Useful Information For Your Visit to London

We are very happy that you want to spend your time in London with the plans prepared by the locals. We hope you will leave London with good memories. Trip designers prepare these plans for us, and if we are sure that these plans contain correct, updated, and enough detail, we present them to travellers.

Below you can find general information, topics, and locations you may need in London. In your spare time, we recommend that you read. Also, don’t forget to read our articles for more curious about London.

Have a nice holiday!

Here is some quick information:

  • Theft: Be careful as you are anywhere in the world, although London is a very safe city.
  • Dresscode: Since London is a really modern city, you won’t have any problems with your clothes.
  • Do not forget to take the hotel card which contains the name, address, and phone number of the hotel with you in case you get lost. Phones may run out of charge.
  • Do not forget to take your debit or credit card with you. After the pandemic, some places choose not to accept coins.
  • Do not forget to take copies of the front pages of your passport and visa if necessary, but not the original one.

Most museums are free in London so you can visit the most prestigious museums at a minimum cost. Since the pandemic, most museums are required to book online a free ticket and pick a specific time. Finally, the temporary exhibits have a cover fee (usually quite pricey, between 20-25£, and are usually booked months in advance.

1. When You Need the Consulate in London

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The Consulate is a unit of your country’s Embassy. The Embassy is responsible for the political and diplomatic relations between your country and that in which it’s located. Consulates exist to support the citizens of the countries they represent. So the Consulate is a representative of your country which you can contact for advice and support while in London. You can read more here. France Consulate, Romania Consulate, Italy Consulate, Spanish Consulate.

 

2. Things To Know About London

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If you want to enjoy a restaurant in London you must book at least a couple of days in advance (and a few weeks in advance for the most popular places). Even if it is just for a drink.

Sim card: you can easily buy a Sim card Online and get it shipped before you arrive in London (Giff Gaff for example) with no commitment and at a very low cost.

People are hugely friendly and willing to help tourists.
London is a very touristic city – expect a lot of queues and waiting time. Always plan ahead any visit or venue you want to attend. It is usually possible to book or buy tickets online in advance. Do so if you can.

Like in every tourist city, the famous landmarks and tube stations are very very busy. Try to avoid these during peak hours and weekends (some examples: Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent street, Covent Garden, Big Ben, Camden …).

A lot of walking tours (like the street art in Shoreditch) are available with a guide, for free. You can book online. All you have to do is to give a ‘Tip” if you want at the end of the tour.

Tips are not included in the prices you see on the menus. However most of the time you’ll find an extra 12% tip automatically added to the bill in restaurants at the end. So don’t be surprised if you find the bill more expensive than you thought. So there is no need for an extra tip. You can tip £1 or £2 if I really enjoyed the service.

You can find free Wi-Fi in most places in London.

 

3. The Apps to Download

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For ordering food, you can download Deliveroo and UberEats apps.
Uber and Bolt are the easiest and most efficient ride-hailing apps.

4. Everything You Need to Know About Transportation in London

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Places to visit in London are endless. One of the best ways to get to know a city is to use public transport. It gives the feeling of living there and adds an air of originality. London is a crowded city and traffic can often be heavy, so planning your trip is extremely important. As in any cosmopolitan city, there are rush hours, and these are best avoided whenever possible. In the afternoon, between 16:00 and 18:00 are the busiest hours, and in this respect, you will need to make a reservation in advance for places such as museums and galleries that you will visit and act very planned.

For public transportation, App TfL, Citymapper, and Google Maps work quite well.

Black cabs are great for 4 people or for 2-3 people with a lot of luggage. However, they tend to be a bit more expensive than Uber for long distances.

The most enjoyable mean of transportation is the famous “Double Decker Red Bus”. Avoid rush hours, but it can usually go quite fast and there is a special spot on the first floor where you can sit by the window and enjoy a great view of the road.

Oyster is the go-to transportation card. You can find an Oyster card in any small shops outside the stations, or directly at the machine in the stations. Check their website for more.

Underground is the fastest way to travel. It is called the tube.
Overground has hugely a longer waiting time and is a bit less convenient than the tube.

Rush hour on the tube can be very crowded (4 pm – 6 pm). Traffic in the city during rush hours can also be very busy, so buses might take longer than expected.

You can use the app called TUBE MAP. It’s literally just a map, a free app with ads. Check out these links for Android and iOS. Alternatively, the official app of the TfL (Transport for London) seems quite good (TfL Go).

For tube and rail fares, click here.
There is a daily cap (you can’t pay more than this cap even if you do 10 trips in 24h) and a weekly cap.

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