General Information A-Z

Business Hours
General working hours are 09:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday
The majority of banks are open between 09:30 – 16:30 Monday – Friday with some open on Saturday mornings.

Climate
London and the South East have one of the mildest climates in UK, but the weather can be unpredictable. Londoners get used to carrying both an umbrella and sunglasses to be prepared for all eventualities!

Average weather conditions in March
Maximum temperature: 10°C
Minimum temperature: 2°C
Hours of sunshine: 3.75hours
Days with rainfall: 11

Currency, credit card and exchange
The currency of England is the British pound (£).
You will find cash machines/ATMs in most banks, hotels, and shopping centres. Traveller’s cheques are widely accepted, to avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in pounds sterling. Currency exchange is available at banks and bureaus across London and at the airports.

Customs
There are certain restrictions on what you may bring into England aside from your own personal effects. There are regulations concerning pets, livestock, firearms, prescription drugs, plants and meat products. For detailed information on what you are allowed to bring into England please visit the UK Border Agency, http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/travellingtotheuk/

Electricity
English appliances operate on 230 volts (50Hz).
Main wall sockets and plugs for 230 volts are three rectangular prongs that form a triangle. If those sockets are different from the ones used in your country you will need a socket converter.

Geography
London is the largest urban area and capital city of the United Kingdom. Greater London covered an area of 1,579 square kilometres.

Language
English is the official language spoken.

Local information in London
For further information on activities to do whilst visiting London please go to visit London at http://www.visitlondon.com/attractions/. The website offers you a wide variety of things to do whilst in London including alternative accommodation.

Passport and visa requirements
A valid passport is required in order to enter the United Kingdom.
For specific information on travel documents required to visit the United Kingdom please refer to www.ukvisas.gov.uk
 
Population
7.6 million

Smoking
The smoking ban has been brought in across the whole of England, you can no longer smoke in any public buildings. For restaurants and hotels there will be designated smoking areas.

Taxi
There are plenty of taxi services in London, the most common is the “Black cabs” Licensed black-cab drivers have ‘the knowledge’ – i.e. they undergo rigorous training and exams, and they are supposed to know every central London Street. Cabs are available to hire when you see the yellow light above the windscreen lit, just stick your arm out to signal one. Fares are metered with a minimum charge of £2.20 and are more expensive in the evenings and overnight.

Tips are not expected, however you can tip them up to 10% but most people round them up to the nearest pound.

The Black London Taxicab - www.londonblackcabs.co.uk
 
Zingo Taxi - 0870 070 0700

Ladycabs – 020 7272 3300 (Women traveling alone at night can choose these taxi’s which has women drivers)

Tipping
Many restaurants now add a ‘discretionary’ service charge to your bill, but in places that don’t you are expected to leave a 10% to 15% tip unless the service was unsatisfactory.

Time
The time in London throughout March runs on Standard Time (GMT), for more information on time in London please visit www.timeanddate.com
 
Taxes

Value-added tax (VAT) is 20% sales tax levied on most goods and services sold in the UK. Restaurants must, by law include VAT in their menu prices.

Telephones
The international dialing code for the UK is +44, The code for London is 020, followed by two sets of four digits.

Key Dates

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