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THE MOST COMPLETE LONDON TRAVEL GUIDE

It is a beautiful city and has also been my home since 2013.

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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I am going to give you so many options you will need to plan to stay here at least for a month, so let's start it...

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Valentina's Travel Guide
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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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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 fulfill 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. 

London offers anything for anyone, culture, history, and museums. Night clubs open every day of the week, restaurants that serve 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 every season, but I highly advise avoiding the winter months. It can be rainy and windy every day (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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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 favorite times of the year.

 

 London is beautiful during Christmas, so I advise you to visit it in the second half of November when all the Christmas markets are already open.  

Keep in mind that London gets very cold, rainy, and windy in the second half of December.

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.

LONDON BASICS KNOWLEDGE

HOW TO MOVE AROUND LONDON

BY WALK:

I think walking is always the best option for visiting a city. I advise you to get a map, divide all the city's areas, and explore a different area every day.

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 favorite way to see buildings and take pictures.

BY TUBE:

London's underground line is vast and 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 go to a different area; otherwise, the bus is the most scenic option for tourists.

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PRACTICAL TIPS TO VISIT LONDON

LONDON ACCOMMODATION GUIDE