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London - Planning your trip

The capital of England and the United Kingdom, London is one of the most most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world. The iconic city is known for its vibrant culture and cultural icons. Red buses, royal family, historic palaces and magnificent landmarks, there are so many reasons to visit London! Here you will find the basics to plan your trip to this big city with unique experiences.

View from Sky Garden In London
London Eye

What you need to know before you go

Transportation - Can you imagine a city like London without the underground? The underground railway system that services the London metropolitan area, also called London Underground or Tube, serves more than one billion passengers per year, with approximately 250 miles (400 km) of track connecting 270 stations. No matter what how long are you planning to stay or what attractions you are planning to go, the underground will be your best friend and you need to learn the basics about public transportation, particularly from the airport to your hotel and day passes to visit the city.

Accommodation - One thing in common when traveling to the world’s biggest cities — no vacation is long enough. In three days, you can pick a neighborhood or two and feel like a local or try to visit the top attractions. Once you’ve create your itinerary, no matter how much your budget is, make sure to choose a hotel with a great location, so you can really get a lot of exploring done even in a short period of time.

Food - From Michelin starred restaurants restaurants with unique gastronomic experiences to simple cafes for a quick bite on the streets, London has it all. It's easy to find cheap eats or great restaurants in every corner of the city. The mouthwatering plate of fish and chips is one of the capital's most iconic meals. Make sure to order one of those in a traditional British pub with a glass of beer or two! You also need to visit one of the food markets to try the local food, one bar for a quirky cocktail and remember...nothing could be more British than afternoon tea in London.

Suggestion to save on your daily budget

The average hotel room: ∼150 GBP per night.

There are many places that offer a full meal for less than 10 GBP.  15-20 GBP is the average cost of a meal in a common restaurant. Breakfast at the hotel are well served, not expensive and you will be ready for the day.

Most museums are free. Some of the FREE museums include the Natural History Museum,  Science Museum, Tate Modern, British Museum, National Gallery. In addition, for the best views of the city: Entry to the Sky Garden is free, but space is strictly limited and visits must be booked in advance. Admission to Tate Modern is also free, except for special exhibitions.

Transfer from all airports: Average ticket is ~20-30 GBP, is always cheaper if you buy tickets online!

TIps for first visit

1. Use pay-as-you-go contactless payment cards – Do you use Apple or Google wallet? So forget about studying how to buy different card to use public transportation in London. Everything you need is to touch your card or cellphone on the card reader (the same way as Oyster cards) at the start and end of your journey. If you use the same card for all your journeys, you always pay the cheapest fare. Check here the official website to understand more about Oyster card, travel cards and other options to getting around London.

2. Buy the ticket from the airport to the hotel in advance online – London has six major airports. London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports have dedicated express train services into central London. The Heathrow is the main airport for international flights and all passengers must go from the airport to London Paddington station and from there buy a new ticket to their hotel or final destination. The Heathrow Express (15min) or TfL Rail (35min) are the main options to transfer from the airport to the hotel. See more details here fot other airport transfers. The average fare is 22 £ one way.

3. Get free access tickets to the Sky Garden – The best view in London is free! The garden is on the rooftop on the 35 floor and offer one the most beautiful views in the city. Tickets are released every Monday and currently available to book up to three weeks in advance. Tickets are only valid for the date and time you book and you have 1hr limit to visit. Book the last time of the day because the sunset with the best views of the city will certainly be the highlight of your trip to London.

4. Bring your umbrella – The number of rainy days is fairly consistent throughout the year, which can occur between 11 and 15 rainy days a month. The umbrella is always useful in a city like London


Essential Information

Passaport and Visa – Every traveler must have a valid passport. Visa is required for a continuous trip of more than 3 months only.

Currency – The UK currency is the pound sterling (£/GBP). UK banknotes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and £50. Coins come in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. Contactless payment and credit cards are widely accepted and used in the UK.

Important: Euros are not accepted as currency for businesses in London and contactless payments are limited to 100 per transaction.

Language – The majority of Londoners speak English as their first language, but the city  is culturally and linguistically diverse, with more than 100 different languages spoken in every neighborhood, ~ 22% say they speak another main language.

Tax free – Value-added tax – VAT is a 20% sales tax charged on most goods in the UK. Visitors from outside the EU were eligible for tax-free shopping until January 2021. UK government have now ended the tax-free sales.

Tipping – It is customary to leave 10 to 15% of the bill as tip in in restaurants. People often tip porters in hotels and it’s also polite to round up your taxi fare. People generally do not tip in bars and pubs.

Population – There are approximately 9 million people living in London, and ~68 million in the United Kingdom.

Economy – London is one of the world’s leading financial centres for international business and commerce. The economy of London is dominated by service industries, particularly financial services and associated professional services. The London Stock Exchange is the most international stock exchange and the largest in Europe.

Curiosity – If you want to speak like a Londoner… You will usually hear British people say “pee” rather than pence, as in 50p (50 pee). More colloquially, £1 is known as a “quid”, a £5 note is a “fiver” and a £10 note a “tenner”.

Useful Links – Official London Visitor Guide

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