London

London, United Kingdom
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Climate & Best time to visit London

Climate in London:

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Best time to visit London:

Spring (March to May):

  • Spring brings milder temperatures ranging from 8-15°C (46-59°F) on average.
  • It's a beautiful time when flowers bloom, and landscapes are vibrant. Cities like London and historic sites are less crowded, and outdoor activities become more popular.

Summer (June to August):

  • Summers are generally mild to warm, with temperatures between 15-25°C (59-77°F) on average.
  • It's the peak tourist season due to pleasant weather. It's ideal for exploring outdoor attractions, gardens, and the countryside.

Fall / Autumn (September to November):

  • Autumn sees temperatures gradually cooling from 10-15°C (50-59°F).
  • It's a lovely time to witness the changing colors of foliage in parks and rural areas. It's less crowded than summer, and attractions remain open.

Winter (December to February):

  • Winters are cool, with temperatures ranging from 2-7°C (36-45°F) on average.
  • It's a quieter time for tourism, but cities like London offer festive atmospheres during the holiday season. Coastal areas and countryside landscapes offer a serene retreat.

Transportation

London has one of the best public transportation networks in the world. Getting around is incredibly easy using the vast rail network, buses and trams.
The recommended way to travel is using pay-as-you-go. There is a daily cap on the fare, so don't worry if you have numerous trips ahead of you. You can use an Oyster card or Contactless payment.
We suggest that you check out the Transport For London official website. There you will find maps of all the transportation networks, as well as all the information you will need on  fares, any ongoing delays, etc.
 
Alternatively, you may opt for a private car service. Taxis, like the iconic black cabs, are widespread and can be called using Gett - the official black cab app. Ride hailing service like Uber or Bolt are also widely available.

Money & Prices

Currency in United Kingdom:

Pound sterling (GBP)

How expensive is a trip to London?

Eating out:
Simple meal:
20.29 USD
Fast food meal:
10.61 USD
Mid-range meal:
43.62 USD
Bottle of water:
1.08 USD
Soft drink:
2.54 USD
Cappuccino:
4.76 USD
Local Beer:
8.50 USD
Transportation:
Public transport - one way ticket:
4.06 USD
Taxi - 1km:
2.68 USD
Accommodation:
Refer to the Hotels section for the most up-to-date accommodation prices.
* Prices are approximate. Make sure to check the latest exchange rates when planning your trip.

Cash vs Card, Tipping

Cards are the most widespread method of payment. Most establishments don't even accept cash, so be sure to take that into account.
 
It is customary to leave 10 to 15% of the bill when eating out. However, restaurants often include a service charge, so it's worth checking your bill if you don't want to tip twice.

General information

United Kingdom general information:

Electricity:
Voltage: 230 V, Frequency: 50 Hz
Sockets:
  • Type G (British/Irish 3-pin)

Visa & Travel Requirements

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