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Royal Victoria Dock
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London boasts a vibrant nightlife, historic landmarks and breath taking sites.
For decades, England’s capital has been the launch pad for new ideas and trends. London is thriving with culture, restaurants and attractions that are constantly changing and developing. Make the most of your time here and explore, no matter how many times you visit, there’s always something new in store. London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia.
Below you will find important information about London which can help you planned your trip or may be useful to you in an emergency or at any time during your visit.
Official city guide to London, England: Visit London.
The weather for London in July is an ideal time to visit, when the summer season is well underway with average daytime temperatures of 23°C (74°F). July is one of the hottest months in London but it also experiences a fair amount of rainfall throughout. Light rain can be expected during this time period.
Getting Around London
There are several different means of transportation in London enabling you move throughout the city with ease. You can descend into the underground and grab the subway (tube), hop on a bright red bus to see the sights, or hail one of the ubiquitous London Black Cabs. The tube is generally the fastest way to get around the city. It’s also a good idea to pick up a map of the entire Underground system so that you will be able to work out the different tube lines.
View more information on getting around in London
London Time Zone
In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back 1 hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October. The period when the clocks are 1 hour ahead is called British Summer Time (BST).
The official currency in London is the pound sterling. Credit cards, especially Visa and Mastercard, are widely accepted in London's restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. American Express and Diners Club cards are less commonly accepted. There are plenty of cash machines dotted around London. Most accept international cards with the Visa, Plus, Mastercard, Cirrus or Maestro symbols. Some other systems are also recognized, but it's a good idea to check with your bank or card company before you travel. If you have a non-UK account you will almost certainly have to pay a charge when you withdraw cash.
Language spoken in London
London is a hugely diverse city, with hundreds of languages spoken by its approximately 8 million inhabitants. The most widely used is of course English, but around 22% of residents have another mother tongue. The most common other languages you'll hear in the city are Polish, Bengali, Gujurati, French, Urdu and Arabic. The 2011 Census revealed that over 100 languages are spoken in 30 of London's 33 boroughs, meaning that this astonishing diversity is to be found right across the capital.
Tipping is appreciated but not always appropriate in London. It is customary to leave 10-15% of the bill when eating out in a restaurant however; it’s not customary to tip for fast food or takeaway meals. People generally do not tip in pubs although it's still up to you to choose to leave a tip. It is polite to tip 10-15% of the taxi fare for black cabs and licensed minicabs.
UK power sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v, although in practice this can be slightly higher. To charge devices that are compatible with this voltage, simply buy the appropriate adapter from the airport or from high street shops. If your device runs on a lower voltage, however, then you will also need a converter to stop it from over-heating. Even if your country uses lower voltages, remember to check whether your device is dual-voltage (look for the 110-240v notation) before buying a converter.
Emergency Services and Healthcare in London
- Call 112 or 999 for the emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) in London.
- Call 101 to report non-urgent crime to the police from within the UK.
The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK. NHS treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment except if they need emergency treatment while in the UK. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any medical expenses. If you come from a country that holds a UK healthcare agreement, you are entitled to free or reduced-cost medical treatment if needed immediately for a condition that started after your arrival in the UK.
If you are visiting from Europe, you need to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital. Without this you can be charged for treatment. Travel insurance is still advisable as it offers greater flexibility over where and how you're treated, and can cover expenses not paid for by the NHS.
Find out more on the Department of Health website.
London has five major airports in the metropolitan area: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted. Together, they make the busiest airport system in the world by passenger numbers and the second busiest by aircraft movements. The airports serve a total of 14 domestic destinations and 396 international destinations.
Plan your travel in and out of London and view the IADR airport resources.
The United Kingdom requires citizens of many foreign countries to obtain visas to enter the UK. If you are not a citizen and are intending to attend the 2018 IADR/PER General Session, please ensure that you obtain the correct visa to enter the country.
View Visa information for London and see if you need a Visa
London has many famous attractions such as The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster, known as the Big Ben, London’s Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. London was also the first city to host the Olympics three separate times (1908, 1948, 2012).