Facts in London
Tips & Useful numbers
The best time to travel
to London is not really a significant aspect to consider as it is a
year-round vacationing center, with few of its attractions closing or
significantly reducing their opening hours in winter. In case you wish
to experience good weather, you are advised to visit London at the
height of summer in July and August. However, there is certainly no
guarantee of sun even in those months plus it is the time when you can
expect the largest crowds and maximum prices.
Travel Safety Tips
Try to avoid walking alone at night, and try to keep to well-lit main
Stay alert: be aware of what’s going on around you
Try to avoid wearing headphones, as they reduce awareness of your
Your Stuff Safe
Don't leave your bag unattended anywhere in city, as doing so can
lead to a security alert
Keep your purse or wallet close to your body and don't carry too much
When using an ATM (cash machine), check that no-one is looking over
your shoulder and that the ATM hasn't been tampered.
It really depends upon how happy you are with the service. Bills
normally include a service charge. Where the charges are not included,
it is customary to give 10-15% of the restaurant bill. You may take
tips from the following or just use your discretion:
Portage: 50-75p per suitcase.
Taxis: 10-15% of the fare.
Hairdressers: 2 pounds.
Theaters and petrol stations: Tips are not expected.
Britain uses 240 volts. If you have appliances that run on anything
different, do purchase a converter. It’s available at most
Give Money To Beggars In city
It can be distressing to see the homeless people begging for money on
the streets of city, but please be aware that begging in London is
big business. Many 'beggars' travel to city from other parts of the
country for a few days each week and can make quite a good living from
the sympathy of tourists and Londoners alike.
The London Metropolitan Police are regularly telling us that the money
we give to homeless people is not being used to help them get off the
streets - it's more likely being used to buy drugs or to fund organized
crime, and therefore we need to give to recognized charities and not to
As in most large cities, pickpockets and bag snatchers like to prey on
unsuspecting visitors. These thieves often work in pairs or small
groups and operate in the busiest areas of city, such as on Oxford
Street or around Covent Garden. You might be surprised to hear these
thieves are often children.
Someone may ask you for directions and a colleague may be already in
your bag, while you are distracted.
Try to wear your bag across your body.
Always keep your wallet close to you and preferably not in your main
Waist bags/fanny packs (known locally as 'bum bags') are a good option
for your essentials.
At a cafe table someone may engage you in pointless conversation while
their accomplice snatches your bag from under your chair.
At a table, always look your bag strap around your leg or a chair leg.
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