Getting Around the City
Driving in London isn’t recommended because of the constant heavy traffic congestion, high parking rates, and difficulty navigating, and with such a great public transport system in place you really don’t need to take a car.
Of course, taxis are an option if you want to get from A to B, and the famous black (though not always black!) taxi cabs are prevalent throughout the city.
They can be hailed from the sidewalk or picked up outside railway stations and popular spots.
For both residents and tourists the most popular way to get around London is on the Underground.
The Tube, as it’s also known, offers an expansive service that comprehensively covers the centre of London, and it’s fast and relatively cheap.
The only downside to travelling everywhere by Underground is that you’re not seeing the city above, so if you’d rather see the city then take the bus.
Another good way to see the city is by bicycle, and London does have a city-wide cycle hire scheme.
The bright blue bicycles are available hourly from many locations though it could be argued that if you’re not familiar with the city’s streets and cycling amidst busy traffic this isn’t the best way to get around.
However, riding a bicycle around some of London’s royal parks is highly recommended!