You and your mates have arrived in London, decked out in the colours of your favourite rugby team and ready to root for them during Rugby World Cup 2015! While you are here, you also want to explore the city and enjoy all the great things this buzzing metropolis has to offer. But when you don’t know a place well, it can prove difficult to get around. These are some handy tips to help you tackle the London Tube and public transport system, and navigate your way around this fabulous city.
Transport for London (TfL) is great resource for beginning your urban travels. You can plan your journeys and locate some useful maps. To make the trip even easier, use a contactless payment card, Travelcard or Oyster card, which all ensure you can easily travel via the London Tube, bus, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, and National Rail services, to get pretty much anywhere within the city. You pay by tapping in and out with your card on the yellow readers upon entering and exiting the station (but only “in” when travelling by bus). When you change trains and come across a pink reader on the platform, just tap it once with your travel card to receive the best travel rate.
You zip around London between Twickenham Stadium (Richmond Station), Olympic Stadium (Stratford International) and Wembley (Wembley Central) in no time on London Overground. At Richmond Station, you take a South West train to Twickenham Station and walk to the stadium, alongside tens of thousands other cheering rugby supporters. Don’t forget that the other two stadiums are in walking distance from their nearest Overground stations too.
If you’re feeling brave, In-between matches you can take a more scenic approach to your travel. Forget about conventional public transport and express your inner James Bond, whizzing through London by water and air! Through September, you can explore London from a dazzling height on the Emirates Air Line using your Oyster card or Travelcard. From Stratford International, you take the Jubilee Line or DLR to Royal Victoria Tube, from where you make a short walk to the Emirates Royal Docks. You hop on the cable car to cross the River Thames for a uniquely dramatic view of the London cityscape including The O2 and the iconic skyline of Canary Wharf. After an exhilarating ride, you get off at Emirates Greenwich Peninsula from where you find your way to North Greenwich Pier and continue your River Thames explorations by River Bus. It feels like you’ve seen the whole city at this point, but there is still plenty to explore.
After you’ve bought refreshments for your mates from the on-board kiosk, you sit back and relax while you cruise past all the famous riverside sights including the Tower of London and Big Ben without ever having to leave your seat. You disembark at the London Eye and take the train from Waterloo to Twickenham—with plenty of time for kick-off. All that’s left is to root for your team, and enjoy a refreshing beer.