An American’s guide to getting by in London


If you are an American looking to experience London for the first time, it’s essential that you get the low-down on popular attractions, transport types and a few truly British experiences to enjoy during your stay to really make the most of your time in the city. Here’s our American’s guide to getting by in London to help you on your way.


Some must-see attractions

Visitors from all over the globe flock to London every year to enjoy the many attractions on offer. For those American guests seeking a centrally located hotel, our accommodation in Chelsea London offers the perfect base thanks to a nearby Tube and lots of local transport links.

For the history lover, Buckingham Palace and the Victoria & Albert Museum are both must visits and can be easily reached by Tube from your Chelsea hotel. For tech and science lovers, no visit to London would be complete without a visit to the Science Museum. If that’s not your thing, why not get up close to the royal family at Madame Tussauds? There are large queues at the weekend so plan a weekday visit to maximise your time.

Victoria Albert Museum

London is also famous for its fantastic selection of art galleries including the Tate Modern and sister gallery, the Tate Britain. Visitors can cruise the river on the Tate catamaran which connects the two attractions so this is a good morning or afternoon option on a sunny day.

If you’re wondering where to stay in Chelsea to reach these attractions, why not take a look at the San Domenico Hotel?


Do as the locals do

If you want to experience a real taste of London, then do as the locals do! There are so many experiences situated on the doorstep of our accommodation in Chelsea London. For an authentic flavour of the city be sure to visit some of London’s pubs (or boozers as they affectionately known to the locals), and enjoy some real ales and conversation with the locals. Many of London’s pubs are steeped in history as an added bonus.

Head to Covent Garden to enjoy a few pints and the plethora of street performers dotted around the iconic area before popping into the Li Veli Restaurant for a delicious lunch.


Getting around

Thanks to its cost-effective and reliable Tube links, knowing where to stay in Chelsea is a breeze as many hotels are close to stations. This makes it easy to get around the city without blowing your budget on black cabs.

London also has a great over ground network of buses to help you get around, so make sure you pick up some bus and Tube maps from your accommodation in Chelsea London before heading out for a day of exploration and experiences.


Enjoy a quintessentially British pastime

If you’re an American visitor enjoying London for the very first time, then you simply have to enjoy one of Britain’s favourite pastimes, the afternoon tea.

With several varieties of teas served, you can also enjoy an array of tempting sweet treats as well as a selection of dainty sandwiches and scones served on tiered plates. It’s a quintessentially British experience and one you may be tempted to recreate back home.