London Tourism

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life!”- Samuel Johnson

This is how London comes across to people who wish to visit it. Ranging from literary, bohemian, classic, sports to music-London has all, thanks to its cosmopolitan self. The city has always represented itself as the centre of power, European culture, literature and some of the renowned architectural marvels. London exhibits an amazing melange of history, culture, art, science, technology, industrialization, and modernity. This ancient city that has ever been present in the pages of history is a beautiful blend of the past and the present. Here, you can witness the reminiscences of the Roman past while walking down the most modern corners.

Settled and colonized by Romans during the 1st Century AD, this city came to later on symbolize the British Empire, the biggest and the most powerful during the 19th century. Even till today, you can see the vestiges of Roman walls that strive to survive here. On the other hand, you can some of the best architectural super structures of the 21st century such as Gherkin tower. Till today, London preserves its initial quality of being a metropolis that accommodates people from everywhere, almost all parts of the world. Cosmopolitan by essence, its British character cannot be missed though. Walk down its alleys and narrow streets and you will sense the aromas of bakery products and the traditional fish and chips.

Topping the list of any tourism in the world, the city is always a coveted destination for those who are interested in its arts, culture, literature and history. Apart from its monuments, the city glistens with beautiful arcades, green parks and the best of fashion. What makes this royal city special is that you will feel literature, writers, Victorian past and modernity in its air. A must visit city for those who want to begin their journey in Europe! Each one of you should visit London at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit London.

Essential travel information and London tips for your visit

Essential Info

  • Time Zone: London follows the GMT/UTC +00.00 hour. The daylight saving is observed here in summers.
  • Currency: The currency used in London is GBP(great British Pound).
  • Electricity: Electrical sockets (outlets) in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are the "Type G " British BS-1363 type. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.
  • Internet: The Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the United Kingdom is .uk and is sponsored by Nominet. Currently Internet access is available to businesses and home users in various forms, including dial-up, cable, DSL, and wireless.
  • Languages: English is the predominant language in London.
  • Security: 999 or 112 are the official emergency numbers in London.

General Tips

  • Brush up your history of London before visiting.
  • Otherwise, London is a secure place to visit.
  • Don’t talk loudly in public.
  • Don’t throw any rubbish anywhere on the streets of London.
  • Don’t spit on the streets.
  • Don’t greet people with a kiss if they are not your close friends or relatives.
  • Don't be late for an appointment.
  • Ensure that you are on time; it’s considered to be rude to be late.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of London

  • Know the pollution level of London before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 65.81 (High)
    • Water Pollution 42.91 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55.76 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 48.94 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.63 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 43.17 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 46.18 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 20.57 (Low)
  • How safe is London for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in London.

    • Burglary and Theft 48.1 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 54.94 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 54.98 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 36.33 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 43.12 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50.12 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 52.34 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 59.8 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 67.02 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.69 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 51.89 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 39.13 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 57.81 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of London is 119.43 (High)

    • Safety Index 47.23 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 88.25 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 60.31 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 46.07 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 79.6 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 68.51 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 21.84 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 80.08 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in London

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 15.31 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 88.03 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 86.48 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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