10 Important Things to Know Before Visiting London

These are some things to know before your first visit to London. My ten tips will make your visit to London easier and help you not stick out as a tourist. London underground tips, how to tip in restaurants, and how to pronounce some of the trickier names, and more.

**Updates and corrections:
– They call it the River Thames (not Thames River)
– A pint = 16oz
– For all oyster cards, zone charges have increased. For example, travel via zones 1-2 for the day (plus any bus rides) it costs £6.50 the most for that day

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How to Get Around London – 8 Transportation Options: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaArq1R1n1c&list=PL6u96nZN-L_bjBvhTdAYvq0EpL3y-At9C&index=1
Is the London Pass worth it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0m1Rjw6GQU
What to Pack When Visiting London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFIY6ZiMI0

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Which Oyster Card should I get? http://www.visitlondon.com/traveller-information/getting-around-london/oyster-faqs/which-card-to-buy
CityMapper App: https://citymapper.com/
Post Office locations: http://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder?awc=6375_1465979999_4d4170abb7960e026a01b3cfbe649863

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estelle Mehta says:

Hey I am coming for 3months so visitor Oyster card would be a good option or anything cheaper you have in mind bcoz I would be only travelling in central loNdon most of the times.
I am a student so any special offers I can opt for please let me know

Annette Wambui says:

Which is the best market in London in terms of price and hygiene cause these are the two most important things I look for in any market anywhere.

cyanmanta says:

Also, you don’t need to tip at pubs.

musicfan28 says:

Hi. I am going to London in August for the time. My question is : is it cheaper to eat in the hotel restaurant or eating outside the hotel in any restaurant on the street is cheaper ? And I will be staying 8 days , Can I get the London card at the hotel check in counter ? Is it London an expensive city ? I will be happy and appreciate if u gaves me some good tips .. thank u 🙂

Pro GamerS! says:

continue in your videos

Sara Gomez says:

Do you have any tips on a buckingham palace tour in August?

Anaki Tenshi says:

i wont be going to london but will be in newark for 5 weeks. will most these tips be about the same?

Alison Chang says:

Hey! There is a lot of tube etiquette you could talk about e.g. stand on the right and walk on the left on escalators, taking backpacks off, letting people off first etc … also, you can no longer use cash on a bus (maybe you could when this was filmed)!

keeping up with mimi style says:

is the London eye safe

willcocks001 says:

Hi Jess, how are you?
Listen, I need your help… again… I intend to have lunch in Hyde Park, but I don’t know which place to go: Lido Bar and Cafe or Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. What do you think? Or do you have another idea? 10 days to go… 😉
Thank you again.

shammy dammy says:

Beauchamp is not Bo shamp. It’s Beechum. (at least in the UK) It’s the one that never ceases to get me.

Elena Day says:

For the love of god PLEASE do not take an Uber in London. Cabbies are some of the nicest people you will ever meet; just get a cab instead and support a fundamental British institution.

Kyaw Swar Tun says:

If I’m going to London for 3days, is Oyster card suitable?

Dion Santiago says:

I am going to London next month, I want to visit Ireland and Scotland while I am there. What would be the best way to get to Ireland, then Scotland, then back to London. Air, ferry, train?

mincatae says:

ahh what a great video thank you. I’m going to live abroad in London for two months, starting next Monday. Do you think purchasing a one-month Travelcard would make sense? And I’m asking myself how they work in a bus/train since it doesn’t charge anything per ride once I bought it right? How do I get through the turnstiles and do I just show the busdriver my card?

huckathome says:

can you use your debit mastercard at uk atms and shops/pubs and does your American bank calculate the exchange rate?

Bipin Dattani Photography says:

London is filled with amazing places to see, delicious foods to eat and quirky spots to see and photograph. Love London.

Ludwig Van Beethoven says:

How much does the londons eye cost for a 10,12,42,and 42 year olds?

hams z says:

Thank you!! ^_^ that was so useful ;D

Meshkatul Islam says:

Hi. thank u soo much for the video. I really appreciate ur hard work :). I hav a question btw.. Can u please tell me from where to buy Sim Cards (for mobile phone I mean) in London? it may sound silly.. but I hav heard that the Airport in expensive in terms of buying sim cards! its my first tym in London :).. pretty excited :))) Thanks in advance.

Chela Boyd says:

Thanks for the video. We are moving to the UK this September

jrobe628 says:

At what age are children required to use an Oyster card?

Diogo Saraiva says:

I m going to London tomorrow!!

Keerthi Sinha says:

Great video! Is March/April a good time to visit?

willcocks001 says:

Hi there, I loved your tips, thank you.
This is going to be my first time in London with my family and I have a question. We’re going to be 5 days in London, then 3 days in Bath and then go back to London for 2 more days. The 7-day Oyster Card will be ok for us or by the time we go back to London the 7 days are gone (due to our stay in Bath)?
Thank you in advance.

steviestravels says:

Amazing tips! Thanks for the very comprehensive overview! I’ll definitely reference this before my trip!

Danika Dalal says:

hi…once u reach the daily capping limit on the oyster card of 6 pounds, do you need to purchase tickets to travel ?

Hazel Frei-Selby says:

This is all common sense – Do you speak any other languages fluently besides English?????

Danny Budiman says:

Hi, if you buy 1 day travel card and put it on the oyster card, once you’ve reached the daily cap, will the remainder value of the travelcard can be used for the next day or expired on that day? I want to take advantage on 1 day for the 2for1 offer. Thanks!

megsie1424 says:

Great vid! Am planning my very first London visit end of the month…staying a couple of weeks.. Your tips seem very useful

Shellynn123 says:

Thanks for the video!! I have a question for you though. (This may sound stupid) I’m flying into Gatwick and I thought I would book a hotel near there (Because I get in at 7pm) and I thought I would stay over night there, then the next day make my way more into the heart of London (book a hotel and spend about 2-3 days before heading to Scotland) Does that make sense….me doing that? AND….if it does make sense…whats your suggestion on where I should go spend my 2-3 days? Is there an area in particular you would suggest? (Cost is not much a problem for me) Don’t get me wrong….I don’t want to ride around in limo’s the whole time I’m there, but I’m not really looking to cheap out big time either. 😉 Any advice you can give me would be great! Thanks! (PS: I’m not much of a “shopper” but more into just walking around, seeing a few pubs, attractions etc) (I get there Thurs Sept 7th)

What's Kitty says:

Whats the age limit for kids at buses

Aiko Morgan says:

Changing $ to Pound at Post Office is better than at Heathrow airport?

Harvey Bike says:

I live in London why tf am i watching this

Teridacktal Jones says:

What place outside of London would you think a person should go see have 3 extra days of free time Scotland, Ireland, parts of Britain ? Thx for the good vids you put out.

Billy Mayer says:

Another update: All black cabs now take credit cards.

Great video anyway, in particular the pronunciations were unusually accurate! Maybe you should do a video just on weird London/UK place name pronunciations? There are plenty more…

Marlon Jayakoddy says:

do they like brown people?

Carol Santana says:

I’m only going to be in London for 2 days before going to Ireland. I’ll be there alone and really need some guidance. Would you advise buying the Oyster card there or from home?

djlads says:

Black cabs are a real rip off in LONDON, which this is about, though if you go anywhere else in the UK Black Cabs are VERY reasonably priced. Though if you come to Manchester we have free buses with cover 3 different routes that will get you round the city no charge at all.

gerardo munoz says:

thanks for these helpful tips I just have a quick question, How is the party / Club scene in London I want to go for my 22nd birthday is there any video on London party scene that you are aware off??? please help and thank you

g rnnr says:

do londoners wear athleisure outfits/clothing (ie. lululemon/sweaty betty/athleta) around? we are heading there soon and i tend to wear those types of outfits.

marc ant says:

Thank you heaps for the tips! Where you think the best area to stay for first time visiting?

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