The first time in London
Plan your first trip to London is a real challenge. The British capital is the kind of place that the longer the stay, the more things appear to do. Therefore, it is worth booking at least five days to the city as it prepares to host the 2012 Olympics . But do not panic, first of all, prioritize what is important to you on the trip (shopping, history / culture, recreation, clubs, rest) and from there to organize the day without feeling that you are wasting time or failing to make things right.
Starting with the architecture, which stretches from the very latest in construction to the remaining red-brick buildings of urban reconstruction post-World War II and establishments with more than one hundred years of history, London has the ability to please all tastes and needs of entertainment for all ages. But remember, for children under 10 years of age, is not the best vacation options.
If your time is short there, the trick is not to escape the traditional script. In one day you can visit the main sights of the city taking advantage of public transportation - that although effective, is not the cheapest. Tickets are worth to run freely through zones 1 and 2 (where most tourist programs) and also the weekly ticket, which can compensate.
Taking a taxi is not always advantageous, but worth the experience of running through central London in a stroller black superconhecidos worldwide. The price of the race, the shorter it is, unlikely to be less than 7 pounds (about $ 21).
START THE DAY EARLY
In the morning, before leaving for a walk, taste the famous Português Breakfast, a real meal with the right eggs, bacon, beans (beware, it is fresh), toasted bread, sausage and sausage. Although super heat the meal, served at most hotels, pubs and cafes London, realizes hold the hunger until late, which means more time to explore the fascinating land of Queen Elizabeth II and burn extra calories through the streets.
CULTURE AND PURCHASE IN FOCUS
Take a day to go to museums. The main ones are: War Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, British Museum, National Gallery and Tate Modern. Just keep an eye not to be late. The majority does not allow visitors after 17h.
The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is among the main attractions of London. It is worth checking the times (always in the morning) changingtheguard.com site. After the ceremony, explore the surroundings of the Queen's official residence, with a tour through Green Park and Hyde Park. If it is too cold, the tip is to pass on the luxurious store Harrods in Knightsbridge, where you can find the most desired brands in the world, in addition to excellent food and drink section. A tin of tea is a real treat, and supertradicional.
For shopping, get off at metro station Tottenham Court Road and walk across Oxford Street. Here are the main high street shops, like Zara, Topshop, River Island, H & M and Primark, the paradise of the trends at very reasonable prices.
Complete your tour at the Regent Street with the more sophisticated boutiques, which ends at the most famous corner of London, Piccadilly Circus. This is where the statue is "Eros". Buy clothes and electronics worth it, but avoid the trinkets and pieces of dubious origin of the various shops and street benches. Shop at specialty stores. The currency conversion can also be discouraged, so it is important to list all to be bought for not busting the budget.