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    London: Big Ben, the Queen and pop culture

    London has never been an English city. It is, and always has been, an international hub trading not only in goods but in ideas and culture too. The result is an urban environment of extraordinary richness and diversity, where over 300 languages are spoken and the aroma of global cuisines fill the city’s dense alleys.

    Spiralling out organically from its tight-knit Roman core, this immense metropolitan heavyweight is immersed in history and tradition and yet still there is enough innovation and evolution, from the Olympic Park to countless new glittering skyscrapers, to put a crackle in the air.


    24 hours in London

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    The following tips and addresses can be downloaded as an iCalendar file (.ics) and imported into any of the usual calendar programs – experience London for yourself!

    09:00 a.m.: Original English Breakfast

    Carlos Place
    W1K 2AL
    Tel. +44-20/74 99 70 70
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    We spent the night at the Connaught. It shed its dusty image and got a complete makeover a couple of years back and is now one of the most appealing five-star hostelries in town. After indulging in a hearty, original English breakfast – what else? – we walk the few steps across to Burlington House, the home of the Royal Academy of Arts near Piccadilly Circus.

    10:00 a.m.: Arts most royal

    Burlington House
    W1J 0BD
    Tel. +44-20/73 00 80 00
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    The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) contains some of the best galleries in London. The most important works in its permanent collection of British art can be found in the refurbished John Madejski Fine Rooms. The forecourt in front of the academy is well worth a visit in its own right, to say nothing of the changing exhibitions.

    01:00 p.m.: Lunch at The Wolseley

    160 Piccadilly
    W1J 9EB
    Tel. +44-20/74 99 69 96
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    Art certainly whets the appetite. Luckily, the Wolseley is just around the corner and serves a wide range of dishes from breakfast to dinner. Lunch and dinner there are in the tradition of European coffee houses; in fact, this upmarket brasserie serves probably the best wiener schnitzel in the city.

    03:00 p.m.: Browsing and Bemused

    86 Golborne Road
    W10 5PS
    Tel. +44-20/89 60 37 36
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    London has an almost bewildering array of unusual shops. There’s always something new opening somewhere, then disappearing again – or popping up in another place with a different concept. The Kokon To Zai displays avant-garde fashions alongside pieces straight out of a Victorian chamber of horrors.

    04:00 p.m.: A Stroll Through Portobello Market

    288 Portobello Road
    W10 5TA

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    As we’re already in a browsing mood, we take in Portobello Market, too. Visitors to London’s most atmospheric market can look forward to happening upon anything from books to antiques, food, streetwear fashions and typically British bric-à-brac.

    07:00 p.m.: Savoring Gordon Ramsey’s hospitality …

    127-129 Parkway
    NW1 7PS
    Tel. +44-20/75 92 12 27
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    For dinner, we drive to the York & Albany, chef Gordon Ramsey’s elegant gastro pub between Regent’s Park and Camden Town, to claim our reserved table. The open show kitchen dishes up such delicacies as roast English veal with mangold, artichokes, lemon and capers, as well as fried cod, crustacean cassoulet and cherry tomato sauce.

    07:00 p.m.: … or to a night café

    18 Shacklewell Lane
    E8 2EZ
    Tel. +44-20/31 74 07 44
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    Time is no object for those without a table reservation at the York & Albany, so this is a good opportunity to pay a visit to the Late Night Chameleon Café in Dalston. The name is deceptive: book ahead and you are welcome to browse for hours at the mini department store, which sells clothes, music, books and design.

    10:00 p.m.: Another bite to eat

    159 Brick Lane
    E1 6SB
    Tel. +44-20/77 29 06 16
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    After that, it’s time for a small bite to eat at the Brick Lane Beigel Bake. The main attractions at this 24/7 bakery with its trademark rough Cockney charm are the salt beef and the entertaining mix of patrons.

    11:00 p.m.: Nightcap at Scott’s

    20 Mount Street
    W1K 2HE
    Tel. +44-20/74 95 73 09
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    Time for a nightcap at Scott’s before heading back to the hotel? This high society restaurant and oyster bar is done out in grandiose Art Deco and serves reasonably priced cocktails and fantastic fish and chips.

    These tips and addresses can be downloaded as an iCalendar file (.ics) and imported into any of the usual calendar programs – experience London for yourself!


    Top 10 sights in London

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    The Millennium Bridge, for pedestrians only, connects the southern bank of the Thames with the City of London; here the view of St. Paul’s Cathedral from the Tate Modern

    British Museum

    Great Russell Street
    WC1B 3DG
    Tel: +44-20/73 23 82 99
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thu 1000-1730
    Fri until 2030

    Five million visitors pass through the doors of the British Museum each year to goggle its vast collection of antiquities, art and sculpture.

    Tower of London

    Tower Hill
    EC3N 4AB
    Tel: +44-844/482 77 77
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    Opening times:

    1 March – 31 October:
    Tue-Sat 0900-1730
    Sun-Mon 1000-1730

    1 November – 28 February:
    Tue-Sat 0900-1630
    Sun-Mon 1000-1630

    London’s most famous landmark is imbued with legend and superstition. Yeoman Warders offer free tours of its masterful architectural design, glittering royal jewel collection and spooky dungeons.

    The South Bank

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    A roll call of riverside attractions line the south bank of the river Thames, starting with the London Eye, then snaking past the cultural complex of the Southbank Centre and the British Film Institute, before ending at the Tate Modern at the foot of the Millennium Bridge.

    National Portrait Gallery

    St Martin’s Place
    WC2H 0HE
    Tel: +44-20/73 06 00 55
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Mon 1000-1800
    Thu-Fri 1000-2100

    Come face to face with London’s princes, politicians, scientists and celebrities at this wonderfully intimate gallery.

    British Library

    96 Euston Road
    NW1 2DB
    Tel: +44-843/208 11 44
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu 0930-2000
    Fri 0930-1800
    Sat 0930-1700
    Sun 1100-1700

    London’s historic library hosts excellent exhibitions and events and is the repository of rare and wonderful manuscripts including a 15th-century Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio and the Beatles’ earliest handwritten lyrics.

    Royal Observatory

    Blackheath Avenue
    SE10 8XJ
    Tel: +44-20/88 58 44 22
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Part of the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory overlooks Greenwich Park. Down its centre, the Prime Meridian cleaves the world in two while the state-of-the-art Peter Harrison Planetarium projects far-off galaxies onto its rounded roof.

    Hyde Park

    W2 2UH
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0530-0000

    Henry VIII confiscated Hyde Park from the Church in 1536 to use as his personal hunting ground. Since then it’s served Londoners well for duels, executions, horse races and picnics. It’s separated from Kensington Gardens by the Serpentine, which you can paddle along.

    Tate Modern

    SE1 9TG
    Tel: +44-20/78 87 88 88
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Housed in the belly of an old power station is London’s most sexy (and popular) contemporary art gallery with a collection of some 60,000 works of art on constant rotation.

    St Paul’s Cathedral

    St Paul’s Churchyard
    EC4M 8AD
    Tel: +44-20/72 46 83 50
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0830-1630

    Christopher Wren’s mighty white dome still defines the London skyline. Climb its 528 steps for one of the best 360-degree views of the city.

    Kew Gardens

    Royal Botanic Gardens
    TW9 3AE
    Tel: +44-20/83 32 56 55
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1800

    Escape to London’s tropical hothouse, the 700-glass-panel Palm House in Kew Gardens. Aside from an aerial walkway there’s a palace and 121 hectares (300 acres) of garden to explore.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each country is proud of its traditions – there are even four national soccer teams here – so make sure you don’t refer to all of the islands’ inhabitants as “English”!

    The British have a unique cultural history: They have the oldest democracy in modern times, produced some of the foremost European writers, have a past as a colonial power and, last but not least, their royal family. They are also world famous for their particular form of humor even if it is not fully understood or appreciated everywhere. To this day, the islands’ inhabitants indulge in the luxury of occasionally affecting eccentricity – and politically, too, they go their own way, as evidenced by their departure from the EU (Brexit).

    Not just politically, but also economically and culturally, London, the capital, is the country’s epicenter. For true wilderness, visit the rugged Scottish Highlands, which are snow-covered on the higher slopes and often inaccessible. Art-loving Edinburgh is a dream city, and hikers and whiskey fans feel the pull of the Hebrides. Visitors to Wales flock to dynamic Cardiff and the industrial city of Swansea in the south and to the rugged rocky slopes of Snowdonia in the north. The progressive and vibrant city of Belfast lies on the other side of the Irish Sea, Northern Ireland.


    The British landscape can be divided into two kinds of terrain – highlands in the north and lowlands in the south. The highland areas are found in Wales and parts of the midlands and the north, and the highest mountain is Scotland’s Ben Nevis (1343 meters). The Scottish highlands boast unique and for the most part deserted landscapes with fjords, lakes (lochs) and moorlands.

    The Lake District in the northwest of England is famous for its beautiful lakes and fells. The lowlands consist of sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and vast, pleasant river landscapes. In the southeast, the North and South Downs extend down to the famous white cliffs of Dover.

    Sandy beaches and rugged cliffs are the main features on the Scottish east coast, while further south, rocks, shale, dunes and sandy beaches dominate the coastline.

    The Channel Islands – Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney off the coast of Normandy – also belong to Great Britain.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 66,02 millions (estimate 2017)

    Capital: London.


    English. Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland.


    Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Good Friday: 10 April 2020
    Early May Bank Holiday: 4 May 2020
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May 2020
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2020
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2020


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2021
    Good Friday: 2 April 2021
    Early May Bank Holiday: 4 May 2021
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May 2021
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2021
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2021

    All information subject to change.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    London has an excellent public transport system managed by Transport for London (tel: +44-343/222 12 34; The integrated ticketing system operates via a prepaid smart card (the Oyster Card) and covers the tube, overground trains and buses. Oyster cards are available to purchase at any Underground station and ca n be prepaid for pay-as-you-go travel, daily or weekly passes. Paper tickets still exist but fares are more expensive.


    Black cabs ( are available to hire when their yellow sign is lit; just hold out your arm to hail one.


    Nightlife in London


    From West End blockbusters to fringe theatre, avant-garde gigs, opera, comedy and live music, London offers a fabulous after-dark schedule.

    While a night out at the theatre is one of the capital’s highlights, there are plenty of exciting alternatives that are equally compelling and easier on the wallet.

    The National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London SE1 9PX
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    Thoughtful and innovative theatre is performed in this iconic complex on the South Bank.

    Royal Albert Hall

    Kensington Gore
    London SW7 2AP
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    Home of the Proms and London’s most famous classical music venue.


    1a Camden High Street
    London NW1 7JE
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    Everyone from the Sex Pistols to Madonna has played at this legendary live music venue.

    Opera Holland Park

    Stable Yard, Holland Park
    London W8 6LU
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    Enjoy opera and picnic in the park at this quintessential English event.


    Chalk Farm Road
    London NW1 8EH
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    Great gigs and brilliant performances of anything from comedy to circus acts.


    Restaurants in London


    From Afghan and Indian to French, Korean and Ethiopian, the world is quite literally your oyster when dining out in London’s cosmopolitan array of restaurants.

    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

    Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
    66 Knightsbridge,
    London SW1X 7LA
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    Price level: Luxurious

    Heston Blumenthal runs five restaurants with a total of six Michelin stars. A pioneer of molecular cuisine, he regards dining as a multisensory affair, a feast for eyes, nose and ears, so to speak. At this eatery close to Hyde Park, the special style of food preparation and presentation, flavor and feel are mutually complementary and make for an unforgettable culinary experience. A table reservation is an absolute must.


    66-70 Brewer Street
    W1F 9UP London
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    Price: Moderate

    London’s finest fish and chips are served up by celebrity chef Mark Hix’s whose eponymous restaurant is kitted out with contemporary British artworks.

    St John

    26 St John Street
    EC1M 4AY London
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    Price: Moderate

    Discover London’s culinary heritage with St John’s signature bone-marrow salad.

    M Manze

    87 Tower Bridge Road
    SE1 4TW London
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    Price: Budget

    See how Londoners ate before the city gentrified at this classic Pie & Mash palace.


    83-89 Fieldgate Street
    E1 1JU London
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    Price: Budget

    Join the queue at this Punjabi restaurant to sample London’s finest masala and kebabs.


    Calendar of events

    Virgin Money London Marathon

    April 26, 2020

    Venue: Through the streets of London

    The mighty London Marathon is one of the world’s greatest road races. Starting in Greenwich, runners make their way through Charlton and Woolwich before crossing the River Thames at historic Tower Bridge, looping through the east end of London, past the towering sleek form of Canary Wharf in Docklands, and then heading west to Embankment, Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and the final stretch to the finish line on The Mall by Buckingham Palace.

    Queen's Birthday Parade - Trooping the Colour

    June 13, 2020

    Venue: Horse Guards’ Parade

    Troops of the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) perform the ceremony of Trooping the Colour each year in honour of the Queen’s official birthday. Although Queen Elizabeth II was born in April, Trooping the Colour is held in June in the hope of good weather. Traditionally, the regiment’s colours (two flags or banners) were paraded before its own troops so that soldiers would recognise and rally to them in battle. This tradition continues, nowadays for the benefit of the Queen who then receives a royal salute.

    Wimbledon Tennis Championships

    June 29 – July 12, 2020

    Venue: All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon

    The world’s tennis greats flock to the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon every June to battle it out in the famous championship, that is almost as famous for the frequent wet weather, Henman Hill (or Murray Mount), strawberries and cream on the lawn and a good helping of royal faces, than it is the tennis. Today, the event has grown to major proportions with over 500,000 visitors, and a worldwide TV audience of millions.

    Totally Thames Festival

    September 2020

    Venue: South Bank and riverside locations

    The annual Mayor’s Thames Festival offers a spectacular weekend of free events celebrating London and its river. It’s one of London’s biggest and best free outdoor arts festivals; expect riverside market stalls and street entertainers and much more, culminating in a fabulous Night Carnival on Sunday evening along Victoria Embankment featuring an illuminated procession of lanterns, costumes and floats.

    BFI London Film Festival

    October 7 – 18, 2020

    Venue: National Film Theatre and other cinemas around London

    The BFI London Film Festival is one of the country’s largest film events. The packed and varied programme shows films from across the world, and screenings take place in many great London film venues, including the South Bank Centre and the Empire and Odeon cinemas in Leicester Square. As well as feature films, there are documentaries, shorts, animations and video installations. The festival also includes galas, talks from famous directors and actors, and movie workshops.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in London


    From grand historic hotels to budget boutique digs and hostels, London has a plethora of hotels from which to choose.

    The best are booked early, particularly during the summer and at Christmas.


    33 Roland Gardens
    SW7 3PF London
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    Category: Luxurious

    Four-poster beds, luxe velvet fabrics and gleaming antiques are the hallmarks of Anouska Hempel’s design hotel.

    Shangri-La Hotel The Shard

    32 London Bridge Street
    London SE1 9SG
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    Category: Luxurious

    The Shard is one of the spectacular new structures on the Thames and located near London Bridge. The 202 hotel rooms of the Shangri-La occupy levels 34 to 52. It’s hard to say which is more imposing, the opulent ambience or the breathtaking views. The exclusive Gông champagne lounge on level 52 also belongs to the hotel, but you don’t have to be a guest to be welcome there.

    The Sumner

    54 Upper Berkeley Street
    W1H 7QR London
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    Category: Moderate

    Boutique hotel comforts within a stone’s throw of Hyde Park and Oxford Street.

    Qbic Hotel

    42 Adler Street
    London E1 1EE
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    Category: Moderate

    This design hotel in London’s East End places the emphasis on sustainability and a sophisticated decor and color concept. The key features of its spacious rooms are handcrafted mattresses, rain showers and other smart accessories that make your stay a truly enjoyable one. An added bonus is the hotel’s central location in the new nightlife district Shoreditch.

    Twenty Nevern Square

    Nevern Square 20
    London SW5 9PD
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    Category: Budget

    This boutique hotel in a restored town house on green Nevern Square in Kensington is ideal for guests looking for a quieter experience. The Tube and Earl’s Court exhibition center are just a few minutes’ walk away. The hotel also has a technically up-to-the-minute conference room for up to 25.


    The best speakeasies in London

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    Hidden away behind fridges and bookshelves, speakeasies in the style of the U.S. Prohibition era are a hit on the London nightlife scene.

    Evans & Peel Detective Agency

    310c Earl’s Court Road
    SW5 9BA
    Tel. +44-20-73 73 35 73
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    “What brought you here today?” Only the victims of a (fictitious) crime are shown into the backroom sanctum of the private detective’s office, where mini burgers and classic cocktails are served, while their case is discussed at length. This place is an absolute must for crime fiction aficionados and Sherlock Holmes fans.

    Cellar Door

    Zero Aldwych
    Covent Garden
    WC2E 7DN
    Tel. +44-20-72 40 88 48
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    A bright pink neon arrow points the way down to this tiny bar, occupying what used to be public conveniences. At this ‘90s version of a speakeasy, open every night, guests can sip cocktails with fanciful names like “ Never trust a flamingo ” and take a pinch of snuff as they sit back and enjoy live music and burlesque acts on stage.

    Experimental Cocktail Club

    13A Gerrard Street
    W1D 5PS
    Tel. +44-20-74 34 35 59
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    In London’s most exclusive speakeasy, there’s a female ’20s-style Boy George lookalike barkeeper who mixes tinctures from small bottles to create titivating cocktails. Take the Saint-Germain-des-Prés, for instance, incredibly hot and yet with a refreshing cucumber taste. Be warned, though: A little persuasion is required to get past the rather severe lady on the door.

    The Worship Street Whistling Shop

    63 Worship Street
    EC2A 2DU
    Tel. +44-20-72 47 00 15
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    Comparatively easy to locate, this bar modeled on the British gin palaces of yore has a beguiling menu of exquisite spirits and original drinks – including a rum cocktail spiked with absinthe. Cozy: the library setting.


    Chelsea, Chelsea Cloisters
    Sloane Avenue
    SW3 3DW
    Tel. +44-20-75 81 33 55
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    The living room among speakeasies. Tucked away behind a door plastered with comics in the hotel lobby, this plushy red, zanily decorated railway compartment of a bar attracts a classy style of patron (suits and little dresses). But looks can be deceptive, and they certainly know how to party here! Definitely book ahead!

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    Climate and best time to visit London

    Summer is peak season, offering long days, mild weather and plenty of festivals including the Trooping of the Colour, Wimbledon, London Pride and the Notting Hill Carnival. Crowds peak in July and August, tailing off as kids get back to school. Spring and autumn are cooler, but offer their own draws with the Chelsea Flower Show in May and start of many major art shows, exhibits, opera and theatre programmes in September. Winter is grey, rainy and can be cold, although Christmas lights and heaps of festive spirit cheer up December.

    Climate & best time to visit United Kingdom

    Temperate climate, damp and warm in the summer, wet and cool in the winter. Due to its island location, the United Kingdom has extremely changeable weather. A great deal of rain falls on the west coast and on high ground, and it’s colder and windier on the north coast. The southeast is sunnier than the north and has less rain. The southwestern part of the country has the mildest climate.

    The best time to visit is high summer although even then, relatively low temperatures and rain are always a possibility, especially in the northern regions. Southern England’s seaside resorts are at their best in July and August.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Country code: +44

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.


    Shopping in London

    Key Areas

    High-end stores and global brands concentrate in Knightsbridge and Mayfair, while popular chains and franchises sit along Oxford Street, Regent Street and King’s Road, culminating in the shopping epicentre of Covent Garden. Hampstead and Notting Hill are known for their lovely independent boutiques while avant-garde designers populate Clerkenwell and Shoreditch. For vintage and discount fashions, head further east to Spitalfields and the East End.


    The most popular are Spitalfields, Camden and Portobello Road for fashion and antiques, Borough and Greenwich for food, Columbia Road for flowers, and Brick Lane for bric-a-brac. Bigger markets are open six days a week, while Columbia Road and Brick Lane are Sunday only.

    Shopping Centres

    Many of London’s big name stores, such as Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, the Burlington Arcade and Liberty are must-see sights in their own right. Other lesser-known gems include historic Asprey and the London Silver Vaults.


    My London

    I like to have lunch at London’s oldest restaurant, The Rules, where they serve the best Irish stew around. The Rules is in Maiden Lane, not far from Covent Garden. After lunch, I often pay a visit to Goldsmiths’ Hall, a historical building that would gladden the heart of any architect. It regularly hosts exhibitions and events promoting the contemporary works of jewelers and silversmiths. Goldsmiths’ Hall is located on edge of the City of London.

    Alexandra Mikamo, Crewtipp, London, Lufthansa, Travelguide, Travel Guide

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    When first introduced, you extend your right hand and say “Pleased to meet you” or, a little more formally, “How do you do?” For friends and acquaintances, the usual greeting is “hello” or “hi” or the slightly more formal “Good morning/afternoon/evening!”

    Hosts appreciate chocolates or a bottle of wine. If invited to dinner, wait till everyone has been served before starting to eat. If you accidentally bump into or get in the way of a passerby on the metro or on the street, it’s polite to say “sorry”; begin a request for information with “excuse me.” It is the tradition in Great Britain to form and line and wait, overtaking (queue jumping) and pushing are frowned upon.


    Casual clothing is acceptable, but more elegant clothing is often expected in nightclubs and restaurants.

    Jeans and sneakers are not permitted in some discotheques; other nightclubs have other dress codes, depending on their clientele.

    In public

    Topless bathing is permitted on some beaches and tolerated in some public parks.

    Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the United Kingdom.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food within the UK is generally safe to eat, with health and safety standards monitored by various government agencies. Tap water is considered safe to drink but bottled water is widely available. If you’re camping, always boil, filter or purify water from streams.

    Other Risks

    The UK is not a risky destination but travellers should still take appropriate precautions. Summer temperatures in England rarely reach above 30°C but on hot days there is still risk of sunstroke and it’s advisable to wear sunscreen, as well as appropriate clothing. The same goes for winters, during which weather can be very changeable. Waterproofs (or at least a strong umbrella) are mandatory at any time of year. Those hiking in the mountains should come prepared, with appropriate gear and maps if needed but the biggest danger comes from those who disregard warning signs or poor weather.

    Although the risk remains low, travellers are advised to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, as cases have risen in the past few years. Travellers visiting the UK during the winter may also wish to consider being vaccinated against flu.

    If you’re planning to walk in wooded or heath areas such as in the Scottish Highlands, it’s worth taking precautions against tick bites: ensure you wear long-sleeved tops, tuck your socks into your trousers and wear insect repellent. Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease which, although fairly rare in the UK, can affect your skin, joints, heart and nervous system. Symptoms include: a pink or red circular rash which develops around the bite up to 30 days after a person is bitten; flu-like symptoms; headaches; and muscle or joint pain. If left untreated, symptoms can become more serious.

    Midges are a hiker’s and camper’s nemesis, especially in the northwest Highlands during the summer. While they’ll do no worse than cause a multitude of unbearably itchy bites, it’s definitely worth covering up and dousing yourself in insect repellent to ward off these persistent beasties.

    The weather in Scotland can change in an instant. If you’re walking, skiing or climbing in the hills, it’s vital to be prepared for all weathers. It’s not at all uncommon to go for a walk on a beautifully sunny day, only to find yourself surrounded by mist and drizzle with little warning. Make sure you’re equipped with a map, compass, extra food, layers and waterproofs, and always tell someone where you’re heading before you set out. Scots and visitors alike also find themselves unexpectedly caught out by the sun – you might not need it often, but pack some sunscreen.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Kotowski, Konrad Edmund
    82 Harley Street
    London W1G 7AN
    Great Britain
    Tel. +44-203-073-1002

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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