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What You Should Know More About London

  • Travel Advice


    • Heathrow is one of the international airports in London. It also has more than 2 domestic airports.

    • When in London mind your mannerisms and be polite in the daily communication.

    • Do not speak anything negative about the Royal family or the tube that lets the locals commute. It is one of the transportations that the locals are proud of.

    • Always stand in the line and maintain the queue, do not jump the queue.

    • It is considered rude if you do not say please and thank you in London. Always pay for your own drinks when you visit any pubs or bars.

    • Always cover your mouth when you yawn or cough.

    • Always say sorry when you accidently bump into someone on the road. They too will say the same even if it is not their fault. This is an example of mannerisms followed by the people of London.

    • Always put that smile on as it is welcoming and Londoners appreciate it.

    • Whoever goes through the door first opens the door, be it a man or a women.

    • Do not talk loudly in public areas.

    • You will be fined if you throw rubbish or cigarette puffs anywhere on the street or any place. Do not litter the roads at all.

    • Do not stare at any of the locals as privacy is highly regarded in London.

    • Do not spit on the road, burp, or pass wind in public areas.

    • Always eat with fork and knife when eating out, except for hand foods like sandwiches or fries.

    • The general rule to greet someone is with a handshake. When you meet a friend you can give them a peck on the cheek.

    • Always use formal greetings when you meet anyone at formal and informal occasions.

    • Do not use British accent when in Britain and let the communication flow, else you will be made fun off.

    • Not all restaurants have waitress or waiters waiting at tables. You can make a note of the table number and order food and drinks for yourself.

  • Drinking Law

    Only beer is permitted above 16 years of age. For other alcoholic drinks to server and drink, the age limit is 18 years and above.


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  • When is the best time to visit London?

    The best time to visit London is in the summer months of June to August. The temperature ranges between 15 to 30 degree celsius making it the perfect time to enjoy sightseeing, outdoor attractions and music festivals.

    • London has a temperate climate and rainfall is a regular feature through the year. If you want to enjoy London all to yourself without much crowd, the winter months of December to February can be considered. It is the time of the year when London plunges into festive mode due to Christmas.

     

    • The Autumn months of September to November have moderate weather with the temperature ranging between 11 to 15 degree Celsius. It makes for a good time to enjoy festivals like Halloween and pre-christmas celebrations.

  • How to reach London?

    • London is a global city and extremely well-connected to all the major cities in the world. London is served by five international Airports namely Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Luton Airport, Stansted Airport and London City Airport, with Heathrow Airport receiving flights from about 100 international airlines daily. Several direct and connecting flights fly to London from all the major cities of India.

     

    • You can get as direct flight to London from New Delhi and Mumbai in Airlines that include British Airways, Air India, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet Airways. Connecting flights usually have a stopover in the Middle East or Istanbul or Colombo. Several Airlines like Etihad, Qatar, Gulf and Emirates operates connecting flights to London.

  • Which are the best attractions to see in London?

    London is one of the world’s top tourist destinations and there is no dearth of attractions in London. The best attractions to see in London includes

    • Hyde Park
    • Buckingham palace
    • London Eye
    • Westminster Abbey
    • The British Museum
    • Madame Tussauds
    • St Paul’s Cathedral
    • Tower Bridge
    • Hampton Court Palace
    • ArcelorMittal Orbit and Slide
    • The Victoria and Albert Museum
    • Churchill’s War Rooms
    • Kensington Palace
    • London Dungeon
    • The view of Shard

  • What are the different things/activities to do in London?

    London is a powerhouse of activities. Here is a list of things/activities to do in London.

    • Admire art at Tate Modern
    • Go for a retail therapy at the Broadway Market
    • Witness London’s spectacular skyline on a 30 minute scenic ride on London Eye
    • Take a stroll in Victoria Park
    • Watch a film at Hackney Picturehouse
    • Take a tour of Buckingham Palace, the London home of Queen Elizabeth II
    • Gorge on delicious food at London’s most famous food market, Borough Market
    • Shop for retro antiques at the Portobello Road Market
    • Go for a Camden Pub crawl
    • Go for a wildlife excursion at the Richmond Park
    • Visit Stonehenge and gaze at gorgeous Georgian architecture in the city of bath
    • Take in the scent of exotic fruits, flowers and plants at the Columbia road flower market

  • Which are the best hotels to stay in London?

    The majestic city of london spoils you with hospitality that is the best in class. Here is a list of some of the best hotels to stay in London.

    • The Laslett, Bayswater
    • The Ritz London, Mayfair
    • The Connaught, Mayfair
    • The Goring, Belgravia
    • The Savoy, Covent Garden
    • Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair
    • The Langham, Marylebone
    • The Lanesborough, westminster borough
    • Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park
    • Claridge’s, Mayfair
    • The Dorchester, Hyde Park

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around London?

    The best public transport modes to commute around London includes London’s famous red buses, London Underground (Tube) and commuter rail.

    • The famous red buses of london are frequent, rewarding and cheap. The London Underground or Tube as the locals call it is an extensive network of 12 lines and it takes you to most of the places in the city quickly.
    • The london commuter rail network, although used by locals to travel for work, takes you to famous places like Windsor and Hampton Court.
    • London also offers frequent night buses and 24-hour buses, recognized by a prefix ‘N’ in front of the route number. You can also hop on various sightseeing buses that takes you to all the major attractions. You can get a travelcard to travel on bus, rail, underground and DLR( dockland light railway) for 1 day to a week, month or longer.
    • If you wish to travel for five days or less than a contactless electronic card called oyster card is convenient and cheap.

     

    London has a river network with a number of different routes along the river thames but they are it is limited.

  • Which are the best places for shopping in London?

    London is unquestionably one of the best places in the world to go for shopping. However the best places for shopping in London is debatable. From high end designer boutiques, world class international flagships to smart cheap and stylish street wear, London has it all.

    • Head to 36 Dover Street and you can find Victoria Beckham’s two storey flagship offering a luxurious shopping experience. London’s trendiest shopping area Clerkenwell and Shoreditch is home to sunday’s fabulous Spitalfields Market.
    • The Redchurch, Dray Walk and  Brick Lane is full of quirky shops and vintage dens.
    • For high street chains and trendy stores, high street kensington and Marylebone high street are the best places. Hit covent garden for some cool fashion and fabulous footwear.
    • Belgravia and Chelsea are two of London’s poshest neighbourhoods and are home to London’s most sophisticated designer stores.
    • And not to forget, king’s road, the city’s most loved shopping destination.
    • The bustling Oxford street boasts of an overwhelming amount of souvenir stores and a vibrant lively energy.
  • Where is the famous Madame Tussauds Museum located and why is it so famous?

    The famous Madame Tussauds Museum is located in Marylebone Road. Madame Tussauds is touted as London’s most famous attraction for it houses wax statues of some of the most notable personalities, historical and royal figures, film stars, sports stars, and famous murderers.

  • How is the nightlife of London?

    London has some of the best bars and pubs be it for late night partying, clubbing or live bands. The XoYo dance club has London’s most forward-thinking musical line ups and fridays and saturdays are jam packed with music lovers and party animals.

    • Head to South London and you can find an award winning arts and entertainment venue called corsica studios famous for new and experimental sounds.
    • One can find top notch sound systems, outdoor courtyard and a huge dance floor and a stylish venue made up of five different arenas at the Egg London.
    • Another South London’s best dance venue is Electric Brixton. It has some big name DJs lineup, live acts and regular house, dance and electronica nights.
    • Head to Kamio in shoreditch and you can find a gallery and grimy live music space all in one. London is famous for multipurpose music venues that hosts gigs and also serves as a night club.

  • Which are the famous museums in London?

    Here is a list of some of the famous museums in London.

    • British Museum, Great Russell St
    • Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge
    • Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, Kensington
    • The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, kensington
    • The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
    • Museum of London, London wall
    • Imperial War Museums
    • The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
    • Tate Britain, Westminster
    • The National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Plaza
    • Sir John Soane's Museum, Lincoln's Inn Fields
    • The Charles Dickens Museum,  Doughty Street

  • Which are the best things to do for couples in London?

    Counted as one of the most romantic cities in the world, London offers many opportunities to fall head over heels in love with your partner, again!

    Here is a list of some of the best things to do for couples in London

     

    • Soak up a romantic view from the top of London Eye
    • Take your other half to a concert at the Royal Albert Hall
    • Stroll hand in hand in the beautiful Hyde Park
    • Treat your other half to a romantic candlelit dinner at the Clos Maggiore, London’s most romantic restaurant
    • Take your date to a classic romantic opera at the Royal Opera House
    • Take a scenic boat ride in the River Thames
    • Take your other half for shopping at the Borough Market
    • Snuggle up and watch your favorite films at Electric Cinema
    • Hop to madame Tussauds for an unforgettable day out

  • What are some must carry things to keep in mind while travelling to London?

    If you are planning for a trip to London, here is a list of some must carry things to keep in mind while travelling to London.

    • Pack some winter clothes with you, the weather of london is temperamental and you sure wouldn't want to suffer with cold.
    • Try to pack layers, button down shirts, cardigans and layers to go underneath.It rains frequently in London.
    • Pack a waterproof jacket or Umbrella.
    • Carry your camera with you. London is a beautiful city and what better way to capture the fleeting moments and the amazing attractions!!
    • Pack plug adapters for your gadgets (iPhone, Laptop, etc) as American style plugs don’t work in UK Plug outlets.

  • Which are some famous palaces in London?

    London’s opulent palaces and historic houses are a sight to behold. Here is a list of some of the most famous palaces in London

    • Buckingham palace, Westminster
    • Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens
    • Richmond Palace
    • St James's Palace, Marlborough Road
    • Eltham Palace, Court Yard
    • Carlton House
    • Winchester Palace, Pickfords Lane, SouthWark
    • Lambeth Palace, Lambeth
    • Croydon Palace, Croydon, South London
    • Palace of Placentia, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

  • What are the timings to visit Royal Palace? And what are the charges?

    • Timings to visit Royal Palace: 22 July to 31 August - 9:00 AM TO 19:30 PM

    1 September to 1 October- 9:00 AM TO 18:30 PM

    • Charges to visit Royal Palace: Adult: £ 23/ INR 1959 approx

    Citizens over 60/Students: £21/INR 1788 approx

    Kids under 5: Free

  • Where is Big Ben located in London? And what is it famous for?

    The Big Ben is located on Bridge Street, Westminster in the Elizabeth Tower of the House of the Parliament. It is famous for its reliability and long life span. Even after the bombing in World War II, the clock continued chiming. It is one of london’s most iconic landmark standing 96 m tall.

  • Which are the famous parks in London?

    London has gloriously green parks that are ideal for a walk, sightseeing or relaxing. Here is a list of some of the most famous parks in London.

    • Hyde Park, Central London
    • St James’s Park, Westminster
    • Richmond Park, Richmond
    • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
    • Hampstead Heath, Trafalgar Square
    • Regent’s Park, Chester Road
    • Postman’s park, King Edward Street
    • Greenwich Park
    • Springfield park, Springfield Mansion
    • Battersea park, London Borough of Wandsworth

  • What are the major sightseeing places in London?

    The major sightseeing places in London includes

    • Hyde Park
    • Buckingham palace
    • London Eye
    • Westminster Abbey
    • The British Museum
    • Madame Tussauds
    • St Paul’s Cathedral
    • Tower Bridge
    • Hampton Court Palace
    • ArcelorMittal Orbit and Slide
    • The Victoria and Albert Museum
    • Churchill’s War Rooms
    • Kensington Palace
    • London Dungeon
    • The view of Shard

  • What are the the most well known Theaters in London?

    Londoners and tourists often visit the theatres for its architecture, beauty and art plays. We have handpicked some of the most well known theatres in London that are unmissable.

    • Royal National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank
    • Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street
    • The old vic, The Cut, Lambeth
    • The Globe Theatre, Maiden Lane (now Park Street) Southwark
    • Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar, St Paul’s Road
    • Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Catherine St
    • Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street
    • Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road
    • Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell
    • The Royal Opera House, covent garden, central London

  • What all adventure activities can be done in London?

    London offers heart racing adventure activities for the adventurer in you. Some of the most famous adventure activities that can be done in London are

    • Ice climbing in covent garden and wakeboarding in East London, high speed Boat Ride in Thames, Rap jumping, sailing and windsurfing in Welsh Harp, Indoor and outdoor Bungee jumping at O2 Arena
    • Kayaking and whitewater rafting, scuba diving, paintballing, Car racing, Go-karting, zorbing, BMXing, Abseiling, Climbing, Horse riding in Hyde Park, and Power kite in Richmond Park.

  • Which are the famous exhibition centers in London?

    Get an immersive art experience in these famous exhibition centres in London.

    • ExCel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock
    • Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace way, wood green
    • Barbican Centre, Silk Street City
    • Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, Westminster
    • Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, kensington
    • Business Design Centre, Upper street, Islington
    • Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick road
    • Kensington Exhibition Centre, Kensington High Street
    • Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, Vincent Square, Westminster

  • What are the timings of the London Zoo? Is it worth visiting?

    The timings of London Zoo are 10:00 am - 17:00 pm every day of the year except Christmas. The London Zoo is definitely worth visiting to experience the wonderful wildlife of London. There is so much to do and see at the London zoo from tropical bird tours, halloween special ghost tours, extinction trials to tiger tours and live penguin beach tours.

  • Which are the famous Libraries in London?

    London has a host of quiet and well maintained libraries that are eye-pleasing. Here is a list of some of the most famous libraries of London.

    • Bishopsgate Institute Library, 230 Bishopsgate
    • The London Library, James's square
    • National Art Library, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge
    • The British Library, Euston Road
    • Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
    • Wiener Library, Russell Square, Bloomsbury
    • Maughan Library, Chancery Ln
    • The Poetry Library, Royal Festival hall, Southbank centre
    • Peckham Library, Peckham hill
    • Highgate Library, Shepherd’s Hill

  • Which are the famous cathedrals in London?

    London has an iconic collection of historic cathedrals and remarkable chapels. Some of the most famous cathedrals in London include

    • St Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard
    • Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis St, Westminster
    • Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
    • Dormition Cathedral, Ennismore Gardens, Knightsbridge
    • Saint Sophia Cathedral, Bayswater
    • All Saints, Camden Town
    • St George’s cathedral, Southwark
    • Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard, Westminster

  • What are the best venues in London to enjoy the famous English rock music?

    The who’s who of the rock royalty like The Who, The Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Queen etc regularly do music shows in London. The best venues in london to enjoy the famous English rock music are

    • O2 Academy, Birmingham
    • Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington
    • Hyde Park
    • The Black Heart, Greenland Pl
    • London thousand Island
    • Borderline, orange yard, manette street
    • 100 club, oxford street
  • How far is Greenwich from London? And what is it famous for?

    Greenwich is at a distance of approx 8.35 km from London. Located within the royal borough of Greenwich, it is famous for its maritime history. It boasts of famous landmarks like Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum. The Queen’s house reflects Greenwich’s stunning art, architecture and royal history and Greenwich park, London’s oldest royal park offers breathtaking views of the river Thames. Greenwich is rich in Naval history and it led the world in maritime and scientific traditions.

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to London

    Here is a list of best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to London.

    • Get an Oyster card. It will save you a lot of money when it comes to travel.
    • The weather of London is very uncertain. It is advisable to check the weather before you pack.
    • Hire a santander bike and explore the city.
    • Do not hire a car in london. It ends up charging you congestion charge and high parking fees making the entire journey expensive and stressful.
    • Get a London pass. It gets you in free to more than 60 attractions in London including the westminster abbey, Thames river cruise, tower of london etc.
    • Book online to get the entry fees and tickets to attractions on a cheaper rate.
    • There are few stations in London that are quicker to walk to rather than taking a bus/train. It is advisable to walk between tube stops.

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