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Welcome to London!

 

We gathered some useful information here for you about London, how to get around, what to do and not to do... Tips to make your life easier while enjoying our gorgeous capital, please stay wise and safe at all times! Have fun and please feel free to ask our staff should you need any further assistance... :)

People Drive on the Left Hand Side!

Most of the city centre pedestrian crossings will have painted signs warning you to look to the right direction before crossing roads. This might still be hard to get used to for some of you, so just in case always look both ways!

 

 You Cannot Pay with Cash on Buses!

This wasn't always the case, but yes, you will have to have a ticket purchased prior boarding any London Public Vehicles, including night buses. Latter also run when most ticket offices are already closed (that happens around 11pm). So please top-up your oysters or buy tickets in advance before you hit the night. All these are available at major stations etc...

 

Oyster Card?

This is a plastic card the size of a credit card and we use it in our public transport system to pay for fares. More precisely: "A form of electronic ticketing used on public transport in Greater London and is valid on travel modes across London including London Underground, London Buses, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground, trams, some river boat services, and most National Rail services within the London fare zones."

 

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You can buy an Oyster Card at any London Tube and Train Stations

Once you have one, you can load credit onto it in many off-license shops too...

 

There are two types of credit for Oyster Cards:

> You can "put" a TRAVEL CARD on it, which will last for a fixed period of time (a day, a week, a month...) and will grant you access to any form of London Public Transport within purchased zones. (Eg. you can buy a zone 1-2 travel card if you know you won't go further out from the centre, and within zone 1 and 2 you can use anything, buses, underground, trains... We are in zone 1). Check out an underground map to see all 6 London Zones clearly indicated with colours and numbers so you know what you need to pay for.

 

> You can also use your Oyster Card PAY AS YOU GO. That is, you can put say £20 on it and use it until it runs out. But then prices deducted from the card will vary on the type of transport and the distance you take. Here's a link to >>> current fares.

 

Just watch other commuters on how to use it, it's a "swipe in and out" system it's pretty convenient and easy!

 

London Taxis

The signature BLACK CABS you can pretty much just wave down on the street. They will charge you by the minute. They are completely safe and have special licences regulated by the government.

 

Pre-Booked Cars

To get a taxi other than a black cab, you will need to call one of the many taxi centres and pre-book. Just ask us at the bar for a number. You will pay a fixed price that they will tell you upfront based on where you are going. NOTE: Pre-booked cars are different from Black Cabs in that you cannot wave them down on the street, and you should under no circumstance sit into one without pre-booking it. (It is also illegal for them to stop and pick you up from the street without a log.) A non-booked private hire car is just a strangers car...

 

UBER: www.uber.com/cities/london

Yes, we have it too and if you have the app, it is the best and quickest and cheapest...

 

You Can Also Cycle!

Yes, we have the awesome cycle hire scheme in London too... Use them freely, there's a docking station just a couple of minutes away on Lower Marsh. All the machines at the docking stations work in several different languages and are quite straightforward to use.

 

Please Avoid Using the Public Transport at Peak Times!

... Because there's a lot of us living us in this city who relies on the public transport for daily commute and people not accustomed to the dynamics may cause delays and frustration. Such atrocity is when some decide to stand all the width of the underground elevators with luggages at 8am in the morning... We always stand on the right side of the elevators so people in a rush can climb it on the left.

 

Notes on General Safety in London and the Waterloo Area

 

 It is fair to say, that London is generally a safe city. But like in every metropolis you should pay attention to certain things when out and about. (eg. Counting a stack of bank notes - that you have just exchanged - in the middle of the street wouldn't be a smart move in any large city, and it applies to London too.) As long as you stay sensible, you should be fine...

 

Pick Pocketing

This is an issue in London, so especially when you are visiting popular touristic sites please always be aware of your belongings. The last thing you want is to loose your passport and cue at your embassy for ages instead of enjoying your trip and London...

 

 Most of Europe isn't like Amsterdam!

London is a place where you can get everything, it's true. But we will have to remind you that although many parts of Europe is liberal about drugs, IT IS ILLEGAL to purchase and use the entire range of classes of non-medical drugs in the UK. Call us boring, there are endless opportunities in London to have fun, please avoid visiting dodgy parts of the city and risk being robbed, ending up in hospital or caught by the police... Please refer to our >>> T&C for related.

 

Legal Drinking Age at 18...

Good news to some of you though, to buy alcohol and tobacco products you need to be over the age of 18 (only). But it is taken seriously throughout the UK and regardless of how old you look like, always carry a valid photo ID (driving license, passport, all EU ID cards) when hitting the night as non of the clubs will grant you entry without a proof of your age. And... it is forbidden to drink alcohol in public areas of London, that includes parks, streets, public transport vehicles and stations, pretty much everything that is not a licensed place for fun and drinking... Please respect our citizens at all times.

 

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You can buy an Oyster Card at any London Tube and Train Stations

Once you have one, you can load credit onto it in many off-license shops too...

 

There are two types of credit for Oyster Cards:

> You can "put" a TRAVEL CARD on it, which will last for a fixed period of time (a day, a week, a month...) and will grant you access to any form of London Public Transport within purchased zones. (Eg. you can buy a zone 1-2 travel card if you know you won't go further out from the centre, and within zone 1 and 2 you can use anything, buses, underground, trains... We are in zone 1). Check out an underground map to see all 6 London Zones clearly indicated with colours and numbers so you know what you need to pay for.

 

> You can also use your Oyster Card PAY AS YOU GO. That is, you can put say £20 on it and use it until it runs out. But then prices deducted from the card will vary on the type of transport and the distance you take. Here's a link to >>> current fares.

 

Just watch other commuters on how to use it, it's a "swipe in and out" system it's pretty convenient and easy!

 

London Taxis

The signature BLACK CABS you can pretty much just wave down on the street. They will charge you by the minute. They are completely safe and have special licences regulated by the government.

 

Pre-Booked Cars

To get a taxi other than a black cab, you will need to call one of the many taxi centres and pre-book. Just ask us at the bar for a number. You will pay a fixed price that they will tell you upfront based on where you are going. NOTE: Pre-booked cars are different from Black Cabs in that you cannot wave them down on the street, and you should under no circumstance sit into one without pre-booking it. (It is also illegal for them to stop and pick you up from the street without a log.) A non-booked private hire car is just a strangers car...

 

UBER: www.uber.com/cities/london

Yes, we have it too and if you have the app, it is the best and quickest and cheapest...

 

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