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Important Information For The Americans Before Travelling To London

So many from the American population is traveling to London, Britain, every year for various purposes like to study, holidaying, business or maybe to settle. However, the Americans need to know that though both U.S and UK are English speaking countries but, there is quite a big difference in how Brits and Americans perceive things and mix with people.

So, there is a lot more to know rather than just knowing that it is an English speaking country. The guide here will give you information about London, and the social customs and norms play here. However, if you are staying in London for quite some time now and while staying at London Premier Kensington, you will pick up some of the customs all by yourself by talking to the hotel staff and learn the difference from that of U.S as well.

Staying Without Visa

  • When you are from U.S. or other English-speaking country, you will need no visa in UK, and the visitors can stay as long as up to six months. Also, you must note that your passport expiration date must be after you intended date of return when you are a U.S citizen.
  • Check the latest regulations before traveling just to be sure and staying on the safe side. Ensure that your passport is up to date as many countries are having stricter requirement of your updated passport.
  • You will also need one blank page in your passport for entry stamp which they will be adding at the customs.

About Local Currency And Credit Cards

  • UK has refused to opt for euro unlike all other parts of Europe as their currency; the Great British Pounds is going strong in the world economy. Though they accept Euros at some shops but, you need to change your money into pounds for smooth access.
  • You will get Pounds when drawing money out of the ATM but there will a charge for foreign transaction fee which is about 3% from your respective bank. And this system is uniform whether you sue credit card or get cash from ATM.
  • You must make sure that you are well prepared for all these fees during transactions and plan your budget accordingly.
  • Also, if you want your debit and credit cards to work in foreign countries call your bank and make the required adjustments before you leave.
  • England also works on the special protection called chip and pin which is not used in the States.
  • Your transaction might be refused if you do not have an embedded chip on the card as well as the pin code entered.

Getting Around In London

  • As a part of London tour, it is more likely that you will like to get a ride in one of the famous black cabs or the red double-decker buses.
  • But, just for your information, that cabs are now available in London in many other colors apart from black, and they have also turned squarer.
  • Your best bet to commute in different parts of the city is to get an Oyster Card. It will also help you to save a few bucks there. All you have to do is swipe the card and get into the buses or Underground Tube.
  • If you do not have an Oyster Card, then get ready to buy tickets for every buses and Tube and do not forget to carry change when you are traveling with a card.
  • Another thing, you keep in mind, is when you are in London, there is a lot of walking. So prepare yourself for so, and you will also enjoy the walking and sightseeing getting the advantage of exercise every day.

About The Airports

  • There are primarily three airports in the City, Gatwick, Heathrow and Stanstead. So, you need to know from where is your flight leaving as it can be different from the inbound flights.
  • Heathrow is the fastest way to get out or get in London but, it is not that cost effective. If you are more than two people with luggage, it will be more budget friendly for you to get a car rental service.
  • For hiring car service, you need to know the terminal where you have arrived or is departing as the distance between different terminals is huge and the cost may vary due to that.

Speaking The Tongue

  • Though most of the people in London speak English, however, it will be difficult for you o understand the dialects as different people are from different places in London and you can assume this place to be an enormous melting pot of cultures.
  • You might come around people that do not speak English and you need to understand their English dialect first and then, response. And it is highly recommended not to use their accent as it might create a communication gap.
  • In London or rather in UK, different words mean different things. For example, tea here does not only mean tea, it means a daily 4 p.m. meal.
  • Also, the theaters here have stalls and circles instead of balconies and orchestras. You will find different other examples daily while traveling in London and talking to its people.

Customs To Follow

  • When you are driving at the local places in London, make sure you drive on the left side as UK drive on the left. At the same time, they also stand or walk to the left. Follow this norm unless you are passing others.
  • This rule will come in handy when you are traveling on Tube during the rush hour, and everything could mess up, and this rule will help you get on with the swift movement of the crowd.

In London or any other parts of UK, putting your knife and fork together in the middle of the plate in the only way to acknowledge you is done eating. And if you do it otherwise like crossing your fork and knife together on the plate, you will have to sit there, and the waiter will believe that you are still not done eating.

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