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    14 Of The Worst Mistakes That Tourists Make In London

    Please, for the love of god, stand on the right-hand side of the escalator.

    We recently asked Londoners who are part of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about some of the biggest mistakes tourists make when visiting their city. Here are some of their tips:

    1. Travelling on the tube during rush hour.

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    "Travelling in rush hour when you don't need to. Tubes, trains, and buses will be packed full of tired commuters who use these routes every day. If you choose to travel at rush hour, expect some grumpiness and shoving. If you have to travel at these times, then remember to step off and wait to the side of the doors to let people off. I promise that this will make travelling less stressful for you and Londoners!"

    siandk666

    "Avoid the tube and stay away from major stations like Waterloo, Victoria, Charing Cross, Euston, etc, during morning and evening rush hour. They're so busy and full of grumpy commuters!! Much better to travel outside rush hour, when it's a bit quieter."

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    2. Paying for singular tube trips instead of getting an Oyster card.

    3. Underestimating how big London really is.

    4. Heading to Oxford Street, when there are less hectic shopping districts.

    5. Standing by the gates of Tower Bridge in order to take photos.

    6. Getting the tube when the bus would be way faster.

    7. Standing on the wrong side of the escalator.

    8. Complaining that the food is crap but not even trying to find some of our best.

    9. Not downloading Citymapper.

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    "Get the Citymapper app. And don’t bother with an Oyster card anymore; just use contactless or your phone."

    Elle Blair

    10. Prioritising selfies over road safety.

    11. Not being ready for the ticket barrier on the tube.

    12. Not doing their research.

    13. Stepping into a red phone box.

    14. Not doing your trip your way — even if that means going to see some touristy stuff.

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