In this video, we’ll share important informationabout what you need to know before traveling to London like best time to visit, how touse public transportation, best apps to use in London, and many other practical information.
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London is a city with a population of over8 million people and is the capital and the largestcity of the United Kingdom.
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Here are our tips on what to know before traveling to this amazing city NUMBER 1: CURRENCY The currency used in London is British Poundor shortly just Pound.
At the time of the making of this video, 1 GBP is worth approximately $1.
30 or €1, 15.
Make sure to check the exchange rate before traveling.
NUMBER 2: TRAFFIC Cars in the UK drive on the left so make sure to always pay attention to both sides when crossing the road.
Cycling in the city center can be dangerous, so is crossing the street, so always pay attention.
NUMBER 3: SAFETY London is relatively safe but do take all the usual precautions typical for big cities like avoiding less touristy areas, especially at night.
London is unfortunately also full of pickpocketsso hide your wallet, passport, and other valuables somewhere safe and pay attention to your bags, especially in crowded areas like in front of major attractions or when using the underground.
There are a lot of scams, targeted mostlyat tourists, so make sure you always buy your tickets at the official ticket office andnot on the streets.
For emergency services, dial 999.
NUMBER 4: WEATHER London is known for its unpredictable weather.
In general, the climate is mild year-round, but just remember to pack a lightweight raincoat to keep in your daypack.
The hottest month of the year is usually Augustwhen the peak temperature can reach 90 F while the average temperature in Augustis about 70 F.
The coldest month is usually January whentemperatures can sink to around 33 F.
Don't forget to check the weather forecastbefore traveling.
You can expect rain in London in practicallyany season so don’t forget to pack an umbrella.
However, the wettest month is October.
NUMBER 5: BEST TIME TO TRAVEL High season in London is between May and September and in December.
Low season is January and February and shoulderseason is between mid-September and November and then again in March and April.
Best time to travel to London is spring (April to June) and fall (September to November).
when it's usually warm and dry.
Not only will you be able to avoid the bigcrowds, but the accommodation and entertainment rates are less expensive comparedto the high season.
To avoid big crowds and higher prices youcan also travel during the week.
London is a year-round destination, so majorattractions are not affected by low season.
You’ll be able to see all major attractionsregardless of when you travel.
NUMBER 6: WHERE TO STAY The average hotel room rate in London is around 150 GBP per night.
Of course, it depends on what kind of accommodationyou want, as well as on the location of your stay.
You can get accommodation below $100 per night, but that probably means you’ll be located further away from the city center and you’llneed more time to reach the attractions.
London is a big city and, therefore offersvirtually any kind of accommodation from hostels to exquisite luxury hotels.
Check out our video on the best apps to bookyour stay and find your best accommodation in London.
We recommend that you book your accommodationclose to the underground so you can easily access all major attractions.
If you want to book a room close to wherethe action is, some of the best areas to stay are, for example, Oxford Street if you likeshopping, The City if you like skyscrapers, and Covent Garden if you want to be locatedclose to London theatre district and nice restaurants and cafes.
Check the description for more suggestions.
NUMBER 7: POWER PLUGS You will probably need special UK power adaptor to charge your phone and other devices.
This is what the UK power plug looks like.
We recommend purchasing a power adaptor beforetraveling to London.
In fact, it is worth buying the adaptor forthe entire world so you can use it in other countries too.
NUMBER 8: TRANSPORTATION From and to the airport London has five major airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, City, and Stansted.
To get to London, you can take the undergroundor DLR, which is an urban light railway, if you are traveling from Heathrow or City Airport.
The return ticket costs 12 GBP or 10 GBP with Oyster card.
More about Oyster card later.
You can take the train to central London from all five airports.
The return ticket varies but you will likelypay at least 20-30 GBP for return a return ticket.
However, the prices are cheaper if you buyyour tickets in advance online.
If you want to save some money, the cheaperalternative is a National Express bus with service from all airports except City, whichis pretty much in the city anyway, as the name suggests.
You can use a cab or Uber, but the priceswill most likely be higher.
Check the description for links and more information, as well as updated ticket prices.
Getting around the city London is big and every journey will takea lot of time.
It normally takes at least 20 to 30 minutesto travel between major attractions and over an hour to the center of London if you arestaying on the outskirts.
So make sure you always check how long itwill take you to get from A to B.
London is well covered with public transportation.
Types of public transportation are bus, underground, also called tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail service.
The best way to get around is undeground which will get you close to most major attractions.
Check the description for the links to downloadthe underground map.
The best way to use public transportationis by purchasing an Oyster card, an electronic smart card used to pay for all public transportation in London.
You can get one at most underground stations.
It will cost you 5 GBP as a deposit.
You can top up your Oyster card for as muchand as often as you want and collect all the remaining credit plus the depositwhen you leave.
You can pre-purchase your Oyster card for3 GBP plus postage and add credit to it, so you don’t have to worry about getting yourcard at the station.
A great option, especially if you are arriving fromHeathrow or City airport.
A more expensive but faster way of gettingaround London is Uber or the traditional London taxi.
Taxies are more expensive, but they use buslanes, so they are usually faster than Uber.
Hop On – Hop Off Bus is a great way to seetourist attractions if you don’t want to deal with public transportation.
You can also take a riverboat tour and seeLondon from a new perspective.
London is a busy city and just as there arepeak seasons to travel to London, there are peak times of the day when public transportationand the roads get even more crowded.
Peak times are Monday to Friday between 6:30and 9:30 AM and between 4 and 7 PM.
NUMBER 9: BEST APPS TO USE IN LONDON Your smartphone can be your best buddy in London.
Here are some of the best apps to use:Citymapper, which is a public transit app and integrates data for all urban modes oftransport, from walking and cycling to driving, with an emphasis on public transportation.
Visit London App: which provides directions, recommendations, history and more.
It has everything you need to experience Londonlike a local.
Withlocals, where you can book experiencesuch as tours with locals, or Eatwith, where you can book a dinner or acooking class at someone’s home.
NUMBER 10: LINES ARE EVERYWHERE Since London is usually a crowded place, especially around major attractions, you can expect lines everywhere.
But don’t worry, the sights you are visitingare totally worth the wait.
You can buy London Pass to at least avoidthe queues at the famous attractions.
NUMBER 11: FOOD While London is home to many expensive restaurants, there are many places that offer a full mealfor less than 10 GBP.
Use Yelp or TripAdvisor to find the best dealsdepending on your budget and rating.
And check the description for links to ideasfor best cheap eats.
NUMBER 12: TIPPING There is no need to tip in a restaurant: tipping in London is not mandatory.
Of course, if you want, you can tip but theywon’t make you feel bad if you don’t.
Sometimes a 10% service charge is includedin the bill at hotels and restaurants, but they’ll usually tell you if that’s thecase.
NUMBER 13: BARS AND PUBS CLOSE EARLY While there are many great bars and pubs in London, like the ones in Soho, the famousentertainment district, most of them close around midnight.
Speaking from experience, we were surprisedwhen they offered us plastic cups for our unfinished drinks and they politely askedus to move in front of the pub to finish drinking there since they closed at midnight.
Don’t worry, there are some places thatare open later, but it’s certainly not the norm and you’ll have to check before youhead out if you plan to stay out late.
NUMBER 14: DRINKING WATER The tap water in London is perfectly clean and won’t harm you if you drink it.
Of course, it doesn’t taste as good as thebottled water, but it might save you some money.
NUMBER 15: LONDON PASS London Pass is a great option if you want to see many attractions and want to save money, don’t want to deal with buying tickets all the time, want to skip the line, if you’retraveling as a family, etc.
For example, a one-day London Pass costs 69GBP.
Check the description to see how much it costsfor different durations, to check what you can see with London Pass, and for the linkto purchase one.
You can even download it to your smartphone.
NUMBER 16: WI-FI You’ll find free Wi-Fi in many places in London.
Use Facebook to locate the nearestfree wi-fi or download Wifi Finder, an app that downloads WiFi map so you can searchfor nearby WiFi even when you’re offline.
You can also buy a local sim card and getonline that way.
Some of the best providers for cheap sim cardswhen it comes to value for money are Giffgaff and Three.
NUMBER 17: BEST FREE VIEWS OF THE CITY For the best free views of the city you can visit Sky Garden, Tate Modern, Primrose Hill, One New Change, Alexandra Palace, Greenwich Park and many others.
Or you can pay and see the city from LondonEye, which offers a truly amazing and unique view of London.
NUMBER 18: MUSEUMS ARE FREE Most of the important and interesting London museums, such as Natural History Museum orThe British Museum are free of charge.
Check the description for the list of freemuseums in London.
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