Things to know BEFORE you go to LONDON - London travel tips 2020

In this video, we’ll share important information about what you need to know before traveling to London. Top 10 things to do in London:

#1: CURRENCY – British Pound (1 GBP ∼ $1,30 or 1,15 EUR)
Officially pound sterling or just sterling.

#2: TRAFFIC – Cars in the UK drive on the left so always pay attention when crossing the street.

#3: SAFETY – London is relatively safe but do take all the usual precautions typical for big cities. It is also full of pickpockets. For emergency services dial 999.

#4: WEATHER – London is known for its unpredictable weather. Don’t forget the umbrella.
The hottest month: August | The coldest month: usually January. Check the forecast before traveling.

High season: May-Sept, Dec | Low season: Jan, Feb
Shoulder season: mid-Sept – Nov, March, Apr
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: Apr-Jun, Sept – Nov

#6: WHERE TO STAY – The average hotel room: ∼150 GBP per night. Book your stay close to the underground. Stay here. Oxford Street, City of London, Covent Garden, Camden Town, Kensington, Soho, etc.
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#7: POWER PLUGS – You need special UK power adaptor.

8.1 FROM AND TO THE AIRPORT – London has five major airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, City, and Stansted.
*UNDERGROUND from all airports or DRL from Heathrow & City Airport. The return ticket: 12 GBP/10 GBP with Oyster card
* TRAIN from all airports: The return ticket: ∼ 20-30 GBP. Cheaper if you buy tickets online.
* NATIONAL EXPRESS BUS from all airports except City: starting at around 8 GBP (the return ticket)
* TAXI/UBER: starting from 70 GBP
8.2 GETTING AROUND THE CITY: Buy an OYSTER CARD for all public transportation.
Visit London App: (iOS), (Android)

Citymapper: (iOS), (Android)
Visit London App: (iOS), (Android)
Withlocals: (iOS), (Android)
Eatwith: (iOS), (Android)

NUMBER 10: LINES –London is usually a crowded place you can expect lines everywhere. You can buy London Pass to at least avoid the waiting.

#11: FOOD – While London is home to many expensive restaurants, there are many places that offer a full meal for less than 10 GBP. Use these apps to find best deals:
Yelp: (iOS), (Android)
TripAdvisor: (iOS), (Android)
Dining out on a budget in London:

#12: TIPPING – Tipping in London is not mandatory.

#13: BARS AND PUBS CLOSE EARLY – Most of them close around midnight or even sooner (between 10:30 pm and midnight).

#14: DRINKING WATER – Yes, you can drink tap water.

#15: LONDON PASS – Choose your duration: 1, 2, 3, 6 or 10 days. 1 Day Adult London Pass: £69 | 2 Days Adult Pass £94.00. Download the app: (iOS), (Android)
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#16: WIFI – Use Facebook or download Wifi Finder: (iOS), (Android). You can also buy a local sim card (providers: Giff Gaff, Three)

#17: BEST VIEWS OF THE CITY – Visit Sky Garden, Tate Modern, Primrose Hill, One New Change, Alexandra Palace, Greenwich Park, etc. NOTE: Entry to the Sky Garden is free, but please note space is strictly limited and visits must be booked online in advance through this site. Admission to Tate Modern is free, except for special exhibitions.

#18: THESE MUSEUMS ARE FREE: Natural History Museum, British Museum, Science Museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery, etc.
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