So you’ve arrived in London, and following a good night’s sleep, what might your typical day in London entail? With so much to see and do, it’s best you ease yourself into London life. Don’t aim to try and do too much, as it can be very tiring. And you won’t get it all done in a day!
The first thing is to do is get hold of a copy of a popular attractions brochure together with a London Underground map. You can find copies at Amsterdam Hotel reception and these will serve you for the duration of your stay. Unlike package holiday destinations in the sun, the cost of attractions and tours tend to be the same whether you book through an agent, book in advance yourself, or turn up on the day (don’t “turn upon the day” for extremely popular paid-for attractions – you’ll end up queuing!) Continue reading
While the staff at the Amsterdam Hotel will do all they can to ensure your stay a happy, comfortable and memorable one, like any major international city in the world, there are the minor and slightly unpleasant pitfalls that you have to look out for when you are out and about in the city that might otherwise put a dampener on your stay.
1. Being caught in rush hour on the tube (underground)
Approximately 24 million tube journeys are made in London every day. Naturally enough, these journeys peak during the morning and evening rush hours and are legendary. This means that if you are part of a small group, you will have to take great care if you want to stay together – nothing gets in the way of a Londoner wanting to return home from a hard day’s work! It also means that like any major city when you’re in a crowd, you have to watch you, your family and your possessions don’t get crushed or lost and that you don’t fall foul to pickpockets who thrive in a bustling environment. Leave a little earlier for your journey if it is likely to involve peak journey times. Continue reading
Samuel Johnson, the world-renowned English writer who made such a major mark with his contributions to English literature as poet, essayist, editor, biographer, literary critic and moralist, once said: “Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
London is a huge, bustling, international city. The economy of the London metropolitan area, which is the largest in Europe, is responsible for approximately 30 per cent of the UK’s GDP (in excess of£400billion) and is in constant competition with New York as the most important city of international finance, with over half the UK’s top and 100 of Europe’s largest companies headquartered here.
Like any of the world’s major and most important cities, there is so much to see and do, and so many people to do it with! The one thing that first-time – and sometimes repeat – visitors often find is that its sheer size and constant activity can be tiresome.
But isn’t that the case with so many major world cities? Or even smaller cities for that matter? The big difference is that London is perhaps one of, if not THE most famous city in the world. Continue reading
London – The World in One City
London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Planning a visit? Here’s the Amsterdam Hotel London Info-graphics to the Big Smoke -
Thinking of planning your next stay in London and need somewhere to stay? The Amsterdam Hotel has now earned over 400 reviews from guests at the hotel, and we’re really pleased to see that lots of people have enjoyed their time at the hotel! With some really fantastic reviews of their experience with us, we wanted to share some of people’s favourite parts of the stay, and tell you more about what you have to look forward to during your own visit.
Lots of guests commented on the ideal proximity to places like Earls Court. Staying close to the city centre is an important feature for many guests, and having vital attractions like Earls Court Tube, or Earls Court Exhibition Centre in easy distance, are definitely benefits, as it means you can enjoy getting around the city via Tube, or attending events at the Centre, without the hassle of spending ages to get there. The Amsterdam Hotel is also within close distance of many other key attractions in London – from shopping at department stores like Harrods, to parks, art galleries and museums – you’ll find the best of the city all just moments away! Continue reading
Think you know everything there is to know about London? You’d be surprised at all the hidden secrets this ancient city has tucked away. Beneath the super slick, fast paced exterior, London has lots of interesting gems to explore – here are just a few of the most interesting unknown facts about the city!
Fact 1 - London may be the capital city of England, but it’s also home to hundreds of languages apart from English! This vibrant multicultural capital boasts over 300 languages being spoken in it everyday – that’s more than anywhere else in the world. Continue reading
London is the home to the West End – the heart of timeless theatre, featuring classic musicals, fantastic dramas and cutting edge contemporary shows featuring the rising stars of the stage. From family pantomimes to timeless plays from the Bard himself, if you want to see great theatre – London is the place to see it. Within easy reach of the Amsterdam Hotel, you can catch some of the top shows on stage this year.
Beauty and the Beast – New Vic