European summer just around corner

The clocks have changed which means we are back to a time difference of a mere 8.5 hours between Lincoln and London.

It also means that the European summer is just around the corner.

Not only welcomed after the bleak winter months but also my favourite because it means soon EP locals will flock to Europe and I get to see many.

With this in mind, I thought I would put together a few tips for those adding London to their travels.

Queues rule. The English love a queue - it plays to all their stuffy, passive aggressive strengths or perhaps downright laziness.

Regardless, it's best to follow suit, unless you see an opportunity at an empty line or barrier - you can always use the 'I'm a tourist' card at that point.

The tube. It's one of the best and worst things about London and it's essential to get around.

My biggest tip is avoid peak times if you can (7.45am to 9.30am and 4pm to 6.30pm), unless you want to feel the wrath of commuters and have an unpleasant, albeit cultural experience.

It will be memorable, but for all the wrong reasons.

Another tube must is to stand on the right on the escalators - you'll learn this pretty quickly if you forget - it's one thing a Londoner will happily yell at you for as they charge past.

Make sure you take a red double decker bus and sit at the top - ideally in the front window. The novelty of this still hasn't worn off for me.

Yet while the public transport is great, London is actually a very walkable city - do it as much as you can. You never know what you'll see on the way.

The iconic red telephone boxes mostly smell like wee - although a photo is a must.

Sit in Trafalgar Square at dusk to see how beautiful it looks.

Don't plan every day - leave time to wander the stunning parks and even sit and have a drink - you can do that anywhere.

Don't be fooled by first impressions. This is a city of eight million people, overwhelming in almost every sense.

It's old and it's grey a majority of the time, the locals can appear hostile and it can be expensive.

Yet it is beautiful. You get the good, the bad and the ugly.

I've found, the thing that has kept me here for almost four years is, if you look closely, it's mostly the good... just don't mention Brexit.