London (United kingdom)

London is the capital of England. It is located at the shore of the Thames River and it is the largest city in Western Europe. Besides its lively nightlife, London is famous for a number of historical and modern buildings, comprehensive shopping opportunities and good follow-up connections around the world. London is also famous as an opera and musical capital, including the world's first Hard Rock Cafe, which is still in use. For sport fans the city offers the largest football stadium in England, and the world famous Wimbledon tennis area.

Population: 8,416,535
Beach : No
Mountain : No
Popular destination: Yes
Official language: English
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)
Electric plugs: G
Voltage: 120 V
Tipping in a restaurant: A service fee is often included. If it's not, in good service restaurants the expected tip is around 10%, otherwise, it isn't expected.
Time in destination: Nov 13, 2019, 2:15:57 PM

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Weather Forecast

Wed
13.11

Cloudy

46°F

Thu
14.11

Partly cloudy

45°F

Fri
15.11

Rain

45°F

Sat
16.11

Partly cloudy

46°F

Sun
17.11

Light rain showers

45°F

Mon
18.11

Rain

45°F

Tue
19.11

Partly cloudy

43°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

London's weather changes regularly. December and January are the months with the most rainy days. London has high daily temperatures during the summer, and in the winter temperatures fall below freezing. Rainfall is regular, occurring throughout the year, with July and August having the lowest rainfall.

The best months to visit from a weather perspective are March, April and May when spring brings London a happy medium in the weather. The next preference should be June, July and August, where you'll find comfortable summertime temperatures.

When it does rain, London still has a huge range of great indoor, and enclosed places to visit.

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 42.6 46.9 38.7 10
February 42.8 47.3 38.1 7
March 46.4 52.0 41.0 9
April 49.8 56.3 43.5 8
May 55.9 62.8 48.9 8
June 61.2 68.0 54.1 8
July 65.5 72.7 58.3 6
August 65.5 72.5 58.5 6
September 60.6 66.7 54.5 8
October 54.3 59.5 49.3 9
November 47.7 52.2 43.2 9
December 44.4 48.4 40.5 10

More information: London forecast and weather conditions monthly

Sights

London 10 most important sights:

Recommendation for one day:

  1. Visit the Tower of London, one of the city's most famous landmarks. The historic "Jewel House" houses the Crown Jewels.
  2. Across the river is The London Eye, offering breathtaking views of London. Much more than a ferris wheel, this rotating attraction offers 32 enclosed capsules for full, 360 degree views of historic London.
  3. Nearby is Big Ben, a tour will take you up 334 stone spiral steps to the top of the Elizabeth Tower, where you can hear the clock strike the hour; as well as seeing a spectacular view from 62 metres above London.
  4. Sign up for an Alternative London Tour to explore the culture, community and street art of London's vibrant East End. Or you can go for a Thames RIB Experience which has the fastest and most powerful fleet of high-speed RIBs on the River Thames.
  5. Cap off the evening at Brick Lane Music Hall, a great theatre and dining venue based in London's Docklands, offering a modern take on traditional music hall-style entertainment.

More information: London sights on map

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Accommodation Area

The recommended accommodation areas for London are:

Cheap area: Paddington

Central location: Marble Arch, Marylebone

Beach area: Broadstreet, Kent, Camber Sands

Nightlife: Bloomsbury, Soho

More information: Recommended districts of London on map

Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, London is an expensive destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $67.80, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $365.60, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $80.12
  • Hotel (3 stars): $116.21
  • Hotel (4 stars): $201.42
  • Hotel (5 stars): $402.84
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $12.83
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $21.81
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.63
  • Meal, McDonalds: $7.06
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $15.41

More information: London price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: London destination map

Safety

London has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 47.3 (a little weaker than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 67.1 (a little weaker than United states average 69.9)
  • Walking alone at night: 41.7 (a little better than United states average 40.8)

More information: London safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

More information: Car rental Europe