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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.

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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)

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Money

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. 

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

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.

Electricity & 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.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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