Basic Information: London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. The currency is the Pound Sterling (£/GBP).
Weather: London's weather is mostly unpredictable so be sure to bring both an umbrella and sunglasses. The last few years have seen snowfall in the months of November, December, January or February though this is usually only for a week or so. Typical temperatures for Winter are between 2-6C with the highest rainfall in November. Spring and Autumn usually sees temperatures between 11-15C and evenings are lighter for longer. Summer can be very pleasant with temperatures averaging 18C and the last few years have seen London and surrounding areas basking in sunshine as heatwaves have taken temperatures into the 30s.
Clothing: In the summer months it is advisable to come prepared for rain and sunshine so umbrellas and sunglasses are a must! The evenings can get cool so cardigans and jackets are a good idea.
Transport: Getting around London is easy and exploring on foot is one of the best ways to see a lot of sights. The Tube is underground and a great way to visit different areas of London. The nearest Tube stations to Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus or St. James are: Leicester Square tube station, Piccadilly Circus tube station or Green Park tube station. Buses For all transport links around London, you must buy your ticket before boarding.
Complete your London experience with a journey in an iconic black cab. These can be hailed on the street if the yellow light is illuminated meaning they are available and fares are metered starting at £2.40 There is no obligation to tip a black cab though it is normal to round the fare up to the nearest pound.
Accessibility: All London transport has various facilities and services for older and disabled travellers to be able to complete their journeys. Please click here for more information on the Transport For London website.
Local Laws: The legal age for consuming alcohol in the UK is 18 years of age, however you may be asked for proof of age if you look younger than 25. Smoking is banned in all public areas and it is illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 18.
Staying Connected: It is easy to stay connected in London with a lot of internet cafes or wi-fi enabled venues. Most London accommodation is also well connected and if you have your own internet enabled device you will find a lot of places also offer free wi-fi connection.
Money: There are numerous bureaux de change facilities in London such as Change Group and American Express Travel. The Post Office can also change your money for you as can airports and major train stations. Different rates are offered at different places and do not forget to ask how much commission they charge.
Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere and cash points can be found throughout London