Practical Info

London

From its ancient roots, its kings and its conquests, its rapid growth and splendour during its zenith as capital of the British Empire, and its modern day status as one of the world’s leading financial and cultural capitals, London is a city of character, of courage and above all of perpetual change.

London is one of the world’s most celebrated cities. It is the capital city of the United Kingdom and lies in the South of England, on the River Thames. Greater London covers an area of about 610 square miles (approximately 1,579 km2) and is home to around 7.5 million people. This makes it the largest urban area in the whole of Europe.

London is a very diverse place. There are over 300 languages spoken by London’s schoolchildren alone, with many who do not use English as their first or main language at home. London has always been known to be culturally very mixed, even from Roman times, and today hundreds of different ethnic communities who have settled into London life.

Today, London has continued to grow both in terms of size and in terms of diversity. 

Londoners have a firm reputation for being tolerant and accepting, and for providing a haven for people who have been persecuted in their own countries. London has really benefitted from having a melting pot of nationalities, especially during times when there have been a shortage of workers.

For more info visit : www.visitlondon.com

Language

English is he official language of the UK.

Currency


Name: British Pound
Symbol: £
The British Pound is available in bills of £5, £10, £20 and £50.
The United Kingdom also uses coins with values of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.

Tipping


Most hotels and restaurants will add a 10% or 12.5% service charge to the bill.
Sometimes this is optional and you do not have to pay it if the service wasn’t satisfactory.
It is customary to add a 10% tip to taxi fares.

Transportation

London Underground (the Tube)

Nearest Underground station to the Summit hotel: Waterloo Station or Westminster Station
www.tfl.gov.uk/tube

London Buses

www.tfl.gov.uk/buses

Taxis

Only black taxis are permitted to be hailed / flagged down in the street.
All other taxis must be pre-booked.
www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/findaride

Overground Trains

Nearest train station to Summit hotel: Waterloo
www.nationalrail.co.uk

Thames River Bus

Nearest embarkation points to Summit hotel: Westminster Pier and Embankment Pier
www.tfl.gov.uk/river

Visitor Oyster Cards

- A Visitor Oyster card is easy to use and offers substantial savings when travelling by bus, tube or tram in London.
- The Visitor Oyster card adjusts automatically to help you get the least expensive price for all the trips you make in a day. Simply tap your Visitor Oyster card on special readers located in Tube and train stations and on buses.
- A Visitor Oyster card is the fastest and easiest way to pay for single journeys on the bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services in the London zonal area.

How much does it cost ?

- Your Visitor Oyster card will cost £18 per person, which includes a £3 non-refundable one-off fee to cover the cost of producing the card.
- It will be pre-loaded with £15 credit and can be topped up at over 4,000 outlets all over London.
- Cards do not expire and can be used for future visits or given to someone else visiting London.

Do children need a Visitor Oyster Card ?

- Children aged 5-10 may travel free on the Tube, DLR and London Overground, provided they are travelling with an adult who has a valid ticket or Oyster card (maximum 4 children per adult).
- They may also travel free on buses and trams. Children aged under 5 may travel free at all times if accompanied by a fare paying adult.
- Oyster cards are available for purchase from most underground and train stations as well as larger newsagents.

For more information on travelling around London visit www.visitlondon.com/travel.

Who requires a visa ?


The rules change regularly, so you should check for the latest updates on the relevant UK government site.
To find out whether you need a visa to visit London, see the UK Visa website or check with your local British Embassy or other diplomatic representative before you travel.

Additional need to knows


UK uses 240V/50Hz three-pin rectangular electrical outlets.
Smoking is prohibited inside all public buildings, including hotels, restaurants and bars. It is also illegal to smoke on all public transport including in taxis.
The legal age for alcohol consumption in the UK is 18 years. Some clubs and bars may have a higher age limit.
Pubs/bars close at 11pm, but some have all day or late licences.

What to wear


During the Summit: Casual
Welcome Reception on Wednesday, 3 October: Smart/Business Casual
Dine Around on Thursday, 4 October: Smart/Business Casual
Gala Dinner on Friday, 5 October: National Dress/Formal Attire/Black Tie
Next Generation Day on Saturday, 6 October: Casual

Weather


The average temperature in London in October is 14°C / 57°F.