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The Most Complete Guide of London

I have been lucky enough to call it home since 2013.

It is a beautiful city that offers everything to anyone willing to work hard and earn it.

I wrote many posts about London, and I am keeping adding new ones very often because this city has got so much to offer, that the things to do are infinite. 

 

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London is a city you will love so much that you will go back for a second time, to explore more. It's so big you would need to move here to see it all.

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The most complete guide of London

Its New Year's Eve fireworks are shown in every country, making almost anyone wish to visit London at least once in a lifetime.

London is, unfortunately, one of the most expensive cities in the world but I am ready to share with you all the tips and tricks I learnt to make the most of it, without breaking the bank.

There is absolutely everything here to fulfil all your demands.

A city where more than 250 languages are spoken, it's famous worldwide for the Palace of Westminster, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, the London eye, many Art Galleries and Big Ben. 

It offers anything for anyone, culture, history, museums. Night clubs open every day of the week, restaurants that serve any food from all over the world, festivals, the best concerts, and boat parties along the Thames.

So here I am, with everything I know about this beautiful city, to help you make your next travel to London unforgettable.

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When to Visit London

London is beautiful in every season, but I highly advise you to avoid the winter months. It can be rainy and windy for more than two weeks in a row (it is winter after all).


The best months are from April to October when temperatures go from chill to warm, with many days of sun.

This is the perfect weather to walk exploring the Capital.

During July and August, your holiday will be more expensive, and the temperature can rise up to 35°c degrees/95 F (the underground becomes hotter than an oven during those weeks) so keep that in mind.

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The most complete guide of London
The most complete guide of London
The most complete guide of London
The most complete guide of London

Christmas in London

London at Christmas 

The Christmas spirit in London starts in November, with all the streets, shops, hotels, pubs and restaurants fully decorated.

 

There is also the Winter Wonderland Theme Park in Hyde Park, with ice skating shows, an ice skating ring, and German stalls with live music, food and Christmas gifts.

This is one of my favourite periods of the year.

 

 London is beautiful during Christmas but can be very cold in the second half of December, so the second half of November is the perfect period to visit it as soon as they open the Christmas markets.

What is the currency in London?

The currency in London is the Sterling or as the English call it, the pound.

      

What language is spoken in London?

the primary language spoken is English but there are more than 250 languages spoken n the city.

Is easy to use credit cards and find ATMs in London?

ATMs and card payments are available almost everywhere, only in some market stalls cash is required sometimes.

Which plugs and voltage are used in London?

The associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern.

 

The United Kingdom operates on a 230V supply voltage, and 50HzI recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.

Is London a safe city?

London is a very big capital so I recommend you to always keep your guard up. The city centre is pretty safe but like in every tourist area I advise carrying an antitheft purse or backpack


Is London expensive?

There are plenty of coffee shops, pubs and cheap restaurants where to eat. A meal with a soft drink can cost you between £6 to £20.

Is easy to find wifi in London? 

Wifi is available in almost every bar/pub/coffee shop, restaurant, hotel, and inside the underground stations.


What is the London time zone? 

London is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) only during the winter months. The GMT time zone has the same hour offset (GMT+0) as the Western European Standard Time Zone. When Daylight Saving Time starts, London and the whole of the UK are on British Summer Time (BST), which is GMT+1.

IMPORTANT BASICS KNOWLEDGE

How to Move Around London

By Walk:

I think walking is always the best option to visit a city. I advise you to get a map and divide all the areas of the city and explore every day a different area.

By Bus:

Buses in London are very efficient, and they have an upper deck where you can sit in the front and see the streets from a higher level. It was my mom's favourite way to see buildings and take pictures.

By Tube:

London underground line is very vast and it connects every area of the city.

You can travel around using the same Oyster card you use for the buses. I suggest you take the Tube only if you have to be fast and have to go to a further area, otherwise for tourists the bus is the most scenic option.

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