The Guide to

London

Good to Know

Almost everybody has London on their list of places to visit, and there are many reasons why. London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media and much more. It is the world's most-visited city with an amazingly diverse range of people and cultures, oldest underground railway network in the world and so much do, see and eat that it’s almost impossible to choose.

Best time to go

May - August

I find the middle of May until end of August the best time in London. It's warm (sometimes it could be even hot), and it rains a little bit less. It's a perfect time to wander around the streets, parks, and markets of London. However, the summer is definitely the peak of the London's tourist season, and touristy places are usually very hectic.

Time to go tips:

For design and fashion enthusiast there is the London Design Festival and London Fashion Week around the middle of September.

Christmas season is exciting with all the decorations and the Winter Wonderland market in the Hyde Park. However, for the proper Christmas Market experience, I would recommend rather visiting some Central Europe cities like Prague or Vienna.

Is it true that London is rainy?

It actually doesn't rain that much in London. If we look into statistics, a number of rainy days in London is quite average.

I believe, what makes the difference is that it is quite cloudy in London all the time. Days without any clouds are sporadic. You won't get days of continuous rain very often. However, there are very mild rain now and then which can give people sense that it is actually raining a lot in London.

It can get very foggy in the autumn and winter.

How many days should you spend in London?

London has a lot to offer. There are plenty of museums, sights, attractions, cafes, and markets. You can spend hours just walking around London streets admiring impressive buildings, and you will always find something new and exciting.

I would recommend a minimum of full four days, but you can easily spend a whole week in London.

Should you plan ahead?

Definitely. Transportation in London can be expensive, and the city is bustling, especially, during the summer. It is very wise to plan and prebook everything way ahead.

Some attractions, like the Ceremony of the Keys, are fully booked for a year in advance.

Language

English

Currency

Pound sterling (£)

Local time

UTC+01:00

Airbnb

Average £83

Power
220V 50Hz
Free Wifi in the city

Poor

Public Toilets

Poor

Safety

Good

Friendly to Foreigners

Great

Visas

Good

Visas tips:

Not required for Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and US visitors, as well as several other nations, for stays of up to six months.

Do you need a visa? Check www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

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