Everything You Need to Know Before Travelling to United Kingdom

Everything You Need to Know Before Travelling to United Kingdom

The country might be small but it holds a lot of history, fame and culture, don’t be surprised that the British accent changes every 16 miles. People who come over to the United Kingdom can find it hard to learn the quirks and idiosyncrasies and pronunciations, road rules and the drinking culture can be strange but its a lovely nation with lots of history to explore.

The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England is also the site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge and birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles.

Entry Requirements

Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It must be valid for the whole of your stay. More Information can be found at the UK Government website.

Passport Required Return Ticket Required Visa Required
The United States of America Yes No No
Canada Yes No No
British No No No
EU Yes No No
Other Countries Yes Yes Yes

Check if you need VISA to enter the United Kingdom

Safety and Security

Visiting the United Kingdom is fairly safe and really nothing to worry about. The United Kingdom benefits from low crime rates and very effective emergency services.

Visiting any public spaces, you will find a lot of CCTV cameras overlooking the public and if any crime did happen, you could easily report it to the police with no hassle and health care is free so no need to worry about injuring yourself.

Just use your common sense when visiting any country and respect the cultural and keep your belonging to yourself.

Best Time to visit the United Kingdom

London is most heavily touristed in the late spring and summer months when the weather is warm and kids are off school and during the December rush of shopping and seasonal activities. London can be visited at any time of year, as it has a mild climate and extreme weather is rare.

Northern Ireland has relatively warm temperatures, but wet and windy conditions. In the summer months expect the weather to be between 10°- 18°C. Temperatures are highest between June and August and pleasant in April and September.

England boasts the warmest temperatures in the United Kingdom with July and August being the hottest months. summers rarely get very hot and the winters don’t get very cold, expect the weather to be between 11°-20° degrees on average.

Wales weather is similar to Northern Ireland, In the summer months expect the weather to be between 10°C-17°C and 2°C-6°C during winter.

Scotland weather during June and August in the south of Scotland average between 11°-19°C and in the winter it’s between 1°C-7°C.

Language

The United Kingdom has a number of languages, English is woken everywhere as the main language, however, some parts of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Speak their own language: Welsh, Scottish and Irish. But don’t worry about learning the languages, English is spoken everywhere.

There are 11 indigenous languages spoken across the British Isles: 5 Celtic, 3 Germanic, and 3 Romance. Over 300 languages are currently spoken in London.

Travelling around the country

Travelling around the United Kingdom is fairly simple, just rent a car and you can go just about anywhere using the motorway to visit different cities and towns, London and Birmingham are only 2 and a half hours away, driving from the second city Birmingham to Scottish Capital Edinburgh will take you around 5 hours.

Britain’s National Rail network is one of the largest in the world and over 2,500 passenger railway stations on the National Rail Network not including the London underground, you can travel just about in the United Kingdom using the rail system. The Map below shows how far you can travel using the rail network.

Britain's National Rail network
Britain’s National Rail network ©Official National Rail Maps

Money

The currency in the United Kingdom is the Pound sterling (£) which can be withdrawn from all ATMs. The United Kingdom is a safe place when it comes to fraud, so don’t worry about using ATM’s that are not installed inside a bank, however, we would still highly recommend using the ATMs at banks.

Scotland and Nothern Ireland Have their own currency “Scottish Pound” and ” Northern Ireland Pound” you can spend Scottish & Irish money anywhere in the UK as it is a legal tender denominated and backed by sterling, the currency of bank of England.

Places to avoid

Lewisham in South-East London has the highest murder rate in the country, so I would highly recommend not going there at night.

West Yorkshire is the most dangerous place to live in England and Wales.

 

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Everything You Need to Know Before Travelling to United Kingdom
Everything You Need to Know Before Travelling to United Kingdom

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Bodleian Library In Oxford

Bodleian Library was established at the University of Oxford by Thomas de Cobham and is the main research library of the University, Bodleian Library is one of the oldest in Europe and second largest library in Britain, Bodleian Library is composed of five buildings, Bodleian Library archives were digitised for public access

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Reasons to visit London

London Reasons to visit

London is world renowned for its huge variety of restaurants, covering every nationality and culture from A to Z, London is filled with beautiful gardens, from royal gardens to small gardens tended to by volunteers. You can go to Buckingham Palace and see where the Queen lives. Great architecture, modern and historical living together side by side. A few of the World’s best museums and galleries are in London and nearly all of them are free!

London’s Cabbies have to go through a rigorous course called The Knowledge becoming a black cab driver which suggests they know London intimately and if you ask, they will even give you some sightseeing advice.

London’s skyline is as iconic as its own attractions and constantly changing with the most recent landmark being The Shard. South-bank on the coasts of the Thames is a superb place to spend a day, from the London Eye to the theatre, to galleries, it’s something for everyone. London’s West End is renowned for its fantastic range of top-class theatre plays and musical.

East London has a fantastic street art scene, take a tour and see a few of the ever-changing art. Be dazzled by the Crown Jewels and listen to stories from the Tower on tour made by the Yeoman Warders in the Tower of London. From gastropods to pubs that have been around for hundreds of years, if you do not visit a pub while in London, you are missing out on the local experience. Vintage garments, antiques, food, Bric-a-brac, fashion from up and coming designers: you name it, you will find it in London’s markets. London has many places to have fun, from the eclectic to the traditional.

London’s nightlife is not just about pubs and clubs, but we’ve great comedy clubs, music venues and rooftop lounges. There is plenty to do in the London part of it, like a Rib tour or a cruise to Greenwich where one can, in fact, Walk under it via a foot tunnel built by the Victorians and has been finished in 1902. Neighbourhood diversity, from pockets of luxury to multicultural areas, London is as varied as it gets.

Looking for Walk Tours in London? There are entire books with self-guided walking tours.

Here some of our favourite.

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Reasons to visit London the horse and groom pub
The horse and groom pub

The city’s pubs have always had heaps of atmosphere, food is now a major attraction too, using more than fifty Michelin starred restaurants along the largest selection of cuisines on the planet. The music, clubbing along gay along lesbian scenes are second to none, along mainstream arts are no less thrilling, with regular opportunities to catch outstanding theatre companies, dance troupes, exhibitions, and opera. London’s special atmosphere comes mainly from the life on its streets.

What is a holiday without shopping? For many visitors, this could be the number one thing to do. From the amazing London markets like Borough Market and Portobello Road to famous high-end shopping in Oxford Street, Bond Street, Kensington, and Knightsbridge, those towns have many to offer shoppers of all budgets. London is perfect for shopping.

London is a superb place to bring the family, from its historical heritage to its fantastic museums, there is something to keep them occupied for hours. From jazz clubs to the big names playing in the O2, to classical music at the Royal Albert Hall. If you are a music lover, you will find your favourites in London. London is full of icons, from the red London buses to Big Ben.

If you’re going to take in many of London attractions, the London Pass is probably worthwhile.

Visit the London City website where you can find a travel manual for London visitors. With top quality information, we’ll attempt to suggest best places to visit, such as London attractions, and what to do in the city and many other fascinating things. Section Tips is very helpful for first time London or UK visitors.

What is a holiday without shopping? For many visitors, this could be the number one thing to do. From the amazing London markets like Borough Market and Portobello Road to famous high-end shopping in Oxford Street, Bond Street, Kensington, and Knightsbridge, those towns have many to offer shoppers of all budgets.

The Dorchester hotel LondonWhere To Stay In London

Nearby places to stay as cheap as possible, budget under £100/$100/€100:

  • Church Street Hotel, the Spanish-American-style boutique hotel is in Camberwell, with easy access by bus to central London, 10 minutes’ walk from Denmark Hill Overground Station, and a 12-minute bus ride from Oval Tube Station. Southwark is a great choice for travellers interested in city walks, monuments and culture. Check Price
  • Astor Victoria Hostel offers accommodation in central London, There are both private and dormitory style rooms with bunk beds available. Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey are both 1 miles away from Astor Victoria, while Big Ben is a 25 -minute walks away. Check Price
  • Dockside Hotel is only a 2-minute walk from Shadwell Station. All of London’s highlights including Buckingham Palace, London Eye and the Olympic Stadium in Stratford City are half an hour travel, Tower Hamlets is a great choice for travellers interested in city trips, monuments and sightseeing. Check Price

Nearby places to stay at the mid-range prices, budget price of £200 – £400:

  • Hilton London Tower Bridge, In the heart of London, Hilton London Tower Bridge has a striking modern exterior and is located just a 5-minute walk from Tower Bridge and opposite The Shard. London Bridge Train Station is a 3-minute walk away and offers access to London’s attractions via the Northern and Jubilee Lines. Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena, and Westminster are all easily accessible. King’s Cross St Pancras Station can be reached in 15 minutes on the Northern Line. Shakespeare’s Globe is within a 10-minute walk. Check Price
  • The Rubens at the Palace offers accommodation ideally located in London, within a short distance of Buckingham Palace, St James’s Park and Westminster Abbey. Houses of Parliament is 0.7 miles from the apartment, while Big Ben is a 14-minute walk away. Check Price
  • The Curtain offers accommodation in London, 550 yards from Hoxton Square. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Brick Lane is 650 yards from The Curtain, while Sky Garden is 0.9 miles from the property. Check Price

Nearby luxury hotels, budget price over 400+:

  • Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London overlooks Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. Knightsbridge Tube Station is a 2-minute walk away. With 8 treatment rooms, the spa and wellness centre has a state-of-the-art gym and a 20 yards swimming pool. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is within a 5-minute walk of Sloane Street, Harrods, and Harvey Nichols. The Royal Albert Hall is 15 minutes’ stroll away and South Kensington’s famous museums are also nearby. Check Price
  • Claridge’s presents sophisticated 5-star luxury in the heart of Mayfair. Spacious, luxurious, and sumptuously furnished, each room at Claridge’s boasts a luxury marble bathroom and peaceful views of the courtyard. With its glass columns and juice bar, Claridge’s airy, modern gym is located on the 6th floor, while the luxurious treatment rooms offer relaxing spa and beauty therapies. Hyde Park is less than a 10-minute walk from Claridge’s, while the famous, bustling shops of Oxford Street and Bond Street are only 3 minutes’ walk away. Check Price
  • The Dorchester, Michelin-Starred restaurant and boutique bedrooms, The Dorchester features a landscaped terrace and famous tearooms. The exclusive hotel overlooks Hyde Park and is situated in prestigious Mayfair. The sumptuous 5-star rooms all feature an Italian-marble bathroom with fluffy bathrobes. All rooms also have scenic views over Hyde Park or the hotel’s terraces. Check Price

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REASONS TO VISIT LONDON

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Discovering London’s Street Food Markets

Discovering London’s Street Food Markets

Recently we discovered London’s street food markets, London is well known for its overpriced housing and luxury restaurants however the street food markets are buzzing full of people wanting quality food for only a small fee, most street foods are family owned and offer something you wouldn’t find anywhere else, with different cuisines from Chinese, Vietnamese to Indian and Levantine, London really is the cultural capital of Europe, especially when it comes to food.

We’ve tried and tasted all the Street Food Markets on this list but remember your taste buds might be different to ours however if you enjoy food, you will definitely enjoy our list.

Due to the nature of the street foods markets and vendors, they are usually pop-ups and relocated at short notice, however, we will provide you with all the information possible about each vendor, so you can try the delicious food for yourself.

Our Favourite Food Markets in London

Black Bear Burgers

Discovering London's Street Food Markets 10We start off with Black Bear Burgers one of the best and most established vendors on this list, Black Bear Burgers was created by Liz and Stew, Wife and Husband, In 2016. After spending two years in Whistler, Canada they decided to come back home to England and moved to London, they set up a street food stall which focused on quality Beef Burgers, they now run a successful business with customers coming all around London to taste their quality Burgers.

They are based in Boxpark Shoreditch, shipping container complex next to the Overground station. you can find other vendors around the Container Complex, however, we highly recommend trying Black Bear Burgers.

Opening Hours

Tuesday’s to Saturday’s 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sunday’s to Monday’s 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

You might find Black Bear Burgers around the city doing occasional events, always keep an eye out. 

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Shrimp Up Your Life

Discovering London's Street Food Markets 11

Shrimp up Your Life began in 2013 and slowly spread across London, specialling in Seafood they bring the Scandinavian and British Flavours together to really give you a wonderful experience, its what they call a “Seafood Journey”. Shrimp up your life shows you how good tasting food can be healthy and versatile.

Opening Hours

South Bank Centre Food Market
Friday & Saturday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Broadway Market
Saturday 10:30 PM – 6:30 PM

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Nazari Food

Discovering London's Street Food Markets 12

Nazari began in 2016 when they completed their 1974 Peugeot J7 Van and caterer for special occasions such as private parties, weddings, and street food at KERB Camden Market, they even have their own premium quality organic single variety olive oil, made in Granada, Andalucia. Nazari offers the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food.

 

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The Cheeky Indian

The Cheeky Indian
The Cheeky Indian

The Cheeky Indian is a creation of Ash, Who spent a day a week at Jamie Olivers Barbecoa Restaurant, gaining experience and later was offered a position running and a managing street food concept for the Restaurant, after a full years, Ash decided to start up the Cheeky Indian, cooking traditional Indian food with a unique style.

Opening Hours and Location

ST KATHERINE DOCKS
Every Friday 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
FLEET PLACE
Every Tuesday 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
PATERNOSTER SQ
Last Tuesday of the Month 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
VENN STREET MARKET
Every other Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

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LemLem Kitchen

LemLem Kitchen london
LemLem Kitchen london

LemLem Kitchen is inspired by the culture and favours of Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea, the city is well known for its unique blend of Italian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, the LemLem Kitchen brings a new type of food style and culture to London, which can be enjoyed by everyone, you can find the restaurant at Netil Market and try out the modern and classic African food. highly recommended to try the Afro- Tacos with Fries, you be wanting seconds.

Opening Hours

Saturday  12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location

Address: 13 – 23 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL

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Evolution of London Piccadilly Circus

Evolution of London Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus built in 1819, is a road junction and a public space connecting the Regent Street with Piccadilly, you can find a world-famous statue of Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, which is used as a popular meeting point and a beautiful location used to take photographs.

Piccadilly Cirus is surrounded by major tourists attractions, including the London Pavilion, Criterion Theatre and the Shaftesbury Memorial as well as a number of Bars and Restaurants located nearby.

over the years the Piccadilly Circus changed as new eras begun a new age of motor transport took over and the roads of Piccadilly Circus changed later becoming a popular tourist location as advertisement boards started to appear and later becoming digital boards that are popular with tourists wanting to take photographs.

How Piccadilly Circus Changed over the years: 1900 – 1953

Evolution of London Piccadilly Circus
Evolution of London Piccadilly Circus

How Piccadilly Circus Changed over the years: 1983 – 2018

Evolution of London Piccadilly Circus
Evolution of London Piccadilly Circus

How to get there

Address: Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7ET

  • By Bus: Piccadilly Circus via bus routes 12, 453, 94, 3, 12, 88, 159, N3, N109 and N136.
  • By Train: The nearest station is Charing Cross, which is an 11-minute walk away.
  • By Tube: Piccadilly Circus can be accessed via the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines.
  • By Car: the nearest car parks are located on Arlington Street and Brewer Street.

 

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