Do not worry about driving on the left: through London by car
For continental Europeans, in case you had forgotten, you drive on the left in the UK and the steering wheel in any hire car is on the right. If you feel like driving in the UK, a drive through the metropolis of London is an unforgettable experience. Even beginners get used to the new situation quickly.
Locals recognise continental tourists driving in London, as they switch on the windshield wipers when indicating a turn. It is habit to expect to find the indicator lever where the wiper switch sits in righthand drive cars. However, these minor hiccups are soon forgotten when you drive your hire car along King's Road or around Piccadilly Circus.
London for free: gratis instead of tourist trap
If you want to visit the sightseeing attractions in London, you can pay astronomical admission fees in many places. The London Eye or Madame Tussauds are not the only highlights of the city. Much of it is free, from open-air concerts on Trafalgar Square to strolling in Hyde Park. Families can visit Mudchute Farm on the Isle of Dogs, while sunseekers can enjoy a tour in a cabriolet to Windsor Castle. Other free attractions include the Changing of the Guard in front of Buckingham Palace or the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. The Bank of England and the Royal Air Force museums also offer free admission.
Hire a car in London and go bargain hunting
London is well-known as a shopping paradise – from fashion to electronics, a lot of money can be saved here. Many fashion boutiques and designer stores are located on King's Road and Carnaby Street; there are shopping centres on Oxford Street and in Westfield. By car you can also reach the huge Bluewater leisure and shopping complex, located in the southeast of the city. As the underground trains and London taxis are expensive and some shopping centres are far away from the centre, it is worth renting a car. The iconic department store Harrods on Brompton Road is, of course, also a must on any shopping trip.