With so many things to see, London can feel like an overwhelming destination that definitely deserves more than a day. 2 days in London is great, but 3 days is the ideal length! You will have enough time to enjoy some of the best activities in town and also visit the nearby must see sights outside London!
INSIDR has put together the ultimate guide to London. Our tips and advice cover everything you need from guiding you from London airports to city center, where to stay, public transportation and activities, and even the best recommended itineraries to make your trip to London a smashing success!
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Tipping in London
London was once known as a culinary desert. If you were lucky, you could perhaps find yourself a halfway decent fish and chips. However, the city has recently undergone a culinary renaissance. During your trip to London, make sure to to try the traditional English breakfast, amazing street food scene and authentic Indian fare. However, to fully partake in these culinary pleasures, you’ll need to know the local tipping situation!
When eating at a restaurant in London, it’s customary to leave a 10 to 15% tip. Be careful though, as some establishments automatically add a 12.5% gratuity to the bill. This is especially true if you’re in a large group. Always check your bill to avoid paying twice!
When making calls during your time in London, you’ll have to use the +44 country code. If you’re dialing from an English number, there is no need to enter the country code. If you need to reach emergency services during your trip, dial 112 or 999. For non-urgent matters, you can reach the police by dialing 101 from anywhere within the UK.
SIM Card & Wifi in London
Vodafone, Three (3), O2 and Orange are the main mobile phone providers in the UK. While traveling in London, it’s probably easier to rent a local mobile or wifi hub to avoid excessive data charges. The INSIDR smartphone can also assist you with full high-speed 4G connectivity, a pocket travel Wifi hotspot, including local calls and texts. The best travel essential apps are also installed. Using the INSIDR smartphone, you will also get the most authentic and tailor made travel tips recommended by our local experts.
London Travel Pass
The easiest way to use public transportation in London is by purchasing an Oyster card. You can buy this smartcard online and top it up whenever you need to. The card costs £5, but is refunded if you return it. You can add as much, or as little, credit as you need so you only pay for what you use!
Post Box in London
Red post boxes can be seen all around the city. You’re sure to stumble across a number of these delightful free standing boxes while traveling around London. If you already have a stamped letter or card, simply drop it in the box. If you need to purchase postage, stop by one of the Post Offices around the city. Sending a postcard internationally generally costs between 70p and £2, depending on the destination.
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