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We want to make planning your trip to the UK as easy and stress-free as possible. That’s why we’ve compiled some useful travel advice worth knowing before you embark on your visit.
To enter the UK you will need to show a valid passport, or national identity card if you are an EEA citizen. If you are not an EU national, you will need to show further documentation, and may need a visa. For more information please refer to the UK Visa and Immigration website.
Britain’s unit of currency is the Great British Pound (sterling) – GBP. The symbol for the pound sterling is £. There are 100 pence (p) to the pound (£). Notes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and £50. Coins come in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.
Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, post offices, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports, main stations and city centres. It’s worth shopping around to get the best deal – compare the exchange rates and remember to check the commission.
Credit cards (especially Visa and Mastercard) are widely accepted in UK shops, restaurants, bars, and cafés. Diners Club and American Express cards are less commonly accepted. There are many cash machines (also known as ATMs), most accept international cards with the Visa, Plus, Mastercard, Cirrus or Maestro symbols. Charges for using them may apply, it’s a good idea to check with your bank before you travel.
The culture around tipping in the UK is generally discretional. It’s up to you if you feel the service was good and want to show your appreciation. If you are having lunch or dinner at a restaurant, sometimes meals will include a service charge of approximately 10-12%.Tour gratuity is again entirely at your discretion and can be paid to the driver on the day.
The majority of our tours cater for disabled wheelchair access, though we recommend checking with us before you book to avoid any disappointment. If one of your party has difficulty walking and/or requires the use of a wheelchair, we can happily provide this at the hire of £15 per day. Please give us at least a weeks notice before your tour date if this is required.
Whether it’s a pick-up from the airport or transfer to your next holiday destination, we can arrange for one of our chauffeurs to take you to your chosen destination. Simply let us know in advance and we can be waiting for you when you arrive! Our transfer prices are very reasonable from just £150 (depending on pick-up location).
Although understanding/speaking English would be useful it is not essential for your tour as many of the attractions are visual, and some also offer language translations. Our driver tour guide will always do their best to help and take care of you whilst you are with them.
Mobile (Cell) Phones
If you want to use your mobile phone in the UK, please check with your network provider before travelling or your phone may not work. You may be able to switch to an international tariff that gives you cheaper calls. Alternatively you may wish to purchase a UK SIM card or phone whilst you are here. Remember our vehicles are equipped with 4G Wi-Fi so you can connect to the Internet free-of-charge whilst on your private tour.
Smoking is prohibited in the UK in all indoor public places (including platforms at train stations). Airports have designated smoking areas outside by the entrance/exit. Smoking is also not allowed in our tour vehicles, however our drivers will happily provide breaks during your travels for any smoking requirements.
Electricity in the UK
UK power sockets use three-pin plugs with on/off switches. You will need a simple adaptor for your electrical equipment which can be purchased from airports and some retail & hardware stores. Our vehicles are also equipped with power adaptors for most devices so you can recharge your phone, tablet or camera whilst you are with us for your tour.
Public holidays, or ‘bank holidays’ as they are known, are spread throughout the year and mark religious, historical and special events. On bank holidays many business and banks are closed, however, plenty of shops and attractions stay open. This can affect their opening hours and we will confirm if this is the case on your booking itinerary.
In an emergency that requires ambulance, police or fire services dial 999 from any telephone.
Booking your tour
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Taking the family on tour? At London Country Tour we want to make your stay as safe and enjoyable as possible for the whole family. If you have young children, please let us know upon booking and we will ensure baby seats and/or child boosters are provided on the day, at no extra charge.
We can also provide a selection of children’s films to keep them entertained whilst travelling between tour locations.
If anyone in your party has difficulty walking and/or requires wheelchair provision, we can provide hire of the following items:
Wheelchair - £15 /day
Walker - £10 /day
Walking Stick - £5 /day
Please give us at least a weeks notice before your tour date if this is required.
Keeping you connected
Our luxury tour vehicles are equipped with the latest 4G Wi-FI technology so you can connect your smart phone, tablet and laptop devices to the Internet. Ideal if you want to share your experience via social media or just browse the Web during your tour travel.
We also have power adaptors for most devices so you can recharge your phone, tablet or camera whilst you are with us for the tour.