourist attractions in the world. The bus and underground system mean that it is a city that is easy to travel around. However, a friend who has a kitchen extensions London firm tells me London is expensive so you need to think how to spend your money wisely.

Getting there
London must be one of the most accesible cities in the world with five airports all connected to the centre by rail lines. Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton and London city are all within an hour of the centre by train. If travelling from Europe consider using the Eurostar train service which is only two hours twenty minutes from Paris.

You must book in advance and it will not be cheap. London is a tourist destination all year round. Use price comparison sites to find a deal or look for promotions for particular hotel chains.

There is so much to see and do in London. Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and the houses of Parliament. There are annual spectacles such as the Lord Mayor’s show in November, Trooping of the Colour in June and the Chelsea Flower Show in May. It has year round world class sporting fixtures in Football, Rugby, Tennis and Cricket amongst others.

However there are things to do in London which are free. I would suggest a visit to Portobello Market on a Saturday. This street antique market has grown to encompass all sorts of fashion and trendy stalls. Just take the tube to Notting Hill Gate and follow the signs. Another free delight is a walk along the south bank of the Thames from Waterloo to Tower Bridge. Weekends are best. Not only do you have stunning views but you can also take in such treats as Borough Market the world famous centre for high quality fresh food.

Further afield a walk on Hampstead Heath will give you great views of the city below. On Sundays take a trip to Greenwich, see the Cutty Sark and enjoy the Sunday Market. London has something happening all year round, enjoy yourself.