London Travel Facts
London is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in Winter. From late March until October, British Summer Time (GMT +1) operates.
Britain's currency is the pound (£) sterling. There are 100 pennies to each pound. Coins come in denominations of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. Notes are issues in denominations of £5, £10, £20, and £50.
The pound is a strong currency. At the time of writing the pound was valued at US $1.83 and 1.50 Euros.
1 Jan- New Year's Day
Mar/April- Good Friday
Mar/April- Easter Monday
First Monday of May- May Day Holiday
Last Monday of May- Spring Bank Holiday
Last Monday of August- Late Summer Bank Holiday
25 December- Christmas Day
26 December- Boxing Day
London is a very safe city. Police officers are often seen on the beat (walking along the streets). The people of London are friendly and approachable. Dial 999 for any emergency to contact the police, ambulance, firebrigade from any phone, free of charge.
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