London is one of the most visited cities in the world, welcoming hundreds of thousands of international visitors through its doors each and every year. Bursting with culture, history, architecture, art and fashion, London’s address books read like the who’s who of Hollywood, so why not follow the crowd and come and see for yourself just what is it that is so good about Great Britain.
It is almost impossible not to visit London and feel insanely patriotic thanks to the sheer numbers of tourists and tourist shops, yet despite its royal heritage and well to do exterior, there are all too often people who prey on visitors to the city who are not as au fait with the risks associated with city living. Read ourtravel safety guide in London for the top five tips on staying safe in the city this season.
1. Take extra care when crossing roads, especially if you are not used to cars driving on the left, as traffic waits for no one in the city centre.
2. Plan your journeys well and never walk alone at night. If you have no choice but to walk during the evening then make sure you walk in well-lit areas and keep to main roads. Do not wear headphones as they can not only make you a potential target for theft but they also reduce your awareness of what is going on around you.
3. Only ever used registered minicabs or taxis, not independent taxi drivers who may not have your best interests at heart.
4. Use a cross body bag with zipper enclosures to keep your purse or wallet close to your body. Don’t carry too much cash or flaunt your personal goods such as tablets or smartphone as this will attract would be pick pockets and thieves.
5. When using an ATM, check that no one is looking over your shoulder and that the card slot hasn’t been tampered with in any way and cover the keypad so no one else can see your PIN number