London for Backpackers: To Go Or Not To Go?
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London is a cultural metropolis, a centre of business and art alike and a driver’s nightmare. Packed with people from every walk of life doing millions of different things, it is an exciting and invaluable stop off on any backpacker’s itinerary. Most young people who are travelling through Europe will make a stop off in the British capital, but it is just a little awkward. An island to the north of the continent, it is a bit of a pain to organise either a flight, ferry or tunnel journey to get to the city, so is it really worth it? Here, I present the pros and cons of making a stop off in London part of your European dream trip. Do you have your own experiences to add, from transport to where to eat to how to find accommodation in London? If you do, please comment below and help me add to the lists.
Advantages of backpacking in London
The advantages really speak for themselves. By making the quick hop across the channel you get to experience the wow factor of such a great city. There really is a bit of everything to see and do and, surprisingly, if you plan ahead London can turn out to be not as earth-shatteringly expensive as many people imagine. There is a huge range of cheap hostels in London to choose from and many great student bars and restaurants or cafes that offer discounts to young travellers. Aside from all this, you get to tick London off your travel bucket list, one of the most exciting and diverse cities on our planet!
Disadvantages of backpacking in London
Of course, the main disadvantage is the cost of, firstly, getting to London from wherever you are in Europe and then, secondly, the cost of staying in such an expensive city. There are many ways around this, though. Take a look online for low-cost flights in and out of the capital or look for ferries that go from France to the south coast of England. Similarly, booking cheap hostel accommodation in London before you arrive will keep your costs low, and travelling on foot rather than using trains or busses in the city will see you make substantial savings too.
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