One of the best places to tour is London. There are just too many places that are interesting to visit that you would feel that a one week vacation is not enough to appreciate the breath-taking sceneries London has to offer. And to make your vacation in London more memorable, it would be best that you keep the following in mind:
· Currency: The currency used for London is pound sterling (£). While one pound is divided into one hundred pence (p), coins come in the form of 1p, 2p, and even £5.
· Tax and Giving Tips: Tax is 17.5% on goods and services and the good thing is that for non-EU and EU residents who would be leaving the country within the span of three months of purchasing the goods may claim a VAT refund. Although EU residents in particular must be sure to stay outside the country for a year before they are qualified to claim the refund. Giving tips on the other hand when it comes to fine dining restaurants depends on the tourists as well since there is a service charge of around 15% is included in the charge unless the customer is dissatisfied with the service. Cabs often expect a tip of around 10-15% as compared to minibus drivers who usually do not expect any tip. Just remember that if you are in a bar and someone brings your food to your table, giving a tip may be appropriate, provided that the service is satisfactory.
· Telephone Numbers: Country code would be 44, City Code is 22. Make sure that whenever you are dialing from within England, add a “0”(zero) before entering the city code. No longer need to add the country code. Other telephone numbers which you may find useful when you are travelling in London are: 999 for emergencies, 100 for a UK operator, 155 if you are looking for an international operator, 192 for directory information. If you need to get in touch with tourist service centers, you can dial either: 020 7808 3810 for the British Tourist Authority or 020 7932 2000 for the London Tourist Board.
Knowing what to bring whenever you go out of the country and the documents necessary to get approved is good but it is also important that you know this kind of information. Who knows? It might save you from troubles which you may encounter along the way. If you are planning a trip to London soon then checking SightseeingToursLondon.com is a good place to start.