London – Important Information

At a Glance

Local Currency

 British Pound (£)

Local Time 

GMT +1

Official Language

English 

Visa Information

UK Visa

Power

In England the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Local Weather

The summers in London are short and partly cloudy and the winters tend to be very long and cold with a lot of rain. The typical temperature ranges from 39°F to 74°F.

Tourism Website

Time Out London

Visit London

Funzing

Health Information

Vaccinations

Recommended Vaccines for London

Health Tips

Health Tips for London

Hospitals

London Bridge Hospital

The Royal London Hospital

The Lambeth Hospital

Family Services

Babysitting Services

Snuggles

Rockmybaby

Sitters.co.uk

Baby Gear Rentals

Tiny Tots Rentals

Airtots

The London Baby Equipment Hire Company

Transportation

Car Seat Laws

The law requires all children traveling in the front or rear seat of any car to use the correct child car seat until they are either 135 cm in height or 12 years old (whichever they reach first). After this, they must use an adult seat belt.

Transportation Services

Taxis can be expensive, but are a very useful way to navigate London. The London Underground (the “Tube”) runs throughout the city connecting the most remote areas to the most popular ones. And of course you have to ride on a double decker bus for the London experience. For more information on London transportation, visit this link.

Local Airlines

If you are looking for local airlines for domestic travel, some options are British Airways, Eastern Airways, Easyjet, and Jet2.

Emergency Services

Police

999

Fire Department

999

Ambulance

999

Other Things To Know

Tipping Customs

It is customary to leave a tip of 10-15% of the bill when eating out. However, restaurants often add on a service charge (usually 12.5%), especially if you’re in a large group, so it’s worth checking your bill if you don’t want to tip twice.

Important Holidays

London Public Holidays

Safety Issues

London is a very safe place but as with any big city, it’s worth taking sensible precautions. Never leave your bag unattended, and report any unattended bags or items in public places. Try to avoid walking alone at night and keep to well-lit main roads. 

Families Love Travel is not liable for any injuries and/or damages to persons or property occurring as a result of your vacations influenced by the suggestions on this website. We are not responsible for any information given on this website, such as recommendations for babysitting services, car rentals, or accommodations. All content provided is for informational and review purposes only. The information we provide is meant to make it easier for families to travel together and nothing more. Try the suggestions at your own risk. 

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