London Travel Tips

We are gonna be telling you everything you need to know to visit London, the capital of Great Britain. Number one, we’re gonna start with some general things about London.

The greater London area has 8.8 million residents spread over 33 boroughs. There’s one of the boroughs called the City of London. It’s the old Roman city of London. It’s one square mile. It only has 7,400 residents. So you’re actually gonna be spending your time here in a lot of other cities, not just the city of London, but at

By the way, London has a very large immigrant population now, so if the last time you were here was 20 years ago when it was all the jolly old English, well, there’s a lotta people from the rest of the world, including a lot of Great Britain’s colonies and part of the EU. Also, talking about bridges. Another big misnomer is that a lotta people think this bridge is called the London Bridge. No, this bridge is the Tower Bridge. The London Bridge, it’s actually really ugly.

It’s just one bridge down the river. The second thing to know before you go to London is about when to go. And so first, let’s talk about weather and when is the best weather. The United Kingdom as a whole has a reputation for being wet, rainy, and gray. And while the country generally is, London is actually the least wet, rainy, and gray of the United Kingdom ’cause it has its own metropolitan microclimate.

The best time to go is definitely in the summer, June, July, August. That’s when temperatures are the best. The highs are in the 20 Celsius, 70s Fahrenheit. It can be a little humid and there can be some thunderstorms, and yes, it is the most crowded.

The worst time to go for weather is in the winter, think January to March. But that’ll be when the hotels are the cheapest. But it will be the rainiest and the coldest, like eight degrees Celsius and about 40 degrees Fahrenheit as the daily highs. Shoulder season is September, October, November, and then again, March and April.

If you don’t like crowds, these are good times to go. You’ll only need a light jacket in shoulder season. The third thing to know before you go to London is about money. In London, they use the Great British pound, also known as pound sterling, also known as quid. At the time I did this video in October 2018, one Great British pound was equal to US $1.30 or euro $1.12. A pound is broken down into 100 pence, which is referred to as p. The different notes have their nicknames.

A five-pound note is called a fiver, and a 10 pound is a tenner. Across London, credit cards are generally widely accepted, but may require a chip and pin. You’ll find ATMs all throughout the city. And the tax in London is called the value-added tax.