Pocket London’s 5 Local London Hacks

The British capital is iconic, fast-paced and, most of the time, expensive. We’ve put together a quick list of 5 Local London Hacks, you to help you enjoy your trip like a local – save money, time and feel like a Londoner during your trip.

5 Local London Hacks

Go Contactless and Save Money

To use the local transport – bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and most National Rail services, you can by with a ticket, an oyster card or your contactless bank card.

The cheapest and most convenient alternative is your card. Simply remember to tap in and out at each station, if not they’ll end us charging you a higher fee.

Find out more about using your contactless card for transport in London on the TFL (Transport for London) here.

Emirates Air Line with Contactless


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If you want to enjoy the iconic Emirates Air Line, you don’t have to pay a special rate. This is actually part of the standard transport in London, so you can simply tap in and out with your Oyster or contactless card.

Find out more about the Emirates Air Line here.

Travel cheaper and more comfortable around rush hours

Transport is more expensive (and overwhelmingly crowded) during rush hour times. Keep this in mind when you plan your trip:

Rush Hour Monday -Friday

Morning: 07:30 to 09:30

Evening: 17:00 and 19:00

Tap Water is Free

Tap water is free in London (Britain as a whole) and you can ask for it at any restaurant. Just specific tap water, and you can have it free (ice and lemon included). 

Also, it’s a very common trend, so you’ll have nothing to feel awkward about. Most restaurants and cafe already have jars with tap water ready to serve.

Mind the Escalator Etiquette

Mind the escalator etiquette in London, locals really care about it! Escalators are a hazard in London, because, quite frankly, everyone is rushing around and they don’t let moving stairs stop them. Always stand on the right side, and go up and down on the left side.

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