Looking for a place to travel in Europe? Look no further! London is a very magnificent place to visit. But before traveling to London, there are some things that potential tourists should know.
Most people know that London is the city of old monuments such as the Big Ben and the Buckingham Palace. It is also a very traditional city as well as modern. Believe it or not, the 2012 Olympics took place here!
Since most tourists travel during the summer months, this is the best time to visit London, especially in July and August. The crowds are often larger during this time and the prices are higher. Tourists should always be prepared for the unpredictable weather, such as rain, because there are days where the sun is not in sight.
According to many Londoners, global warming may have played a role in the questionable conditions of the climate, such as having drier heat and more sunshine. In London, it hardly freezes because it has the maritime weather.
Of course when traveling, there is always the issue of money. Like any tourist destinations throughout the globe, many places in London are open to accepting credit cards, with the exception of various small businesses. If credit cards are not accepted, then another alternative is the ATM machine, which are connected to the major credit cards, such as the Cirrus and Plus cash networks. Potential travelers should be very cautious and alert if the machine eats up his/her card. If this happens, this problem should be reported immediately. Also, various banks make a suggestion to cut it in half and send it back to the tourist’s local bank branch.
Larger hotels in London accept travelers’ checks. But because ATM machines are everywhere, these checks are not a necessity in the present time. In the long haul, they are very secure to use and, of course, they are accepted in English.
This is an area where many tourists find very puzzling: tipping. Many individuals have no clue on how to tip. But if individuals are eating in a restaurant in London, it is suggested that he/she tip. In various restaurants, a “discretionary” service is charge to the bill. Unless the service was less than mediocre, other restaurants that do not have this type of service charge expect between a ten to fifteen percent tip. The employees, such as the wait staff, are generally paid derisory wages. This is because it is taken for granted that in addition to tips, this extra money will be also included.
Tipping is not limited to restaurants. It is included with some tour guides and taxi drivers. It is up to the tourists on how he/she will tip. Many taxi drivers are tipped up to one percent. The majority of the tourists’ tips are approximated to the nearest pound.
As with any destination, tourists should be very aware and alert. London is no exception. Due to the London and Glasgow bombings in 2005, the terrorism threat is severe. Since the world is dealing with terrorism, individuals should take extra precaution, pay attention to the media for developments, and because of the beefed up security, there will be airport delays. In the case of the airline cabin luggage, there are restrictions in the United Kingdom, although several of them have calmed down. Despite of all of the security measures, London is a wonderful place to visit. Tourists should have fun and be careful!