10 Important Things to Know Before Visiting London

If you’re coming to London for the first time I have ten important tips you should know before you come Save yourself a little bit of embarassment And make your trip to London easier Number one — the Brits drive on the left side of the road Now if you’re not driving this may not seem like a big deal but actually when you’re crossing the street that’s when it’s the scariest luckily the smarties in London put markings on the ground at every single crossing telling you literally if you should look left or look right so make sure when you’re gonna cross the street you look down to see which way you should look Number two There are some names and words not pronounced as they’re spelled so these are the ones you should know number one the most popular place for tourists to visit in London is LESSter square there’s also gren-itch which is a popular area for people to visit it’s called wes-min-ster abbey not west-minister there’s no extra “i” in there My English husband told me I should include this one Buck-ing-em palace It looks like it’s buck-ing-ham but it’s buckingEM And that lovely brown river that runs through London is called the “temz” not the “thames” I know, I got them all wrong too when I first came here but now you know! If you decide to go to the pub and order yourself a beer or a cider, which I definitely recommend you do You’ll need to order by the pint This is what a pint glass looks like It’s about 20oz of drink if you order a drink from the tap they’re gonna ask you “Do you want a pint or a half-pint?” A half-pint is obviously half the size of a pint Remember that a lot of English beers and ciders are stronger than beer in America so just be careful when you’re drinking When you go to a restaurant in London when you get the bill double check to see if there was a service charge added on usually this is around 12.5% if there was a service charge added don’t worry about tipping on top of that if there’s no service charge then tip between 10 and 15% the service charge isn’t mandatory but you would only not pay it if your service was really bad Use the CityMapper app to get yourself around London This app is AMAZING it’s what I think every local Londoner uses it’s better than Google maps because it gives you a million different options of which ways you can go, there’s even a rain safe option so the options that mean you’ll be out of the rain as much as possible which is GREAT when you’re in London cause it rains ALL the time ๐Ÿ˜‰ So if you’re trying to get from point A to point B and you have some wifi or 3G use CityMapper, it will tell you all the routes to get there It’ll even tell you how much it’s gonna cost you and it saves the directions offline so if your phone doesn’t work once you head out you’ll have it saved in your phone England uses the pound as it’s currency 100 pence or 100 “p” makes up one pound and if you ever hear someone saying “quid”, this is just a slang word for pound kinda like how we use “buck” in the US so if they said it’s 100 quid it’s 100 pounds the smallest note you can get it 5 pounds there’s no one pound note here and coins come in 2 pounds, 1 pound 50 p, 20 p, 10 p 5 p, 2 p and 1 p To get around London you should get an Oyster card There are two different kinds of Oyster cards you can get one is called a Visitor’s Oyster Card you can only get this if you order it ahead of time and get it delivered to your house or you can get a regular Oyster card which Which you can pick up at tons of shops around London You can get it at the airport too To use either of these Oyster cards you need to top them up which means you add credit to the card as you start to use the Undeground and the bus system your credit will decrease and you’ll have to top it up more and more if you’re going to be traveling a lot having an Oyster card is really good because the rates are a lot cheaper than if you paid cash and they have a daily cap which means once you’ve reached a certain amount of money that you’ve spent, that’s it and the rest of your travel is free for the day On the visitor Oyster card it’s £6.40 and on a regular Oyster card it kind of varies it’s around £7 pounds so, the only thing is if you’re going to be in London for a week and traveling a lot you mind find that it’s actual cheaper to get a 7-day travel card which you can put right onto your Oyster card so I’ll leave some links down in the descriptions to help you decide which is going to be the best option for you Take the bus when you can those classic English double decker buses are really fun to ride around on if you can grab a seat on the top and especially in the front of the bus it’s really cool, and you’ll get to see London from a whole new angle and it only costs you £1.50 To get on a bus all you have to do is tap your Oyster card at the front of the bus and that’s it you don’t have to to tap out if you wanna take a bus use your Citymapper app and see what the best route is and where the nearest bus station is If you need to change your cash into pounds then you’ll probably get the best rate at the post office there are plenty around just look for this little red sign that’s popping up here or look on Google maps and you’ll be able to find plenty of them Be careful taking black taxis And I say this because they can be really expensive and they get really expensive without you noticing so if you’re going a long distance or it’s rush hour I wouldn’t take a black taxi you’ll see the meter go up and up and up and you won’t be able to do anything about it If you absolutely can’t take public transport I use Uber all the time I think Uber’s amazing if you haven’t used it before it’s an app where you can call a car right to where you are and they usually show up really quickly especially if you’re in central London they’re all over the place it’s also really good if you don’t have cash on you some black cabs don’t take cash but Uber it just connects right to your credit card if you want to try Uber for the first time I’ll put a promo code down in the description so you can try it out for yourself so those are 10 important things you should know before you come to London for the first time do you have a question about something that maybe I didn’t cover? Write it down in the comments below I’ll be happy to answer them for you and who knows I might make another video about it Make sure that you subscribe to my channel for lots more London tips and tricks coming up soon as well as other stylish travel tips for places all around the world so go ahead and click the subscribe button and you won’t miss any of my new videos! Have fun in London!

100 thoughts on “10 Important Things to Know Before Visiting London”

  1. Hello i would like to ask you if it is possible to buy oister card at the airport? I am visiting london for 5 days ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I would be coming down to London this year for my graduation.
    My college is in Marlboro.
    Please suggest where I can stay. I will be there for five months. Thanks.

  3. I love your videos. Iโ€™m learning a lot for our next visit to London. Question in regard to visitor Oyster card. Should we order 2 Oyster cards , one for me one for my husband? We will be there soon.

  4. I will be going to London at the end of March . What would you suggest I do for transportation from the airport to the Emirates Stadium?

  5. What is the best way to go to the city from LHR ? We are two of us with six bags with us. Please let us know our options.

  6. Do you think there is anyway you can help me? Im solo traveling to london at the beginning of March so luckily I only have 1 bag but i need to go from Heathrow to kingscross? or something like that train station because i am meeting a friend at kent first. Is there any recommendation or easy alternative you can tell me? Thanks x

  7. New subbie here. Your videos are very helpful. Iโ€™m planning my first trip to London and need all this info. Thanks for sharing.

    I use my debit for everything and rarely have cash. Is that a good option for London or should I keep some cash on hand also?

  8. I'm getting my hopes up by watching this but whether I end up going or not, it's good info to know, and will help me understand all the British YouTubers I watch ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  9. so my question for you is. If I'm going to London for should I got for a hotel or do you think that I should get an airbnd.

  10. Well, I am in London once or twice a year, and if I am asked by someone what they should know before, I always give the following three tips which a the most important ones according to my point of view:

    1st, an Oyster Card is not necessary if you are in London for a few days only. You can use your credit or debit card with NFC chip for all tubes, busses, etc. as well, and you are charged the same as with an Oyster Card. So you avoid the time and effort to purchase an Oyster Card, paying ยฃ5 deposit and returning the Oyster Card and claiming back your deposit and remaining credit.

    2nd, chose for Heathrow, Gatwick or city airport, if you have a choice. Public transportation to/from other airports is extremely overpriced. Do not take Heathrow or Gatwick Express but regular tube (Heathrow) or regular trains (Gatwick).

    3rd, accommodation is a lot cheaper if you stay outside of the city center. In the city center, hotel prices are extremely expensive and/or of bad standards. I often chose for Croydon. Itโ€™s close to the city (15-20 mins by train), there is a pedestrian zone with stores, supermarkets and restaurants, and hotels only cost a fraction in relation to the city.

  11. I will be going to London in a week for the first time and I have bought a 7 day Travelcard. I will be using mostly the DLR though. Can I use it there, because I've seen that there are no bars? If you have Oyster you scan it though. That's what confuses me a bit

  12. Hello! May I check during their winter season will be snow? Really wish to see snow in London during Dec time. And for family travel where & which area do you recommend for hotel, apt or castle to stays?

  13. there is a DoubleTree by Hilton London Chelsea do you have any idea is which area? The location is Imperial Road, Hammersmith & Fulham. Thanks!

  14. Question. When it comes to money should I just take USD in cash and just exchange it there as I go? I know using cards have international fees.

  15. Love and London…Do you have to exchange your American money and British money when you are in United Kingdom?

  16. I am flying to london on next month, excited and panic at same time ๐Ÿ˜…
    So many questions and so many curiosity to explore, is londoners friendly? Is Oyster card all in one for travel? How about london pass? Fr new subscriber ๐Ÿ˜

  17. City Maper is good for tourists, Londoners use Google map, its simplier as we need more striped down, essential informations and learn our ways around.

  18. Going to London in January for my 35th Birthday. I'll be staying for 2 weeks in Soho I CAN NOT WAIT, this is going to be incredible โœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ

  19. I love how easy the oyster card system is, and that you can also use it on the red busses.
    I put in 20 and was traveling all around for a week, and I didn't have to top it up.. Lovely.

  20. We will be in London for 2 1/2 days Thurs- Sat. I've heard that buying a 1 day National Rail Travelcard (for Saturday) will give us 2 for 1 ticket deals for the sites we want to visit, like Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Churchill War Rooms as long as we can see them all on Saturday. Should we just use the Oyster card on Thurs. and Fri and then get the Rail Travelcard for Saturday or is that too much? Also, do you know if we can book online for those attractions and skip the long lines with our paper voucher for the 2 for 1 deal? I can't find definitive answers on their website. Thank you for your wonderful videos!!

  21. I'am coming next week to London so nervous and excited,i just wanted to know the best shopping centre in London ?? Thanks for the incredible information you provide..!!

  22. Thanks for the tips do you have any more about where to take photographs or what attractions are worth seeing

  23. Can you buy a sim card at Gatwick? I am coming from the US and I do not know how to get a uber from the airport without data.

  24. Could you recommend which place in London for kids ?, Iโ€™m coming to London on August. Thanks:)

  25. Always a big dream to come there and live there.
    At this moment, impossible is the word n yet anyway i watched this video, i mean who knows what will happen next ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Contactless payment is better than the Oyster card. I was in London last weekend and both my mom and I stayed at the place close to the Clapham Junction station. On the last day we wanted to return the card to get the refund (I guess around 8 pounds or even more) but the man working at the station told us that we can only return it at the subway station. It doesn't make sense. Eventually we brought the Oyster cards home, maybe they will be useful in the future. Anyway, thanks for the video.

  27. Important Thing Number 11. If you know how beautyful London is, you want always go back there. I love this City and the People its just such a huge difference compared to Germany.

    My Dream is to live in London in a couple Years.

  28. Im going to London for 5 nights solo trip, are people easy to talk to? I want to meet some people and talk to locals.

  29. I live in London, why am I watching this??!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Very interesting though, some stuff like the spelling and pronunciation of words Iโ€™ve never even given a second thought ๐Ÿ’ญ

  30. Central London is so posh I'm from north and it's no where near posh at all we talk slang and not proper English

  31. Iโ€™m 14 and look and act a bit younger than I am (I like being kid lol) and I always use the tube by myself and I always see Tourists looking at me because they canโ€™t figure the tube out but me, a kid can ๐Ÿ˜‚

  32. as a londoner all of these tips are very valid and useful! except for the bus one, london buses are not fun especially when busy haha

  33. I changed my place from strand palace London to Ibis shoreditch for my 3 weeks visit to London. Did I make a mistake? As shoreditch is quite far from attractions ๐Ÿ™„.

  34. Hi this video was very helpful. I'd like to ask if there is a dress code for London, because I know when visiting certain countries you can't wear certain clothing.
    So my question is what's an appropriate dress code for London?

  35. Hey there great video. Iโ€™m planning my trip to London, what would be good amount of spending money to bring for a week.

  36. Is it better/cheaper to buy Oyster card there? I was thinking to order from internet (Finland) and it is almost double the price of I order it home. How much it costs there?

  37. Iโ€™ve been living in NY for 20 years,Iโ€™m tired of the US and need a big change.i have tons of family in England and Iโ€™d like to move over here.thanks for making this channel

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