England

England's glorious past includes the largest empire in history. Visitors are enthralled by England’s royalty both living and dead, mysterious Stonehenge, and Shakespearean theatre in the place that invented it.

Tours & Packages to England

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Downton Abbey Christmas Ball with London
Attend the exclusive Downton Abbey Christmas Ball, plus 4 nights in London with optional Paris day trip & Iceland extension
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Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to England? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: London
Population:  53.01 million
Currency: Pound sterling (GPB)
Languages: English
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: GMT (UTC 0)

Weather

Known for its frequent rainfall, London's climate ranges from average temperatures of 43° F in January to 72° F in July. Temperatures are cooler in May and October and warmer June-September. August can be very hot and humid. Take along an umbrella and sweater no matter when you go.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for the duration of your stay, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter the United Kingdom for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

London is world renowned for its shopping. From world-famous department stores such as Harrods to its lively street markets, there is something for everybody. Designer stores, national chaings, and specialized boutiques can be found along Bond Street, Oxford Street, and Kensington High Street. Booklovers and antique hounds will delight in the search for treasures in the shops that line Charing Cross Road.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no health precautions or requirements to enter England. Food and tap water are safe to consume.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

240 volts. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

In restaurants and taxis, tip anywhere from 10-15% (12.5% is the norm). Some establishments include a service charge on the bill, so be sure to check first. Tipping at counter-service establishments, such as pubs, is optional, but always appreciated.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in England?

    ATMs can be found throughout the city and are generally accessible 24 hours a day. Travelers can typically get the best exchange rate by withdrawing pounds at ATMs.

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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Rave Reviews

Arriving at KK Hotel George at 9 am from USA we were greeted by their staff, luggage safely stored for us, and welcomed to enjoy breakfast even though our reservation really didn't begin until 3 p.m. It was a wonderful start to a fantastic vacation! … really appreciate Friendly Planet organizing a trip to include dinner at Highclere Castle. It really was perfect for us.....we enjoyed the planned bus/boat tour along with transportation to the castle, but loved being in great location to explore London the rest of the time on our own.

Carol Wilcox
Downton Abbey Christmas Ball with London

I thought this was a very well planned tour. I found it to be very easy. The Hotel was nice and the breakfast bar was wonderful. The location was great with nice little pubs and restaurants within walking distance, and close to the tube. The tours were great with many sites to see. The Gala was the highlight, everything was top notch! The coach ride was comfortable and our tour guide kept us entertained. Over all one of my favorite trips to the UK. I would highly recommend Friendly Planet.

Cynthia Kelly
Downton Abbey Christmas Ball with London