I was in London this past week for four days. I went there completely solo but did meet up with a couple people on the third day I was there. However, most of my time I was there exploring alone and navigating the city alone as well.
My first day there, I walked close to 10 miles and I barely made it anywhere in the west side of London. I hadn’t walked that long in AGES so I actually overextended my knee and my flat feet made it worse. I could barely stand the next morning. I knew I would have to start riding the tube (local word for the subway) if I was going to see anything left on my London bucket list.
Before embarking on my first London Underground journey, I asked two girls who had used the system before for advice. Shoutout to a Kat and Kay for helping a girl out! I also found some useful info on Alyssa’s 48 hours in London post.
After implementing their advice, and successfully navigating the tube without a hitch for three days straight, I think I’m pretty qualified to give you advice on how to do so as well. Especially since I almost had a panic attack thinking about taking the underground when I first got to London. And now it’s the thing I miss the most about the city.
Get an Oyster card
If you want to get around London without overextending your knee and without racking up an enormous transportation bill, you need to get an Oyster card. An Oyster card is basically just a card that you can buy at any Tube station and you add money to it as needed to ride the trains.
Using the pay as you go Oyster card is the cheapest option for getting around London. The card itself is £5 but get that back if you return it when you leave London. But you could also can get your refund my post or over the phone. You can also get all the money left on your card refunded as well!