LONDON TRAVEL GUIDE
London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom was founded by the Romans, who named it Londinium. This city is a dream to many, including me in the past. It's a great place to experience British culture, amazing architecture, and magnificent views. Living in London can be tempting to many, how can you say no to its enticing lifestyle, culture rich in Arts, streets filled with colourful detailed graffiti and of course nothing match the metropolitan vibes engulfing the whole city. These are just a few from it's countless splendour.
CURRENCY: British Pound
STANDARD VISITOR VISA: Up to 6 Months, £93 (a long-term visit visa costs more)
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PLACES TO VISIT
- Buckingham palace
- London eye
- Beautiful parks in London
- Westminster/Big Ben
- Trafalgar square
- If you love West End shows, there are London theatre breaks to enjoy
Read our top 10 London Attractions you must see.
Bipolar that exactly how you describe London weather condition. Half a year, grey saddest clouds cover the space above entirely. Also, it can be really cold all year round despite the fact that it has 3 summer months. Spring time which starts in April until the fully bloom of June, is so mesmerising. This is all because of the parks surrounding the city. The luscious scented smell of the greens are like healing pomade after a long dark dark winter season. Everyone's favourite is summer time which is the month of July-September. Summer here is not really summer hot like we all know, it can reach the high of 25degrees in a few hours and can possibly drop low at the end of the day. So always make sure to bring a jacket or cardigan to warm yourself up especially if your up and about at night. The luxurious Autumn season is every photographer's perfect mode, the golden leaves breaking away from life, the big golden sunsets engulfing the city has a power to create a wow factor photographs and soothing vibes. Based on my experienced being here, my advice is, come at spring time this is the best time to come in my opinion.
WHERE TO STAY
LONDON is filled with a whole array of amazing places to stay, from luxury hotels and sociable flats, sparkly new hotels to gorgeous B&B's… there’s just so much to choose from! It is often difficult to decide where to go, if your on a budget make sure you do your research, because, it's true, London is not the cheapest place to be. If you want to save a penny, keep looking, dig that cheapest guest house with self catering options. A night on a hostel might not be your cup of tea, but remember it's a good way to make new friends.
4star Hotel £100-200
If you're going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth buying a Visitor oyster card in advance.It can be delivered to your home before you arrive in London and and it's what you really need to get around London. If it's too late to order one, don't worry you can still buy an Oyster card at the station or you can use your contactless card. You can also buy paper tickets for single journeys, Day Travelcards or group travel.
Bus fee: £1.50
Travelcards for travel on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services: A day travel card valid anytime for Zones 1, 2, 3, 4 is £12.70
Oyster/Contactless single fare (underground)
Peak : £3.30 Monday to Friday from 0630 to 0930.
Off Peak: £2.80 At all other times including public holidays.
Click here for the latest 2018 fare charges.
Still very safe place to be. With all the terrorist attacks and bombings that has happened recently, you might say London is not the safest place to be. It is undeniable that this city has mourn terribly with the countless lose of civilians after the devastating events. However, in my opinion, on this system, fear will always be around. Being in London, you may feel some degree of being unsafe but it's the same like anywhere else in the world. So here's a little piece of advice, like what we do everyday, just be aware of your surroundings and extra vigilant in crowds where pickpockets are more prevalent.
BRITAIN EMERGENCY HOTLINE
999 is the British national emergency telephone number.
112 is the pan-European number. You can call one or the other, it's the same.
You will be asked if you want Fire, Police or Ambulance.
You should call 999 in the event of a serious road accident, involving injury.
"Do not call these numbers unless you are in a real emergency (accident or serious medical condition)"
WHAT TO EAT
From fish and chips to Sunday roast dinner, these are the meals you can't skip while in London. You can find any type of cuisine in the city, from café-style Chinatown favourite to Parisian silky-smooth houmous topped with chunky beef, there's plenty to choose from. Don't forget to grab a pie with cheesy mash and traditional gravy. A nice affordable dinner can cost £14, but obviousy that can go down very cheaply if you don't mind having some take away meal from £4-£8.
Roast dinner: £14
Fish and Chips: £8
Glass of wine: £3.50 - £6
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