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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM


CURRENCY:

Great Britain Pound (GBP) is the currency. You can convert most international currencies (GBP, USD or Euro) at any change bureau or your Hotel. All prices in shops and restaurants are quoted in GBP and you cannot use any other currency at shops or restaurants.
Currency: 01 Great Britain Pound = Approximately 80.50 INR (http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1&From=GBP&To=INR)
Cash points (ATMs) are widely available

WEATHER IN AUGUST:

• Average high temperature:22ºC
• Average low temperature: 13ºC
Please see the link: http://www.accuweather.com/en/gb/london/ec4a-2/month/328328?monyr=8/01/2017

LANGUAGE:

English is the official language of the country.

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS:

London has five major airports: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted

FLIGHTS:

CREDAI has tied up with British Airways and Jet Airways for special fares for CREDAI delegates –please visit the website to book your tickets
British Airways - http://credainatcon.com/country/detail/flight-visadetails.html
Jet Airways - http://www.jetairways.com; Deal Code – JETCREDAI

MOBILE SIM CARD:

You may buy a local Sim card at the airport or any local telecom shop and use it as per your requirement. You can use your Indian mobile phones but roaming charges will be high, please check with your local mobile operator for these charges.

DIALLING CODE:

From India to United Kingdom
The UK international dialling code is +44 and the area code for London is (0)20.

CLIMATE:

In August weather in London is typically pleasant.
Average high temperature:22ºC
Average low temperature: 13ºC
Please see the link: http://www.accuweather.com/en/gb/london/ec4a-2/month/328328?monyr=8/01/2017

CLOTHES:

It will be pleasant, so you may pack accordingly.

DRESS CODE:

For the conference, please carry formals / business attire. For the Inaugural dinner & Gala dinner, you may wear smart casuals.
From United Kingdom to India
00 91 (Mobile number or Area code with land line number)

TAXI:

Taxis are easily available in the city and run on meter. You can also book through the Uber app, but please remember, Uber in London does not accept cash. Only credit card is accepted.

Black Cabs:

This table shows typical fares and journey times based on distance for the different tariffs. Fares and journey times may be higher if there are delays or heavy traffic.
Distance Approx
journey time
Monday to Friday
05:00 - 20:00
(Tariff 1)
Monday to Friday
20:00 - 22:00
Saturday and Sunday
05:00 - 22:00
(Tariff 2)
Every night
22:00 - 05:00
Public holidays
(Tariff 3)
1 mile 6 - 13 mins £5.80 - £9 £5.80 - £9 £7 - £9.20
2 miles 10 - 20 mins £8.80 - £14 £9.20 - £14.20 £10.60 - £15
4 miles 16 - 30 mins £15 - £22 £17 - £23 £18 - £28
6 miles 28 - 40 mins £23 - £30 £29 - £32 £29 - £34
Between Heathrow and
Central London
30 - 60 mins £46 - £87 £46 - £87 £46 - £87

There is a minimum fare of £2.60 always

ELECTRICITY:

NATCON The power supply in Britain is 230/240 volts. Sockets accept only three-(square)-pin plugs, so an adapter is needed.

TIPPING:

Tipping is increasingly expected at restaurants. An acceptable tip is 10-15% depending on service.

EMERGENCY SERVICES:

To contact the police, fire brigade or ambulance service in an emergency, you can dial 999 free of charge from any public or private phone.

MEDICAL CARE:

Remember to bring any medications you may need. Check with your health insurer before you depart to ascertain your coverage in the event of emergency. Many insurance providers offer specialized riders which can cover emergency evacuation.

TIME: London is 4.5 hours behind India


TRAVEL CHECK LIST:

Please be sure you have the following with you before you travel.

• Airline Ticket
• Passport with six-month validity and Valid UK Visa
• Photocopies of your passport
• CREDAI – Conference Registration Number and Registration Confirmation
• Health & Travel Insurance

A FEW PLACES TO VISIT IN LONDON:

- London Eye
- Buckingham Palace
- Tower of London and Tower Bridge
- Big Ben
- Covent Garden
- Madam Tussauds
- British Museum
- Trafalgar Square
- St Paul's Cathedral
- Westminster Abbey

SHOPS AND MARKETS:

Oxford Street and Regents Street
Both streets are London's busiest shopping areas. Many of their smaller shops sell tourist souvenirs, but there are many other shops too. They have lots of departments stores and clothes shops and there are big music shops, bookshops too.
Knightsbridge
The Knightsbridge area of London is home to the biggest department store not only in the city but in the whole of Britain. This is Harrods, which has about 330 departments. Its domed, terracotta building is lit up spectacularly at night.
Covent Garden
Overflowing with street markets, curb side entertainment, trendy cafes, English pubs, and small boutiques. A must visit for all tourists to London.
Tottenham Court Road
The best place for electronics shops and furniture stores.
Selfridges
This store has an extensive designer section for both men, women and children, constantly updated by the arrival of international labels.
Hamleys
Hamleys, in Regent Street, is London's largest toy shop. It has six floors filled with all kinds of toys, from dolls and teddy bears to models, electronic toys and robots.