London can be a scary place – especially on your first trip. So, we thought we’d put together some quick safety tips so you can be safe on your trip over.
London Safety Tip #1 – Bring your Cell Phone
If your cell phone is GSM capable, then have international roaming activated by your wireless carrier. It’s invaluable to have your own phone with you in a pinch in a foreign country. On my last trip, British Airways lots my luggage and they had to have a way to contact me, thankfully I had my phone! Dial 999 in an emergency instead of 911.
London Safety Tip #2 – London Taxi’s
Only Take a licensed black cab. Never accept a ride from anyone claiming to be a taxi driver in an unmarked car!
London Safety Tip #3 – The Tube
Tube stations are not open 24 hours! Keep that in mind when making evening plans to places you’ve never been before.
London Safety Tip #4 – Pickpockets
Watch out for pickpockets. They are everywhere, especially where large crowds gather. Never keep all your money in the same pocket, split it between multiple places and leave some in the hotel room. Don’t keep too much cash either, rely on your ATM card to get cash.
London Safety Tip #5 – Your Embassy
Know where your Embassy is. In case anything should happen, your embassy will usually come to your aid. For Americans the US Embassy is in Grosvenor Square, but keep in mind it will be moving in a couple years. Put the Embassy number in your mobile.
London Safety Tip #6 – Accident and Injury
If you get injured, the NHS will treat you and, in cases of emergencies, this care is free of charge, even to foreigners. Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention if you need it. Dial 999 if you are injured. FYI: Brits called their emergency rooms “Accident and Emergency.”
London Safety Tip #7 – The Police
London Police are your friend. If you have any trouble, find them. They are everywhere.
London Safety Tip #8 – Keep in Touch
Let someone know your plans that way someone will notice if you go missing. It could be a friend or the front desk at your hotel.
London Safety Tip #9 – Traffic
London traffic will ALWAYS come from the right. Always look RIGHT when crossing the street. If you forget, all crossings usually tell you where to look. It’s NOT left like in America.
London Safety Tip #10 – Public Restrooms
Avoid the public loos in places like Leicester Square. There can be some pretty scary people hanging about in there, especially at night.