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London – United Kingdom

Capital of United Kingdom: London

More information: http://www.visitlondon.com

Official language: English

Climate: London’s climate is temperate with an average high temperature in July of 19C/67F. Rainfall is fairly regular, even in July.

London’s Population:  8.539million (2014)

Calling code: The international calling code of the UK is +44

Currency: UK currency is pound sterling (£/GBP) There are 100 pence (p) to the pound. Note denominations are £5, £10, £20 and £50 and coins are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 50p, £1 and £2.

Food and drink:  Traditional British food includes fish and chips or sausages (bangers) and mash.  London has a wide range of restaurants, pubs and bars to suit every budget.

Shopping Hours: Large shopping centres and areas such as Oxford Street are usually open from 9-10am until 9-10pm Monday to Saturday and 12-6pm on Sundays. The hours of smaller and independent stores vary widely.

Time London: GMT +1

Electricity: UK appliances are fitted with three-pin plugs that can be connected to the mains supply. Sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v.

Health and Safety: The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK and treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment except in an emergency. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance.

If you come from a country that holds a UK healthcare agreement, you are entitled to free or reduced cost treatment if needed immediately for a condition that started after your arrival in the UK. If you are from Europe you need to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in order to obtain free treatment.

In case of emergency call - 999 for emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) For non-urgent crime you can call the police on 101.

Smoking: Smoking is banned in public, enclosed places in the UK.

Chinese speaking travel agencies

Anglo Chinese Executive Travel - http://www.acetravelgroup.co.uk

Contact: Mr Paul Cui - cuibo@china-pt.cn

China Holidays - http://www.hellobritain.cn/

Contact: Mr Carey Fletcher - Carey@chinaholidays.com

Some of the Foreign Embassies and Consulates in London:

Argentina – 65 Brook St, London, W1K 4AH Tel: 020 7318 1300

Australia – Australia House, Strand, London, WC2B 4LA Tel: 020 7379 4334

Belgium – 17 Grosvenor Crescent, London, SW1X 7EE Tel: 020 7470 3700

Brazil – 32 Green Street, London, W1K 7AT Tel: 020 7399 9000

Canada - Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1Y 5BJ Tel: 020 7004 6000

China – 49 Portland Place, London, W1B 1JL Tel: 020 7631 1430

Finland – 38 Chesham Place, London, SW1X 8HW Tel: 020 7838 6200

France – 58 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7JT Tel: 020 7073 1000

Germany – 23 Belgrave Square, London, SW1SX 8PZ Tel: 020 7824 1300

India - India House, Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA Tel: 020 7836 8484

Ireland – 106 Brompton Rd, London, SW3 1JJ Tel: 020 7225 7700

Israel – 2 Palace Green, London, W8 4QB Tel: 020 7957 9500

Italy – 14 Three Kings Yard, London, W1K 4EH Tel: 020 7312 2200

Japan - 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT Tel: 020 7465 6500

New Zealand - New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ Tel: 020 7930 8422

Norway – 25 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QD Tel: 020 7591 5500

Russia – 6-7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QX Tel: 020 7229 3628

South Africa - South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP Tel: 020 7451 7299

Spain – 39 Chesham Place, London, SW1X 8SB Tel: 020 7235 5555

Sweden – 11 Montagu Place, London, W1H 2AL Tel: 020 7917 6400

Switzerland - 16-18 Montagu Pl, London W1H 2BQ Tel:  020 7616 6000

USA – 24 Grosvenor Square, London, W1A 1AB Tel: 020 7499 9000

Travel to London :

5 International Airports serve London – Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted and Luton

There are 22 trains daily from Paris and 11 from Brussels.

Travel from airports to hotel:

From Heathrow Airport – Tube (Piccadilly line) to Gloucester Road and then Circle line to Westminster or Heathrow Express train to Paddington and Tube to Westminster or Waterloo.

From Gatwick Airport – Gatwick Express train to Victoria Station and then the Tube to Westminster.

From City Airport – DLR to West Ham and then Tube to Westminster or Waterloo.

From Stansted Airport – National Express coach to Waterloo Station.

From Luton Airport – Shuttle bus to Luton Parkway Station train to St Pancras then tube to Westminster

Travel in London: The main form of transport is the Underground (tube). There are also buses, trains, river boats and taxis. An Oyster Card is the best method of paying for travel - https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/oyster

Documents to travel to London: Visa free travel is still in place for citizens of EU member states. To find out if you will need a visa to visit please use the UK Border Agency website - https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa

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