We know what you’re thinking – a tube strike again?! Unless you’ve been living in the Scottish Highlands with no access to wifi whatsoever, then you’ve definitely heard about the planned tube strikes this weekend (starting 9pm on Saturday 6 February to 9pm on Monday 8 Febraury) and all the hullabaloo its causing.
Long time Londoners have probably got their alternative modes of transport at the ready (if you haven’t it’s fine, keep reading!) but if you’re a tourist or an expat who’s just moved to the city, you might be wondering how you’re going to navigate London town. Panic not! London is one of the most efficient cities in the world so there are many other ways to get to work or anywhere else you want to go. The weekend is not ruined!
The bane of most taxi drivers is the saviour of hundreds if not thousands of Londoners who need to get from A to B in a hurry. Uber is easily one of the fastest and most convenient ways to get around London. It will safely transport you anywhere and it’s relatively cheap compared to most cabs in London. Prices can go from 10£ to 30£, depending on how far you want to go and can be a bit more expensive during night time on the weekends but you know what you’re paying up front. Great for a night out with friends, if you’re planning to drink and get home safely.
Good ol’ double decker buses, what would we do without them. They pretty much take you anywhere and even though it takes a little bit longer to get to where you want to go, you can find them anywhere in London. The price for any trip is around 2/3£ with an Oyster card that you can get at any tube station or shop which top them up.
Santander Cycles aka Boris Bikes
If it’s not raining and you feel like doing a little bit of exercise as well, this might be the perfect solution. Biking around London can be pretty mad, due to the traffic, but if you feel brave enough, the bike is the best! You can pick it up from any of the multiple bike stations around the city and put it down whenever you don’t need it anymore. It only costs 2£ to hire one for 24 hours, simply go to any of the docking station with a bank card and touch the screen to get started. Santander cycles also has an app you can download and makes it easier to find out where the docks are and where you can pick up your bike.
City Car Club
If you want to rent your own car for a day or for the whole weekend, the City Car Club offers cars for £25 a day, that you can rent and take anywhere you want. The cars and vans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reserved by the hour or day. You can book it online or by phone, last minute or in advance. To make your life easier, they even have an app you can download to unlock the car or find the nearest City Car Club location. Your very own ride to see London town? Sweet!
The London overground will not be affected by this weekend’s strike so you will be able to use it to get to most places over London. The prices are the same as the tube, mostly, some lines can be a bit more expensive than others, and some can be cheaper. It’s fast as the tube, so it can be pretty convenient.
London River Bus
Or did you forget that London has the River Thames? This mode of transport is often overlooked but travelling by river bus or shuttle boat is a great way to get around London. You get to beat the traffic AND enjoy fantastic views of London on the way to your destination. Prices range from free for children aged five or under, up to £17.35 for an adult.
Your very own feet!
If you’re not rushing and you want to finally take a chance to explore London, even though you’ve been living here your whole life, give it a try! Walking around London is one of the best thing to do, and you can get to see a lot of nice places you’ve probably ignore or never even acknowledge before. Take a stroll in Hampstead Heath or in Primrose Hill, around Regent’s Park or in Shoreditch. The distances are not short, but you will make a great workout out of it, promise! And of course, this being London, you better have your umbrella at the ready if you plan to be walking for quite awhile!