FAQ’S for People Visiting London

FAQ’S for People Visiting London

Whats the best way to travel in the city?

There are so many ways to travel around London. For everything you need to know check out my ultimate guide to London transport.

What’s an Oyster Card?

An Oyster card is an electronic ticket you use to get around London and can be bought at any London Underground station. You top up your Oyster card and use it by tapping in and out when entering and leaving stations. The amount of fare that is deducted from the card depends on where you are travelling from and to. See more about Oyster Cards and London transport on the guide I have written here.

My hotel doesn’t have breakfast, where can I find somewhere good to eat?

I have lots of recommendations of great breakfast spots split out by area. Check them out here.

What kind of plug do I need to buy for my electricals?

You will need 3 prong plug just like this one.

I’ve heard the weather isn’t always great in London. What would you recommend I bring?

Yes, the weather in London is a bit temperamental so you’ll want to make sure you are prepared as possible. I have put together a comprehensive guide here where I’ve recommended the perfect shoes, coats, umbrellas, bags and electricals for your trip.

Do I need special shots to travel to London?

No vaccines needed.

London is so big, where do I start?

My area guide will give you a good idea of London and the different areas.

What currency do you use?

Great British Pounds.

Where should I stay?

Comparison sites like Expedia and Hotels.com are excellent for finding places to stay at the best prices and with the best customer ratings. I would always suggest doing a second check of reviews on Trip Advisor.  Air B & B is also a great way to experience the city as a real Londoner if you’re looking to rent an entire house.

Do I tip?

Some restaurants/ bars add on a 12.5% service charge to the bill. It is not mandatory but it is appreciated. It’s always recommended you check your bill.

Can I smoke indoors?

No. Smoking indoors is illegal in the UK and you can be fined if you are caught doing so.

How do I get from the airport?

Everything you need to know about travelling to and from London airports you can find here.

I’m looking for great places to eat, where should I start?

You’re in the right place!  I’ve got lots of recommendations and bucket lists of London’s best places to eat here.

What are the must see attractions?

Check out my attraction guide here

I’ve heard London is famous for theatre, where should I buy tickets?

I would recommend you head to the box office for that particular show you’re seeing as they will hold the best tickets or be able to advise someone reputable who does.  London also has a great day seat incentive where if you queue up early in the morning you can get tickets a lot cheaper for that day’s performance. Theatre Monkey keeps a list of the applicable theatres and also has a list of theatre seating plans with notes of where the best and worst seats are in the house. If you want to buy online  I’d recommend you head to the shows own website or websites of the companies that own the theatres like LWW.com, Delfont.com, ATGTickets.com or Nimax.com or to reputable ticket companies like LOVETheatre, London Theatre Direct, Encore Tickets, or See Tickets. Be careful when buying tickets online as there are a lot of scam sites out there selling tickets for double the original value.

Is London safe?

Like all big cities there are good parts and bad parts. The Metropolitan Police have some great tips on staying safe in London here.

I’m travelling alone, any advice?

London is a great city for solo travellers and there are plenty of things to see and do by yourself or in meet up groups. I’d highly recommend Air B and B experiences who do fantastic tours of the city ran by real Londoners and you’ll meet like minded people . I’ve also got a great dining solo guide here for all your eating out needs.

We want to see some Harry Potter attractions, where should we go?

I wrote about the must-see Harry Potter attractions in London on my attraction guide here

Where can I find out about things happening when I’m in London?

The Londonist always has a great list of things happening in London. Check it out here.

I want to buy a London guide book. Any recommendations?

Yes, I’d recommend this one, this one or this one. I also have a list of London foodie books to help you plan where to eat before your trip. You’ll find that here.


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