5 Things you Might NOT want to do When Visiting London
By Nancy Carranza
On your visit to London you might see Londoners giving you a funny looks sometimes. It’s not because of the way you look but because of the things you may be doing!
Here are a few tips of what NOT to do when visiting London.
1. Travel Wisely
If you’re around Central London and decide to make your way from Leicester Square to Piccadilly Circus, then whatever you do, don’t take the underground! London Underground is one of the busiest forms of public transport. Rush hour is manic and you will be queuing just to get in the queue of the queue to enter a station (especially in Oxford Circus). Leicester Square is a short walk to Piccadilly so get your walking shoes on and enjoy the scenery on your way there. Remember, you are in London so there’s a 90% chance that it will rain, even in summer! So take your umbrellas with you.
2. Dress to Impress
Although you are free to wear anything you want, whenever you want, keep in mind when visiting certain places, your attire might have to change. There are few places in London where the area is known as the ‘posh’ area. These include:
- Kings Road
- Kensington Palace Gardens
- Primrose Hill
- Hampton Court
These are just a few areas in London where you will find ‘posh’ people. If you ever find yourself visiting these areas then be aware that trainers (Vans, Converses, Nike) hoody’s, tracksuit bottoms and New Era hats, well, they are rarely seen around there. Just to warn you, if you dress like that then you might get a few funny looks. But just give them a funny look back!
3. Mannequins Shouldn’t be Touched!
If you’re planning on visiting Buckingham Palace, the home of the Queen, then great! Everyone should visit the Queen’s home at least once during their visit to London. Outside the Palace you will see the Queen’s Guards. They don’t move, they don’t laugh; I don’t think they even breathe (a bit worrying). They’re like the mannequins you see inside store windows in Oxford Circus. You could try speaking to them but I doubt you will get a response. Maybe speaking to them in another language may help. They might be bilingual Guards; they might speak Spanish, German or even Vietnamese. Maybe that’s why they never reply. Whatever you do though, don’t poke them (very tempting). You never know, the Queen might be watching you!
4. Don’t Expect a ‘Hello’ Back
Londoners are friendly people but they are also very busy people. They are like an army of ants, marching as fast as they can to their destination. Sometimes they don’t have time to stop and say a quick ‘Hello’. So don’t be offended if you say ‘Hello’ and you get no reply. It’s just the way Londoners are. Maybe try waving at them? You might get a really funny look though… Just smile 🙂
5. Money Flows Like Water
One last thing, don’t expect to go back home with a bit of change in your pocket. London is a very expensive city. Try not to buy the first souvenir you see as the shop down the road might have it for a few pennies less. Shopping in Harrods? I don’t advice it unless you have super rich family and friends willing to give you money otherwise you’re going to be looking for a job in Harrods just to pay for what you want!
It’s all about bargaining when you’re in London.