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    London – a brief overview

    London has never been an English city. It is, and always has been, an international hub trading not only in goods but in ideas and culture too. The result in an urban environment of extraordinary richness and diversity, where over 300 languages are spoken and the aroma of global cuisines fill the city’s dense alleys.

    Spiralling out organically from its tight-knit Roman core, this immense metropolitan heavyweight is immersed in history and tradition and yet still there is enough innovation and evolution, from the emerging Olympic Park to countless new glittering skyscrapers, to put a crackle in the air.

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    24 hours in London
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    09:00 a.m. – Original English Breakfast

    Carlos Place
    W1K 2AL
    Tel. +44-20/74 99 70 70
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    We spend the night at the Connaught. It shed its dusty image and got a complete makeover a couple of years back and is now one of the most appealing five-star hostelries in town. After indulging in a hearty, original English breakfast – what else? – we walk the few steps across to Burlington House, the home of the Royal Academy of Arts near Piccadilly Circus.

    10:00 a.m. – Arts most royal

    Burlington House
    W1J 0BD
    Tel. +44-20/73 00 80 00
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    The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) contains some of the best galleries in London. The most important works in its permanent collection of British art can be found in the refurbished John Madejski Fine Rooms – open for viewing all year round and free of charge.  This is also where you will find the only Michelangelo sculpture to be seen anywhere in Great Britain: Tadao Tondo. the forecourt in front of the academy is well worth a visit in its own right, to say nothing of the changing exhibitions, even though admission is charged to those.

    01:00 p.m. – Lunch at The Wolseley

    160 Piccadilly
    W1J 9EB
    Tel. +44-20/74 99 69 96
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    Art certainly whets the appetite. Luckily, the Wolseley is just around the corner and serves a wide range of dishes from breakfast to dinner. Lunch and dinner there are in the tradition of European coffee houses; in fact, this upmarket brasserie serves probably the best wiener schnitzel in the city.

    03:00 p.m. – Browsing and Bemused

    86 Golborne Road
    W10 5PS
    Tel. +44-20/89 60 37 36
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    London has an almost bewildering array of unusual shops. There’s always something new opening somewhere, then disappearing again – or popping up in another place with a different concept. The Kokon To Zai – a fearfully good clothes, furniture and gift store – displays avant-garde fashions alongside pieces straight out of a Victorian chamber of horrors.

    04:00 p.m. – A Stroll Through Portobello Market

    288 Portobello Road
    W10 5TA
    Tel. +44-20/77 27 76 84
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    As we’re already in a browsing mood, we take in neighboring Portobello Market, too. Visitors to London’s most atmospheric market can look forward to happening upon anything from books to antiques, food, streetwear fashions and typically British bric-à-brac.

    07:00 p.m. – Savoring Gordon Ramsey’s hospitality …

    127-129 Parkway
    NW1 7PS
    Tel. +44-20/73 88 33 44
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    For dinner, we drive to the York & Albany, chef Gordon Ramsey’s elegant gastro pub between Regent’s Park and Camden Town, to claim our reserved table. The open show kitchen dishes up such delicacies as roast English veal with mangold, artichokes, lemon and capers, as well as fried cod, crustacean cassoulet and cherry tomato sauce.

    07:00 p.m – … or to a night café

    18 Shacklewell Lane
    E8 2EZ
    Tel. +44-20/31 74 07 27
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    Time is no object for those without a table reservation at the York & Albany, so this is a good opportunity to pay a visit to the Late Night Chameleon Café in Dalston. The name is deceptive: book ahead and you are welcome to browse for hours at the mini department store, which sells clothes, music, books and design.

    10:00 p.m. – Another bite to eat

    159 Brick Lane
    E1 6SB
    Tel. +44-20/77 29 06 16
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    After that, it’s time for a small bite to eat at the Brick Lane Beigel Bake. The main attractions at this 24/7 bakery with its trademark rough Cockney charm are the salt beef and the entertaining mix of patrons.

    11:00 p.m. – Nightcap at Scott’s

    20 Mount Street
    W1K 2HE
    Tel. +44-20/74 95 73 09
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    Time for a nightcap at Scott’s before heading back to the hotel? This high society restaurant and oyster bar is done out in grandiose Art Deco and serves reasonably priced cocktails and fantastic fish and chips.

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    Top 10 sights in London
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    British Museum

    Great Russell Street
    WC1B 3DG London
    Tel: (020) 7323 8299
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1730

    Five million visitors pass through the doors of the British Museum each year to goggle its vast collection of antiquities, art and sculpture.

    Tower of London

    Tower Hill
    EC3N 4AB London
    Tel: 0844 482 7777
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 0900-1730
    Sun-Mon 1000-1730

    London’s most famous landmark is imbued with legend and superstition. Yeoman Warders offer free tours of its masterful architectural design, glittering royal jewel collection and spooky dungeons.

    The South Bank

    South Bank
    SE1 London
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    A roll call of riverside attractions line the south bank of the river Thames, starting with the London Eye, then snaking past the cultural complex of the Southbank Centre and the British Film Institute, before ending at the Tate Modern at the foot of the Millennium Bridge.

    National Portrait Gallery

    St Martin’s Place
    WC2H 0HE London
    Tel: (020) 7306 0055
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Wed 1000-1800
    Thu-Fri 1000-2100

    Come face to face with London’s princes, politicians, scientists and celebrities at this wonderfully intimate gallery.

    British Library

    96 Euston Road
    NW1 2DB London
    Tel: 0843 208 1144
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0930-1800
    Sat 0930-1700
    Sun 1100-1700

    London’s historic library hosts excellent exhibitions and events and is the repository of rare and wonderful manuscripts including a 15th-century Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio and the Beatles’ earliest handwritten lyrics.

    Royal Observatory

    Blackheath Avenue
    SE10 8XJ London
    Tel: (020) 8858 4422
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    Part of the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory overlooks Greenwich Park. Down its centre, the Prime Meridian cleaves the world in two while the state-of-the-art Peter Harrison Planetarium projects far-off galaxies onto its rounded roof.

    Hyde Park

    Hyde Park
    W2 2UH London
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0530-0000

    Henry VIII confiscated Hyde Park from the Church in 1536 to use as his personal hunting ground. Since then it’s served Londoners well for duels, executions, horse races and picnics. It’s separated from Kensington Gardens by the Serpentine, which you can paddle along.

    Tate Modern

    SE1 9TG London
    Tel: (020) 7887 8888
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thurs 1000-1800
    Fri-Sat 1000-2200

    Housed in the belly of an old power station is London’s most sexy (and popular) contemporary art gallery with a collection of some 60,000 works of art on constant rotation.

    St Paul’s Cathedral

    St Paul’s Churchyard
    EC4M 8AD London
    Tel: (020) 7246 8350
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0830-1630

    Christopher Wren’s mighty white dome still defines the London skyline. Climb its 528 steps for one of the best 360-degree views of the city.

    Kew Gardens

    Kew Gardens
    TW9 3AB London
    Tel: (020) 8332 5655
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1800

    Escape to London’s tropical hothouse, the 700-glass-panel Palm House in Kew Gardens. Aside from an aerial walkway there’s a palace and 121 hectares (300 acres) of garden to explore.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. England’s southwest is dominated by a rugged shoreline and swathes of open national parkland, while its sprawling and vibrant capital London dominates the southeast. Hillwalkers can take some serious hikes in the Scottish Highlands or England’s Lake District. True British wilderness remains – stark, sometimes stunning and often inaccessible, particularly in the far north of Scotland.

    Historic Edinburgh is a fascinating city to explore, while Glasgow explodes with nightlife options. Visitors to Wales can meander from the urban highlights of Cardiff to Snowdon’s jagged peaks in the north. Across the water, Belfast is reviving as a tourist destination, and Northern Ireland’s countryside is green and rolling.


    The British landscape can be divided roughly into two kinds of terrain – highland and lowland. The highland area comprises the mountainous regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales.

    The English Lake District in the northwest contains lakes and fells. The lowland area is broken up by sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and basins such as the Wash on the east coast. In the southeast, the North and South Downs culminate in the White Cliffs of Dover.

    The coastline includes fjord-like inlets in the northwest of Scotland, spectacular cliffs and wild sandy beaches on the east coast and, further south, beaches of rock, shale and sand sometimes backed by dunes, and large areas of fenland in East Anglia.

    Note: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Although they form one administrative unit (with regional exceptions), they have had separate cultures, languages and political histories.

    The United Kingdom section consists of a general introduction (covering the aspects that the four countries have in common) and sections devoted to the four constituent countries. The Channel Islands (Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark and Herm) and the Isle of Man are dependencies of the British Crown. These are included here for convenience of reference.

    More detailed geographical descriptions of the various countries may be found under the respective travel guides.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 63395574

    Population Density (per sq km): 261

    Capital: London.


    English. Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland. The many ethnic minorities within the UK also speak their own languages (eg Cantonese, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin, Turkish, Urdu, etc).


    See the individual Money sections within the Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland sections for information on currency specific to these regions.

    Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Additional bank notes issued by Scottish banks (including £1 notes) are accepted in all parts of the UK, although some smaller shops outside Scotland may prefer English banknotes. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700/1800. However, business hours in London can be much longer.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Holidays falling on the weekend are observed the following Monday.


    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday (except Scotland): 21. April 2014
    Early May Bank Holiday: 05. May 2014
    Spring Bank Holiday: 26. May 2014
    Summer Bank Holiday (except Scotland): 25. August 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2014


    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday (except Scotland): 06. April 2015
    Early May Bank Holiday: 04. May 2015
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25. May 2015
    Summer Bank Holiday (except Scotland): 31. August 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    London has an excellent, if expensive, public transport system managed by Transport for London (tel: 0343 222 1234; The integrated ticketing system operates via a prepaid smart card (the Oyster Card) and covers the tube, overground trains and buses. Oyster cards are available to purchase at any Underground station and can be prepaid for pay-as-you-go travel, daily or weekly passes. Paper tickets still exist but fares are more expensive.


    Black cabs ( are available to hire when their yellow sign is lit; just hold out your arm to hail one. You can tip drivers up to 10%. Use the Hailo app ( to pre-order a cab or call Addison Lee (tel: 0844 556 0707).

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    The best speakeasies in London
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    Hidden away behind fridges and bookshelves, speakeasies in the style

    of the U.S. Prohibition era are the latest hit on the London nightlife scene.

    Evans & Peel Detective Agency

    310c Earl’s Court Road
    SW5 9BA
    Tel. +44-20-73 73 35 73
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    “What brought you here today?” Only the victims of a (fictitious) crime are shown into the backroom sanctum of the private detective’s office, where mini burgers and classic cocktails are served, while their case is discussed at length. This place is an absolute must for crime fiction aficionados and Sherlock Holmes fans.

    Cellar Door

    Zero Aldwych
    Covent Garden
    WC2E 7DN
    Tel. +44-20-72 40 88 48
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    A bright pink neon arrow points the way down to this tiny bar, occupying what used to be public conveniences. At this ‘90s version of a speakeasy, open every night, guests can sip cocktails with fanciful names like “ Never trust a flamingo ” and take a pinch of snuff as they sit back and enjoy live music and burlesque acts on stage.

    Experimental Cocktail Club

    13A Gerrard Street
    W1D 5PS
    Tel. +44-20-74 34 35 59
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    In London’s most exclusive speakeasy, there’s a female ’20s-style Boy George lookalike barkeeper who mixes tinctures from small bottles to create titivating cocktails. Take the Saint-Germain-des-Prés, for instance, incredibly hot and yet with a refreshing cucumber taste. Be warned, though: A little persuasion is required to get past the rather severe lady on the door.

    The Worship Street Whistling Shop

    63 Worship Street
    EC2A 2DU
    Tel. +44-20-72 47 00 15
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    Comparatively easy to locate, this bar modeled on the British gin palaces of yore has a beguiling menu of exquisite spirits and original drinks – including a rum cocktail spiked with absinthe that’s artificially aged with gamma rays. Cozy: the library setting.


    Chelsea, Chelsea Cloisters
    Sloane Avenue
    SW3 3DW
    Tel. +44-20-75 81 33 55
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    The living room among speakeasies. Tucked away behind a door plastered with comics in the hotel lobby, this plushy red, zanily decorated railway compartment of a bar attracts a classy style of patron (suits and little dresses). But looks can be deceptive, and they certainly know how to party here! Definitely book ahead!

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    Nightlife in London

    From West End blockbusters to fringe theatre, avant-garde gigs, opera, comedy and live music, London offers a fabulous after-dark schedule.

    While a night out at the theatre is one of the capital’s highlights, there are plenty of exciting alternatives that are equally compelling and easier on the wallet.

    The National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London SE1 9PX
    United Kingdom
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    Thoughtful and innovative theatre is performed in this iconic complex on the South Bank.

    Royal Albert Hall

    Kensington Gore
    SW7 2AP London
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    Home of the Proms and London’s most famous classical music venue.


    1a Camden High Street
    NW1 7JE London
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    Everyone from the Sex Pistols to Madonna has played at this legendary live music venue.

    Opera Holland Park

    Stable Yard, Holland Park
    W8 6LU London
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    Enjoy opera and picnic in the park at this quintessential English event.


    Chalk Farm Road
    NW1 8EH London
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    Great gigs and brilliant performances of anything from comedy to circus acts.

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    Restaurants in London

    From Afghan and Indian to French, Korean and Ethiopian, the world is quite literally your oyster when dining out in London’s cosmopolitan array of restaurants.

    From Afghan and Indian to French, Korean and Ethiopian, the world is quite literally your oyster when dining out in London’s cosmopolitan array of restaurants.

    Les Trois Garçons

    1 Club Row
    E1 6JX London
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    Price: Expensive

    Extravagant décor and fabulous French food inside a converted Victorian pub.


    66-70 Brewer Street
    W1F 9UP London
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    Price: Moderate

    London’s finest fish and chips are served up by celebrity chef Mark Hix’s whose eponymous restaurant is kitted out with contemporary British artworks.

    St John

    26 St John Street
    EC1M 4AY London
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    Price: Moderate

    Discover London’s culinary heritage with St John’s signature bone-marrow salad.

    M Manze

    87 Tower Bridge Road
    SE1 4TW London
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    Price: Cheap

    See how Londoners ate before the city gentrified at this classic Pie & Mash palace.


    83-89 Fieldgate Street
    E1 1JU London
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    Price: Cheap

    Join the queue at this Punjabi restaurant to sample London’s finest masala and kebabs.

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    Hotels in London

    From grand historic hotels to budget boutique digs and hostels, London has a plethora of hotels from which to choose.

    The best are booked early, particularly during the summer and at Christmas.


    35 St James’s Place
    SW1A 1NY London
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    Category: Expensive

    A cocoon of five-star luxury with a historic twist in the heart of swanky Mayfair.


    33 Roland Gardens
    SW7 3PF London
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    Category: Expensive

    Four-poster beds, luxe velvet fabrics and gleaming antiques are the hallmarks of Anouska Hempel’s design hotel.

    Rough Luxe

    1 Birkenhead Street
    WC1H 8BA London
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    Category: Moderate

    This unique concept hotel mixes salvaged furniture and funky décor with luxury linens and impeccable service.

    The Sumner

    54 Upper Berkeley Street
    W1H 7QR London
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    Category: Moderate

    Boutique hotel comforts within a stone’s throw of Hyde Park and Oxford Street.

    10 Pembridge Gardens

    10 Pembridge Gardens
    W2 4DU London
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    Category: Cheap

    Enjoy contemporary rooms in a grand Georgian terrace in fashionable Notting Hill.

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    Climate and best time to visit London

    Summer is peak season, offering long days, mild weather and plenty of festivals including the Trooping of the Colour, Wimbledon, London Pride and the Notting Hill Carnival. Crowds peak in July and August, tailing off as kids get back to school. Spring and autumn are cooler, but offer their own draws with the Chelsea Flower Show in May and start of many major art shows, exhibits, opera and theatre programmes in September. Winter is grey, rainy and can be cold, although Christmas lights and heaps of festive spirit cheer up December.

    Climate & best time to visit United Kingdom

    Owing to it being an island, the UK is subject to very changeable weather. Extremes of temperature are rare but snow, hail, heavy rain and heatwaves can occur. For detailed descriptions, see Climate in the respective country sections.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +44


    There are numerous public call boxes. Some boxes take coins, others phonecards or credit cards.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is mostly good, but can be patchy in rural areas. It is possible to buy a pay as you go sim card from any phone shop or booth.


    There are internet cafés and centres in most urban areas. Some multimedia phone booths, often located at main railway stations and airports, offer touchscreen access. Most hotels also offer Wi-Fi, although this may be less likely in more rural areas. The City of London now has free Wi-Fi covering 95% of the Square Mile, whilst London Underground now offers Wi-Fi at station platforms across the network.

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    Shopping in London
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    Key Areas

    High-end stores and global brands concentrate in Knightsbridge and Mayfair, while popular chains and franchises sit along Oxford Street, Regent Street and King’s Road, culminating in the shopping epicentre of Covent Garden. Hampstead and Notting Hill are known for their lovely independent boutiques while avant-garde designers populate Clerkenwell and Shoreditch. For vintage and discount fashions, head further east to Spitalfields and the East End.


    The most popular are Spitalfields, Camden and Portobello Road for fashion and antiques, Borough and Greenwich for food, Columbia Road for flowers, and Brick Lane for bric-a-brac. Bigger markets are open six days a week, while Columbia Road and Brick Lane are Sunday only.

    Shopping Centres

    Many of London’s big name stores, such as Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, the Burlington Arcade and Liberty are must-see sights in their own right. Other lesser-known gems include historic Asprey and the London Silver Vaults.

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    My London

    I like to have lunch at London’s oldest restaurant, The Rules, where they serve the best Irish stew around. The Rules is in Maiden Lane, not far from Covent Garden. After lunch, I often pay a visit to Goldsmiths Hall, a historical building that would gladden the heart of any architect. It regularly hosts exhibitions and events promoting the contemporary works of jewelers and silversmiths. Goldsmiths Hall is located on edge of the City of London, just a short walk from Farringdon and Chancery Lane stations.

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    Social Conventions

    The monarchy, though now only symbolic politically, is a powerful and often subconscious unifying force. Members of the Royal Family are the subject of unceasing fascination, with their every move avidly followed and reported by the popular press, both in the UK and abroad.

    Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone for the first time. One kiss on the cheek is gaining popularity for close friends. Normal social courtesies should be observed when visiting someone’s home and a small present such as flowers or chocolates is appreciated. It is polite to wait until everyone has been served before eating.


    Some nightclubs and restaurants do not allow jeans and trainers, otherwise casual wear is widely acceptable. For business, a suit and tie should be worn, although in some workplaces an open neck is acceptable.

    Use of public places

    Topless sunbathing is allowed on certain beaches and tolerated in some parks. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the UK.

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